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JW Marriott and Ritz-Carlton Add Their Names To The Macau Waiting List

Where: Cotai, Macau
May 4, 2012 at 9:21 AM | by | ()

We got all excited on Wednesday when we learned that Vegas hotel overlord Steve Wynn is planning on opening up a third Macau resort in 2015. But he's not the only one eyeing expansion in Asia's the world's gambling capital—Marriott wants a piece of the action too.

This week, it was announced that 1,300 rooms, suites and floating villas will be added to the already sprawling $1.9 billion complex known as Galaxy Macau.

So which brands has Marriott selected to carry the project through? Funny you should ask: of the two properties being built, one will be the world's largest JW Marriott, and the other will be a Ritz-Carlton, where app-happy guests can go QR code crazy with the brand's new signature iPhone and Android mobile app.

According to SMH, Galaxy Macau is the third casino resort to open on the Cotai strip in Macau, and while the first half of the project debuted last May, news about phase two, which includes the two new Marriott developments, is already making its way to the airwaves. So, gamblers, hotel-lovers, and resort-dwellers, get excited!

Galaxy Hotel, Banyan Tree and Hotel Okura are the three hotels currently operating on the site, and by 2015, JW Marriott and Ritz-Carlton will add their special sparkle to the scene. Specifically, Ritz-Carlton will be opening its first-ever all-suite hotel, with 250 one- and two-bedroom suites. Located on the top floors of the Galaxy Macau, the hotel's rooftop pool and Ritz Bar should offer some pretty awesome views.

Meanwhile, the JW Marriott will offer 1,100 rooms and suites on a lesser scale, plus other similar amenities (pool, spa, and fitness center).

All this after the news in March that Marriott would be increasing its monopoly on the downtown LA Live complex with a total of four Marriott brands by the end of 2014. Not, it's not quite on the same level as Mega Macau, but Marriott sure loves to double-brand-whammy when it comes to these big resort complexes. We're just hoping that all the selection and competition make for lower rates!

[Photo: Travel4Vitality/HotelChatter Flickr Pool]

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