Pousada de Mong-Ha, Macau, China

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The view from our room
The Superb Restaurant
The Superb Restaurant
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The bedroom itself - note the air con
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The entrance area as viewed from the bedroom
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One of many nice touches in our room
One of many nice touches in our room
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Pousada de Mong-Ha, Macau China street/mailing addressAddress: Colina de Mong-Ha
Pousada de Mong-Ha, Macau China contact telephone numberPhone #: 853 2851 5222
4.62162
Average: 4.6 (37 votes)
Ranked #1 out of 32 in Macau
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Average price: $94

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HotelFoo Guest
05/27/2009

No, the park is former fort at the top of a hill called Mong Ha. Mong Kok is a place north of Kowloon in Hong Kong.

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02/03/2009
5

We stayed in this hotel last weekend. Booked through the hotel website and the rate was the peak period charge since it's a peak season.. However the money that we paid was worth every cent. The room that we have is spacious (more like a suite room by HK standard), free internet usage in the room, complimentary welcome drink (and the selection was quite a lot), nice and hearty breakfast and not forgetting some sweet little surprises that we have when we return to our room at nite. (Chinese cookies and cute ornament).

No doubt the location is a bit far from town but taxi is easily assessible and it's only 5 to 10 mins drive to the city. Fare is really cheap too. So the location is not a problem at all.

I will definitely be back to this hotel again...

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01/31/2009
4

We stayed at the Pousada on the strength of the Tripadvisor reviews. We knew that the hotel was part of the Institute of Tourism's training school and have to say that the service was generally good and very friendly (although slightly headless chickens at times). We enjoyed our stay but would probably not return there.

The hotel is fine, with some nice Mediterranean/Portuguese interior design and good bathrooms and lots of nice touches, incl free internet. Beds are hard! Breakfast was really good and plentiful but don't order eggs otherwise you'll be waiting forever. The front desk were very helpful although slightly disorganised.

The main reason we wouldn't stay here again is the location. It's not near anything you'd want to visit Macau for, and although the Pousada is at the top a hill, amidst greenery and the college, the area around it is rather rundown. Walking to the centre would take 20-25 minutes through fairly ordinary city streets. I have to say that the front desk were good at getting cabs for us, but if you want to get a cab to the hotel say "Mong-Ha san" , ie Mong-Ha hill, because none of our cab drivers seemed to understand Pousada Mong-Ha. If the Pousada were better located we would stay again because it is pretty good value and is rather more interesting than most hotels. And it's good to be supporting a training school.

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01/02/2009
5

Outside of the location, which wasn't ideal, this place is fantastic. The staff consists of cute young students trying their best. the rooms are beautiful and have computers in-room. the free breakfast was great, and there's a free shuttle we made use of,. Wish I stayed there longer.

On the downside it was difficult to get transportation out of the place, and often taxi drivers didn't know how to get there.

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12/28/2008
4

I am a frequent traveler to Macau and Pousada de Mong Ha is always my 1st choice. I just stayed again in X'mas eve and glad to find the hotel has been improved since my last visit in May 08. The room is renovated with new paints on wall and wardrobe. The massage shower was fixed and the items in toilets been replaced by something new. There is a high speed PC in room with high speed internet access which is free. It can play DVD too. The breakfast, though not much choice, is adequate and with good quality. I am not a gambler so won’t stay in hotels with casino to escape from the chaos. If you would like to go to Casino, you can take a short taxi ride from Pousada de Mong Ha to the ferry terminal and have “Casino hopping” using the free shuttle services by SANDS, Wynn, MGM and Venetian etc...

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12/15/2008
5

Stayed here in Macau over 2 nights based on the strengths of the review.

A nice, small hotel (only 20 rooms) that's part of a larger training institute for tourism. As expected, manned mostly by students but supervised by (I presume) teaching staff who guides them along the way.

Excellent service, rooms are spacious with great facilities. The staff there were proactive in helping us carry our bags etc. There is no bath tub but that is of no importance to me.

Breakfast is included in the room rate. Whilst not lavish, it was more than adequate. What we saw during our stay for breakfast was coffee, tea, milk, cereals, bread (really delicious, and from what I gathered baked by the students), danishes, fruit, cooked food (ham, bacon, eggs done your way, sausages, etc).

