The Venetian Macao Casino Resort Hotel complex became one of the largest hotels in Asia when it opened in August 2007. The $2.4bn resort replicates the famous architectural canals and icons of Venice, Italy.
Construction of the Venetian Macao started on the 80ha Cotai Strip site in late 2005, with outfitting in the final quarter of 2006. The hotel tower was completed in July 2007.
Facilities and attractions
The hotel casino has over 3,000 suites, 1.2 million square feet of convention space, three canals with gondolas, a Cirque du Soleil show, a 2,000-seat showroom, a 1.6 million square foot mall with over 250 retail outlets, a 550,000ft² casino (3,400 slots and 800 tables) and a facade that is three times the size of its sister hotel in Las Vegas. It also features the 85,000ft2 Malo Clinic Health and Wellness centre ,which includes a spa, a beauty lab, a clinic, and leisure and fitness centre.
The hotel also features a main leisure area with multiple swimming pools and Jacuzzi.
In 2007, the resort held exhibition football matches between Manchester United and the Chinese football champions, Shenzen. In addition, Roger Federer played Pete Sampras in an exhibition tennis match in the 15,000-seat arena.
Accommodation at the Venetian Macao Casino Resort Hotel
The Venetian Macao Casino Resort Hotel offers only suites, with three different levels of comfort and size. The 70m² Royale Suites are split over two levels, with a separate bedroom (king-size bed) and living accommodation. The Bella Suite offers all the facilities of the Royale, but has two queen-size beds.
The 170m² Rialto Suites are the most luxurious, with an enclosed bedroom and an open living space. Suite facilities include a choice of two queen-sized or one king-sized canopy-draped bed, a sunken living room, a full-size sofa sleeper, pillow and bath menus, a deluxe marble bathroom with separate bath and shower, a mini-bar, two large plasma televisions, high-speed internet access and a personal silent fax/printer/copier.
The 145m2 Verona Suites feature spacious living and dining areas. Facilities include two queen size beds, a mini bar, two large televisions and a deluxe marble bathroom.
Cotai Strip development
The Cotai Strip is a master planned development of resort and casino properties with a $12bn investment to provide 60,000 hotel rooms after completion in seven to ten years’ time. The Cotai Strip will feature hotels operated by some of the most prestigious names in the hotel industry, including Four Seasons, Sheraton, St Regis, Shangri-La, Traders, Hilton, Conrad, Fairmont and Raffles.
Las Vegas Sands Corporation will own and construct each hotel, as well as operate the casinos and entertainment venues. Macau is one of the fastest-growing gaming markets in the world and is one of the country’s wealthiest and most developed regions.
Around one billion people live within a three-hour flight to Macau. Over 18.7 million people visited Macau in 2005, with over half coming from China.
Meeting and conference facilities
The meeting and conference facilities at the resort include 75,000m2 of exhibition space at Cotai Expo, a ballroom measuring 25,000m2, and a 6,500m2 pillar less ballroom. It also has 108 flexible meeting rooms, a 1,800-seat theatre and the 15,000-seat Venetian Arena.
Venetian Macao Casino Resort Hotel has several restaurants specialising in Chinese, Western, Japanese, Italian and Asian cuisines. The Chinese restaurants include North, Canton, Imperial House Dim Sum, Lei Garden, Old Neptune Restaurant, Red Dragon Noodles and Ping.
Madeira Portuguese Restaurant, McSorley’s Ale House, Morton’s of Chicago and Portofino form the Western restaurants. Edo Japanese Restaurant serves Japanese cuisine, and Vergnano Italian restaurant specialises in Italian cuisine. Bambu, Cafe Deco Macao and Shanghainese 456 Restaurant are the resort’s Asian and international restaurants.
The resort also features Bar Florian and Bellini Lounge.
The 40-storey hotel was built by the Las Vegas Sands Corporation. Pro Shing Construction Team Macau Limited provided sub-structural work.