19th-century former Portuguese military barracks run by tourism students
Located beside a nice public park and a multimedia library
Rooms feature free minibars, safes, and flat-screen TVs; some have balconies
One-bedroom suites have living rooms
Breakfast lounge with free breakfast plus high tea and all-day restaurant
Bright, small gym and rooftop fitness equipment
Herb garden, veranda, and courtyards
Free one-way shuttle to the ferry terminal
Four meeting spaces and concierge service available
Free Wi-Fi throughout
Location is removed from the entertainment and attractions
Hillside setting is difficult for some to manage
Standard rooms are small
Free ferry shuttle only offers one-way service
Run by students of the Institute for Tourism Studies, the upscale Pousada de Mong-Ha delivers a unique, personalized vacation in a 19th-century Portuguese hotel with fountains in lovely tiled courtyards. Blending Portuguese and Chinese designs, the 20 guest rooms feature carved wooden headboards, and some have balconies overlooking the gardens. The breakfast dining room and all-day restaurant serve Portuguese and Macanese cuisine, and there’s a rooftop terrace, rooftop fitness equipment, and a small gym. Travelers should note that there aren’t any elevators, and this hillside hotel is removed from the attractions. As an alternative, the Grand Lapa Macau is located in walking distance to the casinos.
Upscale Portuguese-designed hotel operated by tourism students
This 19th-century former Portuguese military barracks is now the training grounds for students of the Institute for Tourism Studies. The charming, four-pearl Pousada de Mong-Ha offers well-manicured grounds -- including an herb garden and fountains -- that contribute to the overall relaxed atmosphere. The stark two and three-floor buildings are clean with balconies that overlook the hotel’s verdant grounds. Yellow and blue Portuguese tiles line interior courtyards. Wood latticework on the front desk adds charm to the small lobby, where guests are greeted by hospitality students. Since this hotel is on a hillside and has steps -- without any elevator -- it’s not an idea location for those with physical limitations. Note that rooms book out well in advance.
On Mong-Ha hill, removed from Macau’s casinos and attractions
This hotel’s quiet location provides an alternative to the typical Macau vacation near the casinos. Situated on a hill, this hotel is within 25 minutes walking distance -- albeit uphill -- from the Macau Ferry Terminal that goes to Hong Kong. There isn’t direct bus transportation to the hotel, but taxi service is available, and a hotel provides free one-way shuttle service to the ferry terminal. The hotel is on the Institute for Tourism Studies campus and beside a library and public park space with a large fountain. It’s a 15-minute drive to the shops, casinos, and restaurants on the Cotai Strip. Within 15 minutes by car are Taipa Village’s Rua do Cunha, the Ruins of St. Paul, Largo do Senado, and the A-Ma Temple. The Macau International Airport is a 10- to 15-minute drive.
Pleasantly furnished rooms with free minibars and flat-screen TVs, some with balconies
Guest rooms at the Pousada de Mong-Ha blend Chinese and Portuguese designs to create a welcoming setting. Rooms feature secretary desks, red decor, carved wooden headboards, and floral textiles. Guests traverse through the lovely courtyards to reach rooms. Standard Rooms, which are too small for rollaway beds, are just over half the size of Deluxe Rooms; these larger rooms come with extras such as comfortable chairs and ottomans, separate work areas, and balconies. One-bedroom Suites offer separate Chinese-themed living rooms and balconies. Most rooms offer minibars with free non-alcoholic drinks, plus electric kettles, safes, and irons/ironing boards. Upgraded rooms have slippers and bathrobes. Tiled bathrooms have walk-in showers or shower/tub combos plus hairdryers.
Two restaurants with casual dining, rooftop terrace, fitness facilities, and meeting spaces
Pousada de Mong-Ha has several posh features that enhance its upscale status. The hotel offers a free buffet breakfast and high tea in the Pousada restaurant, which features lovely Portuguese tile designs. The Education Restaurant -- also with Macanese and Portuguese cuisine -- has modern interiors with a colorful lounge, bar seating, and a terrace. There are also tables on the rooftop and a veranda offers more cushioned seating and city views. Fitness machines can be found on the rooftop, and there's an indoor gym with modern cardio and weight machines plus flat-screen TVs. Four meeting spaces -- fitting between 30 to 270 people -- are on the property and have audiovisual equipment. Wi-Fi is free throughout the hotel.
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