Location is a bit inconvenient though, and entails a climb up a steep road. But we took a cab back whenever we went out, so this wasn't a hassle at all.

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12/06/2008
3

This is a nice 4 Star Hotel run by the Macau Government Hotel School. The rooms are very nice. Staff is nice, but the student staff speaks english with difficulty. This hotel is located in the suburbs, about 15-20 minutes from downtown Macau, so if you are going for the gambling/shopping, it is not the place to be. No elevators to the second and third floor rooms, so if you have heavy luggage, you may need help from the staff. The location is lovely, up on top of a hill overlooking most of Macau. A very nice breakfast is included as is free internet and a computer in each room. Limited number of restaurants within walking distance. Most of the locals speak limited or no english. A free shuttle service is provided to the ferry and casino area. Cost was about US $125/night.

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11/26/2008
5

This was the second time we had stayed at the Pousada (after a ghastly stay at the Rio in 2006), and we'll be going back again in 2009 when we return to Macau to work at the Grand Prix. This is quite simply a very beautiful hotel in a peaceful location - which is something hard to find in Macau - but still within easy reach of the madness below. We walked to the GP Paddock every day, a trip that took around 20 minutes. As this is where the shuttles for the casinos all run from it's easy to get to them, or you can use the bus service to run round the islands. The staff at the Pousada are enthusiastic and willing, the breakfasts are excellent (and included in the room rate) and the rooms cost about half what you would pay somewhere like the Holiday Inn and offer twice as much comfort (as well as free LAN connectivity).

As there are only 20 rooms in this gem of an hotel, just don't tell anyone about it, please!

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11/19/2008
5

We stayed for two nights at Pousada de Mong-Ha after reading the great reviews on Tripadvisor. We were not disappointed. This is one of the best value for money places I have come across. The students are very obliging, and while they are still learning things can be a little slow, it doesn't matter because it's a small price to pay for such lovely service.

We had a suite which was huge and their weekday rate was very reasonable. It was great for us as we have a baby and he could sleep while we were in the lounge room. The room package included breakfast buffet for two which was delicious. We also ate at the Educational Restaurant which, despite its unpromising name, was VERY good indeed and the drinks were also very cheap, particularly at happy hour. They have a great Macanese high tea in the afternoons with the best Portugese tarts ever.

This place is out of town and we got around by taxi, which the staff were always happy to organise for us. It is a world away from the tacky casino strip which is a relief.

In summary , this place is perfect for visitors who aren't interested in gambling and want to stay somewhere small and quiet with a personal touch.

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11/17/2008
5

The quaint semi-B&B slash boutique hotel, Pousada de Mong Ha, definitely exceeded our expectations. It wasn't a ginormous 5 or 6 star hotel, nor was it along the casino strip, nor was it any way near any of the party & happening places in Macau, but it's DEFINITELY a place that's worth visiting. It's walking distance or a bus ride away or a 5 min cab ride away from all Macau highlights.

I will recommend it to the world!!! The staff (comprised of students) were the most courteous and most professional staff I've ever met. (and coming from a culture where we have customer service in our blood, this is an extreme compliment) Breakfast was awesome, their standard room was like a suite complete with high speed internet (complimentary! thank god), a flat screen tv, all other amenities of a 5 star hotel.

Plus, the welcome drink and the cookies inside a bamboo container as a "welcome gift" was an excellent personalized touch. ;-)

We stayed at a much larger resort hotel post our stay at Pousada de Mong Ha, and we finally made a conclusion that the bigger the hotel, the poorer the service, and the suckier the food. Ha ha!

At Pousada de Mong Ha, or the IFT in Macau, the staff makes your stay so wonderful, so personalized, so homey, so well-worth every penny that you spend. I hope people will get the chance to stay at this 20-room hotel. You'll surely have the best Macau experience ever. :)

Kudos to the students! A++!

