Macau | Cotai hotel rooms and ‘serviced apartments’ on offer on Airbnb

Macau (MNA) – Several hotel rooms and serviced apartments are listed on Airbnb, an online platform for home rentals, despite government opposition to the platform’s operating procedures.

Apart from the standard expectation of Airbnb offering either a room in someone’s home, or an entire apartment, the listings for Macau also show a plethora of hotel rooms on offer from integrated resorts on the Cotai Strip.

These range from a room at the MGM Cotai costing HKD2,221 (US$274), to a ‘serviced apartment’ at the Venetian Macao amounting to HKD3,658 and only available for Chinese speaking guests.

Many of the Cotai hotel room listings on Airbnb appear to be on offer by someone who is able to get a discount at the hotel itself and merely advertises this service on the online platform.

On the Macau Peninsula, there are listings shown for serviced apartments at L’Arc, for a total of HKD784 per night with photos clearly showing rooms with views to Wynn Macau that are only available from the property.

Another listing provided a ‘cozy apartment’ at the Lake View near Nam Vam Lake and Praca Ferreira de Amaral for about MOP657, boasting it as one of the few places in the area that has a hot tub.

Earlier this month, a report exposed a case of hotel guests at Sheraton Grand Macao Hotel in Cotai renting their room out to third parties, to which the Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO) informed MNA that the case was not considered to be an illegal accommodation service, but rather a a breach of the Macau Commercial Code.

Over the weekend, a publication by the University of Macau (UM) Student Association, the Orange Post, reported that the institution had ordered the expulsion of a master’s student for illegally renting out a university residence room on Airbnb.

The Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture Alexis Tam on Monday expressed shock that a UM dorm room could have been rented out and stated that an investigation was underway.