Crown Tower, Macau
January 16, 2010, 3:03 pm
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The Crown Tower is part of a trio of hotels in the loftily-named City of Dreams, the latest megaplex to be built on the reclaimed soil of the sprawling Cotai Strip, Macau’s latest glitzy gambling enclave.  The other two hotels on the Australian Melco-owned property are the Hard Rock Hotel Macau and the Grand Hyatt Macau.

Like most casino-linked hotels in Macau, the exterior of the Crown Tower is replete with blinking LED lights, but thankfully, once inside, the decor is one of tasteful, discreet elegance.  There are no crystal chandeliers to be found.  Instead, the lobby is understated and contemporary, with plush seating areas and clean, flowing lines accentuating its sense of space.

The room continues the subtle luxury, with Aigner Black toiletries, touchscreen operated room service, and blinds that are drawn at the touch of a button.  The generously-sized divan overlooking the Venetian, as well as a marble-topped work rounded out the in-room amenities.

The bathroom, consisting of the by now de rigueur rain shower suite, soaking tub,  separate enclosed toilet facility, and walk-in wardrobe, is possibly the largest and most opulent I’ve yet seen.

The gym is fairly large for a 286-room property, but is strangely mis-equipped.  The basics–treadmills, ellipptical trainers–are present, but the multi-use station, which takes up the majority of the space, did a rather poor job of training the cores.

Since I am no gambler, I was more interested in the entertainment and shopping options.  As far as shopping is concerned, the retail mix at the City of Dreams is no different from that of the Venetian across the street, or for that matter, the other burgeoning integrated resorts that Macau is now festooned with.  Spanking new boutiques from Alfred Dunhill to Vivien Westwood dot its winding boulevard.  The casino and adjoining hotels do bring in live entertainment, and during my stay, a Taiwanese band was in-residence, performing with gusto in the casino lounge.

Finally, there is “The Bubble,” billed as an immersive multimedia show that while slightly kitschy, is a crowd puller (entry is free).