"Peaceful oasis in sea of casinos at Macao"
We chose Mandarin Oriental Macau based on reviews at Trip Adviser.
It's located next (west) to MGM, tall skinny building with a slant on top.
Rooms look out to the sea or a lagoon facing the Macau Tower.
Compared to other 5 star hotels around the world...
Including reader's choice Four seasons' in Hawaii, Pelican Hill in Southern California and others around the world...
The hotel is much smaller than the Mega casino hotels in the area like the MGM and Wynn right next door.
So the service staff is able to remember your name and provide very personal service. No Casino but full service spa including personal rooms. You can walk over to the MGM Casino through the joining upscale, designer mall. Or you can walk outside to the Wynn and to the dancing fountain that performs every quarter hour. Smaller than Las Vegas but with balls of flame and lights.
Outdoor heated, infinity Pool and Jacuzzi located on, around 3rd floor facing south overlooking the ocean between Macau and Taipa. Fitness center is also located next to the pool.
Rooms were Nice and modern but furniture was laminated wood. The LCD TV was as expected but the sound system was very lacking. 2 small tweeters with a subwoofer, not the premium sound system you expect from the best hotels in the world.
Bed was soft with firm core. Western type, not Chinese hard.
Nice big pillows, comfortable sitting chairs, walk in shower, bathtub, vanity all at level of a 5 star hotel.
Restaurant was very good but I don't think they serve breakfast. You can certainly order from the 24 hour menu but I think it was expected that you order breakfast to your room. Which we did and enjoyed very much. Very easy, well priced, and a lot of food. Quality was as expected. We found Pastry in Macau to be western standard, not the bland and lacking Chinese standard so we over indulged.
Lunch isn't served until Noon.
Other dining options including walking over to the MGM or the Wynn.
We enjoyed the hotel very much even though it isn't quite up to the BEST 5 star hotel standard because it was smaller with no Casino. Unlike other larger casino hotels like the Galaxy, Venetian, MGM, Wynn with crowds of gawking tourist taking pictures of everything, Mandarin Oriental was upscale, personal and very service oriented.
I'm not sure how good the Four seasons is on the southern island, but because of the better location and almost Four Seasons level of service I think it's the better choice.
We are middle aged so we like to walk and found most tourist attractions within walking distance. We even walked to the fountain, Observation Tower, A-Ma temple and the Fisherman's Wharf. (Why they call it fisherman's wharf, I have no idea. There are no fisherman, no fish markets in that area.)
Hotels are very experienced based. You really don't know what you don't know. So to somebody who never stayed at a 5 star hotel, this place might be the best experience of their life. To a seasons international traveler, who stays at the Ritz and other 5 star hotels, the low quality sound system and laminated furniture to be unacceptable.
But at the price level we paid. It was one of the best.
JKim248 from Shanghai