We decided to join a group of friends over Chinese New Year at the last minute and therefore only booked this a week and a half before arrival.
In recent years, prices in Macau even at non-peak times have gone through the roof and so we were not surprised to see that at Chinese New Year most branded hotels were charging US$300-400 per night.
The comments on TripAdvisor, whilst not negative, did not exude enthusiasm and therefore it was with some trepidation that we decided that in the interests of actually having a few dollars to spend whilst there, we would plump for the Royal.
We were actually very pleasantly surprised: The hotel is located more towards the centre of Macau proper and, whilst fairly characterless as a building, is nestled among old Macanese backstreets. Whilst I was told that there is a gaming room somewhere in the building, it is not obvious and therefore the hotel does not suffer from (or benefit from, depending on your point of view) the full-on adult playground experience that applies to many of the other newer hotels. Indeed, if you're looking to spend your time at the casinos/extravaganzas of the Venetian or Galaxy, this is definitely in the wrong location; if, on the other hand, you want to get a taste of (what's left) of yesteryear's Macau, this is a good base.
The rooms are best described as top quality four star: absolutely spotless, comfortable furnishings and a reasonable (but not generous) size. We stayed in their standard (which I think they termed "Deluxe") room. As is always the case in China, the bed was a little too hard for our taste, but not so much as to interrupt sleep. Our only criticisms would be the lack of a room safe and that the bath towels are on the small side.
In the case of the towels, their less than average size was aggravated by the hotel only providing two per room, which meant that when Mrs. GweiloOnTheMove washed her hair, Mr. GweiloOnTheMove had to make do with a soggy towel!
In conclusion, this is an excellent, comfortable, clean traveller's hotel that, by Macau standards is fair value for money.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Royal Macau is an elegant hotel situated on Estrada da Vitória near the centre of Macau at the foot of the city's legendary landmark, the 174-metre-high hill, Colina da Guia. Well placed for both business and leisure travellers, Hotel Royal Macau offers a heaven of comfort and serenity in one of Asia's most exciting cities. Hotel Royal Macau sits on the doorstep of the Guia Lighthouse, site of the first lighthouse on the Chinese coast. Within walking distance, guests of the hotel can reach Ruins of St Paul's, Vasco da Gama Monument and many other attractions in Macau. Hong Kong is only an hour away, and the Border Gate in Zhuhai is only 15-minute drive away. Well equipped with a fitness centre, a swimming pool and a choice of 380 spacious guest rooms and suites over 19 floors, Hotel Royal Macau presents the highest standards in all areas of accommodation and service. Every guest room at the hotel is beautifully appointed, using the finest furnishings in an innovative style, to create an atmosphere of contemporary luxury. Visitors who appreciate fine dining will be well catered for by the restaurants at Hotel Royal Macau. Catalpa Garden is the home of authentic Shanghai cuisine, and four individual rooms are available for the ultimate private dining experience. The hotel's FADO Portuguese restaurant features dishes from an award-winning chef who consistently delights diners with stylish Portuguese food. Royal Bakery's pastry teams are dedicated to producing delectable cakes and pastries in over 100 different flavours. Adjacent to it, Lobby Lounge is an ideal place to meet for an afternoon tea, a glass of champagne, a piece of cake, or even weekend tea buffets. Hotel Royal Macau is fully equipped to host business meetings and functions accommodating up to 200 people. The opulent furnishings and graceful decor of the hotel create an ideal ambience for work or leisure, and the addition of the latest technologies and a first-class service ensure every detail of the event is a success. Guests' comfort is always our top priority! It is our pleasure to offer assistance and information to make your experience at Hotel Royal Macau a pleasant one. Please do not hesitate to send us any enquiry or feedback by completing the form below. Our hotel representative will contact you shortly. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Royal Hotel Macau
- Macau Royal Hotel