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Sofitel Macau, A Hotel and Its Destination
Sofitel Macau is within walking distance to the historic center of Macau. In comparison to the disordered rows of short buildings, the magnificent French-blooded hotel seizes a better river view.

To define Macau, I will call it a city of strolling. Neighboring Zhuhai city, the former Portuguese colonial peninsula has maintained its peace with the arrival of thousands of visitors. The place of multiculturalism never lacks attractions - exciting casinos and Grand Prix racing match with centuries-old Portuguese architecture and A Ma Temple.

While new coming travelers stampede to the casinos, shopping and UNESCO sites, photographers take their cameras to shoot the old streets and common people. As a city of tourism and leisure, Macau has a varying array of lofty hotels and resorts, each linked to a casino and shopping, most of which are located in the downtown Cotai Strip. Wherever you walk, you will find the island is small but includes all the staples of an entertaining life. The city mimicks the Chinese saying, "A sparrow may be small, but its body has every organ it needs."

A bird's-eye viewof the city at the 17th floor

Sofitel Macau is within walking distance to the historic center of Macau, a World Heritage Site listed by UNESCO, and a living representation of the city's original settlement. The area is characterized by a myriad of narrow laneways and piazzas, which provide a link to over 20 historical monuments, including the Ruins of St. Paul's Cathedral, sections of the Old City Walls and the Mount Fortress.

Located at Ponte 16, the oldest area and inner harbor next to the Wan Zai Ferry Pier, Sofitel Macau is the only luxury hotel there. The French-blooded hotel mixes local color on its skin – yellow exterior walls and European-styled Roman pillars. In comparison to the disordered rows of short buildings, the magnificent hotel seizes a better river view. As a result, rooms on the top floors own a wide panorama of the ferry pier on one side. Macau Tower, Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro, and even Ruins of St. Paul's are under the eyes on the other side.

On the second floor, a galley to commemorate Michael Jackson opened in 2008. With the huge screens playing some of his music videos and concerts, a treasure of costumes and performing accessories are shown free of charge to the public. Among all the exhibits, a pair of Michael Jackson’s gloves stitched with rhinestones may be the most famous as they became legend with the artist during his 1983 performance of "Billie Jean," and the world's introduction to the moonwalk. Passengers can buy some souvenirs in the shop. If you want to have a seat, the Michael Jackson themed café on the first floor is the best place for you to taste food and listen to his music.

MJ Gallery

MJ Gallery

Michael Jackson’s glove stitched with rhinestones

Rendezvous, a romantic word in French meaning meeting without arrangement, is the name of the lounge bar. To celebrate its 3rd anniversary, the hotel uses Macaron, a French sweet cake, to cater to its guest’s appetite with a sumptuous choice of signature cocktails and fine wines.

If you don’t want to hide yourself indoor, then you are recommended to move up to the eighth floor where the buffet restaurant Mistral, outdoor BBQ and splash are located. Serving contemporary buffets combining French and Mediterranean flavors, MISTRAL restaurant’s alfresco dinning overlooks Macau’s inner wateway, providing the perfect setting for relaxing and socializing with an emphasis on taste and pleasure.

As a deluxe resort, the hotel’s 408 rooms and suites are exceptionally appointed and overlook the charming river view and the city glitz.

Sofitel Macau at Ponte 16 澳門十六浦索菲特酒店
Rua do Visconde Paço de Arcos, Macau SAR 澳门內港巴素打尔古街
Tel.: +853 8861 0016

(By Jessie Huang, Stephen Roberts) 

Editor:Jessie Huang
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