Construction Year Why Stay?
1629 The hotel occupies an important building in Macau. It was constructed as a fortress by the Portuguese in the early 17th century to defend the colony against hostile European nations and local pirates.
In the early 17th century, the city’s governor ordered a series of forts to be built to defend the harbor from seaward approaches. Named the Fortaleza de Barra, work began in 1616 and the building was completed in 1629. It comprised 51,000 square feet for the army captain and 60 men, cannon emplacements, a cistern holding 3,000 tons of water, munitions, food supplies, and a guardroom. In 1978 it was decided to transform the ruins into a hotel, which subsequently opened in 1981.