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Broadway Macau


Address: Broadway Macau, Cotai
Tel: (853) 8883 3338
Fax: (853) 8883 6668
www.broadwaymacau.com.mo/en

 

No of Rooms and Suites: 340
No of Tables: 38
No of Slots: 89
 

(Last updated: January 22, 2018)

 

 

For more pictures of Broadway Macau, please click here: Broadway Macau Photobook

 

 

INTRODUCTION

Broadway Macau was originally known as the Grand Waldo, a property I once termed “the forgotten hotel of the Cotai Strip” and “a waste of space and resource.”  Galaxy Entertainment Group bought it in 2013 and then sat on it for nearly two years, keeping the doors shut until May 27th, 2015, the same day they opened the third Galaxy tower.  In its new incarnation, Broadway Macau servers as a kind of entertainment wing for Galaxy, highlighted by the 3,000 seat Broadway Theatre and outdoor food street that always has something on the go.  As for the casino and hotel, they both feel like secondary considerations.   

CASINO 

The casino at Broadway Macau is totally useless, limited to one fairly small room located next to the main hotel entrance.  Tables number 21 and only 3 games are offered: Baccarat, Commission Free Baccarat, and Sic Bo.  Minimums are way too high for such a small casino, with Baccarat starting from $1000, although you catch a break with Sic Bo because it’s only $100.  There are also 90 slot machines with lows of 10 and 20 cents, and electronic Sic Bo for $30. 

The casino is very red, gaudy and shiny, pretty much par for the course in Macau.  I didn’t see much of any drink service provided, only the occasional stack of free water bottles.

GAMES

Broadway Macau used to have a nice selection of games when it first opened in 2015.  That’s certainly not the case anymore. 

Baccarat - Minimum bet is $1000.  That’s the standard low for Baccarat in many casinos now.  The only cheap Baccarat on the floor is of the Commission Free variety.

Commission Free Baccarat - Players win only 50% on a won Banker bet that totals 6.  Minimum bet is $300.

Sic Bo - 8 different bets.  $100 Big/Small minimum.

Slot Machines - 90 slot machines, lows are 10 or 20 cents.  Live Gaming Baccarat is also available for $10, $20 and $50.

PROMOTIONS

Broadway Macau is a Galaxy Entertainment Group casino, so for an idea of their promotions, please check here: GEG Promotions.

HOTEL

I stayed at Broadway Macau a day after it re-opened and was very disappointed with the room I had.  With all the pomp and pageantry of the new launch that had Broadway mentioned in the same breath as Galaxy, I was definitely expecting something larger, newer and much more comfortable.  Instead, the room I had didn’t look like it had been renovated or upgraded since the hotel first opened in 2006.  It was much more to the level of Grandview or Hotel Taipa Square than anything you’d find across the road at Galaxy.

 

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Apart from that, everything in the room was in working order and clean, while check in and check out were both handled efficiently and well.  Contents in the mini bar were free, but that only amounted to 4 cans of soda and some chocolate.

 

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There are 340 rooms at Broadway Macau, with guest lodgings found on floors 3 to 10. 

Rates are in Hong Kong dollars, inclusive of all taxes and service charges.



You might as well stay at the Holiday Inn in Sands Cotai Central if you’re willing to pay these prices. 

POOL

Closed in winter, the pool at Broadway Macau is good to go from April until November, with hours from 8 am to 8 pm daily.  Barely adequate, you’ll probably have it all to yourself when you use it.  A better idea is to keep an eye on the Broadway website to see if you can get access to the pools across the road at Galaxy during your stay.  That special is sometimes offered and is probably worth it, especially if you’re travelling with children.

RESTAURANTS

Broadway Macau has over 40 eateries on the Broadway food street, with more than half of them outlets from some of Macau’s most famous local restaurants.  I think the point is to bring some of the local culture from the old Macau peninsula to those staying on the Cotai Strip, which isn’t a bad idea at all.  After reading a dining brochure that highlighted some of the street’s signature eateries and dishes, I decided to restaurant hop and try them all out.  Here's a quick dish by dish review of how it all went.

100 year old Tainan Dan-Tzai Noodles at Du Hsiao YuehDu Hsiao Yueh: 100 year old Tainan Dan-Tzai Noodles ($18)

This simple noodle dish is made of shrimp soup, bean sprouts, coriander and minced pork paste.  While the noodles were extremely fresh and everything tasted good, the bowl was way too small.  Honestly speaking, it needed to be 5 times larger to be considered any kind of proper meal.  I liked what I had, there just wasn’t enough of it. 

2 STARS

Shanghainese Xiao Long Bao at Nan Xiang Nan Xiang: Shanghainese Xiao Long Bao ($45)

Sweet Lord, I’ve never had dumplings this good.  They melt in your mouth and then the taste just explodes.  Most of the filling is a soup that you experience first and then the pork meat finishes things off after.  Stunning.  I also tried the Stuffed Bun with Vegetables for $28 which were good as well, but next time, I’m going straight for the Steamed Pork Dumplings and ordering 3 servings.  They are masterful. 

