My 5: The Parisian Macau.

The Parisian Hotel and Casino Macau

1. February 2018. Gone shopping in The Venetian? Hung out with Batman at Studio City? Then why not take the short walk over to The Parisian for more unnecessary lavishness. Don’t worry about not being able to find it, just look out for the 525-foot half scale replica of The Eiffel Tower outside the main lobby. You can climb it too for views from the 37 level observation deck if that takes your fancy. Tickets are priced at 100MP (£7 €8 $10).

Check in counter The Parisian Hotel and Casino Macau

2. February 2018. The Parisian Macau is brand spanking new, with its grand opening ceremony having taken place in September 2016. The final construction bill came to around $2.5 billion. As you would expect it’s absolutely gorgeous inside, the entire joint kitted out with classical sculptures, antique furniture, ridiculous chandeliers, marble balconies and renaissance paintings. This is one of several reception counters running off the main lobby.

Lobby fountain The Parisian Hotel and Casino Macau

3. February 2018. The fountain in the main lobby was modeled on the gorgeous Fontaine de Mers from Paris’ Place de la Concorde. On the hour every hour the fountain sparkles and shimmers as it changes color.

The Parisian Hotel and Casino Macau

4. February 2018. Unless you have a special interest in branded shopping, you might find your explorations of the interior a little tedious, especially if you’ve already seen a few of Macau’s monster hotels. It’s all very pleasing on the eye of course, but having wandered a few floors we quickly felt like we’d seen enough. If you’re looking to do stuff there’s a pricy Aqua World Park, a variety of shows to see at the 1,200-seat theater and a health club that’s so expensive it’s likely to give you a heart attack. Which would be ironic.

Corridor painting The Parisian Hotel and Casino Macau

5. February 2018. Double rooms (with Eiffel Tower views, Paris street map wall paper, marble bathrooms and giant, wall-mounted TVs) go for around £150 (€170 $215). While this is pretty reasonable, note that breakfast is usually extra and while the complex has a million and one cafes and restaurants, there’s no hotel bar, which feels like a massive oversight.

For more on my time in this amazing corner of China, check out my other articles on Macau.

Like these? Then why not leaf through my many other 5s from across China.

I’ve also written a short story series called Challenged in China.

I’ve been living, working and traveling all over the world since 2001, so why not check out my huge library of My 5s from over 30 countries.

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