In a city geared up to the credit carded casino goer, cheap Macau hotels can be hard to find. The budget end of the market has traditionally been dominated by guesthouses, which, in turn, have been dominated by cockroaches. More three-star properties are making it onto the market and the good news is that in the cheap hotels that do exist, a little money goes a long way. Below we’ve included Macau’s best cheap hotels, (around $75 or less) and you can consider the selection a fairly comprehensive list.
To get the affordable rates, you need to book early — usually at least 14 days in advance.
Considering their website still boasts about having ‘color’ TV in their rooms, it’s no surprise to find that the Metropark is a portal back into the 1980s’; stuffed with brown sofas, pine furniture, and paintings rescued from yard sales. Bring some Bon Jovi and a Sony Walkman for the full immersion. Aesthetic sensibilities aside, the rooms are by no means scruffy and although their own four-star rating seems more of an aspiration than a review, there is little wrong with the service or solid list of amenities, including a fully equipped health center, indoor pool and a selection of restaurants.
The real attraction, however, is the location in downtown Macau; within walking distance of most major sights and several of the big casinos. This is also one of the only hotels in town not to feature a casino of any sort — apparently not even a slot machine. Whether that’s good or bad is up to you.
Considering the local competition, Casa Real probably stumbles a little short of a fully fledged four-star property, but with an indoor pool, a pair of decent restaurants and a two-floor casino, the facilities are a cut above the standard bed and bathroom you expect to find at a budget bet. Their recent and ongoing renovation has given the hotel a much-needed refresh and rooms are well appointed, fitted with the usual fixtures and fittings and generally don’t betray their budget price tag. Perfectly placed near the ferry port, Fisherman’s Wharf and most of the major Macau casinos, Casa Real is ideal for those who want to pay budget prices without getting the budget treatment.
Recently renovated, the somewhat misleadingly named Grandview (views on to Macau racetrack) provides surprisingly smart business like rooms that feature LCD TV’s, fully stocked minibars and first class bathrooms. Combine that with the suited and booted doormen, imposing marble lobby and an outdoor pool and this place can seem a bargain — and it is — but with a few classic budget priced drawbacks. Tucked away in residential Taipa Island, the location is far from ideal, and it means you’ll need buses and taxis to reach both the city, the casinos on the Cotai strip and just about anywhere else you want to visit. More worryingly, reports on the service and staff vary from incapable to hostile to a combination of both. Not speaking English is forgivable, bored bell hops disappearing at the first sign of luggage, receptionists losing reservations and room service went
awol is, however, not. A good property, if you don’t mind gaining a few points on your blood pressure.
No, surprises here; Best Western Taipa delivers what Best Western delivers around the world, comfortable rooms and professional service for a straightforward price. Most people booking into this reliable chain are here to explore the city rather than the hotel, so the location on Taipa Island, while attractive, is a drag. If you can spring for another $10 a night, head for the centrally located Best Western Macau set in the heart of the city
Superbly located next to the famous Lisboa Casino in downtown Macau, the Sintra is one of the city’s best and biggest budget stays. Courtesy of a recent renovation, rooms are clean and comfortable and feature LCD TV’s hooked up to cable, blackout curtains and a bag of complimentary goodies that leave little reason to grumble. Just how much of a deal the Sintra depends on the price, as rates seem to bounce around.