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10/15/2008
5

The Posada de Mong Ha is an absolute gem. I booked two rooms for 2 adults for 6 days for a holiday from 05 October – 12 October. It’s easy to have underwhelming expectations before you get there as it is so reasonably priced. We spent the days walking around the whole of Macau and came back to the hotel tired and ready for a shower. We had dinner at the training room restaurant twice. The restaurant is a lovely piece of simple sophisticated design, and the food is great and very reasonably priced. The restaurant is located a few meters up the road and operates Mon-Friday. If you are there on Friday, the Macanese buffet is highly recommended and popular. As a house guest you have priority to book. I booked before I arrived. All emails to the hotel are always promptly answered.

This is an internationally recognised training institution, and the degree of professionalism should be the envy of many 5 star international hotels. The staff are extremely helpful, genuinely obliging, polite, caring and gracious. They are not jaded and are energised. If there is something they don’t know how to answer, they will always get a response quickly and print something out for you.

The breakfast is excellent for the price. I was able to fuel up with cereals and yogurt, fresh/dried fruit and nuts, various juices, eggs cooked to your order, and other hot food, pastries, and good coffee. It was a lovely way to start another busy day of exploring, or just reading the free newspaper. The hotel rooms have everything you need: a complete range of toiletries, big TV, working hairdryer and iron and comfortable beds. Due to a small hiccup, I actually inadvertently got to try 3 rooms, and all were excellent and clean with attention to detail. This is a place to feel safe and clean and comfortable.

The forums on Macau are an excellent help, and it’s a good idea to read them. You don’t go there for the shopping, unless you are after baby clothes and T shirts of a small size, or very overpriced designer lables. The bus service is excellent and is the best way to explore around. The maps are not very good as so many of the roads are small laneways and so only a few roads are named on the maps. However, it's so small that you can't go far wrong. Taxis are very reasonably priced. Everybody accepts HKD.

The general population has high density urban living down pat. They are polite and helpful and seemingly contended with life. I didn’t come across any crying babies, badly behaved adolescents, arguments, or parents yelling at children. I always felt very safe there in a way that I have not felt anywhere in the world for quite a while.

There is a walk-way going up toward the Barrier Gate that is a parkway / laneway off the main access to the hotel that is well worth walking down to.

If you plan to walk over the border to get to China, it’s best to get a visa before arriving. The free internet usage is handy when you are tired from all the walking. The only thing missing is a pool, but Macau is not really that sort of holiday.

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10/07/2008
5

Booked the hotel after reading comments from Trip Advisor for part of my honey moon trip to Malaysia, Hong Kong and Macau. First nite, could only get a single (queen size bed room) due to fully booked situation but managed to move to double room (king size bed) on the next day.

The rooms were pretty much equipped with complete amenities, perfectly clean and comfortable. Staffs whom are students were very hospitable and offered all the assistance they could provide. However, they were not allowed to accept any tip from guests. Pricing was also reasonable (other words to describe will be "very cheap" compared to other hotels). All rooms were equipped with complete bath rooms amenities, good showering equipments, oriental ornaments, private safe-deposit-box, ironing board & iron, and free local calls.

The double room was very much spacious, comprising of a bed room, toilet, and separated small lobby. Outside of the room, could see small garden and birds freely flying to wake you up with their chirping in the morning. A perfect sanctuary after busy days in casinos or travelling. Information about this hotel or booking could be made through their website : http://www.ift.edu.mo/pousada/eng/index.htm

Free breakfast was given in the dining room next to reception. Dining room was hygienic with beautiful modest ornaments, with direct view to the "herbs garden" just outside. Food were simple but with good taste. Next to the hotel, an educational restaurant can be found. I and my wife did not have enough time to dine there, hence no comment could be given.

Hotel is located up the Mong-ha hill. It is advisable to take taxi if you are coming with luggage. Make sure to bring hotel address in chinese as taxi driver may not understand English. Outside hotel, there is a public park daily used by senior citizens to do sporting. The hotel is located not in the middle of the attraction location, but Macau itself is not large place. Taking taxi from Ferry terminal would cost only about US$ 3-5 and from Airport would cost only about US$ 7-9.

Would definitely recommend this hotel to friends and would definitely stay here for the next visit to Macao.

