Grand Lisboa

General Information

Address: Avenida De Lisboa
Number of Rooms: 430
Number of Tables: 270
Slot Machines: 500

For more photos, please click the link: Grand Lisboa

Highlights

  • World class building design that you’ll either love or hate.
  • Best casino on the peninsula, with Baccarat just $300 and Blackjack $200.
  • Home to two restaurants with Michelin stars: Robuchon Au Dome (***) and The 8 (**)
  • Great looking pool that is easily among the best ones in town.

 

 

The Maven Meter: Grand Lisboa Casino & Hotel

(Last updated: April 27, 2024)

INTRODUCTION

The Grand Lisboa is barely a decade old, but it’s already a Macau landmark.  Located beside its sister hotel, the (now) low key Lisboa, the Grand Lisboa steals the show with its oversized reflective dome bottom and glaring gold tower.  Soaring high above the Amizade Strip at 856 feet, it’s the tallest building in Macau.

At night, the hotel is ablaze in a flurry of light and color, a stunning spectacle to behold that always draws loads of tourists to its large lotus flower base, cameras most definitely in hand.

Grand Lisboa Photo Gallery

Grand Lisboa outside
Grand Lisboa
Grand Lisboa lobby
Grand Lisboa Lobby
Grand Lisboa staircase and chandelier
Majestic Staircase and Chandelier
Grand Lisboa antique furniture
Grand Lisboa Antique Furniture
Grand Lisboa outdoor pool
Outdoor Pool

GRAND LISBOA CASINO

The Grand Lisboa casino takes a few themes from the old Lisboa and combines them with a lot more space and colour.  Fans of the Lisboa will appreciate the Grand Lisboa’s dark walls and black circular beams, as well as the giant glowing orb on the first level that pays homage to all of the ones that change colour on the Lisboa’s second floor.

Although similarities between the two casinos do exist, the Grand Lisboa possesses an extra dimension of space and light that the Lisboa has never had.  The same sense of elegance that exudes from the Grand Lisboa’s eye catching exterior and lavish lobby is repeated throughout the casino, making it a very pleasant place to gamble in.  I always personally just enjoy being on its broad floor and under its gold roof.

One of Macau’s largest casinos, the Grand Lisboa offers 270 tables and around 500 slots.  Minimums are excellent for a casino of its size, with Baccarat, Commission Free Baccarat, Blackjack, and Roulette all available for only $200.  Slots start at 5 cents and max out at $1, while electronic games consist of Roulette ($10), Big Wheel ($25), Baccarat ($20), and Sic Bo ($20).

In a major oddity for an SJM casino, free beer is available at the tables, provided you can prove you’re actually gambling.  Don’t expect that generosity for slot play though, because it simply won’t happen.

They’ve opened a new evening buffet on the first floor as well, right by the elevated bridge that connects the Grand Lisboa to the Lisboa.  I don’t know the quality, but the price is right, only $168 per head.   Hours are from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, and 10:00 pm to 3:00 am daily.

Along with Ponte 16, the Grand Lisboa is the only other casino in town to offer a sports book, which unfortunately just offers soccer, and no major North American sports.  Off track horse racing bets can also be made there.

GRAND LISBOA CASINO GAMES

The Grand Lisboa no longer offers Fortune Wheel, but you can play Big Wheel instead on the electronic gaming machine.

Baccarat – Minimum bet is only $300 on the 3rd floor.  Am I back in 2011??

Commission Free Baccarat –  Also only $300, which is almost never happening in a casino of this size and name brand.

Blackjack – Minimum bet is just $200, which I applaud them for.

Caribbean Stud Poker – Minimum bet is $300.  For those betting the progressive jackpot, the Grand Lisboa also has two other meters going, one between $1000 and $2000, and the other between $10,000 and $20,000.  It seems winners are just picked periodically at random, receiving the whole prize themselves.

Sic Bo – Minimum bet is $200.

Slots – Slots start at 5 cents and top out at $1.  In a mild upset, there is no Live Baccarat, only Electronic Versions of Baccarat ($20), Big Wheel ($25), Roulette ($5) and Sic Bo ($10).  For the cheapest electronic games, head to the basement.

Three Card Baccarat – Minimum bet is $300.

