The Lisboa is the grande dame of Macau, the one that used to be the ne plus ultra forty years ago but now is just like a lounge singer past her prime. She still entertains, but not quite as sexy as she once was. This isn't a five-star place, no. Still, you'll get a large room with everything you need for a price much below the newer grande dames.
My first view of the lobby knocked me flat. There's no describing it. Gilded rococo style in shiny, almost gold color, a theme that continues throughout. The downstairs common/shopping/eating areas are massive--you almost need a guide. I constantly got lost. My room was in the East Tower, and it rocked. Tons of space. Brassy kitsch, but not so much as to be a turn-off. The colors were gold, red, and wood. The bed seemed made for a minor king, with a red and gold comforter, red and gold throw pillows, and a carved wooden headboard. A red couch sat in front of my large picture window framed by red and gold curtains. Two red and gold striped curved low armchairs flanked the couch. The effect was dizzying. The bathroom was more functional and less decorative, with Hermés toiletries and lots of glass and mirrors.
The bellboy informed me that all things are free--the stuff in my minibar (including the beer) and the channels on my TV (including the porn). The location is quite good, next to the new section (where the MGM Grand et al lives) and the old (totally walkable to St. Pauls's and Senado Square. Still, the roads around the hotel aren't good for walking and are confusing in their direction. But you'll make it.
The downside is that the basement level is full of prostitutes, who walk back and forth all day long, cruising, so much they're nicknamed "racetrack girls". They seem to have permanent rooms on the eight floor, where they must do their business. Half the time in the elevator, one was already in there, going up or coming back down. They never bothered or even looked at me.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Established in 1970, Hotel Lisboa is a fixture in the Macau skyline and has the longest and richest presence in Macau's hospitality history. The hotel features a lavish mix of Portuguese and Chinese interior décors, and also houses Dr. Stanley Ho's extensive private collection of priceless art pieces. Hotel Lisboa offers approximately 1,000 luxurious rooms and suites, gourmet dining experiences with an extensive wine collection of over 16,700 labels, share between 13 restaurants and lounges in Lisboa Hotels Complex. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lisboa Hotel Macau