I tried multi-tasking: take pictures, scribble notes, and look around in an effort not to miss anything we passed. While taking pictures, I feared dropping my pen and losing it. Pens are not left in hotel rooms for guests as they are in North America and my gel pens were running low on ink.
We arrived at the hotel and were dropped off as close to the south door without scraping the building. The check-in area was jam-packed with humans of every stripe. Instructed to stand off to the side, our new local guide, Cheryl, and the French guide, attended to our registration and room cards. I was amazed at the speed and efficiency of the process. Our luggage, already in our room 1362, Tower 2, we freshened up, free to explore for the rest of the day. Unlike the Sheraton hotel the previous night and several others earlier, this one did not feature the glass wall between the bedroom and bathroom.
This was our view. Ugly. Cranes everywhere. While passing a site on the way to our hotel, I counted at least 10 Macau China State Construction cranes. Must be more hotels coming. The expanse of reclaimed land is mindboggling.
- Sheraton Macau 3, 800+ rooms (the largest Sheraton in the world)
- Has two towers: called Earth and Sky
- Built on reclaimed land
- Like a huge city inside
- Huge reception area with a half-dozen counters at Check-in, each one roped off
- Palm tree setting in sitting area off the check-in area
- No passports necessary: this is visa-free territory
- Huge casino across from check-in (behind a wall but evident: Tingtingtingtingting)
- Huge Ralph Lauren Store, the first one off the lobby
- Huge shopping mall off the lobby
- Can convert money with local guide or at hotel (to Hong Kong money)
- Steering wheel is on the right
- Driving is on the left side of the road
- Bus drivers have no problem making U-turns at will
Sue and I set off. The first escalator we came upon confused me. There were two side-by-side. Odd, I thought. Both were headed downward. The ascending ones must be on the other side. Sue laughed when I mentioned this. “Have another look,” she said. I had to concentrate. Not only do cars drive on the opposite side of the road here, and drivers sit on the ‘wrong’ side, the elevators run opposite as well. The up elevator was on the left where at home it would be the down elevator.
This is the first time we had to find our own dinner. We explored the Food Court on the third floor of the hotel. Since we’d come across a couple KFC, MacDonald’s, and Starbucks in our China travel, we’d hoped to eat something North American (think burger or pizza). No such luck.
We decided to explore the Venetian Macau Hotel across the street. Taking an elevator in a different direction we crossed the street in an overhead, glassed-in bridge or walkway with a lookout.
The street below the overhead bridge on the way to the Venetian.
The Venitian is massive. Brand name stores everywhere. Six hundred of them. Lots of people but few customers buying diamonds, exotic perfumes, or outrageous shoes. We were lost,then found a map, but it didn’t help. A sales clerk selling make-up, although she spoke good English, couldn’t help us. Upon sighting a gondola in a canal, it was tempting to whistle the gondolier over but we didn’t. Finally, we stumbled into the food court. All Chinese food. Wait. A place called Fat Burger. Better not after the raw pork incident. Is that a Pizza Pizza? Nope the logo wasn’t right but we settled for their pizza anyway.
The Sheraton is the largest hotel not only in Macau, but in the world, and the Venetian has the largest casino.
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Next on December 22nd: On to Hong Kong and Wow!
© 2017 Tess @ How the Cookie Crumbles
FYI: This is a re-blog of the best parts of my trip in 2014
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