Three Card Poker – Minimums are $300.

War – Minimum bet is $300.  This is the only casino in Macau that still offers this game.

GRAND LISBOA CASINO PROMOTIONS

Dead Chip Program – The Grand Lisboa used to run a few more VIP programs.  Now I just see one.

These rates more than hold their own against any other big named casino group in Macau.

Mass Gaming Promotions – I usually don’t share this information anymore, but I’ve always loved the Grand Lisboa, and the rewards are easily understood, advertised on several screens around the casino.  Let’s start with the promotional chip/ebonus/F&B bonus, tied to weekly point accumulation starting on Thursdays and ending on Wednesdays.

Grand Lisboa rooms can be had by accumulating 50 points in 1 day (Sunday to Thursday) and 68 points (Friday and Saturday).

The last thing I saw was free limo service to Hong Kong by accumulating 28 points in 1 day.

GRAND LISBOA HOTEL

Even though the Grand Lisboa was meant to be a modern version of the original Lisboa hotel, it’s very difficult to find similarities between them.

Grand Lisboa lobby with Christmas tree

The Grand Lisboa is cut from the same cloth as the WynnMGM or anything you’d find down on the Cotai Strip.  That’s to say, it offers all the amenities and comfort of a contemporary 5 star hotel, but none of the personality or style that made the Lisboa what it was, a landmark hotel synonymous with Macau for over 50 years.

Grand Lisboa front desk

Perhaps the only parallel I can draw between the two hotels is that both of their lobbies are superbly designed, and full of paintings, sculpture, jade and other artwork that Mr Ho collected through the years.

Grand Lisboa flying birds

While the Lisboa probably has twice as many pieces on display than the Grand Lisboa, I doubt any of them are worth more than the Grand Lisboa’s Star of Stanley Ho, or the Bronze Horse Head taken from the Old Summer Palace.

Grand Lisboa Stanley Ho statue

The Star of Stanley Ho is the world’s largest cushion shaped internally flawless D-color diamond, and while I don’t know its price, I guess it cost more than the $8.85 million US dollars Ho paid for the horse head.

Grand Lisboa Summer Palace horse head

(Sadly, the horse head is no long there, having been returned to a museum in Beijing in 2019.)

Regardless, all of the art on display in the Grand Lisboa lobby is worth a look, as is the lobby itself.  In my opinion, the only better one in the city is the one next door.

Post-Covid, the rates at the Grand Lisboa shot up by a good $700 on weekdays, similar to what happened at MGM Macau.  If you’re going to be spending so much money on a room on the old Peninsula, definitely stay at Wynn Macau instead.

Prices below are in Macau Mops, including all tax and service charges:

As always, make sure to check out third party travel websites like Booking.com or Agoda to make sure you’re getting the lowest rates.

Grand Lisboa Hotel Room

I stayed at the Grand Lisboa for one night on October 19, 2017.  Back then, Deluxe Kings only went for $1407 Mops, which was quite the bargain.

Check in was a hassle as I tried to do it early, around 1 pm.  After getting registered and paying the standard $1000 deposit, I was given a card with my room number and a reminder to come back at 3 pm when it would be ready.  Upon return I expected the concierge would just hand over a room key but I was made to stand in line again for another 20 minutes.  As I stood there stewing I asked the bellhop why I had to check in twice, which he conveniently forgot to answer.  Oh well, I thought, at least the process is almost finished.

Having stayed at the Lisboa before I kind of knew what to expect from the Grand Lisboa room and it didn’t disappoint.  What is usually outlawed by decency and common sense is typically allowed to flourish, as evidenced by the Batman inspired lampshades, hanging crystal and whatever that fluffy red rose thing is that hangs over the bed.

Grand Lisboa Deluxe King room

All in all, it struck me as a cheap version of a honeymoon suite, especially with the plush cushioned end bench beside the bed that can’t serve any other function but to facilitate carnal delights.  (I know that’s how we used it.).

Grand Lisboa Deluxe King bedroom

For a “grand” hotel I also wasn’t impressed by the quality of the furniture, desk, tables or chairs, which paled in comparison to the beautiful antique ones next door at the Lisboa.

