Macau: Hard Rock Hotel in the City of Dreams

Hard Rock Hotel in the City of Dreams. Sounds like a fabulous place to spend a weekend, doesn’t it?

City of Dreams, Macau

It was a very last-minute decision. Our very original plan was to stay in Changping for three nights, then Zhuhai for three nights, plus walk over to Macau to spend a day sightseeing.

Due to my falling sick in Changping and other things, our plans kept changing. In the end, I impulsively decided: “Let’s spend our last night in Macau!”

I figured I could afford to splurge for just one night in expensive Macau.

We booked a room in Hard Rock Hotel in the City of Dreams, which is an entertainment hub consisting of hotels, casinos and various attractions. One night there is about equivalent in cost to five nights in our Changping hotel suite. LOL.

But I think it was worth the money spent. I felt so pampered. Everything was so glitzy and luxurious.

The Hard Rock Hotel Macau lobby was a welcoming sight with the funny, friendly quote.

Hard Rock Hotel Macau

After checking in, as I clumsily tried to push my 30kg luggage towards the elevators (it was so heavy it wouldn’t go straight and kept veering to one side), at the same time also carrying my laptop and heavy handbag, a young, handsome porter came and asked if I needed help bringing that upstairs. Hehe.

He brought us to our room on the 25th floor.

Hard Rock Hotel Macau

No, that’s not the porter. That’s the Goonfather.

And the room, ohmygosh. We had received an upgrade to a suite! Ooh! The suite is so cool I wanted to stay in there the whole day and not go out.

When you enter the room, the entrance walkway splits into two paths, one leading left to the sitting room, the other leading right to the bedroom and bathroom.

Hard Rock Hotel Macau

I felt like a suaku as I turned my head left and right like a hyperactive rabbit, unable to decide which side to visit first.

Well, I’m very easily thrilled like that. One of my good points.

The living room:

Hard Rock Hotel Macau

Hard Rock Hotel Macau

Hard Rock Hotel Macau

Hard Rock Hotel Macau

There’s an iPod dock where you can plug in your iPod or iPhone to play your music with the room’s sound system.

Hard Rock Hotel Macau

Hard Rock Hotel Macau

The mini bar has a full set of equipment for making cocktails, although we didn’t get a chance to use it. I wouldn’t have known what to make, anyway.

When we went back to our room in the night, we found a bucket of ice on the counter waiting for us. Love the thoughtful service!

Oh, that’s Elyxia in the picture! She came from Hong Kong to spend the weekend with us in Changping, but she didn’t get to stay in Macau with us. She had to take a ferry back that evening because it was Sunday and she had to work the next day. Sad. :(

Anyway, let’s look at the view from the window wall. The view is amazing!

Hard Rock Hotel Macau

Hard Rock Hotel Macau

Hard Rock Hotel Macau

Next, the bed and bath:

Hard Rock Hotel Macau

Hard Rock Hotel Macau

Hard Rock Hotel Macau

Hard Rock Hotel Macau

I love how the bathroom, toilet and basin/counter are all separated instead of lumped together into one room. Easier for sharing this way!

A lot of thought seems to have gone into designing the rooms. I love the little touches, like this guitar embroidered onto one of the pillows:

Hard Rock Hotel Macau

There’s also free wireless in the room, which is very useful!

While I was busy gawking and taking photographs of the room, the Goonfather and Elyxia were busy playing with the helicopters they had just bought in Zhuhai before we crossed the border into Macau.

Silly people!

Hard Rock Hotel Macau

Hard Rock Hotel Macau

Hard Rock Hotel Macau

By the time we were done settling down, it was already 5 pm. Not much time left to do anything. (Our flight back to Singapore was 10 am the next day.)

We went downstairs for a late lunch/early dinner (we didn’t eat lunch because it was a mad rush finishing up in Changping and then taking the three-hour car ride to Zhuhai).

Hard Rock Hotel Macau

Downstairs, everything is interconnected to everything else. You get easy access to the casinos, the shops and the restaurants.

