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.
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I had visited sofitel last january and my experience there was splendid from the room I stayed in upto their restaurant mistral. I enjoyed the food there very much and the staffs they have there are great special Miss Gladys who is excellent on what she does. She made sure that my stay was worth it by taking care of me and my friends by serving us good.
I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to Mary, Paige and Victor who have delivered exceptional serivce to us in the Club Millesime. Defintely will stay here again when I visit Macau in the future.
We've truly enjoyed our stay at Sofitel. We are delighted by the service offered by the Club staffs especially Princess and Jane. Princess helped us to make reservations and gave us itenenaries considering that we're travelling with out kids. Jane spoilt our kids with refreshing mocktails.
There's no problem with the services of the staffs but hotel requires a improvement in shuttle bus and internet connection.
Last Saturday, I went to Macau with my father and my aunt. I booked a suite and a room this time. Of course, there was a high premium due to Chinese New Year.
The suite has two toilets but one of them has no shower facility. Another toilet is spacious. It has a huge bathtub (fit two persons) with massage function and a separate stand-shower area. The shower gel and lotions are from Hermes. It also has a closet. The size of the dining area is about 30sqm which is not too bad. It comes with a 3-seat sofa and one stand-alone sofa. A small dining table with two wooden chairs. Another room is just a typical room but the shower area is spacious.
The overall experience was good. However, the location of the hotel is a bit off the main area. Need to walk 15-20 minutes to the town centre and there is no other big hotel next to Sofitel (usually all the big names are next to each other like Banyan Tree, Galaxy, Wynn).
The room is full of surprises. From the automatic shed in the bathroom to the smartphone “host”. We have enjoyed our stay in Sofitel and the location is just perfect. Walked out from the hotel and within 10 minutes there are so many restaurants and attractions are just nearby