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08/12/2008
5

Am writing this review whilst still at the Pousada. The hotel is run by students, and nothing is too much trouble here. The room is huge, ours has a separate area where you can use your computer and a large bathroom with a power shower. Breakfast is fantastic, with cereals, toast, danish, bacon, eggs cooked any way, french toast, fruit and more. The staff here can't do enough for the guests. They are in the middle of some renovations so right now its a little noisy, but they did tell us ahead of time this was happening, so not a big problem. The hotel is a bit out of the main part of town, but the place is small and if you don't mind walking you can navigate yourself around with a map. Taxi's are really cheap also, flagfall about AUD2. Most trips around the central part cost us AUD3, we always paid more. I'd stay here again, as it is true value for money.

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08/07/2008
5

We planned to spend 2 nights here but on our 2nd day found that due to a storm, no ferries were going to take us to HK so we had to stay a 3rd night. No one complained at all. The rooms at the Pousada are very reasonably priced considering Macau's new-ish reputation and proliferation of casino-goers. The staff spoke good English, and were happy to serve. Yes, they are all students so they dont have the years of experience you might expect but their willingness to learn and their dedication to making sure they get the job done efficiently easily makes up for it. if you want to experience a different, more traditional and laidback Macau, I would highly recommend the Pousada. In fact, it doesnt matter much why you're in Macau, I would recommend it anyway! No problems here at all, only good memories, and we would happily return. Congratulations to the whole team at Pousada.

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07/06/2008
5

The hotel is run by well trained students and that is part of the charm of this hotel. The location is not really central, but the taxis are cheap and readily available. Advantage of this is that it is quiet.

The rooms are in a nice colonial style and comfortable. The breakfast is excellent! Good coffee and bread etc. Free internet is available. Another good thing: I have never seen a hotel cleaner than this one!

Good hotel for a very good price!

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07/06/2008
5

We stayed for two nights and loved the place. The hotel is located away from the hectic casino district on a hill in a small park. Hotel staff is absolutely fabulous: very friendly and extremely attentive. The rooms were clean and big and we found it reasonally priced at MOP 800 (we booked through the hotel webpage). Breakfast was buffet style with plenty of choice. There are restaurants within walking distance for dinner and the hotel staff is helpful with tips and reservations. It was a great place to recover from the long distance flight. We loved it also as a starting point to discover Macau. The hotel is located in approx 45 min walking distance to the touristical highlights of Macau.

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06/17/2008
4

I learnt aobut this hotel from Tripadvisor so I thought I was only fair that I shared my experience with others. The problem is - the first review I wrote yesterday, along with the 9 photos I attached, didn't go thru. Since this is my second attempt, it's going to be short but feel free to contact me if you need more info about this hotel.

As other have said, this hotel belongs to the Government, so does the superb restaurant adjacent to it.

My stay occurred last week when my husband and I were on a 9-day vacation in HK/Macau.

The hotel is located slightly uphill so I advise that you take a cab to the hotel as you check in. We got to Macau by ferry from HK and it costed us only HK$27 to reach the place.

Check-in was smooth and staff very attentive. We were given room #204. As we entered, we were greeted by a big sort of entrance space complete with writing desk and a big bench. Right next to it is the bathroom - there is no bathtub but a great shower with massaging features.

The bedroom itself comes with a small balcony but you can't really stay out, given the heat and some mosqutoes. The room is spacious with also a rather huge LCD TV.

There are other nice little touches like the Portuguese-style tiles and fixtures, combined with Chinese-style bathroom wares, it managed to give guests that Mecanese feel to the place.

Breakfast was great - served in a big hall right next to the Reception area. Food was of very good quality though there wasn't a huge variety offered. You can tell that the staff made every effort to make your stay pleasant. Eggs were served on order - hot and fresh. Cappucinos and expresso coffee are also available.

The best part though is the Restaurant which serves excellent Western/

Portuguese/Chinese fushion fare at unbelievably low price. Hotel guests get a 20% discount on the bill!! The two of us had a 4-course dinner with wine for US$55!!!

Our only problem for this stay has to do with the air conditioner in our room. It kept dripping and obviously, it had been that way for some time because the ceiling wall paper was peeling due to moisture and the carpet was stained as a result of the dripping water. It was also loud at night and I woke up twice because of the noise. They offered to change our room but we already unpacked so we didn't.

Other parts of the room were well maintained or even new.

Please note that Mong Ha is an area for local residents so when you walk down hill, you won't find glitzy malls or tourist stuff. Just take a cab or use the hotel shuttle if you want shopping or food.

