With a beautiful bridge, floating gondolas, cloudless blue skies and A/C, visiting Macau and admiring the Venetian Macao could even trump traveling to Italy itself! But seriously, let me tell you about my experience staying in the largest single structure hotel building in Asia – it’s definitely worth writing home about.
Getting to the Venetian Macao
From the ferry terminal, you can take a bus, shuttle or taxi to your resort. We decided to take a taxi because we had luggage and we were already tired, having travelled from Vietnam (more on what to do in Vietnam here).
Arriving at the hotel
When you arrive at Venetian Macao, at first you don’t see how big it is. The lobby is right near the taxi stand, which is great because it means minimal walking times with luggage to carry. There are bell boys outside, but none came to help us, so we were grateful for the easy transfer!
Checking in to the Venetian Macao
The check-in was quick and easy, and then the adventures began. Carrying heavy suitcases over a carpet in a hotel was the first challenge, but finding the right elevator in the right part of the building added another, especially as you had to walk through the casino to get there!
After what seemed like forever, we got to our room. I was shocked at how big it was. It had a bedroom, living room and huge bathroom. I didn’t book a suite so I can only imagine how big those must be!
The living space had a working desk, a huge TV, couch and table. There was another TV in the open-plan bedroom – there’s no dividing wall between living and sleeping areas, with two queen size beds. The bathroom had a shower and a bath, twin sinks and a separate W.C.
Cruising by the casino
After leaving our luggage, we decided to eat something and head out of the hotel. Every time we left our room or the hotel, we had to pass through the casino, which is rumoured to be the largest in the world. It was always busy no matter what time we headed through. We decided not to play but it was fun to watch people getting so excited about every game.
A shopper’s paradise
Shopping in Venetian is definitely for everyone. There is a luxury mall area called the Four Seasons where you find shops like Rolex, Tiffany & Co, Chanel, Dior, Fendi or Louis Vuitton. The other part of Venetian shopping centre has world-known brands like Victoria’s Secret, Bershka, H&M, Converse and Sunglass Hut.
If you are a shopaholic, you better book yourself a few nights in a resort as the whole complex has 350 duty-free shops.
Finding spots for dinner
Finding a restaurant was challenging. We looked online and went for a Chinese restaurant somewhere between Venetian and Parisian Macau. It was called Pearl Dragon and was perfectly nice but not amazing.
The whole complex has 25 restaurants, two bars, a food court and smaller outlets like Starbucks or McDonald’s. For our second night, we decided to eat at a bar called McSorley’s Ale House, which had an English and Irish menu.
The resort experience at The Venetian Macao
It’s impressive just how big the Venetian Macao actually is! We managed to get lost a few times and it took us at least half an hour to find a pool. It was well worth the navigational challenges though, because the pool was incredible. Definitely pay it a visit.
The hotel and casino are decorated in a true Italian style with pastel facades, decorated arches, columns and gondolas riding around the resort. There’s also a gym and live entertainment, so you’re never short of things to do staying at The Venetian Macao.
My one word of advice? Don’t get so lost within the resort that you don’t explore the rest of Macau beyond. Discover how to spend 24 hours exploring Macau with my traveller-tested guide.