When in Macau: Sofitel Ponte 16


Visiting Macau wouldn't be a complete package without staying into a nice and comfy hotel. Having limited options of places to visit and activities to engage in, i believe that checking in to a lovely and a little luxurious hotel can fill in the gaps to complete that memorable and worthwhile experience in Macau. I cannot thank God enough for providing us a comfortable place to stay which is not just nice and cozy but also has a spirit of luxury for a fraction of the cost. Sofitel Ponte 16 Macau has taken our baby moon getaway into a new level!

We arrived at Macau International Airport past 10 pm on a cold and freezing February and we took Bus No.26 going to the hotel. We waited for like 30 minutes more outside the airport until the bus which is almost full, finally arrived. Hustling with our lugagges, the bus route we took stopped exactly at the front of Sofitel Ponte 16 after 6 or 7 stops if i wasn't mistaken. A few steps away was the casino entrance and on the side was an escalator which led us to the doorstep of the hotel. 

Upon entering the hotel's premises i felt the warmth, literally, after braving the 10 degrees temperature outside. Thanks goodness the temperature inside was regulated and i felt very warm and comfortable. We immediately checked in at the front desk which took us about 20 minutes before we finally got hold of our room keys. I was puzzled as to why my card doesn't seem to work to settle our deposit, so after a few tries, we decided to settle it in cash anyway. The front desk officer was very kind and very accommodating despite the trouble that my card did. (My mistake was i forgot to call to the bank before flying to Macau that i will be using my card overseas).

We were happily ushered to our room overlooking the swimming pool and the waterfront which I requested earlier. Room was very nice and cozy. After a tiring day, seeing the king bed was an immediate relief and all i ever wanted is to lay my tired body and sleep. 

But first, the bathroom! I need to check the bathroom first before anything else, because the only thing i hate in a hotel room is a dirty toilet and bath.

Stepping into the marbled floor of the bathroom, i immediately felt in love like i can live there! It was clean and spotless and i love love the bath tub with remote controlled rolling blinds seeing through the bedroom with a window glass. For a standard room, to me it was already luxurious.

What i forgot to bring was some bath bombs and aromatic bubble baths to complete the dramatic feel while soaking myself on the tub. Not to mention that Sofitel Macau uses Hermes toiletries from hand soaps to shampoos and body wash! I so love it!

Everything in the room was organized, from the bath robes to slippers which is already there, not like hiding inside the closet and cabinets- they are ready to use. Basic room amenities like tea and coffee, complimentary bottled waters, a mini ref, cable television, safety deposit box, a mini office table and everything that a guest will need is within reach. They even had a flat iron inside the closet. After all, Sofitel is Sofitel.

The moment i woke up the following morning, i immediately opened the window curtains and it was such a lovely sight to behold. It was foggy earlier but nonetheless, the view of Macau waterfront was stunning and beautiful.

We had a scheduled city tour in the morning, but thanks God it was a little late so we had ample time preparing and enjoying our breakfast at Mistral, the hotel's dining arm.

Food selection was good and plenty too, but not that really bountiful like the one in Sofitel Manila which we used to frequent for a staycation. However they got a pretty good selection of Asian offerings from appetizers, to soups, cold cuts, main entrees, fruits, fresh salads and pastries.

I enjoyed my hot chocolate although i would always prefer coffee in the morning. But due to my early pregnancy i have to stay away from caffeine for a while and it makes me kinda' sad. So far, we had a lovely and satisfying breakfast.

Their lounge was nice, warm and cozy and i would like to commend their staffs for being so kind and accommodating to every guests. The receptionist which i forgot the name was very nice that she offered a hand to take photos of us after our breakfast. 

The dining hall was just beside the pool area and right after our hearty breakfast, we went outside to check out the pool and took pictures from the view deck overlooking the harbor despite the chilly weather. I was like really freezing while smiling from ear to ear for the sake of photographs!

What i like the most from this hotel is that they had a lot of Filipino staffs. The security at the lobby and the one in the concierge were Filipino. Two of the staffs we met at the breakfast lounge were also Filipinos and we had a little chat about their work and where in the Philippines do they live. One of the Filipino staff from Mistral told us where we can find cheap buys for pasalubong and he gave us directions on how to walk around the area to find Senado Square, and the Ruins and where to buy shoes which my husband loves to check from time to time anywhere we go.

The one from the Rendezvous Bar was a Filipina too. We had complimentary welcome drinks from the bar and we acquired it the following day. The Filipina staff from the bar took care of us and allowed us to bring the beers inside our room instead of drinking it there.

For guests who doesn't want to go downstairs for breakfast, there's also a lounge on the 17th floor, just a few steps from our room. You can have a buffet breakfast, lunch or dinner as well, but it has limited options than the one in the main dining hall. The receptionist from that floor was also a Filipina and so we really felt very at home every time we were around the hotel's premises.

The lobby of the hotel was spacious and i always admire the whimsical vibe of the interiors. The ceilings were magical and the overall feel of the hotel was very bright and lovely. It was timely that we were there a day before Valentine's Day and you can feel the spirit of the love month from every corners of the lobby. 

The location of the hotel was very convenient too. It may be far from the glistening Cotai Strip where the center of shopping and entertainment dwells, but i love it more that Sofitel Ponte 16 has a peaceful and more quiet, laid-back surroundings. Public transportation like buses, stops at the front of the hotel and just adjacent to it is another bus stop where you can hop on to go places around Macau. Convenience stores, restaurants and hawker-type eateries and pastry bakeries were just a few tumbling away from the hotel.

Sofitel Ponte 16 has its own private shuttle which takes guests to and from the Ferry Terminal for free. We took advantage of their shuttle to go places, like hotel and casino hopping having the ferry terminal as our drop off point. 

Standard room rates depends on the season and availability. Booking price starts at around $220 per night with breakfast at a superior room with river views. We got a pretty good deal for our room using our Accor Club membership points and we've save a lot, like more than half the price of our room for 2 nights with complete inclusions plus other privileges as a member. 

In a nutshell, we had a grand time staying at Sofitel Ponte 16 Macau. I highly recommend this hotel for travelers who are in the look out for a little luxury without leaving a hole in the pocket. Commendable staffs, luxurious amenities, good location, plus excellent comfort and security. I would love to be back here with my kids on our next visit! Below is a short Vlog i made to compile our Sofitel Ponte 16 experience. Please do watch!

What do you think about Sofitel Ponte 16 Macau? Would you consider staying there too? I would love to read your comments below!

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