After an exhaustive hunting of cheap Macau accommodation from the internet, I came into a conclusion that hostels, guesthouses and back packer revolution never really landed in this Casino Capital of Asia . Maybe because its hoteliers have their eyes fixed on the rich and the elite and concentrated their expansion on luxury hotels.
I found bargain bucket guesthouses as listed in Macau budget hotel sites but unluckily you won’t find website for each of places mentioned. I tried to Google some of them but it look liked some places has not been renovated since the ill-fated Dutch invasion of the island Four centuries ago. Guesthouse are not reputable in Macau base on reviews.
Hostel prices are expensive compared to the services it offers, so I narrowed my search to 3 to 4 star hotels. Here’s the top 3 will recommend :
1. Holiday Hotel
Estrada do Repouso, No.36-38, Macau City, Macau
Rate : $70 – $90
Ideal for fun and relaxation, Holiday Hotel is located in the Macau City area . From here, guests can enjoy easy access to all that the lively city has to offer. A well-kept environment and its proximity to Tap Seac Gallery, Monte Fort Corridor, Mount Fortress give to this hotel a special charm.
At Holiday Hotel, the excellent service and superior facilities make for an unforgettable stay. While lodging at this wonderful property, guests can enjoy room service, 24-hour room service, elevator, tours, Wi-Fi in public areas.
Pros : Near st. paul church and senado square. Near Mcdonalds and seven 7/11 store.
Cons : The Building is old. Double bedroom has no wardrobe. No wifi. No free shuttle
2. Ole London Hotel
Praca de Ponte E Horta No 4-6, Macau City, Macau
Rate : $100 – $120
Pros : Ole London Hotel offers convenience and luxury, all close to downtown and only 15 km (9 miles) away from the international airport. Senado square within walking distance . Food are easy to find and famous eatery around as well. Staff are very friendly and helpful. Hotel room are clean and size are reasonable. Near Bus stop.
Cons : No free shuttle. A bit hard to find the hotel location as it is located not on the main road. Not suitable for elderly because staircase and slope.
3. Marina Pousada Infante
Avenida Marginal Flor de Lotus, Taipa / Cotai,
Rate : $ 120 – $150
Considering the local competition, Marina Pisada Infante probably stumbles a little short of a fully fledged four star property, but with an indoor pool, a pair of decent restaurants and a fitness gym the facilities are a cut above the standard bed and bathroom you expect to find at a budget bet.
Pros : Located in-front the Galaxy Hotel, you can easily hop-in the Free shuttle going to all tourist attraction in Macau. Venetian and City of dreams are just 5 -minute bus ride. Strong wifi in each room. Free buffet breakfast ($10 fee for extra person). Free shuttle to Ferry , Venetian and Airport every 30 minutes.
Cons : None so far
( This is where we stayed during a side-trip from Hong Kong last July 2014. See my separate review HERE )