5 STARS

Marinated Goose Slices at Hung’s DelicaciesHung’s Delicacies: Marinated Goose Slices ($198)

Goose is a great Southern delicacy but the people at Hung’s Delicacies don’t do it right.  First off, the dish is in fact half goose and half tofu, which I did not expect after paying $198.  Secondly, the taste was very bland and way too low key for my liking.  While the meat was soft and juicy, it just didn’t have enough kick for me.  The sour sauce that came with it didn’t help much either. 

2 STARS


Shrimp Roe Dried Noodles at Wong Kun Sio KungWong Kun Sio Kung: Shrimp Roe Dried Noodles ($80)

I think this is an outlet of Huang Guan restaurant which is located on Rua de Campo in downtown Macau.  When I first tried the Shrimp Roe noodles I thought they were way too dry, but that was before I added the spice and tea.  Once I mixed everything together, the dish took off and was excellent.  I think Westerners might enjoy it too because it’s kind of exotic but not too far out there.  The way the shrimp paste and dry noodles contrasted with the tea and spice was quite pleasant to the palate.  Highly recommended!

4.5 STARS 

Tofu Pudding at Ving Kei Tao Fu Min SekVing Kei Tao Fu Min Sek: Tofu Pudding ($18)

No offense to the Chinese intended, but they can’t do desserts and it shows.  I’ve been in many a sweet shop where everything looks delicious only to eat it and then find meat inside.  Of course, there’s also their wonderful flavours, like green tea and red bean paste which are just flat out weird.  Well, here’s another one to add to the list: Tofu Pudding.  Tofu has no taste and that’s what you get with this dessert.  Which is to say, not a whole hell of a lot. 

1.5 STARS

That wrapped up my lunch on Broadway Street.  I returned in the evening for Round 2.

Ba Shan Spicy Noodles on Broadway Food StreetBa Shan Spicy Noodles: Ba Shan Spicy Noodles ($55)

First off, let me say that these noodles are made with rice so right off the bat there’s a strike against it.  Rice noodles are notoriously bland, weak and pointless.  Ok, so they packed the dish with a lot of spice and some duck meat to compensate for it, but it wasn’t enough.  The duck meat was a cheap cut too, bone dry and unappealing. 

2 STARS

Katong Laksa Lemak at Katong CornerKatong Corner: Katong Laksa Lemak ($78)

Singaporean Prawn Laksa.  Ladies and gentlemen, I think I have a new love in my life.  Laksa Lemak is a creamy soup made of coconut milk and slightly spicy curry, mixed together with noodles and seafood.  If you order this, it’s like you’ve ordered three dishes in one, and they’re all spectacular.  Laksa Lemak was the best dish I tried on the food street and one I will definitely return to try again.  Make sure to order a side bowl of rice as well, because the curry tastes great when mixed together with it. 

5 STARS

Roast Suckling Pig at Xin Dau JiXin Dau Ji: Roast Suckling Pig ($228 for a quarter helping)

Xin Dau Ji is not actually on the Broadway food street, it’s on the other side of Broadway Theatre facing the Galaxy.  I’m kind of surprised they lumped it together with all of the eateries on the food street because Xin Dau Ji is a proper restaurant with some Michelin recognition, not some fast food joint serving $15 noodles.  Regardless, I tried their signature Roast Suckling Pig, which ran $228 for a quarter helping and took about 20 minutes to prepare.  All in all, it wasn’t too bad but definitely not the best Suckling Pig I’ve ever had.  The skin was extremely crunchy, and the meat was tender, but also a little cold, which I didn’t like.  It wasn’t terrible by any means, but not very memorable either. 

3 STARS

Herbal Turtle Jelly at Wa Song HungWa Song Hung: Herbal Turtle Jelly ($48)

I don’t know how many of you have been to see traditional Chinese doctors, but their offices invariably have a kind of weird smell that isn’t offensive, but you wouldn’t want to eat something that tastes like it either.  Well, with this Herbal Turtle Jelly, they decided to package that smell and sell it as a dessert and the results could have not been more disgusting.  It was like eating horrible tasting medicine and I was feeling pretty damn good that night ladies and gentlemen… until I tried this, of course.  Do not, under any circumstances, buy this or even entertain the notion of buyng this.  Just don’t do it.

0 STARS


That wrapped up my little tour of the Broadway food street and the results were a bit of a mixed bag.  The best things I tried were fantastic, while I think the majority of dishes were just okay, and probably shouldn’t be famous at all.  I enjoyed the process though, restaurant hopping and ordering one dish before moving on to the next joint, wondering how it all would turn out.  I think foodies would definitely enjoy it and should seize the opportunity to experience the food street in the same manner that I did.  I really can't think of any other place in Macau that's like it, where so many diverse dishes and snacks are on offer in such a small, concentrated area.  Sure, there are tons of shops around the city selling pastries and desserts, but those aren't restaurants and you can’t sit down and eat, so it’s not the same at all.  Broadway Food Street burns the midnight oil too, with most joints making it to 3 am every night.

Besides the food street, there's one more place to eat in the Broadway Macau hotel building.

