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Venetian Macao

 

Cotai Strip, Macau

Tel: (853) 2882 8888
Email: inquiries@venetian.com.mo

www.venetianmacao.com

 

No. of Suites - 3000
Table Games - 601
Slot Machines - 2000

(Last updated: April 5, 2016)

 

 

HIGHLIGHTS

Macau - and the world's - largest casino.

 

The Grand Canal Shoppes: full of gondolas and gondoliers, gorgeous storefronts and roaming performers, it's like going from Macau to Venice in 60 seconds or less.

 

The Cotai Arena, where world class entertainment lines up to perform on a regular basis.

 

Frequent rolling exhibitions and attractions, such as Ice World.

 

One star Michelin restaurant Golden Peacock, and one fantastic lunch deal at Portofino.

 

CASINO

Instead of talking about the games that the Venetian offers, I think it's a lot more easier to discuss what they don't have.  Fan Tan, Dragon Phoenix, and Banking 3 Card Baccarat are no longer available, while I don't think they ever had Pai Gow, Dragon 7 or EZ Baccarat.  Apart from that, every other table game, electronic table game, or Live Gaming machine known to Macau is at the Venetian, in addition to over 2000 slots.  Most of the minimums on the 300 tables start from $300, while slots begin at 0.02 and end at $10.  In terms of the casino's various electronic machines, no lows exceed $25 while Live Baccarat starts from $10, Live Roulette from $40 and Live Sic Bo from $50.  

 

The Venetian also offers "Fast Action Baccarat" and “Fast Action Sic Bo”, two games that have the same rules as traditional Commission Free Baccarat and Sic Bo, but which get played much faster.  With Fast Action Baccarat, players play on a huge rectangular table two or three times the size of normal tables and place their chips on a coloured area showing Banker, Player, Tie or Player Pair, Banker Pair.  The dealer deals the cards and plays the game then punches the result into the computer.  Losing wagers then disappear when the chips fall through a trap door on the table, leaving only winning wagers on top.  An attendant shuffles down the line paying out winning bets and then the whole process starts again.  It looks about as efficient as an assembly line when it's going well.  Fast Action Sic Bo plays by the same machinations, only it’s a simplified version of the normal game, with only three bets available: Big/Small, Individual number 4 through 17, and Any Triple.  

 

Venetian casino floor casino at the Venetian Macao as seen through large pillars

 

Drink service is often quite slow because there never seems to be enough staff, so getting a waitress is sometimes difficult.  There isn't much drink selection, and I don't even think free booze is served, even if you're gambling.  Plenty of restaurants are accessible via the casino floor in addition to the Bellini Lounge, whose sweet waitresses used to be Playboy bunnies, but are no more.  They just changed their fur, one playfully said.

 

GAMES

Baccarat - Insane minimum bet of $3000.  Only available in the high limit room.

Commission Free Baccarat
- Players win 50% on won 6 Banker bet. Minimum bet is only $100.

 

7 Up Baccarat - 7 Up Baccarat is Macau’s newest game and can only be found at the Venetian.  The game is identical to normal Baccarat except for the following rule changes:

1. The Player’s first card is always a 7.
2. If the Banker wins on a 7, the payout is 9-5.  If the Player wins on a 7, the payout is 1-2.  Ties in the game return 7-1, instead of the customary 8-1.  If the tie is on a 7, the payout is 9-1.

 

The house edge on the Banker bet is 2.6%, while the Player bet is 2.56%.  That makes it a much worse game than conventional Baccarat, where the house edge for the Banker and Player are 1.06% and 1.24% respectively.  The tie bet in 7 Up Baccarat is much better however, 4.05% compared to 14.36% in Baccarat.   

There’s also a Super Sevens side bet that pays according to the amount of 7’s that appear in the hand.  The pay chart looks like this:




Since the Player’s first card is always a 7, there will always be at least one 7 in the hand.  The house edge on the Super Seven’s bet is 8.86%.

Minimum bet is $200.



Blackjack - Minimum bet is $300.