Grand Lisboa Deluxe King room desk

There were positives however, starting with the minibar, which was free and fully stocked with beer, juice and soda.  The TV also had three free porn channels, which you could access after phoning housekeeping and getting a code.

The bathroom was large and spotless, featuring a small jacuzzi bathtub, stand up shower and a lot of space to move around.  There was even a TV inside the mirror and another one in front of the toilet, which are nice design touches that more modern hotels should have.

Grand Lisboa Deluxe King bathroom

I also like it when there’s a phone next to the shitter as well, because I can’t think of better time to order room service or talk to your significant other than when you’re spraying a little mud.

Grand Lisboa Deluxe King shower Grand Lisboa Deluxe King jacuzzi

The best part of the room however was undoubtedly the view.  It was simply magnificent, facing directly out into the teeth of the Amizade Strip and all of its major properties.  When you’re up so high and can peer out and see something like that, it invariably gives you a little boost, like you’re above whatever you’re seeing, in a figurative sense.  Macau and all its greatness is under you and that is one sweet feeling to have.

Amizade Strip at night

All shortcomings of the room aside, the view totally made up for it with me, and I would definitely consider staying there again because of it.  If you’re considering in a higher end property on the old Peninsula, the Grand Lisboa might be your best option, when you factor in price, location and value.

Wynn Macau water show with fire

The Wynn no doubt has the better rooms and is the better hotel but it’s also $600 to $1200 Mops more, which is not an inconsequential difference.

Get down with the gaud and save a little coin while you’re at it, as you pimp the porn and rock the view.  You could definitely do much worse than the Grand Lisboa on the Amizade Strip.

Update: No way that view is worth spending $2300 on, if prices remain as high as they are now.

GRAND LISBOA POOL

One of my dreams before I die is to kick it for a week at the Grand Lisboa pool, sucking down Caipirinhas beside the Roman pillars and waterfalls.

Grand Lisboa outdoor pool

That’s when I know I’ve made it in life for sure.

Grand Lisboa outdoor pool and waterfall

Located on the fifth floor, the pool keeps hours daily from 8 am to 10 pm.

GRAND LISBOA DINING

The Grand Lisboa is a major player in the Macau dining scene, home to three restaurants with Michelin star distinction.

There’s also a buffet available on the first floor of the casino, costing $168 per person.  I didn’t have a look at the quality of it, but it’s on from 6:00 pm to 9 pm and 10 pm to 3 am daily.  Gotta make sure those punters are fuelled up!!

Robuchon Au Dome – Three star Michelin joint is long on reputation and short on substance.  I had the set lunch meal deal here a few years ago and trust me, don’t waste your time.  Apart from severe disappointment, the only other thing I felt after the meal were burning pangs of hunger.  Not only were the servings minuscule but half of them were ordinary at best.  The soup tasted like something like out of a can in a supermarket while I’ve had better tasting fish served straight from a mainland vegetable market stall.  How this place got three Michelin stars I’ll never know.  They don’t even deserve one.  As my friend said, the best part about the lunch was the sparkling water.

The lunch meal I tried now runs $998 (3 courses), $1198 (4 courses), and $1398 (5 courses).  Wine is extra with 2 glasses ($428), 3 glasses ($528) and 4 glasses ($628).  Make reservations at another restaurant after you go though, even if try the full course, because you’re going to need them.

Maybe things turn around at night with their 6, 8 and 10 course set meals for $2988, $3888 and $3588, but you’ll be paying a lot to find out.

Apart from that, there’s also a small 2 page a la carte menu featuring appetizers for $518 to $1188 and main dish meat and seafood favourites for $888 to $2998.

Located at the very top of the Grand Lisboa, one nice thing I can say about the restaurant is that is very very beautiful.

Hours daily are from 12 pm to 2:30 pm and 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm.

The 8 – The 8 also has 3 Michelin stars, but unlike Robuchon, they deserve every one of them.  Serving the best in Cantonese cuisine, most appetizers run between $90 and $200, while vegetables are $140 to $280 and rice and noodles $280 to $880.  Barbecue specialties run $90 to $290, while seafood is $160 to $2600 and main meat dishes $280 to $960.  Abalone is based on daily market rates while bird’s nest is a very reasonable $380 to $880.

