Most people choose to stay in pretty ritzy resorts when they visit Macau. In the Chinese and Portuguese-influenced territory, many resorts double as casinos, attracting big rollers from around the world. Macau is a great place to get a taste of the luxe life, but it’s easy to get lost in the crowd when you stay in a huge hotel. Legend Palace Hotel provides all the pizazz of the larger luxury resorts in Macau – but on a smaller, more intimate scale. When it comes to hotels, bigger isn’t always better.
Legend Palace Hotel Review
When you arrive at Legend Palace hotel, you may feel like you’ve dropped straight into a pretty pastel fairy tale land. The plush property, just a five-minute walk from Fisherman’s Wharf, is inspired by breezy French Monaco. The marble columned lobby, stained glass ceiling and crystal chandelier make quite the impression, but the rooms are just as beautiful.
Although the entire territory is named Macau, the northern region is also called Macau – and it’s connected to the regions of Taipa, Cotai and Coloane by two bridges over the Zhujiang River Estuary, Ponte de Sai Van and Ponte de Amizade. Legend Palace Hotel sits on the Eastern coast of Macau, smack dab in the middle of the northern portion of the territory. The hotel is just a 10-minute walk from the Macau Ferry Terminal, which is convenient for ferry travelers from Hong Kong, and it is just five minutes from a collection of restaurants, shops and other curious sites of Macau Fisherman’s Wharf. (The most curious site is probably the modern replica of the Roman Colosseum.)
If you have all day to walk around, and the weather’s not sweltering, you can walk to the 17th-century Monte Fort, Walls of Macau and the Ruins of St. Paul’s in just over half an hour. The streets around this area are lovely, and you can wander south to the Teatro Dom Pedro V and the famous Margaret’s Café e Nata for well-deserved egg tarts. Other options include navigating the bus system – or just taking a taxi. Either way, Legend Palace Hotel has a pretty sweet location.
Service & Facilities: 9/10
I can’t fault the service of the attentive Legend Palace Hotel staff because I felt welcome from check-in to check-out. While I stayed in the pool cabana, the sun shifted; and one staff member even offered to move my lounger out of the sunny spot to prevent me from getting sunburnt.
Although Legend Palace Hotel is quite small, it has all the facilities that you would expect at a resort. The hotel has a fitness centre and a spa called ‘Senses Health Club’. Its year-round outdoor pool plays music underwater and is bordered one side by lovely little cabanas. (When I stayed, using the cabanas or a bottle of water didn’t even cost extra.) There’s also a jacuzzi on the pool deck. I only shared the space with a few other guests, but I can imagine that the area could easily feel crowded. To round off the facilities, Legend Palace Hotel has a conference room, business centre – and a ballroom.
Once you’ve made it Macau and opened the door to your sophisticated room in Legend Palace Hotel, it’s understandable if you feel like cancelling all of your Macau trip plans and opting for a foreign stay-cation, instead. The resort hotel’s 223 rooms and suites are immaculate. The Chairman Suite and the Royal Suite are the most grand, but families would be more than happy in the Two Bedroom Executive Suite with private garden. The patio has a picnic table and umbrella, as well as two really cool loungers with a collapsible half-cover. Indoors, there is a small kitchen, dining table and bar.
I stayed in an Executive Room at this five-star hotel in Macau, which at many other hotels, would be considered a suite – since it has a distinct living area and sleeping area, which can be closed off with mirrored sliding doors. Its 62 square metres are beautifully decorated. Gold accents gleam on the highly polished mahogany and cherry wood furniture, the deep colours balancing the light lavender and cornflower panels on the wall. Even the air vent is decorative – a white curlicued piece of artwork.
There are almost too many places to sit in Legend Palace Hotel’s Executive Room. Once you clear the foyer with the golden room control panel, you can sit in a chair at a small round table, which could act as a desk – except there’s actually a chair and desk just to the left of the massive flat screen TV in the other corner of the room. The small sofa, flanked by two side tables, behind a large coffee table takes up most of the room, but there’s still space for an additional armchair. In the bedroom, a stool sits at the vanity and an additional armchair is paired with a footstool – and outside you’ll find chairs and a side table on each balcony (one off the living room, one off the bedroom).
L’Occitane toiletries await in the bathroom, which has a lovely tub, an adjustable showerhead, a rain showerhead, double sink basins and a television built into the mirror. Once you’re feeling fresh, the provided robe and slippers are plenty comfy to wear in the privacy of your room.
Food & Drink: N/A
There is no shortage of dining options at Legend Palace Hotel. Guests can find lighter fare at the Float pool bar and Lounge on Eight. Infinite is open 24 hours a day, serving both Chinese and Western cuisine – but for fine Cantonese dining, guests should choose The Grand Palace. This restaurant also offers ten VIP rooms with balconies over the water, pantries and private toilets. Brasserie de Paris offers global cuisine from a buffet and set à la carte menus, and guests can enjoy views of Ponte de Amizade from the outdoor dining area. Meanwhile, The Gallery is the place to go for vintage whiskey, wines and liquor.
Although I didn’t indulge in the cuisine here, the gifted fruit plate was superlative. (Seriously, where do they source their produce?)
Value: 8/ 10
Legend Palace Hotel actually qualifies as a five-star deluxe hotel, which trumps a ‘regular’ five-star hotel in Macau. While a night here will set you back about $200 USD per night for a Superior Room, or $250 USD per night for an Executive Room, the value for money at this high-end Macau hotel isn’t bad.
- If you treat yourself to a spa session, choose the Thai massage – since it’s their speciality.
- Although the walk is short, you can take the complimentary hotel shuttle to Macau’s Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal when you depart. Just book your timeslot in advance.
If you had the chance to stay in Legend Palace Hotel in Macau, what was your favourite part of the whole sumptuous experience? We’d love to hear about it in the comments below.
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