City of Dreams (casino)

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City of Dreams
The City of Dreams 200907.jpg
Location Cotai, Macau, China
Address Estrada do Istmo
Opening date1 June 2009; 12 years ago (1 June 2009)
No. of rooms2,251
Total gaming space420,000 square feet (39,000 m2)
Permanent showsThe House of Dancing Water by Franco Dragone
Signature attractionsThe Bubble Fountain
Dancing Water Theatre
Casino typeLand-Based
American-styled casino
OwnerMelco Resorts & Entertainment
Leigh & Orange
Jon Jerde
Zaha Hadid
WebsiteCity of Dreams Macau
City of Dreams
DFS T Galleria in City of Dreams, Macau
SOHO in City of Dreams Macau
The Boulevard before closure in 2016

City of Dreams (Chinese: 新濠天地) is a casino resort on the Cotai Strip in Cotai, Macau, China. It is built, owned and managed by Melco Resorts & Entertainment. Melco's second mega-sized property in Macau, City of Dreams is located directly opposite The Venetian Macao.



City of Dreams, also known as CoD or CoD Macau, is in the style of a podium with four towers: namely the Hard Rock Hotel, Crown Towers, and the Grand Hyatt Macau (2 towers). Its three-floor podium includes a mega-casino, over 200 shopping facilities and hotel guest facilities. City of Dreams has 420,000 square feet (39,000 m2) of gaming space with 450 gaming tables and 1514 machines, over 20 restaurants and bars, including one of the largest in the city.

Opening (2009)[edit]

The first phase of City of Dreams, including the Hard Rock Hotel and the Crown Towers, opened on 1 June 2009 as Macau's second-largest casino complex.[1][2] This was followed by the opening of the two Grand Hyatt hotel towers in October 2009.[3]

Rebranding and Expansion (2016-2021)[edit]

In late November 2016, Melco Resorts & Entertainment's chairman Lawrence Ho unveiled the fifth hotel tower to be located within the City of Dreams. Named Morpheus, it was designed by Zaha Hadid Architects and opened in 2018.[4][5][6] Alain Ducasse has two restaurants in the Morpheus Hotel, the “Alain Ducasse at Morpheus”[7] and “Voyages by Alain Ducasse”.[8][9] The latter restaurant also has a bar named the "Voyages Bar by Alain Ducasse".[10]

Hard Rock Hotel was rebranded to The Countdown Hotel in 2017, while Crown Towers was rebranded to Nüwa in 2018.[11]

In 2019, Melco Resorts & Entertainment Limited announced that City of Dreams will undergo a revamp of its hotel properties. The revamp includes a renovation of the Nüwa, three new luxury villas at the Morpheus, and a revamp and rebrand of The Countdown Hotel to Libertine. Works are expected to be completed by 2021.[12]



Aquarium located in entrance lobby (2009)

One installation is called the Vquarium. These four video walls measure nearly 61 feet (19 m) wide and 22 feet (6.7 m) tall. It was constructed in the United States and made in several pieces for ease of transportation and for on-site installation. It weighs 11 tons (10,000 kg).

Behind each of the four sections sits a rear projector that displays images on the acrylic. Water cascades down the acrylic faces to enhance the sub-sea ocean scene that is projected on each wall. The Vquarium debuted with the opening of the complex on 1 June 2009 with larger than life mermaids that swim onscreen and into the distance at the end of the short show. The mermaid show was conceived and executed by Falcon's Treehouse.

This attraction ceased in 2018

The Bubble Fountain[edit]

A second installation designed to enhance the environment of the retail area features a large water sphere. The finished sphere measures 8 feet (2.4 m) in diameter. A hole in the top of the sphere allows water to be pumped through the inside of the sphere and bubble out the top before gently cascading evenly down the sides of the globe into the catch pool below.

Dancing Water Theatre[edit]

Dancing Water Theatre

Franco Dragone Entertainment Group has created a new show entitled The House of Dancing Water at the Dancing Water Theatre designed by Pei Partnership Architects. The theatre contains one of the largest commercial pools in the world, holding approximately 3,700,000 US gallons (14,000 m3). The 270-degree theatre in the round has a central stage with a diameter of approximately 25 meters (82 ft), surrounded by sloped seating on three sides for as many as 2,000 theatre patrons including a V.I.P. section of 70 seats. The theatre arena has a 40-meter-high steel trussed space (30 meters clear) providing generous height to the show’s display of acrobatics. Thinkwell Group, a design and production firm based in Burbank, Calif., designed the audio, video and communications systems for the show.[13] The show, which incorporates various design elements such as fire, water effects, and atmospheric effects, opened on 17 September 2010.[14] "The House of Dancing Water" was the recipient of a 2012 Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement for a Live Show Spectacular.[15]


Matthew Marsh's car with City of Dreams livery in the 2008 Guia Race.

City of Dreams is the title sponsor for Matthew Marsh in the 2008 Macau Guia race. COD organized a visit by Matthew Marsh to the Fountain of Hope, a Macau-based non-profits home in November 2008.[16]

Hotels in City of Dreams[edit]

Hotels that are part of the City of Dreams are as follow:

Hotels No. of Rooms
Nüwa 300
Grand Hyatt Macau 791
The Countdown Hotel 380
Morpheus 780



There are several shuttle bus services connecting the City of Dreams to Macau's major ports of entry and nearby resorts. These shuttle services are provided free of charge. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some services are temporarily not in operation.[17]

Macau Light Rapid Transit[edit]

City of Dreams is within walking distance from Cotai East Station on the Taipa section of the Macau Light Rapid Transit that serves the Cotai Strip and the larger area of Cotai.[18]

Facilities and Services[edit]


  • 420,000 square-foot casino, 450 gaming tables and 1,514 gaming machines.[19]


  • Shopping: The Boulevard, 175,000 square feet (16,300 m2) of retail space spread over two levels
  • Dining: Over 20 food and beverage venues
  • Entertainment

See also[edit]



  1. ^ McMillan, Alex Frew (2009-05-31). "New Casino Raises Hopes for Macao's Fortunes (Published 2009)". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2021-02-22.
  2. ^ Marquez, Jeremiah (2009-06-02). "City of Dreams bets Macau can draw world's tourists". Retrieved 2021-02-22.
  3. ^ "Grand Hyatt Macau Opens in the City of Dreams". Hyatt Newsroom. Retrieved 2021-02-22.
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  6. ^ Fong, Erica (2018-06-16). "10 Things You Need To Know About Morpheus Macau". Tatler Hong Kong. Retrieved 2021-02-22.
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  11. ^ "GGRAsia – Crown Towers Macau renamed 'Nüwa' from Jan 18 2018". Retrieved 2021-02-20.
  12. ^ "Melco to start Studio City Phase 2 development this year, Nüwa upgrade to follow". IAG. 2019-10-30. Retrieved 2021-02-20.
  13. ^ "House of Dancing Water - Thinkwell Group". Archived from the original on 2014-10-20. Retrieved 2013-04-23.
  14. ^ Official website
  15. ^ Themed Entertainment Association
  16. ^ "MARSH VISITS ORPHANS IN MACAU". Archived from the original on 2008-11-12. Retrieved 2008-11-14.
  17. ^ "Getting Here". City of Dreams. Retrieved 2021-02-22.
  18. ^ "Cotai East Station". Macao Light Rapid Transit Corporation.
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