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- Best Overall: Hotel Sintra – See Rates at TripAdvisor "The hotel’s marble-floored lobby and sophisticated rooms belie its affordable rates."
- Runner-Up, Best Overall: Ole Tai Sam Un Hotel – See Rates at TripAdvisor "History buffs can walk to the Ruins of St. Paul’s in 10 minutes, while gamers can reach the casino at Ponte 16 in five minutes."
- Best Boutique: Caravel Hotel – See Rates at TripAdvisor "Design is a focus, with each room boasting its own feature wall covered with street photography or framed mosaic artwork."
- Best for Families: Pousada de Coloane Beach Hotel & Restaurant – See Rates at TripAdvisor "Children will love playing on the sandy shore or in the adjacent Olympic-sized swimming pool."
- Best for Romance: Rocks Hotel – See Rates at TripAdvisor "Expect thick carpets, elaborate wooden furniture, and a separate bathtub and shower."
- Best Nightlife: Broadway Hotel – See Rates at TripAdvisor "This contemporary chic hotel pairs 180-degree coastline views with a vibrant entertainment complex location."
- Best for Business: Crowne Plaza Macau – See Rates at TripAdvisor "Specifically geared towards business guests and is conveniently located near the Chinese border gate and the Outer Harbor Ferry Terminal."
Best Overall: Hotel Sintra
Located in between Nam Van Lake and Macao’s historic center, Hotel Sintra combines an exceptional location with fantastic value for money. Senado Square, the Dom Pedro V Theater, and several of Old Macao’s best casinos are all within a 10-minute walk, while the hotel’s marble-floored lobby and sophisticated rooms belie its affordable rates. There are 240 rooms and suites to choose from, all of them recently renovated. Standard amenities include air-conditioning, satellite TV, free Wi-Fi, and an en-suite bathroom.
If you’re in town on business, make use of the hotel’s meeting rooms and business center. If you’re in town for pleasure, the concierge can help with tour bookings and show tickets. At the end of the day, sit down to Macanese specialties or a steak set menu at Sintra Restaurant. Alternatively, the Chinese Dining Room serves dim sum for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Other useful facilities range from valet laundry to a foreign exchange service and complimentary shuttles to and from the Outer Harbor Ferry Terminal.
Runner-Up, Best Overall: Ole Tai Sam Un Hotel
Ole Tai Sam Un Hotel offers even better savings on the opposite side of Senado Square. From here, history buffs can walk to the Ruins of St. Paul’s in 10 minutes, while gamers can reach the casino at Ponte 16 in five minutes. With just 40 rooms, the hotel is small enough to feel cozy – though the rooms themselves are decorated in a minimalist style. All of them have hardwood floors, en-suite bathrooms and modern amenities including an iPod docking station, LCD TV, and free Wi-Fi.
Reviewers warn that Standard Rooms are small at 11 square meters. If you have the cash, consider upgrading to a Deluxe Room for more floor space. Breakfast is available for a nominal fee, as is room service. Many guests prefer to eat out, with a wide choice of Macanese, Chinese, and Portuguese restaurants within a few minutes’ walk. The hotel has its own bar and the front desk is open 24/7. Ask the friendly staff about babysitting services, luggage storage, and tour booking.
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Best Boutique: Caravel Hotel
Caravel Hotel is something of a gem, offering a much ritzier feel than its two-star rating suggests. Design is a focus, with each room boasting its own feature wall covered with street photography or framed mosaic artwork. The inspiration for these feature walls is Macao’s own rich cultural heritage. Reviewers praise the rooms for their quality linens, comfortable mattresses, and artistic bathrooms. Choose a Standard Room with a double or two single beds or upgrade to a Suite for a separate living room and bathtub.
The Caravel experience is all about added extras. Each room includes complimentary toiletries, bottled water, cookies, tea, and coffee; while free Wi-Fi keeps you connected. Breakfast is also included. It’s a simple, continental offering but it gives you the energy you need for a full morning spent exploring the landmarks of Macao’s UNESCO-recognized center. Monte Fort, Senado Square, and Pao Gong Temple are all within easy walking distance. Don’t feel as though you’ve had enough exercise? Pay a visit to the hotel gym.
