18 destinations where a 5-star stay costs less than $200 per night
Yes, you can afford to splurge.
Booking engine hotels.com released its Hotel Pricing Index Report 2016, revealing the top destinations where Australians indulged the cheapest five-star stays last year.
In total, there were 18 cities where the average five-star stay booked was less than $200 per night. Many of Australia's Southeast Asian neighbours including Siem Reap, Manila and Hanoi, made the list, but surprisingly there were quite a few Australian entrants, including Canberra, Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth.
Not surprisingly, Sydney didn't come up as a bargain luxury destination with the average price paid per night coming in at $257. If you want to keep costs down when visiting Australia's largest city, dropping down to four-stars will see you pay an average $182 per night instead. Food for thought.
The lowest five-star accommodation overall was in Siem Reap in Cambodia, with Aussies paying an average $140 per night. This was followed by nearby cities Kuala Lumpur and Pattaya.
Istanbul came in at fourth cheapest, given significant decreases (-30%) in hotel prices. Hotels.com attributes this to the terrorist attacks of 2016.
TripAdvisor's latest Hotel Pricing Index, revealed countries with the greatest falls in hotel prices since the previous year. Similarly, the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia and Thailand were selected as bargain stays.
Here's the full list of five-star stays under $200 from hotels.com
|City||Country||Average price per night|
|Ho Chi Minh City||Vietnam||$194|
Conversely, some of the most expensive five-star stays Aussies enjoyed in last year were in the USA with the average price paid for accommodation in Anaheim last year a whopping $870 per night. That's enough to spend almost a week in Siem Reap.
This was closely followed by Mykonos ($622 per night) and Cancun ($598 per night).
Want to pay under that $200 mark?
The secret is in dropping your star rating - even just a smidgen can save you big bucks. Here's a snapshot of how much you could save per night if you do.
|City||5-star average||4-star average||3-star average||2-star average|
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