For HK$600 a night, I think this is a great deal. I never like casino hotels so this one gives me just the R&R we needed.

I highly recommed this place, just hope that I will get a better room next time.

P.S. I took lots of pics but will post only a few or else the system will hang again...

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06/17/2008
4

The Pousada de Mong-Ha is very much different compared to the other huge and modern 5* casino hotels which are located in Macau. Compared to the Wynn and MGM Grand the Pousada de Mong-Ha of course isn't of 5* standard (I would rate it 3*). But in contrast to the casino hotel the Pousada de Mong-Ha offers a little bit of colonial style, a very friendly service and a personal touch at approx. 1/3 of their prices. While a Studio room at the MGM Grand is impressive a Suite at the Pousada de Mong-Ha is cosy.

Minors: due to the offset location it's not so easy to get a taxi. Connected restaurant cheap but of bad quality.

Further Plus: WiFi Internet free of charge. All additional cost (drinks, laundry etc.) very low.

Having stayed at the MGM Grand, Wynn and Pousada de Mong-Ha I'll chose the Pousada next time again.

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04/28/2008
5

We stayed at the hotel from 4/14 - 4/22. Enjoyed the location, service, restaurant. It was really nice after a busy day downtown, or at the casinos to come back to the hotel which was away from all the hustle and bustle. Very nice to see people doing Tai Chi, etc. in the mornings. The shuttle the hotel offered was adequate and the taxi fare around Macau was extremely reasonable. Would return in a heartbeat.

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04/20/2008
4

This is a great little hotel attached to a learning centre. You may see young people training for hotel work, and all of them are super helpful.

The hotel is owned by the Goverment I understand, so no service charges and you're asked not to tip. It's still a proper hotel though, nice and quiet, and clean.

The location is in the north of Macau, in a park called Mong Kok.

So the taxi trip from the airport / ferry is cheap (20 dollars, £1.30) but you are not by the bars or casinos here. This is not a problem though, as you can walk it or cheap taxi - Macau is not massive.

I walked home every night after a few drinks, no problem.

Verdict: very helpful, compact, quaint even.

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04/13/2008
4

Stayed only 1 night with my wife on the way to Malaysia. We booked the hotel via the hotels website, they were very quick and effecient with their responses. Checking in and out was quick with no problems. The reception staff are very friendly and helpful. This goes for the rest of the hotel staff who were a credit and just couldn't do enough for you. The room was very spacious, clean and had good views of the gardens and park. The bathroom was very clean and had a power shower.

This hotel is situated away from the main sites but you can easily walk to the main sites. If not the hotel will arrange a taxi for you. Breakfast was good with plenty of choice.

In summary, for the price you pay for this hotel and the service you receive I would strongly recommend this hotel. We had a most enjoyable stay.

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03/31/2008
5

Stayed one night on my way back from Sabah and was very impressed. The hotel is part of a tourism college and so the staff are young (so read keen, friendly if a little easily confused at times) - very attentive, although things took a while to process red tape wise - a minor criticism however.

The hotel is spotless, rooms are very clean, bathrooms great w/ very good showers. Felt new and fresh - TV's wall mounted with low key decor (unusual for Chinese hotels).

Free internet in the business centre, free South China Morning Post, lots of nice English glossy magazines (Wallpaper/Vanity Fair etc.) to read and very peaceful vibe.

Nice neighbourhood - quiet and yet not far from the best bits of Macau.

Overall very good, excellent value and highly recommended.

PS> For dinner try "O-Manuels" - a great Portuguese restaurant in Taipa (over the bridge from Macau in a very hip and up-and-coming area) R.Fernao Mendes Pinto #90 R/C, Taipa. Tel [--]- amazing food. Manuel is a real character too, having left home in Portugal to live in Mozambique on his own when he was 11 YEARS OLD! Yes, really.

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03/23/2008
5

We spent two nights in the Pousada de Mong-Ha. The hotel is perched on a the Mong-Ha hill, a quiet aera of the Macau island, far from the casino craze. While it's not next to the main touristic places, If you are not afraid of walking, you can reach the main attractions, the island being so small. This area of the town still feels like the traditional Macau while the rest of the territory turns into another Las Vegas.

