The Venetian Macao is the must-do experience if you’re heading to Macau. Why? Because the Venetian is the world’s biggest casino, it’s located right in heart of the Cotai Strip, it’s a full resort and is the ultimate luxury experience- with a theme- Venice.
The experience starts at the ferry terminal when you are driven in the Venetian bus to the main lobby. If you have booked a Rialto suite, there is a complimentary one-way limousine transfer. The term limousine in Asia is used pretty loosely- it just means a car with leather seats.
On arrival the Venetian really hits you- as you round the corner and the huge structure comes into sight. It stands out as it’s somewhat different to the buildings around it and a world away from most architecture in Asia. The Venetian is huge and you can easily walk kilometres without leaving the building. Also with the faux blue skies around the grand canals, you can get all the sunlight you need.
There are thousands of rooms but things weren’t too busy during my stay, there was no line for check-in and I was soon on my way to my Rialto Suite. The fastest way to the suites from the main lobby is to go straight through the casino. It’s quite a short walk. However, if you are against gambling or are under 21, or want to take photos on the way it’s a longer walk around the outside.
You need to remember if your suite is in the north or south section, and then show your card to security as you pass through. The building is shaped like a half-octagon, and the Rialto suites where I would be staying were on the ‘corners’ of the building, giving more space and more views.
On stepping into the suite, the first thing to note is the size. Other rooms have single doors, while the Rialto Suite has double doors stepping into a wide hallway with a tiled floor. A large vase stands on a table. Off the right is the second bathroom which must be for guests.
Into the main suite ‘living room’ and what you have is a nicely themed world boasting old world styled luxury. There’s floor to ceiling windows with views- although I didn’t get the Coati Strip view. There’s a nice lounge area with big screen TV, dining table with places for 4, a ‘kitchen bench’ which has a Nespresso machine nicely stocked with pods, and a nice desk for keeping up to speed on the business front. Into the bedroom and you have another desk with a printer, luxurious bed (one of the best sleeps for my trip) and make up table next to the wardrobe. Lastly, the master bathroom is quite large, and features a nice bathtub and two basins on opposite sides. The shower is a nice place to unwind.
Despite all the room’s business features, it was still around $160 HKD to connect to the internet for 24 hours, surely the Venetian can do better than this. Another slight issue was the lights- with no master switch there was a real safari when it was time to wind down turning off around 20 lights.
Every night the turndown service would arrive and make the bed, plus a card would be placed advising the weather forecast for the following day. Housekeeping kept the suite immaculate.
I think the suite offered great value- obviously subsidised by gambling. One thing to note is the 30 day advance purchase deals mean that you can enjoy a 30% discount.
So, what’s at the Venetian? It’s an ‘integrated resort’ which means you don’t have to leave the building if you don’t want to. There’s a huge casino but watch the higher than average table limits. There’s exhibitions going on- I visited the amazing Titanic exhibition. There are also plenty of shops, restaurants and other outlets. You can also see a show in the theatre or enjoy the arena.
The highlight would have to be the ‘grand canal’- indoor canals styled straight from Venice right inside the Venetian. It’s also impressive to note that these are on a level above the casino- an advanced drip tray system prevents the risks associated with leaky canals.
Every so often, authentic gondolas with modern touches ride up and down the canals giving rides to tourists. You even get a serenade from the ‘driver’ of the gondola as you ride down the canal in style before collecting your photo souvenir book.
If you’re coming to Macau, do yourself a favour and experience the full Venetian experience as there is nothing quite like it in Macau, or probably Asia.
Location: The Venetian is a location and attraction in itself, but there’s plenty of fun to be had on the Cotai strip.
Value: A fair price for such a spacious room
Sleep Quality: The most comfortable bed of the trip
Rooms: Designed a few years ago, but still spacious, and with opulent charm. Rethink the lights though.
Cleanliness: Couldn’t fault it
Service: Couldn’t fault it
A great experience to be had here, you really are at the heart of entertainment. It’s a huge experience, but if you want something smaller with more service, try the Sheraton Macao instead.