After browsing some reviews on this very website, we went for the Pousada de Mong-Ha (Mong-Ha Hotel). It seemed to offer a very good price for excellent service. And we were not disappointed!
As Macau is not too big, going to the hotel from the ferry terminal (arriving from HK) was simple. We took a cab, costing us less than 30 HKD one way. The hotel is a bit up a the Mong-Ha hill (where there also seems to be a fortress, which we did not visit however). While this locates it outside the city centre (where most of the sights are), getting to the centre is easy: simply take Bus 5, at a cost of MOP 3.10 (have exact change, which the front desk can provide). The newer casinos are on the southern island, and will likely involve changing bus along the way - or taking a cab, of course. Cabs are not expensive to take, since the Macau not too big anyway. The hotel provides a bus to the city centre, but it only goes around 3x per day - 10am, 11:30am and 6pm, which was not convenient for us.
The front desk staff were very friendly and extremely helpful, despite some minor challenges with communication (they were not speaking perfect English, but trying quite hard).
The room was excellent, clean and tastefully decorated in blue-and-white ceramic tile style. The pillows were extremely soft, and one medium-soft one was also provided in the room. If you like firm pillows, you may have to order one extra if needed. The bathroom was good, and came with a shower that had "massage jets" (too low for me [I'm about 6ft/1.8m], but probably good for people of lower height). We also availed of room service to order whisky - I ordered a double, and got served something that looked like a 1 1/2 - I got charged for a single (at 50 MOP), so that was ok.
The hotel is laid out very nicely, and features some roof top gardens, if you are into that kind of thing.
There's Wi-Fi in the room, along with a PC (running XP) - each room has their own Wi-Fi, in fact. TV is present, and had some English channels.
Breakfast was included, and was quite good - apart from the buffet, coffee was offered by the waiters, as were the eggs, done to your preference (mine being soft-boiled, which was executed perfectly). The only thing missing may have been cheese, but the selection was good enough to make up for that.
When we left, the hotel called us a taxi to go to the airport (which is on the southern island). We left our luggage there and explored the casinos for a couple of hours, which provide free shuttles from and to the airport and ferry terminals.
- 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