The hotel interior is very charming with little patios with fountains. Our room was a little worn down but quite spatious. You feel the staff are students but they will do their utmost to help you.

We tasted the Friday night buffet: a selection of Macanese food. Simply delicious. I seldom so much excellent dishes at the same time. The restaurant is worth a visit on its own. Be aware that the restaurant is not open during the weekend.

At 800 HKD per night, this hotel is terrific value for money.

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02/11/2008
4

I stayed at this hotel for 3 nights in November. Everything about it was great: the room was spacious and airy, the bathroom was enormous, the free cookies on arrival were delicious! The staff were excellent and very helpful. You would be very hard pressed to find anything this good for the same price. We also ate at the student restaurant one night. The food was really excellent, and very cheap for what it was. The hotel is in the centre, but if you do want to travel around a bit the buses and taxis are very cheap and easy to use.

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01/12/2008
4

This place has a lot to offer :

- good location in a residential area, within walking distance from the ferry pier (convenient for those travelling from HK) and not far from the sightseing parts of the Macau peninsula

- it has a laid back, unpretentious and cool atmosphere that no other Macao hotel can deliver

- rooms are large and come with nice balconnies with pleasant views

- service is good - the pousada is ran by students who are still in a learning process but definitely willing to help, if sometimes lacking of appropriate initaitaves

- portuguese and colonial style of the place with minimal but carefully selected pieces of furniture in all rooms

- the place is overall relaxing and is a very good deal for those who do not wish to spend their time with the crowd in the casion type of hotels

Room for improvement :

- some rooms have leaking problems and this can be noisy but theses are still allocated to clients, even though some other rooms are available (we had one of these and it proved to be quite demanding to have us moved to another room, although they let us do so after 45 minutes discussions)

- breakfast is very basic, although quality of products was good, but there was a genuine lack of diversity and fantasy

- balconnies are large enough to accomodate 2 chairs and a table but these were empty, so we had to move seating fom inside the room

Having said this, we truly enjoyed this place. The area was beautiful, plenty of small temples and great restaurants. Will strongly recommend this to anyone visiting Macau, not only budget travellers.

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01/07/2008
5

Would highly recommend this hotel. I stayed in a single room with a queen sized bed which was adequate for 2 people. Booked directly through the hotel site for 600 mop and 500 mop/ night (the higher price due to holiday). This included breakfast for one person, we just added another breakfast for 50 mop. The taxis are very inexpensive in Macau so I would recommend taking it to the hotel. We actually took the bus, but the driver let us off at the wrong stop. Luckily we had a map and found it eventually. I would definitely print out the name of the hotel in chinese to show the taxi. Another tip if you want to go to Taipa island, is to take a free shuttle bus offered by the Venetian hotel (which is on the Cotai strip on Taipa) from the Sands hotel or the ferry terminal.

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12/28/2007
5

The Pousada de Mong-Ha is a small (20 rooms), comfortable and very friendly hotel with excellent value (and mind you I did alot of research before settling for the Pousada de Mong-Ha), and it's perfectly located for visitors to Macau. It's not in the main shopping/cultural district, so print a map before you leave home and show it to the taxi driver when you get to the airport or ferry terminal - better yet have someone write out the name and address in Chinese for you so you can show the taxi driver.

The young but very professional staff are exceptionally welcoming and helpful. The hotel has fully modern fittings -- nice and BIG bathrooms, flat screen TV, A/C and complimentary computer usage in its business center on the second floor.

I must say I especially liked the layout of the rooms, the room I stayed in (room # 110 I believe) has three seperate areas: a foyer with a desk, a big bathroom and a spacious bedroom with a balcony - anywhere else they would call this a one-bedroom suite.

The only small complaint I have is that lunch and dinner services were not available during my stay in late December 2007 - but this was no problem as Macau is a treasure for great restaurants.

Would definitely come back!!!

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12/04/2007
5

I hesitate to write this review. I am scared that if I decide to return I would not be able to book a room. Quite honestly, anyone going to Macau, whether it be for one night or a month, It's not even worth considering stopping anywhere else. Would the staff greet you by name at any of the big chain hotels? Would you have a massive double room with King size beds, Balcony, tea/coffer facilites, iron, ironing board, flat screen TV , Dressing Gowns, Slippers. All for 600 HKD. Oh AND breakfast included. What a find. Our thanks to ALL the staff. (especially Rachel!!)

