Sofitel Macau At Ponte 16
What We Love
- Exclusive location in the most historic part of town
- Le Chinois Cantonese restaurant is a hit with locals
- The jetlag recovery treatment at So Spa is sheer bliss
What To Know
- The road outside the hotel is one of Macau’s main thoroughfares, so it's busy pretty much 24/7
- If you've come for gambling, the Sofitel Macau's casino is on the small side
- Leave plenty of time to get to the main ferry terminal or the airport, as traffic can be heavy
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Opulence is the current trend in Macau hotel design, and the Sofitel is no exception. Taking European building styles as their cue, the architects have included arcades, arches and cornices, and while the Sofitel is a skyscraper, it has an agreeable sense of proportion, so guests don’t feel overwhelmed. The public areas benefit from overlooking the river that marks the border with China proper, and as you pull up in the cobbled courtyard you find a lobby decked out with a glittering crystal ceiling, a hand-painted mural and a mosaic floor.
Bed and Bath
Oriental fabrics contrast neatly with the latest technology in the 408 guestrooms and suites (the premium level is called “Mansion”). So expect L’Occitane and Hermès amenities, plasma TVs (above the tub as well), a Bose sound system and an espresso machine. As might be expected given Sofitel’s parentage, the artworks on the wall are French. It’s all eminently comfortable, with the signature Sofitel MyBed and an extensive pillow menu. Rooms overlook either the historic center of old Macau or the sweep of the Pearl River.
Locals flock to the trendy Le Chinois restaurant for its spectacular views of the harbor and its Cantonese fare, namely the dim sum prepared by chef Ho Wah, who has been in the business for 40 years. Privé dishes up traditional French cuisine. Head to the Rendezvous Lounge for its Asian- or French-style afternoon tea or its cocktail infusion wall, which boasts more than 30 infused vodkas. The Sofitel’s other draw is its free-form swimming pool, which features statues, greenery and views across Macau Harbor to the mainland. Book early for a space in the sleek spa, especially on weekends, for treatments such as the Middle Eastern hammam or a French cosmetology facial. The casino is quite small compared with others in town, and reasonably discreet. Finally, the Michael Jackson gallery is certainly unique in Macau; naturally, there’s an adjacent gift shop.
In the Area
Apart from a bevy of casinos, Macau’s main draw is its colonial heritage, and it’s all pretty much on the Sofitel’s doorstep. Senado Square and the 400-year-old ruins of St Paul’s Cathedral — both part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site — are a 10-minute walk from the hotel. Equally interesting are the dock area and such charismatic backstreets as Estrada do Repouso, a mixture of quirky boutiques and family residences. One of Macau’s oldest traditional restaurants, Literol, is only a short way from the Sofitel, with a terrific ambience that’s matched by the menu.