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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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.
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Upgraded on arrival to a magnificent 17th floor suite of 100+ sq metres.... Very comfortable and luxurious. Breakfast, afternoon tea, canapes and wine all free at various points during the day.... there is no need for any other food really! Breakfast on 17th floor OK but much better choice on main 6th floor restaurant.
Lovely, helpful staff everywhere. Public spaces thankfully not quite as OTT/cold/casino like as most of the other places.
Hotel is very well placed for old Macau...
Hotel is okay, nothing special nor bad, everything is decent. The good thing is this hotel has many shuttle bus to many location so you can go everywhere in macau just from hotel bus lobby. Staffs are friendly, when you need to ask for some informations ask in concierge and look for jansi. Thank you to Jansi for assisting me and thank God that you saw me because I’ve been looking around for someone to ask for great place to eat and to go to. Your choice of restaurants is good. All in all room is good and room dining service is good and price is acceptable.
Rooms were nice and staff was very friendly. Use the concierge if you have any questions thanks to jansi and peter who assist us, especially jansi, who gives us more informations on where eat and for giving us brief history of macau while assisting us to our room. Also to esteban who first greats us in the lobby and also assist me and my baby.
I celebrated my birthday and upgraded my room. I would add another service, but I did not get it because I stayed with my baby. What I was most impressed with was that I did not ask, but I added a bed for the baby in the room. The baby was able to rest together very comfortably. A wonderful stay indeed.