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Travel Report: MGM Hotel & Casino Macau.

MGM Macau hotel and casino

February 2018. Wonderboy and I had had some great days diving into Macau’s rich history and gorgeous UNESCO sights. Now it was finally time for us to start hitting the hotel-casinos for a dose of the territory’s world famous luxury. Our first stop was MGM Hotel & Casino Macau, an absolute beast of a building on Avenida Dr. Sun Yat Sen. Opened in 2007 at a cost of US$1.25 billion, the structure boasts fine views over Zhujiang River Estuary and nearby Taipa island.

MGM Hotel & Casino Macau

MGM Hotel & Casino Macau.

MGM Macau has a glitzy lion motif running throughout the interior. It starts right here in the grand lobby. A Salavdore Dali statue stands between the lions. To the left, The Fiori di Paradiso Drawing Wall showcases 42 canvases by the American glass sculptor Dale Chihuly.

Inside MGM Hotel & Casino Macau

The Grand Foyer at MGM Macau.

Get ready for a real wow! moment when you enter MGM Macau’s Grand Foyer. Like a scene straight out of a Tim Burton movie you’ll hardly know where to look. Check out the sparkling, mosaic floor and the golden coins and lanterns hanging from the covered atrium. Moreover, there are numerous fancy ass cafes with suited and booted waiters. A very cool spot for a coffee, thought you’ll certainly have to pay for it. 

Visit MGM Hotel & Casino Macau

MGM Hotel & Casino Macau.

At the centre of it all stands a giant floor-to-ceiling water sky cylindrical aquarium. Because… you know… they could.

MGM Hotel & Casino Macau.

Aquarium MGM Hotel & Casino Macau

MGM Hotel & Casino Macau.

There are some amazing fish on display at MGM Macau. If you time your visit for 11am you can watch a duo of professional divers jump in to feed the schooling fish!

Lion sculpture MGM Hotel & Casino Macau.

One of MGM Macau’s amazing lions.

Many of MGM Macau’s lion statues have some blurb attached from the artist in question. Some of it is pretty nonsensical. 

“Lions, like us, dream of travelling across the planet, while sitting comfortably in their starry pyjamas. In front of our screens, we are all lions…”

Uh… what?

With 35 floors and over 600 rooms, MGM Macau features two bars, five restaurants, a shopping center, a gym and a vitality pool. Double rooms go for around $200 a night. We only scratched the surface of course with our little afternoon stroll. Therefore, head to their website for a deeper look. 

Lion statue MGM Hotel & Casino Macau

MGM Hotel & Casino Macau.

For more on my time in this amazing corner of China, check out my other articles on Macau.

Like these? Then why not leaf through my many other reports from across China.

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