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Hard Rock Hotel Macau 4.5

Macau, China

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Pros

  • Sleek and glitzy interiors stuffed with music memorabilia
  • Set in upscale entertainment and retail complex
  • Swish rooms with high-end tech and floor-to-ceiling windows
  • Rockstar Suites feature circular beds and in one, a mechanical bull
  • Choice of Fender guitars or DJ desks available in-room
  • Large outdoor pool with swim-up bar and hot tub
  • Free shuttle service from Macau Airport
  • Fitness center and spa with a couple's room on-site
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout

Cons

  • Not as party-oriented as some might like
  • Frosted bathroom panels lack privacy 

Bottom Line

Macau's outpost of the Hard Rock Hotel is a 322-room, high-end property occupying a shimmering tower in the ritzy City of Dreams casino and entertainment complex. Those hoping for the Hard Rock experience won't be disappointed, as there are plenty of music memorabilia and rock 'n' roll details throughout -- though guests expecting wild parties might not find what they're looking for. Rooms are sleek and spacious with impressive in-room tech and loaner Fender guitars. Surrounded by lounge chairs, the outdoor pool with swim-up bar is a genuine hang-out and the hotel hub. This property also has a fitness center and spa. Guests looking for even more sophistication should check out the neighboring Grand Hyatt Macau -- though rates are generally higher.

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Scene

Rock-and-roll-themed, Vegas-style hotel typical of the popular franchise

Marked with the distinctive Hard Rock badge, this shimmering cylindrical property is one of four towers that form part of the Vegas-style City of Dreams casino, retail, and entertainment complex. Once through its dazzling gold and marble entrance, there's no mistaking that the hotel belongs to the Hard Rock family. The lobby is sleek and circular, featuring the franchise's signature glass-case displays of items of hallowed rock-star paraphernalia. While the look is strikingly slick and polished, the vibe is relaxed with friendly staff decked out in casual uniforms and sneakers. Though perhaps lacking the hedonistic vibe of its Vegas or Cancun counterparts, the hotel attracts a fair share of young revelers hoping to be part of the rock-and-roll experience -- or at least a glitzy facsimile of it. The familiar international brand, extensive resort facilities, and lack of any real raucousness also mean families comprise a decent chunk of the clientele.

Location

Set in the glitzy City of Dreams complex on Macau's swanky Cotai Strip

This hotel is set in the City of Dreams complex along with the Crown Tower Hotel and Grand Hyatt Macau. The swish, high-end center features all manner of luxury boutiques and shops, plenty of dining options, and even a casino, while the Cotai Strip is home to many other upscale hotels. Taipa Village -- a touristy historic quarter that offers a blend of local and Portuguese cultures as well as the Tapia Homes Museum -- is about five minutes away from the hotel by road. Many of Macau's most interesting sights, and its liveliest neighborhoods, are across the harbor. It will take about 20 minutes to reach destinations such as the historic Ruins of St. Paul's and the oldest parts of the city by car or taxi. A free shuttle takes around 10 minutes to the Macau International Airport and neighboring Taipa ferry terminal, from where it's a one-hour ferry ride to Hong Kong.

Rooms

Sleek rooms with high-end tech, luxury bedding, and in-room Fender guitar loans

This hotel has 322 rooms, most of which are decorated in smart, contemporary decor with retro-style furnishings and floor-to-ceiling windows. The signature Rockstar Suites feature plump, 1970s-inspired furniture, lighting, and glasswork, with louche, decadent touches such as reptile-effect upholstery and circular beds -- one even has a mechanical bull. Standard amenities are impressive too, and include drink mixing stations, iPod docks, and 42-inch flat-screen TVs with on-demand movies and games. Luxurious Egyptian cotton sheets are found on the extra comfy beds and, in the suites, there are goose-down duvets and pillows. Bathrooms are spacious and well-maintained, though frosted glass panels don't afford much privacy; some rooms have shower/tub combos while others have spacious walk-in showers and separate soaking tubs. A choice of Fender guitars or DJ mixing desks can also be ordered to the room for guests to rock out with. Wi-Fi is free of charge. 

Features

Outdoor pool with swim-up bar, hot tub, and grill restaurant plus fitness center, spa, and lots of rock memorabilia

Unsurprisingly, the hotel's main eatery is the Hard Rock Cafe, which deviates little from the tried-and-tested formula of American favorites served surrounded by musical memorabilia. Breakfast isn't usually included in the rate. The other on-site eatery is the Wave Pool Bar and Grill, offering a range of international dishes and poolside barbecues. There are also two bars and a huge, lavish nightclub that stays open until late. The large outdoor mosaic-tiled pool is the hub of the resort, and includes a swim-up bar, a hot tub, and a volleyball court. The Rock Spa offers the usual list of massage and beauty treatments, as well as a couple's room with whirlpool tub and sauna. Wi-Fi is free throughout. 

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Address

City of Dreams, Estrada do Istmo, Cotai, Macau, China

Also Known As

  • Hard Rock Hotel