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Ole Tai Sam Un Hotel 3.0

Macau, China

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Pros

  • Near famous Rua da Felicidade, with plenty of shops and restaurants nearby
  • Within a five-minute walk to nightlife in Senado Square
  • Walk to Ruins of St. Paul's in less than 10 minutes
  • Clean, bright rooms with electric kettles and flat-screen TVs
  • Generous amenity kits with toothbrushes and shaving kits
  • Attractive restaurant and bar on-site
  • Free Wi-Fi

Cons

  • Fee for breakfast
  • Most rooms are small
  • Fee for shuttle service

Bottom Line

The 40-room Ole Tai Sam Un Hotel is a mid-range property with a great central location near the iconic Ruins of St. Paul's. Simple rooms are small, modern, and clean, and feature electric kettles, flat-screen TVs, and free Wi-Fi. There is a restaurant and bar on-site, and the area is filled with inexpensive dining options (not to mention the sights along historic Rua da Felicidade down the road). Nightlife in Senado Square is also less than a five-minute walk from the hotel. Guests looking for something a little more -- ahem! -- lively (this is Macau, after all) may want to compare rates with Guia Hotel, a mid-range property on the Grand Prix Guia Circuit with a strip club in the basement.

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Small mid-range hotel with simple style that's convenient for tourists

Macau has plenty of massive hotels catering to everyone looking to gamble and party into the night's wee hours, but the three-pearl Ole Tai Sum Un Hotel is a tranquil, compact alternative. Housed in a five-story building located on a narrow street, this hotel won't inspire any long reveries on style, but the simple and straightforward ambiance creates a fine, low-key home base for exploring the city. The lobby has an eye-catching look, with plush purple furniture sitting under decorative silver disks, while just behind a beaded curtain there is a small restaurant where black-and-white floral patterned tables and colorful floral centerpieces create an attractive space to dine. There’s a small, black bar in the back of the room with only two stools where guests can order a drink. Overall this property is welcoming and cozy and isn't meant to be a destination where guests hang out all day long; it's suitable for couples, families, and groups of friends looking for a quality location on a budget.

Location

Excellent location near historic sights, shops, and restaurants

This hotel's prime spot is one of its major selling points and makes it a great value for the area. It's surrounded by shops and restaurants on the Rua da Caldeira, which is a great area for experiencing local flavors at inexpensive prices. Rua da Caldeira feeds into the famous Rua Da Felicidade, a narrow street recognized for its traditional two-story, gray-brick buildings with tiled roofs and red window frames. It's a popular spots for tourists to visit and looks great on film. Nightlife on Senado Square is less than five minutes away on foot, and Macau's lively casino district is a 15-minute walk from the hotel. The Ruins of St. Paul’s, a 17th-century landmark, is within a 10-minute walk and near plenty of other historic sights. The Hong Kong-Macau ferry terminal is less than a 10-minute drive, and from there a ferry ride to Hong Kong takes about an hour. Both the Macau International Airport and the Cotai Strip, full of casinos and hotels, can be reached within a 15-minute drive.

Rooms

Bright, small, and clean rooms with modern amenities like free Wi-Fi

Rooms at Ole Tai Sam Un Hotel are compact (Standard Rooms start at only 11 square meters, or 118 square feet), but their bright look keeps them from feeling truly cramped. With light wooden flooring, white bedding, light walls, and sleek, white closets, the aesthetic is modern and clean. Many rooms have taupe wallpaper with a damask pattern that adds a bit of visual flare. Otherwise, walls are mostly bare in these minimalist spaces, and there is no furniture beyond nightstand and small desks. All rooms have wall-mounted flat-screen TVs, safes, air-conditioning, and free Wi-Fi. Electric kettles, tea bags, and free bottled water are provided as well as slippers and generous amenity kits with combs, shaving kits, and toothbrushes. Bathrooms are predictably compact, and frosted bathroom doors mean that privacy may not be up to everyone's standards. Some bathrooms have stand-up showers while others have shower/tub combos. Fixtures are modern and toiletries are provided.

Features

Desirable location plus restaurant and bar

This hotel doesn’t have a lot of features with the exception of its on-site restaurant that serves a buffet breakfast, though it's not included in room rates. There’s also a small bar where guests can order drinks. The hotel's location is one of its most desirable features, as it's surrounded by lots of shops and inexpensive restaurants, and near the famous Rua da Felicidade -- a photographer’s dream. Wi-Fi is available for free throughout the property. Babysitting and laundry services can be arranged.

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Address

No.43-45 Rua de Felicidade, Macau, China