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Hotel rates skyrocketed.  It was days before the New Year celebration and visitors mostly from mainland China and a few from other countries like us flocked Macau. The challenge to locate accommodations near the city center and the convenience of free shuttle buses began.

My entire family will be spending the New Year’s eve in Hongkong but we decided to enter Macau first from Manila.  Browsing upon the list of hotels and sorting the cheapest one at that, we were lead to a street named after my maternal grandfathers’ surname.  All along I thought we have Spanish lineage, I was surprised I am of Portuguese descent (hahaha).  And so we checked in for three nights at Riviera Hotel Macau situated at Rua Do Comendador.

Riviera Hotel Macau is nestled on the Penha Hill with a breathtaking panoramic view of the Praia Grande Bay, the Macau-Taipa Bridge and the famed Macau Tower.  It is further accessible to the city center and that the hotel offers free shuttle ride to and from the city center and the Macau Ferry Terminal.

This 5-star hotel has 125 guest rooms and 6 suites.  Since I together with my parents and youngest sister arrived early before my other siblings, we checked in first in one of the guest rooms.  (click to check rates).

The hotel has almost all the basic amenities and room facilities that every traveler demands.  The stay comes with a complimentary breakfast as well.  Since going around Macau entails a lot of walking, sleep becomes a luxury and an important part of rejuvenating.  I am glad Riviera Hotel Macau can give you that comfort.  It was a home indeed.

The reception area is quite spacious as well with interior decors set at a minimal.  Vending machines are in store for those who wanted a cup of noodles and other drinks.  As expected from an international hotel, the staff can communicate well in English and of course, there are Filipinos which makes the delivery of requests manageable.  There is also a corner where information is provided of where to go and what to expect in Macau, complete with all the directions and addresses.  It is not a map or a brochure but comes handy in the form of a card (size of a typical calling card).

The hotel provides free shuttle rides to the Macau Ferry Terminal with stops at its member hotels.  Routes are as follows:  Riviera Hotel Macau – Metropole Hotel – Emperor Hotel – Hongkong-Macau Ferry Terminal – Emperor Hotel – Hotel Beverly Plaza – Metropole Hotel – Riviera Hotel Macau.  The Metropole Hotel was our usual stopover, being accessible to tourist destinations like the Senado Square and the Ruins of St. Paul, and served as our dining place as well, with a Filipino head waiter ready to serve us.

my favorite dish at Metropole Hotel
Schedule for free shuttle bus ride:

From Hotel Riviera                    

9:00 10:00 11:00 12:00 12:30 13:00 13:30        
14:00 14:30 15:00 15:30 16:00 16:30             
17:00 17:30 18:00 19:00 20:00 21:00             

From Ferry Terminal

9:30 10:30 11:30 12:30 13:00 13:30
14:00 14:30 15:00 15:30 16:00 16:30
17:00 17:30 18:00 19:00 20:30 21:30

Riviera Hotel Macau did not only serve as our transient abode in Macau but it has greatly facilitated our exploration of Macau at the least cost possible, quite a big savings for transportation cost.

Spending the last days of the year 2014 with the entire family has always been an annual tradition and we’re glad to have stayed at Riviera Hotel, made even more special as it is situated in a street named after a namesake relative.

Rua Comendador do Kou Ho Neng, No. 7-13, Macau, Macau P.O. Box 1323
Contact Person: 
Mr. Patrick Ma, General Manager
Tax Info: 
All rates subject to 10% service charge and 5% tourism tax.  Subject to change without prior notice.
Note:  All major credit cards accepted.

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