Sands Stud Poker - Although the name is different, Sands Stud Poker is just like normal Caribbean Stud Poker, only with an important side bet variation.  Players can now bet up to 5 times the original side bet amount and then are paid in proportion to that wager should they win.  Here’s what the pay table looks like:

 



If you hit a straight flush or royal, however, you'll have to be content with just taking the normal 10% or 100% win.   

In an interesting twist, players can bet the side bet on the Dealer's hand as well, with all of the same rules still applying.

 

Minimum bet is $200.

Craps - Stingy 3-4-5 odds.  City wide high $300 minimum pass line bet.

Roulette - Inside/Outside minimums of only $25 and $50.

Sic Bo - 11 different bets.  $200 Big/Small minimum bets.

Slot Machines
- Probably well over 2000 slot machines.  Minimums are from 2 cents to $10.  As per usual in Macau, most machines are under $1.

Texas Hold Em - 12 poker tables, blinds $25/$50, $50/$100 etc up to $1000/$2000.  If all the players at the table agree to bet more, the $1000/$2000 limit can be exceeded.

Three Card Baccarat - Minimum bet is $500.

 

Three Card Poker - Minimum bet is $300.

Video Poker - I noticed $5 Jacks or Better, Bonus Poker, Double Bonus Poker, Double Double Bonus Poker, Joker Poker and Deuces Wild.  The return is atrocious.



War - Minimum bet is $300.

 

HOTEL
 
I used to think the Venetian lobby belonged to another century, but that's before I found out it was all wallpaper.  That's par for the course on the Cotai Strip, where creativity and originality are treated like foreign substances.  Now everytime I'm in the Venetian lobby, it makes me appreciate the one in the Lisboa that much more.

 

Venetian Macao lobby Venetian Macao main lobby front desk at the Venetian Macao 

 

Now Macau's second largest hotel, the Venetian offers 3000 suites, at prices probably much lower than you’d think.  Midweek suites are currently on for only $1527, thanks to a 14 day advanced booking promotion that slashes rates by 30%.  That's about what you pay for rooms on Macau island in places like Landmark or Starworld, while suites at MGM and the Wynn cost twice as much.  In other words, it's tremendous value.    

Suite prices are listed in HKD, excluding 15% for tax and service fees.



There are also two types of Paiza club suites available, both coming with free limo service and exclusive check in at the Paiza club reception.  Reservations can only be made via email or telephone so I don't know how much those suites are, or if non Paiza club members are allowed to book them.

 

living room inside the Royale Suite at the Venetian Macao TV inside the Venetian Macao Royal Suite sofa, table and lamps inside the Royale Suite at the Venetian Macao

 

The rooms are starting to look their age though, and some maintainance is definitely required after being abused by mainland visitors for over 10 years.  Better bathroom faciliites and newer electronic equipment would help as well.

 

Royale Suite bathroom at the Venetian Macao shower and tub at the Venetian Macao Royale Suite King bed in the Royale Suite at the Venetian Macao Venetian Macao Royale Suite 

 

POOL

 

The Venetian has four pools, as well as a few heated Jacuzzis.  Poolside cabanas can be rented too and come with a fruit platter, 42 inch plasma TV, and telephone.  Quite surprisingly, they're also air conditioned!  Prices are pretty good, with 4 hours running $300 and 8 hours $600.

 
The swimming pools are open daily from 7 am to 7 pm.    

DINING

The Venetian has a lot of restaurants and I don’t get paid by the word anymore.  In fact, I don’t get paid at all.  So for this this review, I've only included the main eateries, dividing the list between International and Chinese fare.   

Western and International

Cafe Deco Macao - Open 24 hours, Cafe Deco runs a buffet twice daily.  Lunch prices Monday to Friday are $208 adults/$105 children and on the weekend they’re $228 and $128.  For weekday dinner buffet the price is $318/$160 and on weekends it’s $358/$190.

