With 450 years as a Portuguese colony before being returned under China’s sovereignty, Macau is truly where East meets West. Its appeal continues to remain strong, with Macau welcoming 30.95 million visitors in 2016, a record-breaking number thus far. Looking to take in Macau’s sights, or fancying a little flutter (or ten) at the casinos soon? We’ve got you covered. Here are the best 8 places to stay in Macau.
The Venetian is the largest single structure hotel building in Asia. It is an all-in-one grand hotel, casino and entertainment luxury resort along the famous Cotai Strip. The resort is itself an attraction. Guests who fancy a flutter can head to hotel’s casino, which holds the record as the largest in the world. There are also plenty of entertainment performances, with music concerts from renowned international artistes and award-winning theatre productions like Thriller.
The Venetian Macao Resort Hotel
Address: Estrada da Baía de N. Senhora da Esperança, Macau (see map)
Price: from 260 USD
Home to the award-winning must-see theatre production House of Dancing Water, the City of Dreams is what guests can expect from the Hard Rock Hotel chains – stylish retro interiors in luxurious rooms. There are also plenty of tributes to rock legends found throughout the premises, from Michael Jackson’s famous diamond-studded gloves to guitar-shaped pools.
Each room comes with floor-to-ceiling windows, offering guests excellent views of Cotai. Aside from the usual amenities, there is also an iPod dock and home theatre system in each room. As with every hotel along the Cotai Strip, the hotel also has its own gaming space, with 450 tables and more than 1,500 machines.
City of Dreams – Hard Rock Hotel
Address: Estrada do Istmo, Cotai, Macau (see map)
Price: from 215 USD
Conveniently located in the Macau Centre neighborhood, Ascott Macau is close to some of Macau’s best attractions, such as Senado Square, the Dom Pedro V Theater and Golden Lotus Square, which houses the Lotus Flower in Full Bloom sculpture. The hotel is located along the bay. Each room is outfitted with large windows, offering magnificent views of either the city or the sea, including the famous Amizade bridge connecting guests from Macau Centre to Taipa and Cotai.
Address: R. Cidade de Braga, Nape, Macau (see map)
Price: from 173 USD
Studio City bills itself as Asia’s entertainment capital and it’s hard to argue with that. Guests will feel like they are living in a movie set in this cinema-themed resort. Get on the world’s highest figure 8 Ferris wheel as you soak in Macau’s picturesque views. Or follow Batman as he takes on Gotham’s villains at the 4D flight simulation Batman Dark Flight.
The young ones will also love the Warner Bros’ themed playground and the hotel’s Riverscape and outdoor pools. For a night out with the family, Studio City is home to The House of Magic, created by renowned magician Franz Harary.
Studio City Macau
Address: Estrada do Istmo, Cotai, Macau
Price: from 246 USD
How does the idea of having your own room, sipping wine as you enjoy stunning sea views sound? Located along the Cotai Strip, it is a 10-minute walk to the UNESCO World Heritage Site Historic Centre of Macau, which has attractions like Senado Square, Mount Fortress and the Ruins of St Paul’s.
It is also right next door to renowned hotels like Wynn Palace, The Venetian and City of Dreams. These hotels provide free shuttle buses to the further must-visit places in the Taipa area.
Private room with sea views
Price: from 96 USD
Number of Guests: 2
If you’re traveling in a larger group, this apartment is able to house up to five people. Located right in the heart of Macau, there are plenty of dining options and supermarkets in the vicinity. The city’s best attractions are also just a stone’s throw away. The apartment sports décor resembling a garden in autumn and creates a relaxing homely environment that ensures a comfortable stay for all guests.
Private apartment in the heart of Macau
Price: from 110 USD
Number of Guests: 4
If you’re a sucker for great views, you’ll love this apartment. Just minutes away from the Cotai Strip, the apartment is on the building’s highest floor, offering stunning views of the Macau Jockey Club and Cotai’s renowned casinos like the Galaxy Macau. It has an open kitchen concept with a breakfast bar and nearby supermarkets in the vicinity for guests to do their own cooking. Guests will also have access to the building’s outdoor swimming pool.
Top floor apartment with panormic views
Price: from 103 USD
Number of Guests: 5
If you’d like to stay in the heart of Macau without the premium prices that the surrounding hotels bring, this is the perfect alternative. The room is simple, clean and offers everything you need to get a comfortable night’s rest. Its proximity to hotels like Lisboa, Wynn and MGM means guests can easily access their shuttle buses to get to Taipa and many other attractions.
Room along Cotai Strip
Price: from 89 USD
Number of Guests: 2
Enjoy luxury for all budgets in Macau
While the Cotai Strip casinos certainly exude glamour and luxury that are accompanied by premium pricing, it isn’t the case for everywhere else. There are plenty of accommodations in Taipa and even in Cotai itself that do not require visitors to pay out of their pockets. This means there isn’t an excuse not to see Macau at its most beautiful at night.
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