The Cheapest Places in the World for a Bit of 5 Star Luxury


If you like a touch of luxury but don’t want to pay through the nose for it where will you go? The good news is that there are some travel destinations which offer great value. If you want a 5 star hotel at a ridiculous price here are some of the top choices.

Phuket, Thailand

In a recent survey this Thai resort was top of the list, a few places ahead of the capital city of Bangkok. Asia is one of the cheapest parts of the world to travel to and budget travelers flock here every year.  According to the research, for as little as $56 you could have a night in a 5 star hotel in Phuket, while Bangkok has offers from under $70. This might be a good point to remind ourselves that there is no international standard applied to the star ratings given to hotels. You would probably find that a 5 star hotel in Thailand for a bargain price doesn’t compare exactly to a 5 star hotel in New York or London. However, if you are going to be in that part of the world and want a comfortable night it has got to be worth a look.

Goa, India

This place brings to mind 2 things for me; hippies and cows on the beach. Thankfully, there is now a third point to add to that short list; cheap 5 star hotels. You could be looking at a room in 5 star luxury from under $70, which can’t be bad. After a good night’s sleep in a quality bed you are sure to wake up feeling refreshed and ready to take some interesting photos of those beasts on the beach (the cows, not the hippies).

Quito, Ecuador

I spent some time in Ecuador a few years back and was amazed at the low prices of the hotels. I never stayed in a 5 star effort in the capital but I remember staying in a lovely place in Riobamba for about $10. Quito is the capital and is packed with travelers. Most of them seem to hang about the interesting area known as La Mariscal. Some of the hostels here are nice but others seem to slip over that fine line between decent and grungy. If you want a better time of it then at just over $90 Quito offers some of the cheapest 5 star nights outside of Asia.

Marrakesh, Morocco

The next place I want to travel to is Morocco. I just love the look of this country and my wife has already worked out all the stuff which she plans to buy (basically, everything which isn’t nailed down). It seems that Marrakesh and Fez both offer bargain nights of luxury, with a 5 night in a 5 star hotel in either city coming in at under $80.

Berlin, Germany

One of the most surprising names I came across is Berlin, in Germany. In Europe there is a standardized star rating system, so you tend to only find good value 5 star hotels in places like Riga and Warsaw in the Eastern side of the continent. However, the German capital scores well here, at about $130 a night.

The US?

Cities with 5 star hotels in the US tend to be near the most expensive end of the list, even though they are commonly regarded as being similar in standard to cheaper European ones. For example, the most expensive in the list was San Francisco, with the cheapest price on offer being over $500 for a night of luxury.

*research based on a weeknight at the end of September booked in advance.

10 Responses to The Cheapest Places in the World for a Bit of 5 Star Luxury

  1. Ok, I don’t know if they even have 5 star hotels, but I stayed on the beautiful Island of Boracay in the Philippines. The entire four day trip with hotel stay, food, airfare (from Manila), private sailboat, and jet ski rental was about $200 per person!

  2. eemusings says:

    Berlin is excellent value for money. Greece is also pretty reasonably priced. Not sure about the top end hotels, but Eastern Europe is pretty affordable and I bet you could find some good deals there.

    • Robert says:

      A few Eastern European countries were on the list, although it seems that your cash doesn’t go quite as far as before over there

  3. I was in Marrakesh Morocco in July – its an amazing place. I think the only time you can get a really cheap deal is during the low season – which is during the summer months when temperatures hit 50 centigrade or 122 Fahrenheit

  4. I thought Germany was an expensive country to visit? Thanks for this helpful tip, I thought Philippines is on your list I think we have lots of 5 star luxury hotel here that are affordable.

  5. Mark Ross says:

    I really thought I’ll see my country here, it’s the Philippines by the way. We have a lot of travel destination that I believe most foreigners would enjoy and we don’t charge that much if you’d like to spend your time here. 🙂

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