In the evening, they have 8 course set menu for $3280 per person, or $4080 with wine.  Anyone got any good lottery numbers for a poor old Maven??

Please note that their dim sum lunches are extremely popular and reservations are almost always essential, particularly on weekends.  A touch expensive, as you’d expect, steamed dim sum is $60 to $128, while baked/deep fried varieties are $60 to $90 while sweet dessert like types are $60 to $120.

For a review of my dinner there, please click here: Trip Report III.

The 8 is located on the 2nd floor and keeps hours daily from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm and 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm.  On Mondays they are closed.

Casa Don Alfonso – The Grand Lisboa’s Italian eatery, Casa Don Alfonso’s prices are coming down as the years go on.  Appetizers are now between $120 and $220, while pizza is $180 to $220 and pasta $140 to $300.  Main course seafood and meat dishes are just $300 to $450 while dessert is a flat $100.

As for set meals, I think they only offer one at lunch, where 2 courses go for $360 and $420, while 3 courses is for $500.

For oenophiles and wine snobs alike, Casa Don Alfonso’s wine list offers more than 7,400 labels.

For a review of my dinner there, please click here: Casa Don Alfonso.

Located on the 3rd floor, Casa Don Alfonso opens daily from 12:00 pm to 2:30 pm and from 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm at night.  It closes on Tuesdays.

The Kitchen – The Kitchen got a Michelin star in 2015, but I’ve never wanted to eat there.  Prices are outrageous, with their Australian wagyu $800 to $1800, US steak $610 to $1550 and Kagoshima beef $500 to $1200…. per 100 grams.  Riiiigght.

Other selections on the a la carte menu still drop the hammer, with appetizers $150 to $320, soup $90 to $165, Chef’s Recommendations $480 to $740 and seafood $320 to $2500.

Set meals at lunch aren’t much of a bargain either as they run $430, $530 and $630 respectively, just for 2 courses!  In the evening, a 5 course dinner set costs $980, or $1580 with wine.

The Kitchen is right beside Don Alfonso on the 3rd floor.  Hours daily are from 12 pm to 2:30 pm and from 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm.

South Kitchen – Located on the U2 floor, South Kitchen does affordable Chinese fare with the majority of dishes under $100.  In specific, rice and noodles run $75 to $120, soup $45 or $60 and barbecue meat $90 to $130.  Cantonese noodles and congee are $65 to $190 while an large local delicacy selection costs $80 to $180.   Dim sum is available only at lunch and ranges in price from $45 to $65.

South Kitchen stays open 24 hours.

Bei Xiang Guan -Bei Xiang Guan opened some time during Covid, and serves delicious Northern Chinese cuisine.  Prices are very similar to South Kitchen, with appetizers $55 to $80, soup $45 or $65 and dumplings $45 to $60.  A large noodle selection runs between $80 and $90 while regional delicacies from Shanghai and Sichuan are $80 to $260.

Also located on the Upper 2nd Floor, Bei Xiang Guan never closes.

Round-the-Clock Coffee Shop – Round the Clock Coffee Shop does both Western and Chinese cuisine with most things on the menu under $200.  Appetizers, soup and salad stay between $50 and $120, while pasta, sandwiches and burgers are $70 to $145 and Specials Recommendations $145 to $300.  Portuguese and Macanese favourites are $100 to $210, while Chinese delicacies run $45 to $185 and regional Asian fare $75 to $145.  There’s also rice and noodles ($85 to $170), Chinese barbecue ($85 to $155) and desserts ($30 to $98).

For early risers, three breakfast sets range in price from $100 to $190 while cereal, yoghurt and fruit are $45 to $65 and various egg presentations $100 to $145.  There’s also hot cakes, congee, noodles and fried rice available for $50 to $145 while 3 dim sum choices are for $48 to $52.

As the name suggests, the restaurant is open 24/7, and is located on the Upper 2nd Floor.

Crystal Lounge & Deli – I’m still sickened by everything that the Crystal Lounge & Deli has become.  It used to be the only place in town to get an amazing deli sandwich, now it’s all cheap noodles and nonsense.  Like pissing on a Picasso, SJM has committed an inexcusable, indefensible act.

