The hotel scene in Macau sometimes lacks charm, dominated as it is by large casino properties and fairly basic local hotels. A new hotel has opened called the Caravel which offers a slightly funkier take on things.
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The Caravel seems to be trying to some fun and design savvy to the local market at a more competitive rate than boutique hotels usually do.
One of the best things about the hotel is its location. It is well located close the old town and some interesting sights and restaurants. So it is a good base from which to walk around and have a lookat more traditional elements of Macau. The hotel is opposite Sofitel Ponte 16 which has free shuttle buses for its own guests.
The room felt a bit more like an apartment in design than a hotel room. It is breezy and contemporary, although with some more traditional elements incorporated, such as the Chinese style sofa and porcelain. There was a lounge, a separate bedroom and a separate bathroom.
The bedroom was tightly proportioned but the bed was comfortable and provided for a good night’s sleep.
The bathroom had a bath although it was dinky in size. The bathroom contains French shampoo, although during my visit this was just two small bottles of shampoo but no conditioner or bath gel. Across the room there was a limited supply of conveniently located power points, but this was especially noticeable in the bathroom.
The hotel provides some amenities in a pretty box, including tea and a sachet of instant coffee. There were also a few pastries from a Macaunese pastelleria, which was a good touch. There is a free minibar, but it contained nothing more than one can of cola and one can of lemonade.
This room had a balcony all the way around it. There was nothing on the balcony such as tables or chairs, but it did afford good views over the neighbourhood.
The Caravel does a good job in helping visitors enjoy Macau. The in-room service book included a variety of suggested sightseeing itineraries. There was also a free to use mobile phone which could be taken out of the hotel and used as a guide around the city, with content loaded specifically for that purpose.
On the first floor the hotel has a dining area with a coffee and hot water machine which is open around the clock, a welcome touch. Breakfast is also complimentary, but it is a simple affair rather than a substantial meal: boiled eggs, bread, yoghurt, juice and hot drinks. The dining area felt closer to a hostel than to a design hotel.
At a competitive price point, the Caravel does a good job of combining fresh design, comfort and convenience for visitors.
Caravel Hotel provided the room during this stay. All content and opinions expressed are true and original to the author.
96-126 RUA DO GUIMARAES