Best for Families: Pousada de Coloane Beach Hotel & Restaurant
Families looking to escape the fast pace of Cotai should head to Pousada de Coloane Beach Hotel. Located at Macao’s southernmost tip in laid-back, rural Coloane, it overlooks the South China Sea and is a five-minute walk from Cheoc Van Beach. Children will love playing on the sandy shore or in the adjacent Olympic-sized swimming pool. There’s also a smaller pool back at base and free Wi-Fi in the hotel’s public areas for tech-savvy kids.
The Family Suite sleeps four and all rooms have air-conditioning, cable TV and a private sea-view balcony. A generous bathtub comes in handy for bathing babies and toddlers with minimum fuss. For breakfast, lunch, and dinner, sample the authentic Portuguese cuisine on offer at the hotel restaurant. While the kids are playing in the pool, Mom and Dad can kick back on the vine-covered trellis with a glass or two of Portuguese wine. Other useful amenities include a 24-hour front desk, room service, and free on-site parking.
Best for Romance: Rocks Hotel
With its five-story Victorian façade, the Rocks Hotel resembles a multi-tiered wedding cake and is equally opulent inside. Crystal chandeliers, period paintings, and a spiral staircase evoke the grandeur of 19th-century Britain, creating the perfect backdrop for a romantic getaway. The hotel is located on Macao Fisherman’s Wharf and although it’s relatively far from the historic center and the Cotai casinos, sweeping Pearl River views more than make up for it. Note that not all rooms can be considered budget; however, Superior Rooms are surprisingly affordable.
Expect thick carpets, elaborate wooden furniture, and a separate bathtub and shower. In the evening, pour a drink from the minibar and toast your loved one on your private, wharf-view balcony. The rooftop Sky Lounge is the perfect place to celebrate a special occasion with craft cocktails overlooking the estuary. At Vic’s Restaurante, a smorgasbord of Portuguese dishes await. Other features of this hotel include a gym, laundry and luggage storage services and a shuttle to the Chinese border.
Best Nightlife: Broadway Hotel
Although Macao’s nightlife center, Cotai, is synonymous with five-star hotels, it’s possible to find special offers that put staying there within budget. Broadway Hotel offers generous discounts on two-night stays that put your per-night rate at around $100. This contemporary chic hotel pairs 180-degree coastline views with a vibrant entertainment complex location. You’re steps from concerts and shows at Broadway Theater and less than five minutes by taxi from top Macao casinos, including The Venetian, City of Dreams and Wynn Palace.
There are 320 rooms and suites to choose from, the cheapest being the entry-level Broadway Rooms. Decide whether you want one king-size or two single beds, make the most of free Wi-Fi and get the party started with complimentary first-time use of the minibar. A highlight of this hotel is the Broadway Food Street, a sophisticated recreation of a traditional Macao food market complete with street performers and live cooking displays. There’s also a gym and an outdoor pool with a sundeck.
Best for Business: Crowne Plaza Macau
Crowne Plaza Macau may be a five-star hotel, but if you book in advance, you can save big on an entry-level room. The hotel is specifically geared towards business guests and is conveniently located near the Chinese border gate and the Outer Harbor Ferry Terminal. Inclusive Wi-Fi and a business center help to make your stay productive, while the Crowne Plaza Meetings Director is your contact point for arranging corporate events.
The hotel has two meeting rooms, including the Grand Ballroom, which has floor-to-ceiling Pearl River views and space for up to 800 guests. Food-wise, Café Azure fits in with your busy schedule, opening at 6 a.m. and only closing at 11 p.m. Imperial Kitchen serves traditional Chinese meals for lunch and dinner and in the evening, you can network with potential clients in the Lobby Lounge. The hotel also has an indoor swimming pool, a gym, and 208 guestrooms. All rooms offer premium bedding and generous work spaces.
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