I much prefer this location to the one at Cotai as the best parts of the city (to me) are easily accessible from this central location. The bus MT1/MT2 can get you between the airport and nearby
Lisboa and there are shuttle buses from Holiday Inn and Star World/Wynn for transport to/from the main Ferry Terminal. Taxis are easily available too.
Though the hotel is in the old part of town and not as luxurious as the other IHG properties, I am comfortable with the surrounding atmosphere - traditional eateries nearby, an all-nigh supermarket 50 metres away on the other main road to Lisboa. The hotel is perfectly comfortable.
I came in early at 11 am and they were able to find me a renovated non-smoking two-bed room right then which I was able to change to my original preference of one bed later on in the day. That got me going on my way. The reception team - Marie Rose, Kathryn and Frankie, were excellent and helpful.
The room and bathroom were very comfortable, lacking in nothing.
The only improvements could be - some more variety in the reasonably priced room service menu (Asian items) on the poster in the lift (elevator) and some greater publicity to it elsewhere, and the lady in attendance at the bar at night (at my free drink) could have been friendlier instead of just getting by to do the minimum job (on my previous visit in Nov the guy there earlier in the evening was so much nicer).
All in all, a great stay, just as the time before and the time before that. [Less]