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The Countdown
Ranked #19 of 94 Hotels in Macau
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Reviewed October 28, 2012

This is my second time to stay here, this time with cousins. We stayed for one night and booked for a package that included meals (breakfast, food and entertainment vouchers) which was excellent value! The service was consistent from my first stay,courteous, polite staff members. The whole atmosphere was fun. If you want a short term stay with friends accessible to the bigger hotels such as the Venetian, Galaxy - this is the place for you. We had dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe (open until 2am) and they had a really cool band playing. Hotel room was clean, the internet access was a little slow and kept cutting off but enough to get access to your emails etc. Wish we had more time to watch the Dancing Water and the Dragon Treasure sure which came as part of the package but perhaps next time. I'll definitely be back here and highly recommended!

Room Tip: Try and ask for the Venetian view as the back part is like a desert!
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 24, 2012

Went to Macau for a weekend with my Daughter to (a) hang out in Macau and (b) see the big casino show called Danding Waters.
The Hard Rock was the cheapest of the hotels included in a package deal for the show and is attached to the City Of Dreams casino complex where the show is based.
Very modern, huge rooms, great pool area (with music playing underwater as well as out). Spent afternoon lazing around said pool, which after both of us working solid the previous weeks was great. Not many people there. Great warm spa!
Dancing Waters Show, reputably, cost US$500mil to put together. Mega. The staging was staggering. No story to speak of, just a platform to show off more and more death defying stunts.
Show finishes at 9.30 (judging by the age of the audience it was their bedtime) so we went to the Hard Rock Cafe to watch a band and have some drinks. All very enetertaining.
Breakfast is served (included in package price) in the HRC. OK but pretty basic. The only low point was the egg station. The guy there either didn't care, was incompitent, or it might have been his first day. Whatever for not may people there he took 10-15 minutes to do each job. Usually it is a speed art performance with 2 pans going. Is there anything easier to cook than eggs? I will say the head floor guy did spend most of his time personally cheering up each disgruntled egg fancier so cudos to him. The egg guy has to go. I even offered to do ours!
So all up, great for a night. Went to the old town of Macau on the Sunday which is small but nice. Portugese tarts are great.
Recommended.

Room Tip: For old town ask you cab to take you to St Pauls and walk down the hill to the Portugese streets. Al...
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 23, 2012

Stayed here overnight during our Macau weekend trip. We stayed in the king sized bedroom. They had a good package that included the room booking, buffet breakfast for two, 2 tickets to the House of the Dancing Water show, 100HKD entertainment voucher and 2 tickets to the Dragon’s Treasure show. Had a great time because of this.

Overall: If the package still exists the next time I stay in Macau, I’ll take this hotel. If not, I’d probably try another one that isn’t in the City of Dreams. But I would still recommend this hotel—it’s cool.

Pros:
- Staff spoke good English, I barely had to reword or act out anything when we checked in/checked out. Very attentive.
- Very modern room. Compared to the other hotels that I stayed in before, the TV in this one allowed us to check our latest bill, which I thought was cool if you wanted to keep track of your spending. Good music selection. We had our own bar equipment, too (Yey!)
- I liked the layout of the pool area. There seemed to be a buffet BBQ lunch of some sort.

Cons:
- Though there are cafes and restaurants nearby, there’s no foodcourt (like in the Venetian or Galaxy) for a quick fix.
- Not as many shops as the other hotels.

Room Tip: Though they might cost a bit more, get the rooms facing the Cotai strip. :)
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 23, 2012 via mobile

Just had a one night stay at Hard Rock hotel. It was in a standard room and fairly nice size. Comfortable and clean. Check-in was easy too, very easy when compared to Venetian. Also service was good too.

I would skip the 'food paradise' at the City of Dream though, its more like 'food prison'. The food was terrible - we tried three of the different stalls, and gave up in preference to McDonalds, which we generally try to avoid.

  • Stayed: October 2012
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Reviewed October 10, 2012

Located on the Cotai Strip within the City of Dreams complex. Venetian is right on the opposite side of the main street. 5 minutes by taxi from the airport. Shuttle buses available to/from the airport.

- Checking in was a breeze.
- Typical “Hard Rock” style – loud, garish colours, retro-like and with sounds of rock music
- Hard Rock casino, although linked with the Crown Towers and Grand Hyatt casinos, is less crowded and rock music is played. Liked the atmosphere but don’t think most gamblers would appreciate it!
- Shopping mall located within the complex itself, although nowhere near as large as the Venetian shopping mall.
- Rooms are decently sized. Most importantly, it’s clean. Interiors are colorful and modern.
- Nice hotel pool
- Mattress is soft but firm. Sleep quality is good.
- Food at Hard Rock Café is average, at best. And the price of alcoholic beverages is on the high side.
- Although shuttle buses are available to downtown Macau, it is a 20 minute ride. You may take a taxi, but it’s a bit on the expensive side.

Would certainly recommend this hotel - its slightly more unconventional, more hip & with rock music. Good value for money too. And it feels less crowded and chaotic compared to the mega huge hotels nearby.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed October 8, 2012

This stunning Hard Rock Hotel which located in a City of dreams complex, which across the street from The Venetian Resort...The Hard Rock Hotel have sets the stage for unsurpassed indulgence and unforgettable excitement.
I've got a room which have a pool with the beach & tropical panoramic view. The room is designed in a modern retro style. But , for me the Venetian Resort's room more better compare to this Hard Rock's room. At the lobby we can find a legendary Hard Rock Cafe & Hard Rock Souvenir store. Tasteful Decorations, an enormous Casino and plenty of great shopping & restaurants, making the Hotel guest fulfill with their needs.
If you travel with family and bring your kids a long. Don't worry your kids will get bored, because located of the 2nd floor of Hard Rock Hotel is a Kids Land.
The Hard Rock Hotel Macau offers everything the traveler might expect from the luxurious Hotel.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 2, 2012

Enrich your Travel experience with Hard Rock MACAU as unique and authentic as the destinations in which this hotel and casino are located. Embark on most fascinating Voyage of discovery at the Hotel & casino.

Room Tip: A touch of your current life style to your next big discovery , even the prices is expensive if you...
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  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled with friends
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Address: City of Dreams, Estrada do Istmo, Cotai, Macau, China (Formerly Hard Rock Hotel Macau)
Location: China > Macau
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Casino and Gambling Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #19 of 94 Hotels in Macau
Price Range: $116 - $425 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Countdown 4*
Number of rooms: 322
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Live the Rock 'n' Roll lifestyle! A hotel with attitude, Hard Rock Hotel Macau entertains guests' dreams of a rock 'n' roll lifestyle. Check into any of our 322 guest rooms including two ultra-chic and luxurious Rock Star Suites, take in the stunning views of Cotai, and soak in the atmosphere in the guitar-shaped pool, the hotspot for parties and entertainment. It's 24-7 indulgence and everyone's invited. ... more   less 
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