Macau Casinos - MGM Macau

MGM Macau is another Las Vegas import that is located along Dr. Sun Yat Sen Avenue, the Main street on Macau Peninsula. The shape of the hotel tower is quite unique – kind of like a 3-tiered wedding cake. Each “layer” is clad in different coloured glass, and the wavy fa├žade creates an undulating effect between the layers that is very interesting when viewed close-up. The MGM logo is visible right at the top of the tower, and a huge MGM lion stands guide at one corner of the building. Stanley Ho’s daughter Pansy Ho is a major shareholder together with the MGM Group.

Though the external design is modern, inside is another story. Once you enter the lobby, you are faced with a Classical courtyard modeled after a Portuguese palace. The ornate and elaborate design is a huge contrast to the clean and modern exterior.

The MGM has a collection of sculptures by Salvador Dali. One of these - "Alice in Wonderland" is right outside the main entrance to the building. Another one - "Dalinian Dancer" is in the main lobby. The glass panels behind the reception counter is by Dale Chihuly - the American glass sculptor famous for large scale glass sculptures that hang in many hotel lobbies around the world. There are also many other artworks by renown artists specially commissioned for the Casino. Most of these look a bit out of place in a Casino setting - instead of the jewels they become just the background - unnoticed and unappreciated except by perhaps just a very few.

Unlike some of the other casinos which try to be family-friendly, the MGM is mainly for adults and children are not so welcome. If you are after a kid-friendly place, look elsewhere.


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