Macau is known for its flashy luxury resorts that attract high-end travellers but there are still ways to enjoy the city if you’re on a budget. Although there are not as many cheap hotels in Macau as there are in some other Asian destinations, you’ll be surprised at the range of accommodation available at the budget end of the scale.
Since the new Hong Kong to Macau bridge opened, Macau has become even easier to access from Hong Kong. Taking a day trip to Macau from Hong Kong is a popular thing to do but there’s so much to see in Macau, I’d highly recommend allowing a few days to explore.
So grab one of our Macau itineraries, book yourself a room and start planning your trip to Macau.
Here are some budget hotels in Macau to help keep costs down but if you’re looking for more luxurious digs here’s our ultimate list of where to stay in Macau.
- Best time to travel to Macau on a budget
- 12 Budget Hotels in Macau
Best time to travel to Macau on a budget
Spring is the best time to travel to Macau if you’re on a budget, as summer is usually the holiday season.
Hotels are slightly more affordable in spring, but overall, but don’t expect bargain basement prices during any specific season as Macau is always busy with tourists who want a taste in gambling and the culture all year round, thanks to its subtropical climate.
The good news is that many scenic spots in Macau are free, including the famous Ruins of St. Paul, St Dominic’s Church and A-Ma Temple.
12 Budget Hotels in Macau
1- Love Lane Seven Inn
Love Lane Seven Inn is a historic hotel in Macau that dates back to 80 years ago.
The hotel’s most endearing feature is its location in the 50m long Travessa da Paixao, which is a charming cobblestone lane that feels like it’s somewhere in Europe.
The hotel is in a European architectural style building with pink, green and white hues.
Film and TV crews, as well as newlyweds, gravitate towards the two-star accommodation with its photogenic façade.
The interior design is simple and the highlight is its stained-glass windows you’d expect to see in a cathedral.
Located in the city centre, the hotel is adjacent to Macau’s UNESCO World Heritage ruins of St Paul, which attracts hundreds of tourists every day.
If you are looking to do some shopping, it’s only a five-minute walk to Senado Square, where you’ll find many chain stores and local food stores.
Location: 7 Travessa da Paixao, Macau City, Macau
2- Holiday Hotel Macau
The three-star Holiday Hotel Macau has 40 rooms and provides everything you need for a basic stay, including a flat-screen TV, air-conditioning, bathroom, 24-hour security and even wake-up service.
With a clean and homey interior design, travellers feel comfortable in no time in the 25-square metre rooms.
It has a great location within walking distance of tourist spots.
Albergue SCM, Tap Seac Gallery, Macao Museum and Chapel of St Michael are all within 200m away.
Location: Estrada do Repouso, No.36-38, Macau
3- Hotel Guia Macau
The three-star Hotel Guia Macau has spacious rooms decorated with vintage-style furniture and some rooms have bathtubs.
The relaxed terrace garden overlooks the scenic views of the Guia Lighthouse, making it one of the most romantic spots for couples.
Travellers with looking for something to drink can head to the Playmate’s Club, the place for entertainment at the hotel’s basement, for cocktails and stage performances.
It is also conveniently located along the Macau Guia Circuit car racing route so it is easy to see some action at the Grand Prix track, either from higher-priced guestrooms, the rooftop and the restaurants.
Culture vultures will want to visit the Our Lady of Fatima Chapel nearby where the Procession of Our Lady of Fatima – one of the city’s intangible heritage – in May each year starts.
Location: Estrada Do Engenheiro Trigo No. 1-5, Macau City, Macau
4- Hou Kong Hotel
A fusion of the old and the new, Hou Kong Hotel’s building has 80 years of history but has also undergone a renovation recently.
The Portuguese architecture is enhanced with Chinese features, presenting a design that is a merger of two cultures.
There’s a selection of triple and quadruple rooms that can house family groups.
Its convenient location is a highlight, as the public bus stops are right outside the hotel and across the road lies the Yuet Tung Ferry Terminal, which offers transportation between Macau and Shenzhen.
The city centre, Senado Square, is also only a five-minute walk away.
The heritage hotel caters for travellers from around the world, with the staff able to speak languages including English, Chinese, Thai, Indonesian and Vietnamese.
Location: Travessa das Virtudes No.1 Macau, Macau City, Macau
5- Macau Masters Hotel
The two-star 75-room hotel overlooks the inner harbour, close to the Yuet Tung Ferry Terminal.
Budget travellers looking for a local hotel will find it easy to get to, as the hotel is a 10-minute walk from the Macau Ferry Terminal.
There’s a choice of local eateries nearby, such as Choi Heong Yuen, known for its almond cakes, is less than 200-metre away, while Casino Ponte 16 is also close by.
