The Top 15 Macau Hotels

The Top 15 Macau Hotels

The city is of course famous for it’s casinos but also for it’s Portuguese heritage. It’s a place I quite enjoy visiting, a fusion of cultures and much more. Macau is a must visit, and here’s the top 15 hotel options based on visitor reviews and overall value.

Casa Real Hotel
5-star hotel

Area: Macau Center, Macau
Located adjacent to the Macau Ferry Terminal and offering an indoor pool. Each room has a flat-screen TV, air conditioning and a minibar. Featuring a shower, private bathroom also comes with a bath and a hairdryer. read more

Macau Casinos – Welcome to the new Las Vegas

Macau Casinos – Welcome to the new Las Vegas

While Las Vegas goes down the gurgler apparently Macau is becoming the new gambling mecca of the world, going by the number of veteran US casino developers who are spending big bucks here, it may be true.

Here’s an incomplete list of Macau’s Casinos, there’s plenty more than this, but these are the ones that stood out to me while I was there. You can read more comprehensive guide to casinos and things to do in Macau here. But here’s my take.

The new, modern and recently finished: read more

The Historic Centre of Macau

The Historic Centre of Macau

The Historic Centre of Macau is probably the number one tourism attraction outside of the casinos and it’s also inscribed on the World Heritage List. Its  a collection of buildings and temples that reflect the history of Macau, in particular it reflects the history of east meeting west, with most of the buildings reflecting the citys Portuguese past.

The attractions are spread out around the south-west side of Macau Island, and the easiest way to take all this in is to get a Macau World Heritage brochure or a Whats on Macau map, which most hotels seem to have, and follow the walking route. read more

Macau Fishermans Wharf

Macau Fishermans Wharf

The Fishermans Wharf is a feature packed area having over 70 stores and fun attractions in the one location. For me it was worth a wander just to see recreation of a roman amphitheatre, a volcano and a Portuguese style pedestrian street.

There’s a hotel here on the waterfront and a casino. As I walk around I see many shops that are vacant, some that aren’t open and even the casino is only catering to a hand full of people with many sections closed off.

Maybe this is slow season, or maybe it was an area that tour groups used to visit, before the newer casino developments took over, like the billion dollar Venetian for example. Maybe these big themed developments have a life cycle? Maybe I was just there at a quite time.. read more

Cotai and the Cotai Strip Macau

Cotai and the Cotai Strip Macau

Joining the islands of Taipa and Coloane is Cotai. This little piece of reclaimed land is home to some of Macaus newest and most opulent hotel casino developments. This whole area is a landmark development primarly by the US Las Vegas Sands Corp. who originally planned for seven resort hotels and casinos.

The more than 2 billion dollar Venetian Macau hotel casino was completed in 2007 and  and it’s easy to see why it’s the flagship building of the whole development. It’s massive and it’s grand. Apparently it’s the largest hotel structure in Asia and the second largest building in the world. I’ll let the pictures say more: read more

Macau Accommodation: Ole London Hotel

Macau Accommodation: Ole London Hotel

Initially I’d only booked two nights at the Pousada Marina Infante Hoteland when I got around to asking to extend for another night, the price had doubled, bugger. So it was onto the online accommodation sites again and this time cTrip had the best deal.

The Ole London Hotel was the cheapest option listed and looked reasonable,  its located on the main part of Macau and very close to Macau’s Historic area.

All the taxi drivers I used know the place by it’s english name too, which is handy, and the place is right next door to the Best Western Sun Sun. The hotel is a bit of a walk to the major casinos like Lisboa, Wynn or the MGM Grand, but it’s only about 17HKD in a taxi (less than $3 aud). There’s also a bus stop nearby. read more

Taipa Island Macau

Taipa Island Macau

Taipa Island is joined to Macau by three bridges being the Sai Van Bridge, Macau Taipa Bridge and the Friendship Bridge. Tapai and Coloane where once separate islands, but the two are have been joined as one land mass due to the land reclamation and formation of Cotai. 

Taipa features a university, ferry terminal, Macau International Airport, the Macau Jockey Club along with a mix of old casinos and new casinos. There’s also several temples and a church in the area including Pou Tai Un Temple, Small Kun Yam Temple, Tin Hau Temple, Sam Po Temple, Pak Tai Temple, Four-faced Buddha, Church of Our Lady of Carmel where tourists are welcome. read more

Coloane – The Sleepy Side of Macau

Coloane – The Sleepy Side of Macau

To get my bearings, and get a feel for Macau, I jumped on a local bus, Macau isn’t that big and after a quick look at the map either bus number 26 or 15 looks to cover a fair amount of area and buses are cheap!

I caught bus number 26, which ends up doing a pretty big trip around Macau including Macau central, Taipa, through Cotai and Coloane. The bus gets a little packed as it moves around bus stops in central Macau, but as it heads to Cotai and down to Coloane its more relaxed, and my 1 hour or so sight-seeing Macua from the bus cost a whole 6MOP (less than $1AUD!). read more

Macau Accommodation: Pousada Marina Infante Hotel Macau

Macau Accommodation: Pousada Marina Infante Hotel Macau

Accommodation in Macau is nowhere near as cheap as the mainland, and can even be on par with western hotel prices during busy periods. After searching Hotel Club, eLong and Ctrip to find the cheapest, most reasonable hotel in Macau, at the time, Hotel Club ended up having the best deal and I stayed at the Pousada Marina Infante Hotel Macau. Accommodation in Macau is a little like Hong Kong in that you need to book in advance to get really good deals.

The hotel is located on Taipa Island so its a little way from central Macau and the casinos like the Grand Lisboa, Wynn, Sands or MGM, but it’s close to the Venetian, The Plaza and the City of Dreams or what’s often referred to as the Cotai Strip. read more

Welcome to Macau – The Vegas of the Orient

Welcome to Macau – The Vegas of the Orient

Macau is a little bit like Hong Kong in that it is still part of China but has it’s own administration, legal system and economic system, and it is also referred to as a Special Administrative Region of China.

What makes Macau very different from Hong Kong is that for one, it’s much smaller, secondly it’s former Portuguese rule has forged a unique culture and thirdly, most noticeably, is the legalised casinos.

I was heading to Macau from China, so for the most part it’s just like going to another country, meaning that I was officially departing China, and also requiring the normal customs checks and an entry visa for Macau. read more

Shenzhen China to Macau via Ferry

Shenzhen China to Macau via Ferry

There are multiple ways to get from Shenzhen to Macau including via bus, ferry or even a helicopter. Being in Nanshan District of Shenzhen I chose to go via the ferry at the nearby Shekou Port.

Shekou Port is pretty simple, basically, it’s just one big room, and as you walk through the front door head left to see the ticketing counters where there is even staff who thankfully speak English. At the terminal, there is a small stall selling items from a bakery, a couple newsstands and a stand selling mobile phone sim cards for Hong Kong and Macau. There is also 2 different ATMs and the one I tried accepted a foreign-issued Visa card, plus there is a currency exchange. read more