For the very worst dining experience you can get, Chinese fast food crap runs $50 to $70 for noodles and $70 to $95 for rice. Some pathetic Hong Kong style sandwiches may still be around for $30 or $40.

The Crystal Lounge and Deli overlooks the first floor gaming level and is open 24 hours.

GRAND LISBOA SPA

A high end spa is a necessity in any high end Macau hotel, and the Grand Lisboa is no different.  Now just called “The Spa at Grand Lisboa,” 30 to 90 minute facials run $680 to $1450, while hour long body treatments are $950/$1000 and 60 to 120 minute massages $1000 to $2000.

60 to 120 minute Grand Lisboa signature rituals will set you back $1050/$1450/$2100 while one 90 minute spa treatment is $1800.

Located on the 5th floor, the Spa at the Grand Lisboa is open daily from 8 am to 12 am.

As for free spa amenities, the Grand Lisboa only offers a sauna for men, and a steam room for women.  Both are located on the 5th floor in the pool changing rooms.

ENTERTAINMENT

The Crazy Paris Show takes place daily from 1:00 pm to 9:00 pm on the main casino floor.  A Macau mainstay for decades, it’s a cabaret style performance featuring scantily clad foreign beauties, many of whom could be considered goddesses.

Exquisite and exemplary examples of the female form, they entertain in a multitude of ways, with everything from pole dancing to Brazilian can can, hoop work to other more risque endeavours.  Best of all, the entire show is free.

Perhaps it will return in the future, but as of July 2023, the Crazy Paris Show is no more.

BARS

The main bar at Grand Lisboa is located in the casino where the Crazy Paris Show used to take place.  The only other place to drink is at the small Lotus Lounge, located in the lobby.

Lotus Lounge – I don’t think the drink menu at Lotus Lounge has changed a lick in the last 10 years.  Prices remain as low as ever with beers ($40 to $45), cocktails ($50) and various shots of liquor ($30 to $40).  There’s also freshly squeezed juice ($50), coffee ($40) and tea ($40 to $55).

A small snack menu consists of 10 options, with choices that include Chef’s Salad ($100), Deep Fried Onion Rings ($35), Chicken Wings ($75), Fish and Chips ($75), and Seasonal Fruit Platter ($65).

Lotus Lounge is open daily from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.  It’s closed on Wednesdays.

THE LAST WORD

There aren’t many negative things to report about the Grand Lisboa. There’s exceptional dining, one beautiful pool and lobby, as well as an unforgettable and unique building design.

Grand Lisboa wooden Buddha

It clearly delivers on its billing as a luxurious five star hotel, probably only trailing the Wynn Macau in this part of town.

Grand Lisboa moon art

As for the casino, it gets my vote as the best one on the old Peninsula.  With good game selection and many low minimums of just $200, it puts the Wynn Macau, MGM Macau and Sands Macao to shame.

Grand Lisboa lobby artwork

You’ve got to love all the art in the lobby as well!

Grand Lisboa smiling Buddha

Is anyone that fat ever that happy??  Do they ever take their shirt off in public either??

GRAND LISBOA LOCATION

The Grand Lisboa has a fantastic location, just off of San Ma Lo and within walking distance to Senado Square and the Historic Quarter.

General Information

Address: Avenida De Lisboa
Number of Rooms: 430
Number of Tables: 270
Slot Machines: 500

For more photos, please click the link: Grand Lisboa

Highlights

  • World class building design that you’ll either love or hate.
  • Best casino on the peninsula, with Baccarat just $300 and Blackjack $200.
  • Home to two restaurants with Michelin stars: Robuchon Au Dome (***) and The 8 (**)
  • Great looking pool that is easily among the best ones in town.

 

 

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Able Huang

Back in it’s glory days, Grand Lisboa was the best place to play in Macau. The glorious product of Stanly Ho’s legacy. Ain’t nothin better than playing at a nice clean, safe, non-smoking casino. With good rules and low minimum. Free soft drinks. A bar is available in front of the free Paris stage shows. Watching the Paris ladies showing off their beautiful long legs. Award-winning restaurants. Perfect location. Win, lose, or draw; you gonna have a great experience. One downside is that their casino hosts and staffs don’t speak any English. The property prefers mainland players that drop big… Read more »