A la carte prices are as follows:

Chinese: $75 to $142     Burgers/Sandwiches: $128 to $158      
Asian: $138 to $168       Meat dishes: $142 to $162
Curry: $125 to $168       Salads: $130 to $178
Pizza: $148 to $178        Grilled: $298 to $368

Cafe Deco is shop 1036, and is located across from the Cotai Arena. 

Golden Peacock - It didn’t take long for this Indian joint to secure their first Michelin star.

Vegetables: $68 to $115     
Appetizers: $95 to $148
Soup: $78 to $98
Main Vegetables: $85 to $105
Meat: $115 to $338
Rice: $58 to $125

At lunch the only thing available is a buffet that costs $158 a head.

Here’s a review of my nice dinner there: Grand Prix Race.

Golden Peacock is located beside McSorley’s Ale House and is open daily from 11 am to 11 pm.
 
McSorley's Ale House - McSorley's Ale House is a pub that also serves food.  Let's start with the food.

Appetizers: $78 to $198
Soup and Salad: $58 to $138
Burgers, Sandwiches: $132 to $158 
Pub favorites: $130 to $188  

Drink prices are all fairly reasonable.

Beers: $52 to $65
Wine: $58 to $62
Whisky: $68 to $88
Hard stuff: $55 to $75

They also have quite a few TV's tuned into international sports events.  McSorley's Ale House is Shop 1038 and can be found around the corner from the Cotai Arena.  Hours are from 12 pm to 1 am daily.

Morton's of Chicago - American steakhouse that charges like they're still in America.  I'd take a pass.

Appetizers: $120 to $230        Steaks: $538 to $1516
Salads: $120 to $135             Signature dishes: $395 to $680
Prime Ocean Platters: $455 to $1500  
                 
Also has an extensive drink menu at above average prices.                                   

Morton's is daily open from 5:00 pm to 11 pm.  The bar opens a couple hours earlier at 3 pm.

Portofino - Prices at Portofino are very good, and so is the food!

Appetizers: $95 to $250    Pasta: $140 to $295
Salad: $88 to $130           Grill: $230 to $498
Soup: $75 to $110            Pizza: $130 to $180

At lunch they do a great all you can eat special for $148, which I reviewed here: Portofino.

On Sundays, the all you can eat special gets bumped up to $298.
 
Portofino is located near the West Lobby entrance in shop 1040.  Lunch hours are from 11 am to 3 pm Monday to Sunday, while dinner goes from 6 pm to 11 pm Sunday to Thursday and from 6 pm to 12 am Friday and Saturday. 

Asian
 
Bambu -  Bambu does an all day buffet that specializes in Chinese and Southeastern Asian cuisine.

Breakfast: (7 am to 10 am)  $168/$84 (3-12 yr old children)
Lunch: (11 am to 3 pm)       $208/$105 (3-12 yr old children)
Dinner: (6 pm to 10 pm)      $278/$138 (3-12 yr old children)

Bambu is shop 1033, located in the hallway between the West lobby and the casino.

Canton - Canton obviously serves Cantonese food, but they also do a few other mainland styles as well.

Appetizers: $78 to $168     Rice/Noodles: $68 to $220
Soup: $70 to $180            Sichuan: $100 to $320
Seafood: $160 to $300      Cantonese: $120 to $320
Vegetables: $90                Meat: $100 to $360

There are also two set meals that run $980 and $1480 respectively.

Hours are from 11 am to 3 pm and from 6 pm to 10 pm daily.  On Saturday nights they stay open until 11 pm.  Shop 1018 on the hotel map, it's located close to the casino floor and Morton's Steakhouse. 

North - Northeastern Chinese cuisine, generally, is quite excellent.

Chef's Selections: $180 to $680
Soup: $45 to $68
Cold Dishes: $40 to $88
Hot Dishes: $62 to $298
Dumplings: $56 to $62

North is accessible via the casino.  Hours are from 11 am to 11 pm Monday to Thursday and from 11 am to 1 am on Fridays and Saturdays.

GYM

The Venetian gym gets the job done - barely.  I definitely pictured something larger and more modern, but it will certainly do. 

