I had a 3 day training course in Macau of all places earlier on in the year. The course was held at Hotel Sofitel Macau at Ponte 16 in Macau and I had the pleasure of staying at the hotel as well.
I’d been to Macau twice before but didn’t bother to head out towards where the Sofitel is located. Its a strange but beautiful location which is the mixing pot of a bustling main roads with Chinese and Portuguese restaurants, temples and of course the iconic St Paul’s a 10 minute slow walk away.
The hotel has a courtesy bus to pick you up from the ferry terminal after the one hour ferry trip from Hong Kong. It’s about a 15 minute drive through the worlds largest casino to get to the hotel.
Being a casino the opulence of the the hotel is breathtaking with the reception a large marble affair.
My original room had two single beds, but a bit of a whinge later had me ensconced in a room with a King bed. The room was excellently appointed and the amenities in the bathroom were L’occitaine. Sweet!
The view from the hotel room was south west and allowed me to look over the busy Inner Harbour into mainland China. It was surprising the amount of river traffic that crossed that river. I would have thought that the small boats from relatively free Macau to/from mainland China would have been under excessive control but it didn’t seem to be the case.
Breakfasts and lunches were provided and in the hotel’s Mistral restaurant. The meals were buffet style so you could indulge (or more likely over indulge) in your portuguese and chinese favorites. The quality of the food was top notch, probably one of the better buffets I’ve had the pleasure of eating at!
Under the hotel was a casino. On the last evening I did pay my Macau tax and gambled away around HKD$200. Not a King’s ransom but I had fun and lost.
I’d stay here again and use it as a base to explore the little alleys of historical Macau.