I couldn’t take much photos downstairs because the casinos are everywhere. The restaurants are like smack in the middle of gambling areas, like, open view, so you can see people gambling while you’re eating.

But I got a picture of the Hard Rock Shop!

Hard Rock Hotel Macau

I bought a whole bunch of accessories there. =D

Okay, sorry, it’s not a very good picture. We were all hungry and I didn’t want to spend too much time taking pictures.

After dinner, we played a bit of jackpot and then Elyxia had to leave. The Goonfather and I stayed with the jackpots until 8:30 pm, then I had to go back up to the room to work.

Star Blog deadline, heh.

It was good, though. I mean, I so enjoyed our suite that it was a pleasure to work in there!! I didn’t use the business desk. I lounged on the couch with my Macbook on my lap!

I want to have a house like this when I grow up!

Um, that is, I mean, in the future, when I am richer. LOL.

By the time I was done with my work, it was almost midnight. The Goonfather and I went back downstairs for supper. MacDonald’s was the nearest we found.

Hard Rock Hotel Macau

Sadly, the Big Mac in Macau isn’t as nice as the Big Mac in Singapore. It’s a bit saltier and the “special sauce” doesn’t taste the same, like more sour and less sweet or something like that. I’ve tried Big Mac in a few different countries and I still prefer the one in Singapore.

I’m not much of a gambler but I love playing jackpots because the newer types have mini games and interesting bonus features that I enjoy so much.

We found two machines that are very fun!

One is Monopoly, where, if you get a certain combo, it goes into the Monopoly game board and there are tiny men running about. One by one, they will randomly dive into properties, which will increase your game credits. Some of these properties, which you get to pick randomly, have hotels, which increases your earnings.

It’s fun when the little men dive into squares like Community Chest and Free Parking because you get to pick cards and receive special bonuses!

Another fun one is like Bejeweled. Every time you get a match or combo matches, all the matched icons will fizzle away and the remaining icons will drop into the blank spots (like Bejeweled).

If the newly-fallen icons make more matches, you get more credits for free (without having to spin again). If that happens four times in a row, you get seven free spins (five times and it’s 10 free spins, and it keeps increasing). And these free spins can be compounded if you get more free spins within your free spins.

What a crazy game!! So fun.

Um, unfortunately, we lost money in the end. T_T But I think the fun was worth the money lost. I treat it like spending money at the arcade centre, lol.

Okay, some last photos of an electronic mermaid!

Hard Rock Hotel Macau

There’s a lobby area at our hotel with a giant tank on one wall. Most of the time, it’s empty. You just see blue water and you can’t tell whether it’s real water or not.

The Goonfather actually went to touch it. It’s real. He got a shock. Haha. It’s like a thin waterfall covering the screen. Or maybe the whole screen is made of water. I don’t know. The Goonfather didn’t dare to put his whole hand in.

If you’re lucky (or if you stand there and wait long enough), you’ll see a mermaid swim out!!

We got lucky. We saw it as we were going back to the room for me to work.

Hard Rock Hotel Macau

Hard Rock Hotel Macau

Hard Rock Hotel Macau

She looked very real!

She swam around for about five minutes and then she made a sort of a dive inside the water and, poof, she disappeared, as if diving into a vortex of water that swallowed her up.

Nicely done!

That was it for our stay in Macau. We had arrived too late and had to leave too early for us to see anything else. (Plus I had to work.)

I still enjoyed it very much, though. Would like to visit again and stay longer to see more things!

Hard Rock Hotel Macau

Photos from Resorts World Sentosa

The Goonfather took me to Resorts World Sentosa last night despite only like 5% of the place being open for business.

I wonder why they opened it when hardly anything was ready for visitors.

It was fun exploring, though. No crowd!

This is the carpark:

Resorts World Sentosa

Pretty right???

It’s really huge, too!

Well, okay, not the whole carpark is pretty like this, only the part near to the entrance. The rest of the carpark is plain, but that might be because construction is not complete. We saw many workers at different parts of the carpark drilling and hammering away at stuff, making a din.