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10/18/2007
4

My family and I booked 2 Double rooms and 1 Single room during our stay in Macau from 11 Oct till 14 Oct. We had a lovely time and we were greeted with helpful students and our rooms were very clean! We were impressed by the size of the double bedroom and the bathroom. All bathroom amenities were provided like a 4 star hotel. All the students there were eager to help us and thus it made our stay so comfortable. Only minus point is that the hotel is located half the hill and it was very tiring after a whole day of walking to climb up to our hotel.Taxi's were rare so we have to walk down the slope and pray hard for taxis to pass by. I would strongly advice travellers to travel in a group of 2 or 4 people max. It was difficult for us to get 2 taxis at the same time as our group consisted of 5 people.

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07/01/2007
5

My wife and I stayed here for two nights in mid-May (2007) after spending 10 days in Beijing, Datong, and Xi'an. We picked it based largely on other reviews from TripAdvisor and were extremely happy with our choice - thank you fello travelers! The rooms are large, immaculate, and well appointed. The service is extremely good. The breakfast that was provided was excellent and in a beautiful setting. Several times a day a shuttle bus will take you to/from key places (including ones not listed on the official route map). And the cost of the room is probably half what it could be if it the Pousada were not being run by students from the national tourism university. The only negative was that it is not within walking distance from the major sites, so if you do not want to time your travels to match the shuttle schedule, you'll need to spend a little on taxis.

Overall, I highly recommend the Pousada de Mong-Ha, unless money is no object, in which case the Wynn would be the way to go. Right now its a hidden secret, since it doesn't show up on TripAdvisors ranked list of hotels for some reason (too few reviews?).

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06/01/2007
3

I read the reviews on this property and thought we'd give it a try as we would only be in Macau one night. Although the property itself is charming and the service is good, if you are looking for convenient proximity to the casinos, this probably isn't the option for you as getting taxi service from the hotel isn't instantaneous. The rooms themselves are fairly large - ours had a fairly large entry room which also housed a desk and space for luggage, a separate bedroom, and a bathroom with shower. All that aside, it was a good price/value option given the research we had done on other hotel options in Macau.

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05/21/2007
5

Stayed at the Pousada for three days in May 2007 (16th to 19th May). It is set in lovely grounds with very eager young people who are carefully supervised by very experienced hospitality veterans. It is not on a direct bus route so a taxi from the ferry terminal is the best bet (MOP29). Accommodation in a suite was great and meticulously presented. The teaching restaurant up the road is excellent and prices are good with solid portions - I ran out of "tummy space". Several conversations with supervisors and students left no doubt about commitment - enjoy.

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01/03/2007
5

Pousada de Mong Ha is an oasis of green, cleanliness and beauty in Macau.

20 rooms, the most courteous staff, and a quiet public garden all around.

It is part of the Macau Institute for Tourism Studies ([-] a large University/College like school) and most of the staffs are training students who try their best to do well and help: the result is excellent.

The Pousada is not too central but central enough to be convenient.

Cleanliness is good. Service excellent. Breakfast very nice. Atmosphere tranquil and comforting. Price: very good value. The so called single has a queen bed and is perfect for a couple that prefer to spend a bit less. Internet is free in all rooms.

These are not frequent things in Macau.

Other than this Educational Hotel, the institute has an educational restaurant: elegant and pleasant with fairly good Macanese progressive cuisine.

It couldn’t be any better. We would definitely come back to Pousada de Mong Ha if there was any reason to come to Macau.

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12/09/2006
4

Over the last few years I've stayed here many times. Every room category - from single to suite - is very good, with the spacious doubles probably representing the best value. There's nothing else in Macau at the same price level that's remotely in the same league, especially given that there are no additional taxes (I assume because it's a government institution) and that (the very good) breakfast and broadband are included. The only downside is the consistent inefficiency of the reception staff - I understand that they're students, but they'd never survive a week in a mainstream hotel.

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03/27/2006
5

I just spent two nights at the Pousada de Mong-Ha during my vacation to Macau. I had a very enjoyable experience, I am fully satisfied with my choice and I recommend this hotel to other travellers looking for a high comfortable and convenient accomodation in Macau.

