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Macau hostels are fairly rare. The backpacker revolution never really landed here and truly good, inexpensive rooms are still somewhat hard to find. The best of Macao's hostels are reviewed below, and each of these is firmly pitched to different guests with varying wallets and tastes. An alternative might be to stay in one of Hong Kong's many cheap guesthouses and hostels and take a day trip to Macau, which takes little over an hour.
Heisha (Hác Sá) and Cheoc Van Hostels
These two hostels are located near the beach in Coloane. Both are run by the government (the Education and Youth Affairs Bureau or DSEJ), so you can expect your stay to be problem-free and your rooms to be clean, if basic. Both have both private rooms and dormitories, although showers and the kitchen are shared, and you get wifi and air conditioning. The Heisha has plenty of beds, but it can be busy when school trips arrive and booking ahead is recommended; Cheoc Van is sometimes closed during the summers.
- Address: Rua de Hac Sa, Coloane
San Va Hospedaria
Macau’s age-old flophouse, the Hospedaria has been around for the best part of a century, proving a magnet for travelers, dropouts, and even filmmakers. Set in a colonial Portuguese building on the atmospheric Rua de Felicidade, the building creaks with charm, unfortunately so do most of the fixtures and fittings. Bedrooms and dorms offer little more than a bed and are separated by paper thin partitions that don’t even manage to reach the ceiling. At night the snoring can be deafening. Squat toilets, leering receptionists and hit and miss hot water are other complaints. Nevertheless, the atmosphere is reminiscent of backpacking Bombay in the 70’s and the price is always right.
- Address: 67 Rua Da Felicidade
Ole London Hotel
By far the most upmarket of Macau’s hostel options, and more like a hotel than a hostel, Ole London is set in a recently refurbished building near Macau’s inner harbor. Like the exterior, most rooms have also been visited by the painters and decorators and come fitted with LCD TV’s, baths and simple IKEA color schemes. The new upmarket theme means there are no longer any dormitories. In return for the swanky service, you’ll be expected to shell out much more money than at the other properties listed here but prices are still very fair.
- Address: 4-6 Praca de Ponte e Horta
Hostels to be Avoided
Conditions change and it is strongly recommended that you check recent reviews on TripAdvisor before you go; The long-known Augusters Lodge has closed, and although you may have heard the Vila Universal suggested as a cheap stay, it should now be avoided. It is cheap, but that's where the good news stops. Bad plumbing, rude staff and lower than average standards of cleanliness are just some of the recent complaints. Avoid.