I made the Goonfather take a photo of me in the carpark:

Resorts World Sentosa

His photo not pretty lor! I think I need a real photographer to tag along with me wherever I go! It’s a bit hard to self-camwhore scenic shots.

Entrance into RWS from the carpark:

Resorts World Sentosa

Looks like some deserted shopping mall.

But then you step in and, WOAH, grand city!!

Resorts World Sentosa

And then you look to your right and it’s, like, LOL, still under construction!

Resorts World Sentosa

The whole place is still under construction, basically.

The casino looks nice!

But it’s got a row of turnstiles looking almost like those in MRT stations, which makes it look like an MRT station.

Resorts World Sentosa

Next to the casino is a tunnel leading to the hotels of RWS. The tunnel is the nicest part of the whole place!

Resorts World Sentosa

As you walk through this tunnel towards a set of escalators, you can hear the soft strains of music.

The music gets louder as you enter the realm of escalators. It is majestic and inspiring and there are sound effects of fire and birds corresponding to the light displays above the escalators (the curved strip of light).

Resorts World Sentosa

It’s a really magical feeling.

You go up this set of escalators and there’s another up there.

Resorts World Sentosa

Quite quickly, though, it’s over, and you’re back to normalcy.

Resorts World Sentosa

Resorts World Sentosa

After the grandeur of the tunnel, this part looks positively blah.

But the Goonfather says Festive Hotel is supposed to be the “budget” hotel in RWS, like what First World Hotel is in Genting.

Outside the hotel, lol.

Resorts World Sentosa

Nice…

Resorts World Sentosa

Not nice…

Resorts World Sentosa

LOL.

I like the flower signboards! They have pink ones, red ones, purple ones, yellow ones!

Resorts World Sentosa

Hard Rock Hotel was a distance away. We walked through pretty garden paths to get there.

Resorts World Sentosa

I totally forgot to take photos of the nice interiors!! I think I was too excited about visiting the Hard Rock Shop!

I only remembered to photograph the restaurant, which isn’t exciting at all.

Resorts World Sentosa

Sometimes my brain short circuits for no reason!

In the end, I didn’t see anything I really liked at the shop. Maybe the cap. But then I didn’t feel like buying a cap.

As we walked through the unfinished gardens, I thought of Farm Country and Country Story (Facebook games), which I have quit! No more farming!!! (Well, except for Agricola.)

Resorts World Sentosa

I love the flowers they planted all over the place. Very pretty colours and placements!

Resorts World Sentosa

Resorts World Sentosa

Connecting the hotels are rows and rows of boutiques. Very atas boutiques. All the big shots!

But most of them are still under renovation.

Resorts World Sentosa

Back indoors, we came across this structure that reminds me of a furnace. Hahaha.

Resorts World Sentosa

Surrounding the pillar inside is a round sofa, which I can’t show since all the people standing around there wouldn’t stop standing around there.

Random interior decor pic:

Resorts World Sentosa

These grand steps (okay not so grand steps) lead up to a spa and a restaurant. It was at the restaurant that we ate.

Resorts World Sentosa

I wouldn’t recommend it at all. Called Fiesta, it’s a Brazillian restaurant with a very limited menu. You can only order a set meal (at $39+++) which comes with choices of soups, appetisers, salads, main courses and dessert.

Resorts World Sentosa

I didn’t like anything at all there.

This is everything on the menu! LOL.

Resorts World Sentosa

Well, maybe there will be more stuff later on when the whole place finally opens. But then nothing tastes good now, so I don’t hope it will get better.

One thing I liked in RWS was that there’s staff all over the place. They’re dressed in a dorky cute uniforms and they make eye contact with everyone, smiling and greeting people as people walk pass.

How cool is that? I mean, that is such a rare sight in Singapore!

Resorts World Sentosa

Resorts World Sentosa

There were both male and female staff. It just so happened that when I thought to take some photos with them, I only saw females, lol.

Well, that’s all there is to see at RWS right now. I guess it’s gonna be a pretty cool place to hang out at when it’s all ready but, at the same time, I’m scared of crowds that will come later!

Still, I’m glad Singapore finally has a nice theme park! =)