The Maven Meter: Grandview Casino & Hotel
(Last updated: May 20, 2020)
GRANDVIEW HOTEL INTRODUCTION
Grandview Hotel is a sister hotel to Casa Real on the old Peninsula, with both entities falling under the umbrella of Hong Kong’s Golden Resorts Group. I’ve always been a fan of both properties, seeing how well they’ve been maintained and managed through the years. Believe me, in terms of older four star hotels in Macau, you could certainly do a lot worse.
Given its close proximity to the horse track, Grandview’s casino is also known as the Jockey Club casino, which should not be confused with the useless one that’s actually named that at Macau Roosevelt.
Run on the SJM license through a third party operator, the Grandview casino is a low stakes Baccarat Hall with 18 tables that offers surprisingly good promotions for the budget gambler.
Grandview Photo Gallery
GRANDVIEW CASINO GAMES
Baccarat – Minimum bet is $300.
Commission Free Baccarat – Minimum bet is $100.
Sic Bo – 5 different bets are available. Minimum bet is only $50.
Slot Machines – 78 machines with minimums between 5 and 20 cents. Also has $20 and $50 Live Baccarat and Electronic versions of Roulette ($30) and Sic Bo ($30).
GRANDVIEW CASINO PROMOTIONS
Promotional chip customers receive the following deals:
1. Amounts rolled between $10,000 and $10,000,000 return 1.05% (1.0% cash back + 0.05% comp allowance)
2. Amounts rolled over $10,000,000 return 1.1% (1.05% cash back + 0.05% comp allowance)
3. A $5000 buy in returns five $20 dining coupons or one $100 dining coupon.
4. A $10,000 buy in returns a $100 gambling chip or a $150 dining coupon.
Free rooms require the following buy ins:
I’m not sure why standard rooms and suites cost the same on the weekend, maybe they’ll just give you the best room that is still available.
Golden Times VIP Club – Located on the 1st Floor, Golden Times is Grandview’s only VIP club. I’ve always liked their staff so I’m happy to share their rates with you, something I usually don’t do anymore.
Registering an account requires a $50,000 buy in, while the rate of return is 1.15% (1.1% cash plus 0.05% comp allowance.)
Grandview Hotel may be 30 years old, but it’s aged pretty well and remains a very good budget option in Taipa.
I’ve probably stayed there 4 or 5 times since 2010, and never had a poor experience.
Rates below are in Macau Mops, inclusive of all taxes and fees.
If going through Trip.com or Agoda, rooms probably cost about $200 to $300 less per night.
GRANDVIEW HOTEL ROOM
The Grandview rooms aren’t going to be rocking anyone’s Instagram anytime soon, but they’re good enough for me.
Fairly large and always very clean, they’re perfectly acceptable for the price you pay.
Sorry for not getting better pics of the bathroom, but that was a much younger me handling the camera back then!
Why does anyone ever have to get old???
Grandview’s outdoor swimming pool is pretty large for a 4 star hotel, measuring 7 by 14 meters. Unheated, it’s closes down every year between November and March.
There’s also a small Pool Bar, which offers juice ($38), tea ($30), beers ($25) and cocktails ($28 to $40).
The pool is located on the 2nd floor and keeps hours daily between 8 am and 8 pm.
Kuan I Hin – Also known as “Grandview Chinese Restaurant”, Kuan I Hin serves Cantonese fare, with appetizers $38 to $58, barbecue $38 to $98, and Chef’s Recommendations $68 to $680. Abalone, bird’s nest and shark’s fin are expectedly pricy, running up to $2380, while claypot favorites are $68 to $128 and seafood $150 to $580.
They have an appealing 7 course seafood set meal for 4 people, priced at only $688 in total, while two 11 course sets run $1998 and $2688 respectively, both designed for groups of 12.
Kuan I Hin can be found on the 2nd floor in the South Wing and keeps hours from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm and 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm. On weekends, lunch gets extended by a half hour to 3:30 pm.
Valencia – Staff told me they have some of the lowest prices in Macau and they weren’t wrong. Serving Western food, appetizers go for $58 to $78, while soup is only $38/$48 and salad $38 to $78 . Main course meals like African chicken, beef tenderloin and lamb chops are just $78 to $128 while Macanese favorites run $68 to $78. Vegetables ($58), Pasta ($58), Chef’s Recommendations ($88 to $108) and Seafood ($88 to $168) are other choices on the menu very reasonably priced.
Valencia also offers inexpensive set meals that start from $78, which come with soup and coffee or tea. If patrons spend another $32, they can help themselves to the salad and dessert bar as well.
Valencia is also located on the second floor and keeps hours daily from 7 am to 10:30 pm.
GRANDVIEW HOTEL BARS
Cherrie’s Corner – Warm little lobby bar offers beer that starts from $33 while harder fare is around $32 to $42. Cocktails stay in that range too, only $40, while brandy is a little pricier, $45 to $85.
Fruit juice, coffee and tea are also available for $28 to $42.
The food menu consists of sandwiches ($38 to $58), snacks ($30 to $58) and typical Asian fare ($38 to $78) like pork congee, noodles and fried rice. Breakfast is available for only $28 to $36, while a slew of set meals cost between $28 and $55.
Their current special is 6 Carlsberg beers for $98, which might be cheaper than what you’d pay in some supermarkets.
Cherrie’s Corner keeps gambler’s time, staying open 24/7.
GRANDVIEW HOTEL GYM
Grandview’s gym is extremely small, but they have enough machines to get the job done. In addition to a treadmill, there’s also a couple of steppers and some free weights. Located on the 2nd floor, the gym keeps hours daily from 9 am to 11 pm.
Both the men’s and women’s change rooms also have saunas that guests can use free of charge.
THE LAST WORD
Much like Grand Dragon, Grandview is a decent choice for those who plan to spend a lot of time on the Cotai Strip, but don’t want to pay Cotai Strip prices. Where you should stay probably hinges on how much rooms cost at the Holiday Inn at Sands Cotai Central. If the rates are similar, Grandview becomes rather redundant; however, if the Holiday Inn is $200 or $300 more expensive, then Grandview slides back into the picture. It all boils down to how tight your purse strings are.
Grandview Hotel is located right beside the Macau Jockey Club in Taipa, about a 10 minute walk from Galaxy and the Cotai Strip.