Broadway Kitchen
- Broadway Kitchen is open 24 hours and does cheaper fast food Chinese fare.  Prices are as follows:

All Day Breakfast: $78 to $98
Congee: $15 to $58
Dim Sum: $22 to $58
Chef’s Recommendations: $78 to $98
Noodles: $55 to $68
Soup: $38 to $88
Sandwiches/Pasta: $68 to $88
Cantonese BBQ: $78 to $98
Chinese Specialties: $48 to $168

HEALTH CLUB/SPA

For all the space they have at Broadway, you'd think they'd give a little more of it to the gym.  While the fitness centre is certainly comprehensive, featuring a lot of machines and equipment, there just isn't enough room.  If it were double the size that would help a great deal. 

The gym is located on the ground floor close to the pool and keeps hours from 7 am to 9:30 pm daily. 

As for spas and sauna facilities, guests must go to the Galaxy resort for Banyan Tree Spa or the Espa at the Ritz Carlton.  Both places only offer treatments and both places are extremely expensive. 

ENTERTAINMENT


Broadway Macau has two main sources of entertainment: the large 3000 seat Broadway Theatre and evening street performances on Broadway street.  For an idea of who’ll be visiting the theatre, you can keep tabs on the Broadway Macau website, while all of the entertainment on Broadway street is free.  The action really ratchets up at night with a diverse list of performers, which include pedicab singers, stilt walkers and roaming musicians.  There’s live music every night on a stage that’s been set up on the back of semi trailer truck that’s cleverly called “Band on the Run”.  The current house band is Bobo and Gang, who play Chinese pop covers every night from 8:30 pm to midnight.

BARS

Broadway Macau has two drinking establishments on Broadway Street.


The Roadhouse - The Roadhouse has both indoor and outdoor seating, as well as live entertainment six nights a week.  The shows start at 9:30 pm from Monday to Thursdays and from 10 pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and continue all the way until 2 am.  Expect to hear some combination of rock, blues and pop. 

Happy Hour is from 5 pm to 8 pm daily, when they run a Buy 1 Get 1 Free Special.  On Tuesdays you can get glasses of wine for 20 Mops, while Wednesday is half price off all Sangria.  There’s also free tacos on Wednesday night and free sliders on Thursday evenings.  If you’re wondering what sliders are I had to ask too, and the answer is small hamburgers.  On Saturday from 8 pm to 12 am they also run a Buy 1 Get 1 Free special on shooters. 

Drinks at the Roadhouse are all reasonably priced, with beer $45 to $57, hard stuff $65 to $130 and cocktails $70 or $75.  Bottles of wine range from $270 to $420 while whisky is $70 to $100 and shooters $50 to $99.  There’s also a comprehensive food menu with appetizers $40 to $95, salads $60 or $90 and burgers and sandwiches $80 to $160.  Standard pub fare like grilled chicken, baby back ribs, and fish and chips are $70 to $350 while pizza is $100 to $130 and steak $130 to $250.  There’s also a fantastic looking Mexican menu featuring burritos ($100 to $135), fajitas ($120 to $160), tortillas ($100 to $120) and quesadillas ($100).

The Roadhouse is generally considered to be one of the two best bars ion Macau, with the other being the Old Taipa Tavern in Taipa Village.

The Roadhouse is open from 4 pm to 4 am (Monday to Thursday), 4 pm to 6 am (Friday), 12 pm to 6 am (Saturday) and 12 pm to 4 am (Sunday).

Duffy’s Irish Pub - Duffy’s Irish Pub is a lot more low key than the Roadhouse, it’s the place to go to if you want to keep things low key and just chill.  It’s also the venue to watch live sports, particularly those popular in the UK, like soccer, rugby and cricket.  The bar is owned by the same people who run the Roadhouse, that’s why their food menu is the same.  Drink prices are a bit different though, with beer available for $40 to $72, cocktails $70 to $75 and draught beer (including Guinness) $68 to $90.  Other choices include house wine for $50, shooters for $55 to $99 and sangria for $220 a jug.

Duffy’s Irish Pub is open everyday from 5 pm to 2 am.

SHOPPING

There are a few shops selling souvenirs on Broadway street, but it’s mostly just small stuff.  For a real shopping experience, head over to the Galaxy for the Promenade, their luxurious retail quarter home to over 200 brand name designer outlets and fashion boutiques. 

SUMMARY

Although Broadway Macau is marketed as a new hotel, it's actually almost ten years old and you can really see it in the lackluster rooms and facilities.  Some modern refurbishment would definitely go a long way in making it a more appealing living destination.  The only reason to stay there would to be to pay a little more so you can access the pools across the road at Galaxy for free, but that special isn’t on all the time.  Hopefully it returns in the future.    

 

LOCATION

Connected to the Galaxy via an elevated walkway, Broadway Macau is a little removed from the main action on the Cotai Strip.  To get to the Venetian and the City of Dreams, it would probably take 20 minutes on foot.  For those who have never been to the Cotai Strip, it's really in the middle of nowhere.  There are no buildings, shops, or businesses, just big empty lots and massive hotel complexes.