Where to stay in Macau

Where is the best place to stay in Macau?

By Carles Barcelo. Updated October 27, 2023

Macau is one of the fastest developing metropolis in the world. A dynamic, pulsating mecca of casinos, luxury hotels and gargantuan shopping malls, this “Las Vegas of the East” also has a rich and layered history. A Portuguese colony for over 300 years, if you tire of casino hopping or shopping at the Venetian Macau or Galaxy, you can seek out some culture by visiting the UNESCO protected historic centre around Senado Square lined with pastel-coloured Portuguese houses, close to the 16th century St. Paul’s Cathedral and Buddhist A-Ma Temple.


Situated near to Macau’s business and entertainment districts and boasting a prime waterfront setting, Nape is the best area to stay in Macau. Close to the Hong Kong-Macau Ferry Pier and the Macau Tower, it is within walking distance of Macau’s top sights including the Macau Museum of Art and Lotus Square, as well as some of the city’s biggest casinos, shopping and entertainment complexes that line the Avenida de Amizade. You are also only only a short taxi ride or 30-minute walk from the historical centre of Macau, so whether you are there to play or sightsee you will have plenty to keep you occupied.

Hotel   Avg price
Rocks Hotel
Macau Fisherman's Wharf
105€ - 114$
Hotel   Avg price
Metropark Hotel Macau
Rua de Pequim
95€ - 104$
Ascott Macau
R. Cidade de Braga
200€ - 218$
Hotel   Avg price
Sofitel Macau At Ponte 16
R. do Visc. Paco de Arcos
152€ - 166$
Mandarin Oriental Macau
Avenida Dr Sun Yat Sen
289€ - 315$
MGM Macau
Avenida Dr. Sun Yat Sen NAPE
495€ - 540$

On the map, which shows the best place to stay in Macau, are located a selection of the best hotels according to the opinions of Tripadvisor users. By passing the cursor over the icons, you can see the exact address of the hotel and the link where you can make a booking. Best Location Hotels offers a selection of the best-rated hotels, located in the best area to stay in Macau and also provides the link to the hotels for information and booking.



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Nape, the best area to stay in Macau


napeThe Nape area is conveniently swathed across the waterfront close to the Hong Kong-Macau Ferry Terminal and the Macau Tower, making it an ideal place to stay while visiting Macau. While staying in the area of Nape you can walk to the Macau Tower where restaurants, theatres, shopping malls abound and the Skywalk X, an observation deck affords mesmerising vistas of the city.


Back on the ground, get your bearings at the Golden Lotus Square, which features a large sculpture of a lotus flower in full bloom. It commemorates the transfer of the sovereignty of Macau from Portugal to the People's Republic of China in 1999. Close by you can stroll to the Wine Museum to learn about Macau’s surprising history of wine making as well as about wine cultivation throughout the world. Each year Macau hosts the high-energy Formula 3 Grand Prix with one of the hardest circuits in the world, during which crowds have cheered on the likes of Ayrton Senna, Michael Schumacher and David Coulthard. In this area you can visit the Grand Prix Museum that was opened to remember the 40th anniversary of the Macau Grand Prix. In the Nape neighbourhood you can also visit one of Macau’s cultural highlights, the Macau Museum of Art, where Chinese art and calligraphy can be viewed alongside overseas and contemporary artists split over a colossal five floors. Nearby the Handover Museum gives some insight on the history of Macau, directly on the spot where the Macau handover ceremony of the Sino-Portuguese Governments took place.


To understand Macau’s unusual past you can take a taxi for a few minutes or walk to the UNESCO protected historical centre where you will find the ruins of St Paul’s Cathedral, the stately Buddhist A-Ma Temple and the Senate and Senado Square, which displays pristine Portuguese architecture, 17th century Domingo’s Church and a good selection of restaurants that serve both European and Chinese cuisines. Don’t miss out on trying the rich and creamy Portuguese egg tart.


If you want to experience something truly extraordinary visit Macau Fisherman’s Wharf entertainment and theme park, a whopping 111,500m2 park that combines dining, shopping, entertainment, hotels, convention and exhibition facilities. You might want to bring an empty suitcase for a day of unbeatable shopping at the One Central shopping venue, a vast maze of shops that are loaded with luxury items, fashion and accessories with sweeping views over the waterfront. The area is also a great place to stay for those looking to discover what Macau’s nightlife has to offer. L, look no further than the bars and pubs along the Avenida Sun Yat Sen. Here you can sip sundowners facing out over a superb waterfront panoramic. Later on the clubs heat up around Avenida do Infante D. Henrique.



Hotels in Nape

Other areas to stay in Macau


Cotai area

Cotai areaThe true heart of Macau’s Las Vegas strip is the Cotai area. Otherwise known as the Cotai Strip, Macau’s version of LA’s Sunset Strip has many of Macau’s top hotels as well as the some of the best casinos in the world, making it a fantastic place to stay. The area is also conveniently located, just a 5-minute drive from Macau international airport, and close to the mainland China border. Many of Macau’s UNESCO heritage sites and city centre are within easy reach by taxi.


Macau’s version of the Las Vegas strip, you will find all of Macau’s most famous casinos and hotels and clubs around the glittering Cotai Strip. More gambling is done here than anywhere else in the world, including Las Vegas. The best-known casino here is the renowned Venetian, which is the largest in the world and home to Macau’s biggest shopping mall. Just across the street you can try your luck at the City of Dreams or the Galaxy casinos. Just like in Vegas, these immense casinos also feature upmarket hotels and restaurants, shopping malls with luxury fashion and lifestyle stores and round the clock entertainment complexes, so there is pleanty to do here during your stay.



Hotels in Cotai





TaipaOne of two ancient villages in Macau, with its pedestrianized cobbled streets, green parks and traditional architecture, Taipa Village feels a world away from the main section of Macau’s bustling peninsula even though it is easily accessible by a bridge and connected by a moving walkway.


Perfect for a leisurely walk, a cluster of narrow lanes are flanked by colourful colonial buildings which house small traditional shops and cosy family-run eateries that serve traditional Macanese and Portuguese cuisine, so it´s truly a beautiful place to stay.



Hotels in Taipa

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