Location: 162 Rua das Lorchas, Macau City, Macau
6- Towns Well Hotel
With 58 non-smoking rooms, the old China-style building exudes a local aura with decent facilities, including vending machines, coffee shops and restaurants.
It’s located about 1km from the Macau Wine Museum and 1.5km from A-Ma Temple, which pays tributes to the goddess that protects seafarers.
The hotel has reasonably sized rooms and is in a good location to explore Macau’s temples, such as Na Tcha Temple and Hong Kung Temple. And the Historic Centre of Macau is just a few minutes’ walk away.
Location: No 6-6A Calcada Das Verdades, Macau
7- Metropole Hotel Macau
The three-star hotel has chic interiors, with brightly decorated rooms that are modern and comfortable.
The rooms come with automatic air-conditioning, suiting the city’s subtropical climate.
With the soundproof walls, you could throw a party in your room and not disturb your neighbours.
The hotel also provides a currency exchange service and room service prices are reasonable.
Senado Square is a convenient 200m away, Ruins of St. Paul is 600m and if you’re interested in art, visit the temporary exhibitions gallery of IACM (Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau).
Location: 493-501 Avenida da Praia Grande, Macau City, Macau
8- Victoria Hotel
In contrast to other budget hotels on the list, the three-star Victoria Hotel is not close to the popular tourist spots but is the place to stay if you want to be near Macau’s shopping centres and commercial district.
It’s a short walk to the Macau Design Center, which features unique design products in the ground floor store and bazaars on the rooftop, and not too far from the Red Market, which is a three-story wet market with a signature red façade.
As the name suggests, the façade of the building reflects old Macau, while the interior is decorated with gold trimmings representing the prosperity of China’s Las Vegas.
The 132 spacious rooms are well-equipped and the hotel provides a laundry service.
Location: Estrada do Arco No. 118, Macau City, Macau
9- Royal Dragon Hotel
This three-star hotel has spacious rooms and is a good choice for business travellers.
What might be extra helpful is the multi-use sockets with both 110 and 220 volts.
Slippers and a bottle of water are also provided for free.
Rooms are bright and clean and there’s easy access to shuttle buses.
The hotel is near the Handover Gifts Museum of Macao, commemorating the city’s return from Portugal to China in 1999, and the Macao Museum of Art.
Location: Rua de Goa No.61-77, Macau, Macau City, Macau
10- Ka Meng Villa
Tucked away in a backstreet near Senado Square, this two-star hotel looks like a local home.
The two-storey building has 15 rooms and is one of the most affordable options in Macau.
Rooms are small with basic facilities.
Friendly staff are on duty at the 24-hour front desk and the hotel offers good service, security and daily housekeeping.
If you are looking for somewhere to stay like a local, this is a great option.
The villa is near many of Macau’s landmarks, including St Dominic’s Church, Monte Forte and A-Ma Temple.
Location: Rua Madeira, Edf, Kam Hou, No 7, 2 e 3 andar, Macau City, Macau
11- Best Western Hotel Sun Sun
The two-star hotel stands out for its boutique styled non-smoking rooms, which come with air-conditioning, a flat-screen TV, an electric kettle, a freezer and even a coffee machine.
A spa is also available for guests in the hotel to unwind.
The interior decoration is closer to a cheerful hostel, decked out with colourful furniture, modern paintings and clusters of photos on the walls.
The Square restaurant promises dishes with “the essence of Portuguese cooking.”
The hotel is accessible in 45 minutes from the city’s international airport, and only 25 minutes by buy from the ferry terminal.
The famous Senado Square is also within 500 metres, meaning an only 10-minute walk.
The staff speak Filipino, Chinese and English.
Location: No. 14-16, Praca Ponte E Horta, Macau City, Macau
12- Home of Macau
Under the same umbrella of Ka Meng Villa, Home of Macau offers rooms with a homey feel and a simple design for business and leisure travellers.
The two-star hotel also features small rooms, but with some more colourful decorations that light up your mood.
The hotel is known for its great value at an affordable cost.
Children under the age of 6 can stay for free if travellers don’t require extra beds.
The popular gourmet Choi Heong Yuen is just 120-metre away, so travellers can always purchase last minute souvenirs there.
If you choose to stay at Home of Macau because you are determined to experience the local life, the Tak Seng On Pawnshop Museum nearby is worth visiting.
It showcases exhibits including books, ink pads and a restored vault room with valuable processions in the past.
Other landmarks including Senado Square and St Dominic’s Church, both are within 500m away.
Location: 3/F, 4 QunXing New Street, Macau City, Macau
There’s a list of more three-star hotels here.