The Maven Meter: L’Arc Macau Casino & Hotel
(Last updated: May 20, 2020)
SJM started constructing a colossally great Neoclassic structure in the spirit of the superb Paris landmark, L’Arc De Triomphe, then quit a third of the way through. The tower section that makes up most of L’Arc Macau is in no way similar to its grand ground base, a whirlwind mix of Old World moxie charm, featuring barred balconies, wide arching windows, and white pillars.
They definitely should have continued that theme all the way to the top of the hotel, rather than leaving it looking like the bland face of most apartment buildings.
One of the newer casinos on the old Peninsula, L’Arc opened on September 20th, 2009.
L’ARC MACAU PHOTO GALLERY
L’ARC MACAU CASINO GAMES
L’Arc’s casino has 70 tables spread over the ground and first floors. Slots are no longer available.
Baccarat – Minimum bet of $500.
Commission Free Baccarat – Minimums of $300.
Blackjack – Minimum bet is $300.
Sic Bo – 5 different bets offered, the Big/Small low is $100.
L’ARC MACAU CASINO PROMOTIONS
L’Arc’s very uninspiring rolling chip program returns a paltry 0.8% cash back on amounts rolled between $10,000 and $9,999,999. If you cross the $10,000,000 threshold, they have it in their hearts to up the return to 0.9%.
That’s piss poor mates, any way you cut it.
L’ARC MACAU HOTEL
For the past 10 years, it was basically impossible to book rooms at L’Arc on the weekend, but times have changed.
Expect to drop $2000 on Fridays and Saturdays, while rooms between Sundays and Thursdays are in the $1200 to $1400 range, all tax and service charges included.
When I first started covering casinos in 2010, rooms at L’Arc routinely cost twice as much. Blame it on the VIP market crashing and burning in 2015, which Macau still hasn’t properly recovered from.
The L’Arc website is totally useless for booking rooms, so shop around Trip.com, Agoda and Booking.com to get the lowest rates.
Prices above are in Macau Mops and include all tax and service charges.
L’Arc has 4 main restaurants and I would recommend eating at exactly 0 of them.
There’s also cheap 24 hour fast food fare available next to the casino on the 1st floor, which I didn’t bother going to.
Coffee Shop – Coffee Shop deals in International Buffet twice daily, mostly consisting of Southeastern Asian cuisine along with some very limited seafood.
Prices for adults and children are as follows.
Please note that patrons over 60 years of age get 40% off.
Located on the 4th floor, hours are from 7:00 am to 11:00 pm daily.
L’Arc Chinese Restaurant – Located on the 4th floor, L’Arc Chinese Restaurant specializes in Guangdong fare.
Chef’s Recommendations are $108 to $338, while premium fare like sashimi, abalone, shark’s fin and bird’s cost between $208 to $2888. Appetizers run $58 to $138, soup $148 to $728, while poultry is $118 to $468. Less expensive choices include vegetables ($108 to $178), casserole ($118 to $288) and simple rice dishes ($128 to $178).
L’Arc Chinese Restaurant is open daily from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm, and from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm at night.
Ocean King Restaurant – Very friendly staff at Ocean King restaurant, who sat me down and served me tea as I so rudely wrote down their prices. They serve Southern Chinese dishes with an emphasis on traditional Chaoshan cuisine.
Most selections stay under $300, with sauteed favorites $108 to $268, while rice and noodles, vegetables and deep fried dishes are all $108 to $168. Traditional cold Chaoshan dishes are $88 to $338, while soup is $88 to $328 and dumplings $98 to $398.
Birds nest and sharks fin break the bank (as they always do), running $328 to $1888, while marinated specialties cost $98 to $388 and casserole $168 to $398.
Ocean King Restaurant keeps hours from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm everyday.
Old Shanghai Restaurant – They may call the restaurant “Old Shanghai”, but it just looks like general Chinese fare to me, with dim sum $25 to $65, Sichuan staples $80 to $280, and sashimi $180 to $1500. (What’s sashimi doing in a Chinese restaurant anyway?)
Roasted meat dishes run $78 to $680, while soup is $90 to $240 and seafood $150 to $258. The cheapest options, as always, are vegetables for $78 to $90 and rice for $85 to $98.
Located on the 3rd floor, Old Shanghai Restaurant is open daily from 11:00 am to 12:00 am.
If you get thirsty, L’Arc has two places to drink.
L’Arc Lounge – Located in the lobby, L’Arc Lounge serves beers, drinks and small desserts.
Beers cost $42 while juice ranges between $45 and $52. There’s also a small food menu consisting of salad ($55 to $78), pizza ($68 to $88), rice ($68/$88) and pasta ($57 to $88).
L’Arc Lounge opens from 10 am to 12 am everyday.
Club 9 Night Club & Karaoke – After doing these reviews for almost a decade, I finally made an appearance at Club 9 to see what it was all about. Arriving at about 9:00 pm on a Saturday night, I was told that all of the singing rooms were booked, but I could still go to a room with a girl for $4000.
For some strange reason, the only other people waiting in the rather large lobby/entrance room were obviously very well off 35 to 50 year old Asian women flashing all of kinds of fine clothes and fancy bling. They obviously didn’t work there, so what were they doing hanging around a KTV whore joint on a Saturday night, all dressed to the nines?
The only conclusion that I can draw?
Asia has their fair share of freaks too, my friends!!
L’ARC MACAU POOL
L’Arc’s outdoor swimming pool is unheated and shuts down every year from January to March.
A luxury hotel that can’t heat an outdoor pool is just taking the piss, if you ask me.
L’ARC MACAU GYM
L’Arc’s fitness centre is an absolute joke. Consisting of six cardio machines and some free weights, it’s obviously very unbecoming of a five star hotel.
L’ARC MACAU SPA
The privately owned Victoria Sauna operates out of the 5th floor in the back of the hotel. To find it walk by Lobby Bar on the ground floor then follow the signs.
The service there is what you expect and so are the rates. 50 minute female companionship is a standard $2488 all the way up to $6488 for “Miss Universe”, whomever she happens to be. European models, which aren’t as prevalent in Macau as they used to be, go for $4188.
If you just want to use the facilities, the door pass is $1388 and is good for 12 hours, while straight up Shanghai massage (I think) is $1588.
For L’Arc guests, the only free spa facilities are a sauna for the men on the 9th floor, while women have access to a steam room.
THE LAST WORD
L’Arc is nice to look at, but that’s about all it’s good for. As a hotel or casino option, it’s completely inconsequential.