No Casino for Macau Hotel

The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, now under construction in Macau, has abandoned a plan to add a casino to the property. The plan launched in 2013 originally called for 53,000 square feet of gaming space.

Door to open in 2016

The Macau Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel no longer plans to include an onsite casino. The $350 million resort project, announced in 2013, originally included 53,000 square feet of gaming floor. Yoho Group Ltd. spokesman Aaron Lu said the 370-room hotel on the Cotai Strip will focus on five-star luxury service and fine dining.

“There are already big casinos nearby such as the Venetian Macao,” Lu told the Macau Daily Times. “We can’t compete with that by running a casino… the scale of our hotel cannot compare with them, but we are a five-star hotel with exquisite fine-dining facilities, so we will take a different direction and hope to keep our guests satisfied with delicacies.”

The 12-story Roosevelt Macau overlooks the sea and the neighboring Macau Jockey Club. The hotel takes its design cues from an iconic hotel of the same name located on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. It is scheduled to open in the second quarter of next year. “The first Roosevelt Hotel is filled with its local traditions of Hollywood, that’s why when we plan the Roosevelt Macau, we will also fill it with the local artifacts of Macau, as a combination of the West and the East to show to the world,” said Lu.

Designer Kenny Leong said the décor will “transform the hotel into an entertainment destination by revitalizing the glamour of the Golden Age of Hollywood through extraordinary performances and exciting interactive media.”