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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.