Before the recent casino boom Macau was known for its unique Portuguese colonial influences, and most of that remains even though it’s overshadowed by huge hotels. It’s still easy enough to stay in one of those older sections and keep your budget under control.
Casino hotels in Macau can be pricey, especially on weekends, but budget accommodation does exist as well. Food from traditional stand-alone restaurants and street stalls can be quite cheap, while restaurants in the fancy hotels is anything but.
Macau hotels generally have two seasons, with the high season running from November through April and the low season running from May through October. Hotel prices on weekends tend to be higher as well, since this is a major destination for people from Hong Kong. Prices at lower-end places don’t change much through the year, but at fancier places great bargains can be had midweek and off-season.