Hours are from 6 am to 11 pm daily, and it's located on the 8th floor.

 

SPA

Spa facilities at the Venetian are an outright fail.  The only way to use the sauna or steam room is to pay for a treatment at the Malo Clinic, which itself is a cheap rip off of the Mayo Clinic, so keep that in mind.

Malo spa's treatment list features Wellness Journeys for $1280 to $3888, while other signature rituals are $1280 to $3250.  Massage ($780 to $1280), facials ($1080 to $2080), and beauty essentials ($300 to $395) are available as well.

The spa also doubles as a medical clinic offering a wide range of medical checkups for $2000 to $12000.  They'll take a look at everything, from blood to kidney function, cardio evaluation to cancer screening. 

Malo Clinic and Spa is located on level 5.  The clinic is open everyday from 9 am to 7 pm (except Sunday) while the spa keeps hours daily from 10 am to midnight.

ENTERTAINMENT

Entertainment at the Venetian is centred around the Cotai Arena, which is Macau's premium venue for world class entertainment acts and sporting events.  They've had Pacquiao fights, Bon Jovi concerts, and a ton of Asian star power drop in over the years, so be sure to keep tabs on the Venetian website to see who's coming next.

 

The Venetian also hosts a lot of temporary exhibitions, many of which have been reviewed on this site, such as Ice World, Human Bodies, Dinosaurs Live!, Titanic and The Masters of Ink Painting.  They're often very good and inexpensive, if not free altogether, so be sure to drop in and see one should the chance arise.

 

In terms of day to day entertainment, the Venetian offers the children's playground Qube, and Gondola Rides.

 

Qube - Qube is designed for children and teenagers aged 1 to 17, and features rainbow slides, over under barriers, zig zag net climbers, Chuck E Cheese pool ball areas, as well as PCs and video units.  Themed birthday parties are also available. 

Qube costs $110 for the first 2 hours (1 child plus 1 adult), then $50 for every hour after that.  On the weekends the first two hours cost $130, while each additional hour is $60.

Located on Level 5, Qube hours are from 9:30 am to 9:30 pm daily.

Gondola Rides - 51 serenading gondoliers will take you for a ride through the Grand Canal Shoppes or around the hotel on the outdoor lagoon.  Tickets cost $128 per ride for adults and $98 for children.  

 

BARS

 

The Venetian is down to only bar now, the Bellini Lounge.

Bellini Lounge - If you're wondering why the waitresses here are so smoking, it's because they used to be Playboy Bunnies over at the now defunct Playboy Club at the Sands.  Prices are very acceptable, with beers $55, glasses of wine $75 to $135 and harder shots $60 to $125.  For those with more refined taste, champagne is $175 per glass and cocktails are $70.  Shooters make a rare appearance on a Macau menu too and only go for $55.

Located just off of the casino floor, Bellini Lounge keeps hours from 4 pm to 4 am Mondays to Fridays and from 2 pm to 4 am on Saturdays and Sundays.  Ladies Night is Wednesdays from 11 pm to 2 am.
 
SHOPPING

 

The Grand Canal Shoppes have well over 300 stores, most of them selling clothes, electronics and beauty accessories. 

 

There's also a lot of street perfomers roaming around, like stilt walkers, mimes, jugglers and living statues.  The Shoppes, much like the Venetian, have become a destination in themselves. 

 

gondolier inside the Grand Canal Shoppes at Venetian Macao  living statue inside the Grand Canal Shoppes at Venetian Macao stilt walker inside the Grand Canal Shoppes at Venetian Macao

  
OVERVIEW

The Venetian Macao is a very good living option with affordable suites, great shopping and tremendous entertainment.  The anchor of the Cotai Strip, the property is packed daily with a litany of tour groups and visitors, cementing its place as the most successful hotel/casino in Macau. 

 

LOCATION

In the heart of all the action on the Cotai Strip, the Venetian is surrounded by the Galaxy, City of Dreams, Four Seasons and Sands Cotai.

 

 

 

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