Located at the ultra-luxurious Venetian Macau Resort, in Cotai Strip (just south of Taipa Island), the über-grandiose Venetian is the world's current largest casino, with almost 600,000 square feet of gambling space, 3,400 slot machines and 800 gambling tables, spread over four themed gaming areas, namely Golden Fish, Imperial House, Red Dragon and Phoenix.
Owned by Sheldon Adelson's Las Vegas Sands Corp., the Venetian is really "a city within a city" and other than virtually endless gambling options, it boasts one of Macau's most extravagant shopping precincts - The Grand Canal shoppes.
Opened on August 2007, this humongous and heavily invested shopping complex is "Venice themed", so each and every one of its corners resembles the famous Italian city, including the gondola packed canals...
The complex occupies almost one million square feet of sumptuously baroque-styled retail space, with 350 high-end shops, restaurants, cafés, night clubs, entertainment, state-of-the-art spa, gondola rides and what not...
As far as dining and entertainment go, the Venetian Macau has it big time, and although it lacks the romanticism of Macau's old city centre, it boasts some fantastic restaurants and other wine & dine venues :
Café Deco is featuring a 24/7 all-in-one dining concept, Cecconi's serves Italian haute cuisine with a modern twist, Grand Edo Japanese Restaurant is a stylish restaurant, serving fantastic Japanese food in an upscale environment, Fogo Samba is a Brazilian style churrascaria grill, Imperial House Dim Sum serves a wide choice of delicious Dim Sum, as well as wanton and other steamed buns, 24 hours a day, McSorley's Ale House is the young sibling of a successful resto-pub in Hong Kong's SoHo area, Morton's of Chicago is the local offshoot of one of America's most reputable upscale restaurant chains and, possibly, Macau's best steakhouse, and Blue Frog Bar & Grill is a stylish, sleek and modern resto-bar, featuring an all-day dining concept that works just fine for late night gamblers, as well as to other party-goers and shoppers...
The "shoppes" at Venetian Macau are open daily, 10 am - 11 pm (till midnight on Friday, Saturday and evenings of public holidays) but some dining venues and nigh spots stay open later.
A small insight from 'Metropolasia-Man' :
Other than having the largest casino on earth, the Venetian Macau Hotel is housed in the largest single structure hotel building in Asia (which is the fourth-largest building in the world by area )
How to get to the Venetian : Venetian Macau offers complimentary shuttle bus service to and from town (Sands Macao Hotel, next to the Fisherman's Wharf, as well as from other hotels), as well as from places like the Ferry Terminal, Cotai Ferry Terminal, Macau International Airport and the Border Checkpoints (with China).
Generally speaking, buses are running 7 days a week, from morning till late at night (the one from Sands Macao Hotel runs until 2 am or so...) and they depart every 10 minutes or so... Click here to view Venetian Macau complimentary shuttle bus schedule
You should also visit our "Macau Bus Routes Guide" to see how you can travel to the Venetian from every corner across Macau.
You may also want to read about other casinos around this area...
City of Dreams
Grand Waldo Casino
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