First thing I enjoyed is location. The hotel is located in a small park on the the top of a hill, right in the middle of the town, providing a retreat from the chaotic urban life of the city as well as a convenient location to visit the city's attrations. The city center (Largo do Senado, Ruins of St. Paul, Fortaleza do Monte) is not far away from the hotel and it is reachable in a 10 minutes/3 US$ taxi ride. You may also consider walking if you like but Macau is not really a walking paradise and the traffic, the crowd and the noice can get quite annoying. Other city's attractions can likewise be easily reached by a few minutes, few dollars taxi ride.

Second, the quality of accomodation. I believe the hotel is rated just three-star but I found it absolutely comparable to many four-star hotels I found worldwide around. The hotel has its own distinguished character with a portoguese colonial taste. The room I stayed at, a "Single-type" room, was comfortable, nicely furnished, and spotlessy clean. The bathroom did not have bathtub but it was equipped with a fancy shower with massage jet and other cool features. Hotel common areas were nicely decorated with portoguese-style tiles and fountains. Breakfast, included in the rate, was of good quality and variety. I did not try dinner which is served in the attached portoguese-macanese restaurant located few meters off the hotel facility.

Third, the quality of service. The hotel is run by the the local Institute for Tourism Studies; all members of the staff are students with a customer-oriented attitude definetely above the average. I was never disappointed after asking assistance or advice. The hotel also provides free Internet access, not standard at this latitude, considering I paid about US$4 per 15 minutes in Hong Kong in the same period. Cost of international calls was also reasonable, whereas I often found it offensive in similar hotels.

Last, pricing. The rates I paid was reasonable and remarkably cheaper than other options I had considered in the same category of service.

In summary, the Posada de Mong-Ha provided me with a very comfortable, enjoyable and convenient accomodation in Macau. I would definetely consider returning to this hotel and I definetely recommend this hotel to other travellers.

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11/26/2005
5

We stayed here for two nights in an ordinary double room. The room was huge and comfortable, spotlessly clean, with an amazing multi-jet shower. The hotel staff (all trainees) were faultless - polite, friendly and endlessly obliging. On the evening that we had booked a table for dinner at the Institute's restaurant it started to rain just as we were about to leave. The receptionist insisted on escorting us through the labyrinthine building so we could get there without getting wet.

Dinner at the "Educational" restaurant was a very pleasant experience; the menu was ambitious and somewhat over-complicated, but the food was prepared perfectly. They even make their own bread, and it was a wonderful antidote to the dreadful bread in Hong Kong. The service was immaculate and very friendly.

Breakfast at the hotel was very good indeed, particularly the pastries & croissants, and at dusk

we particularly enjoyed having drinks on the hotel balcony under enormous fans.

As an antidote to the increasing noise & squalor of central Macau the Pousada de Mong-Ha is unbeatable. It's not actually very far from the centre of town - we walked to the Leal Senado in about 10 minutes, and the taxi fare back again was around 25 patacas. It is quiet, relaxed, clean and surprisingly cheap.

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11/17/2005
5

My husband and I stayed here for three nights whilst visiting Macau. It is beautifully built in the Portugese style with tiles and fountains. Large rooms with balcony and great bathroom. Breakfast is included in the room price and what a magnificent spread it is. The espresso coffee machine makes divine coffee often hard to find in Asia. Free internet was very useful. The staff were very friendly and helpful. Definitely recommend to anyone visiting Macau

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02/05/2005
5

The Pousada de Mong Ha is a real oasis of cleanliness, professional hospitality, and presents beautiful characteristics of Chinese and Portugese style without the high-rise modernism of other hotels.

The personalised attention we got by being in a 23 room hotel staffed by tourism trainees was extremely pleasant. The style and furnishings of the hotel reflects an aura of a unique era of true hospitality and the surroundings of the hotel, including the restaurant are tastefully and carefully manicured and well presented. Well done the Institute for Tourism.

The Four Hour minibus tour of Macau from the Ferry Terminal run by Greyline is a pleasant way of seeing the highlights of the city and is excellently researched and presented in Cantonese, Mandarin and English.

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