Maven Meter: Rocks Hotel / Babylon Casino
(Last Updated: May 20, 2020)
Situated beside each other on the far end of Fisherman’s Wharf, the Rocks Hotel is the de facto hotel of the Babylon Casino, and has been since both properties opened in December 2006.
Macau Legend Development Limited controls both entities, along with the whole of Fisherman’s Wharf, which includes the Harbourview Hotel and Legend Palace.
BABYLON CASINO & ROCKS HOTEL PHOTO GALLERY
The Babylon might have a bit of an isolated location, but it gets my vote as the best looking casino in the city. The main gaming floor is circular in shape and dominated by a large sun shaped chandelier, which looks very sharp when viewed together with the blue lamp torches on the 2nd floor. Beautifully carved sculptures of powerful Arabian beasts such as lions, dragons, bulls and preying birds adorn the walls on all sides along with rows of astrological figures, a novel juxtaposition that works just fine. The 2nd floor used to have a room that was even more gorgeous, but unfortunately it’s not open to the public anymore.
Tables at the Babylon number 31, all of which are found on the ground floor. Minimums are mostly between $100 to $300, and only four games are offered: Baccarat, Commission Free Baccarat, Blackjack, and Sic Bo. Slots number 43 and start from 5 and 10 cents, while Live Gaming Baccarat is $50. To no one’s surprise, the Poker Room they tried to get going two years ago folded before the flop, because that’s exactly what it was.
There is one place to eat at the Babylon, but it’s very small. The tiny Al-Frat Cafe, located just off the casino floor, seats only four. The menu is just as limited, featuring sandwiches ($28/$38), gross congee ($28/$68). rice and noodles ($38 to $138) and specialty dishes ($58 to $118).
BABYLON CASINO GAMES
Baccarat – Minimum bet is $300.
Commission Free Baccarat – Minimum bet is $300.
Blackjack – One table. Minimum bet of $100.
Sic Bo – 5 bets in total. Minimum $50 Big/Small, Even/Odd.
Slot machines – 43 machines, with 5 and 10 cent minimums. Also has $50 Live Baccarat.
BABYLON CASINO PROMOTIONS
Babylon’s VIP program only requires a $5000 buy in, and returns 0.9% cash back or 1.2% in complimentary allowance. The allowance can be used for rooms and F&B at the Rocks and Harbourview hotels, as well as in Fisherman’s Wharf restaurant outlets.
They also offer various buy in programs from $5000 to $50000.
- $5000: Lunch Buffet at Harbourview Hotel
- $10000: Free Standard Class HK-Macau Ferry Ticket OR $99 Buffet Dinner at Harbourview Hotel
- $20000: Free Superior Class HK-Macau Ferry Ticket
- $30000: Free massage at Harbourview Hotel Spa
- $40000: Harbourview Hotel Room (Sun-Thu)
- $50000: Harbourview Hotel Room (Fri-Sat)
The Rocks Hotel is a total sham, a piece of 21st Century Eurotrash that wants you to believe it’s been around since 1825.
Don’t let the white balconies or Victorian charm fool you though, this hotel is all (French) window dressing and nothing more.
Opening in 2006, the Rocks Hotel offers 72 rooms spread out over 5 floors, with prices are very similar to the nearby Harbourview Hotel.
Rates are in Macau Mops and include all tax and service charges.
I often see Rocks rooms advertised on Trip.com or other similar sites for around $850 per night, so check there first.
ROCKS HOTEL RESTAURANTS
There’s only one restaurant at the Rocks Hotel, but it’s excellent. Vic’s Restaurant, located beside the lobby, ranks as my greatest find of 2019.
Prices are as follows:
Tapas: $138 to $238 Family style sharing: $328 to $1488
Starters: $98 to $148 Seafood: $158 to $788
Soup: $58 to $128 Meat: $138 to $288
Vegetarian: $88 to $169 Dessert: $58 to $78
The wine list is exclusively Portuguese, which should be totally fine with everyone. While the selection is outstanding, it can be a little expensive.
Green Wine (bottles): $208 to $498
White Wine (bottles): $188 to $1008
Red Wine (bottles): $188 to $6888
For a review of my excellent dinner there, please follow the link: Vic’s Restaurant
Vic’s Restaurant keeps hours from 7:00 am to 11:00 pm daily.
Guests have free access to the gym at the neighbouring Harbourview Hotel, a definite upgrade to the sorry one that’s at the Rocks.
The Sky Lounge on the top floor of the Rocks isn’t manned by permanent staff, but someone will eventually show up there if you do when it opens at 4 pm.
The drink menu is extensive, and fairly priced as well.
House Wine: $58
Port Wine: $48 to $98
Champagne (bottles): $488 to $2888
Beer: $40 to $50
Hard Stuff: $38 to $168
As for bottles of wine, they use the same wine list as at Vic Restaurant.
If the over/under on the number of patrons that the Sky Lounge gets per week is 4.5, I’m hammering the Under hard. It doesn’t exist or function as a proper venue.
Hours daily are from 4 pm to 1 am.
THE LAST WORD
If you plan to stay near the Macau Ferry Terminal and spend around $1000 for a room, do yourself a favour and stay at the Grand Lapa instead. It might be $200 or $300 more, but it will be worth every Mop.
As for the gaming, the Babylon will do just fine if you’re into cheap Sic Bo or Blackjack. It also might be the coolest looking casino in town, with all of its burning torches, flaming suns, and Babylonian dragons.
The Rocks Hotel and Babylon Casino are located in Fisherman’s Wharf, right across the street from the Sands.