I booked pousada a few months in advance and had no problem securing a room. Upon arrival I took bus no. 5, which costed me 3.2 Macau $, and approximately 30mins to reach the Macau tv station. The hotel is not too difficult to find. Simply walk down the street against the bus direction, at about 80-100m turn right, continue about 20m and turn right. You will see a steep slope (approx 50m) to the hotel. There is a small sign board showing the hotel name at the entrance to the slope, but you will only see the hotel after passing through their campus first. If you are lost, ask the people around. They are generally friendly however speak limited English. So learn a few words of Cantonese or mandarin on direction will help tremendously.
Walking up the slope is not easy for people coming with heavy luggages, carrying children or having some physical constraints. An alternative is to take a cab to the hotel.
As I understood from some tourists it takes 20mins to walk from the ferry terminal to the hotel only, but I have not really tried that since the bus fare in Macau town is a straight 3.2 Macau $. If you are using hong kong $, remember to keep small coins to be used either in the bus or buying snacks. Generally Macau shops accept hong kong coins except $10 coins and $5 coins.The banks there do not take in these coins from small merchants. If needed, you can change for some coins with the concierge at pousada. $20 should be sufficient for a person. Hong kong Fiat $ is not a problem there since the exchange rate is close to 1:1. Try not to use Chinese yuan (RMB) there. Though it's acceptable in Macau, the merchants will usually convert at the exchange rate of 1:1 so you lose out using RMB.
You can take the shuttle bus from the hotel to the tourist attractions, and take either a cab or bus back to the hotel. The concierge is very friendly and they can recommend many interesting places to visit. There's plenty of brochures and maps at the counter for you to choose from.
I was looking for the handmade cookies recommended by the other Tripadvisor reviewers however was told that the hotel had stopped this service. Instead, they offered photo taking however it was not done during my stay. Not a big issue anyway.
The breakfast is ok and the service is excellent. I stayed in a standard room and it is compact yet fully equipped. The room is clean, and the free WIFI is strong. I like the sky garden and the walking trail up the hill. They are all worth visit.
One thing that I don't feel comfortable is the carved wooden bed frame and the dragon drawings on the wall. The dragon drawing faces the bed directly so waking up with the creature staring at me makes me uneasy. Anyway, this is a personal preference. During check out a hotel cleaner helped me to move my luggage to the ground floor even though she was on the way to clean up other rooms. That little gesture touched me very much and it is a good stay overall.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Pousada is uniquely designed with a blend of European and Oriental features. The lobby and corridors are terracotta-tiled and lead to guest rooms through open-air courtyards decorated with hand-painted Portuguese tiles and lovely fountains. The use of Eastern style partitions in the guest rooms, coupled with Western style furniture and fittings create an exotic atmosphere. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Pousada De Mong-Ha Hotel Macau
- Pousada De Mong Ha Macau