Just a few years ago, cheap accommodations were tough to find in Macau. Inexpensive lodgings are everywhere across the border in Zhuhai and across the water in Hong Kong, but finding a cheap place to stay for the night in Macau was difficult. Thankfully, it’s getting a bit better. But it’s not just a money issue for us. A cheap hotel room is great, but a cheap hotel room in the heart of Macau within walking distance of historical sites, restaurants, and more would be even better. Here is our short list of places in Macau and Taipa that are friendly to the wallet (around MOP $500) and in interesting neighborhoods or within walking distance. Keep in mind that hotel rates, like airfares, rise and drop dramatically depending on day of the week and season. Also, various broker sites often feature last minute deals that can make a previously expensive room rate suddenly affordable.
It doesn’t get any more “old Macau” than the SanVa Hostel. Located on Rua da Felicidade (Happiness Street) in the very center of the city, the hotel is in the middle of the UNESCO World Heritage area, with specific sites all within short walking distance, and Senado Square just around the corner. The rooms are small, no private baths, and no air conditioning (just fans), but the old world charm of the building, the rooms, and the location are all undeniable. Movies and international photo shoots have all been done here. Weekday rates drop as low as MOP $420 for one of their balcony rooms.
SanVa Hostel 67 Rua da Felicidade, Macau, +853 2857 3701, www.sanvahotel.com
Asia Boutique Inn
Asia Boutique Inn in Taipa is in the perfect location, just a minute walk from Old Taipa Village in one direction and the casino resorts in the other direction. The neighborhood is filled with cafes, restaurants, and shops. Rooms all have AC, WIFI, and private bath. Decor is clean and modern. Depending on deals, you can definitely get prices in the range of MOP $500.
Asia Boutique Inn 146 Rua Correia Da Silva e Terreno Junto a Rua Correia da Silva, Taipa, asiaboutiqueinn.com
footway.inn Project Ponte 16
This is another hotel located close to the Inner Harbor, and a short walk to Senado Square. Rooms are clean, simply decorated, and with private bath, hardwood floors, and wifi. Room rates can drop below MOP $500.
5footway.inn Project Ponte 16 8 Rua de Constantino Brito, Macau, +853 2892 3118, www.5footwayinn.com, www.facebook.com/5footway
Hou Kong Hotel
The Hou Kong Hotel is located in an older Portuguese-designed building just a quick walk from the Inner Harbor, and just a few minutes walk in the other direction to Senado Square. With clean rooms, private bath, the central location, and friendly staff, it is good value. Depending on special rates, could be lower than MOP $500.
Hou Kong Hotel 14 Travessa das Virtudes, +853 2893 7555, www.houkonghotel.com
Ole London Hotel
OK, this hotel is more expensive than the others listed here, but the location is fantastic—close to the center and situated perfectly for a nice walk either north to Senado Square, or south to Barra. Full amenities and nice decor. Watch for deals on travel sites and you can easily keep it under MOP $1500.
Ole London Hotel 4-6 Praca de Ponte e Horta, Macau, +853 2893 7761