Recently stayed at the Grand Lapa Hotel during the 59th Macau Grand Prix weekend and had a very good stay here. The Grand Lapa, which is part of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, is a famed hotel in Macau and known for its rooms with trackside views for this particular event.
We made reservations back in May to secure such rooms and full payment was required by the beginning of November for Grand Prix weekend. We did have an unusually long check-in due to some room confusion but this was remedied and after fifteen minutes we were able to relax in our room.
Naturally, the room highlight is the excellent view of the Grand Prix street track, allowing us to see the F3s race down the street while simultaneously watching a televised broadcast. We sat for hours enjoying the various races in our room. They gave a Grand Prix survival kit which was amusing.
As for the room itself, we had a wonderful king-sized bed which provided some very good sleep, and the two room chairs were comfortable for watching the races. Bathroom had a good, high-pressure shower. Room amenities included a TV with an adequate selection of English channels, fridge, coffee and tea making provisions. Unfortunately there was no free wifi available.
Some other cons are noted. The age of The Grand Lapa is showing in terms of fixtures and fitment. First, the TV was the boxy type (although functioning, so not much of a problem). Second, apart from the bedside lights, room lights can only be operated as all-or-nothing. Next, the bathroom pipes under the sink leaked continuously and we needed to use towels to absorb the constant puddle which formed in the bathroom. Also the bathroom scale was out of working order. Finally, the room safe was square-shaped and awkward for laptops. On their own, these are minor inconveniences but notable in aggregate.
We did like the rest of the Grand Lapa Hotel and grounds. The lobby has an old-world luxury decor and atmosphere; there is a beautiful black stone carving called 'The Window of Tomar' at the lobby staircase which is apparently carved in Portugal in 1510. The piece is worth having a close look. On the ground floor there is also a small arcade of luxury brand shops and the entire area is perfumed nicely, making pleasant entries into the Grand Lapa each time we returned to the hotel. Several restaurant options are available on the first floor as well as a Thai restaurant located in the separate building facility, which also houses Grand Lapa's reputable spa services as well as a nice pool area and children's creche.
Overall we enjoyed our stay during the Macau Grand Prix at the Grand Lapa. While the check-in experience and certain room aspects fell short of our expectations of a luxury hotel, the outstanding track views from the room helped compensate for these shortcomings and the general experience was a good one, worth experiencing again for future Macau Grand Prix races.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Modern 18-story waterfront hotel with elegantly decorated interior, situated near the Outer Harbour seawall. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Lapa, Macau Hotel Macau
- Macau Mandarin Oriental
- Mandarin Macau Peninsula
- Mandarin Oriental Macau Peninsula
- Macau Peninsula Mandarin Oriental