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OK, so that's 12 pics...none of which have showed up of course as they have to be examined.|
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I wont be because I wont be going back. Yes, now is the time for the criticism.
First off, don't bother changing your money into Macau Patakas if you are going to gamble. Even though it is in Macau, the Pataka is not usable as currency for gambling. You have to use HKD! Perhaps this is the same in all Macau casinos but it seemed odd that the legal currency of a region is not usable.
The stores do take Patakas and HKD - one to one exchange rate - and they do try to cheat anyone using RMB by also giving a one-to-one exchange, so if it's shopping you intend to do, then change your RMB in advance to HKD or you'll lose.
I used three - well, used two only, the third one was far too disgusting to use and I just left - toilets while I was there: the one in the restaurant where they have what can only laughingly be called a "Breakfast Buffet" - that cost HKD168 plus the ubiquitous 10% service charge - **(Now here's a question, since we had to get our own food, our own coffee and etc., why were we forced to pay extra for non-existent service?)**- and in that toilet, somebody had puked and it hadn't been completely cleaned up. The toilet seat had been wiped by the "attendant" but they left large chunks of the discharged breakfast all over the rest of the "unit." Needless to say, I chose another stall.
I used another toilet later in the casino area and the paper dispenser was broken - but fortunately it was the only toilet of the three with a sanitary paper toilet seat dispenser...so what if the other paper dispenser front cover had to lay across the "users" legs.
The third one was just off the lobby. The only stall available out of the 4 was filthy to the extreme! Hadn't been flushed - or seemingly even entered by an attendant - since the place was built. Paper - including hand towel-type - filled the unit and the floor. I've seen cleaner public toilets in Shenzhen for cripes sakes!
Wifey and I played the slot machines mostly - the HKD200 minimum was too rich for a cheap basta.rd like me - and in 4 hours we were approached only ONE time to be asked if we wanted a lukewarm, over-sweet, artificial creamed coffee or equally lukewarm tea. Las Vegas THIS IS NOT!
But the building itself is quite nice. As I say, far cleaner than the real Venice, less of a stench than the real Venice, and instead of roving gangs of octogenarians the tourists were mostly tour groups from other regions of China...with a few foreigners reveling in their ability to smoke without recrimination. It was quite funny to watch them actually. They seemed so happy and at peace...and those were just the ones from Hong Kong! The "white" foreigners were just ecstatic! I saw three get out of a taxi - I'm 90% sure they were Americans just from their clothes - and as soon as they got out of the car all three of them "lit up."
So, props to Macau for being not only more civilized than Hong Kong, but also for being able to access the technology that HK cannot seem to get as the "Smoking" sections of the restaurants and the casino didn't seem to interfere with the Non-Smoking sections at all.
But I should get back to the joke that was the Breakfast Buffet. Over-priced crap is too kindly a phrase to use but that is probably all the forum software would allow me to use! Mind you, I'm spoiled because I've had *Real* breakfast buffets at hotels in Greater China were the price is less and there are more food options available.
So, it was OK for the most part - but I wont be going back unless I win the freebie stay in the suite. Other than that, I'll opt for one of the other casinos - should I go back again that is. Not worth the money just to see the building again or to get overcharged in the stores.
"Canchin" rating out of 10 ---- a good, solid 4!