5 luxury hotels that are worth it

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Not all five-star hotels are worth the high advertised price tag, but some offer a truly unique luxury experience that’s well worth paying the extra. Whether you’re looking for fine dining, stunning views, world-class spas, or sprawling suites, you can find your dream vacation if you choose the right location.

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GOBankingRates spoke to travel experts to pick some of the luxury hotels around the world that are worth it.

The Wynn, Las Vegas

  • Average cost per night: $316

“What makes a stay at Wynn Las Vegas worth every penny is the unbeatable combination of a large, well-appointed bedroom, fine linens and toiletries, a spacious and luxurious bathroom in marble, fine service and a beautiful setting,” said travel journalist and Las Vegas expert David Yeskel, aka The Vegas Guru. “Overall, this is an unbeatable luxury value proposition – in Las Vegas or any other resort destination.”

It’s a particularly good choice for foodies, as it’s home to the Michelin-starred restaurant Wing Lei.

“I’ve dined here several times over the years, and each time I’ve found the combination of atmosphere, service, and cuisine to be a unique splurge that I would highly recommend,” Yeskel said.

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The Langham, London

  • Average cost per night: $604

“I recommend The Langham in London for the ultimate luxury in the heart of England’s capital,” said Jessie Moore, photographer and founder of the luxury travel blog. Pocket wanderings. “This is an iconic hotel with a selection of luxury rooms and suites, plus a lavish spa including a swimming pool housed in a former bank vault.”

Several dining options are available on-site, including the Palm Court Restaurant and a private restaurant at Le Roux.

“A stay at The Langham wouldn’t be complete without indulging in the world-famous afternoon tea,” Moore added. “Make your way through delicious sandwiches, scones and sweets, while a pianist plays the grand piano. With its exceptional facilities and world-class hospitality, The Langham is the epitome of five-star luxury and worth every penny for a truly unforgettable stay.

Blue Lagoon Retreat Hotel & Spa, Norourljosavegur, Iceland

  • Average cost per night: From $1,349, according to The Retreat Hotel website

“While Iceland’s scenic landscapes are quite spectacular, staying at the five-star Blue Lagoon Retreat will take your vacation to another level,” said Astrid Thornton, Founder of Look for Scandinavia, a site dedicated to the Nordic region. “Your room will either overlook the lagoon or the lava fields – neither are views I’ve heard of at other five star hotels and really show why it’s worth it . Another cool feature is that you can request to be woken up if the Northern Lights appear after you’ve fallen asleep. Since each room has floor-to-ceiling windows to help you take in the views day or night, you can take in the wonder of the Northern Lights right from your hotel room.

The hotel is located next to the famous Blue Lagoon, giving you easy access to the natural spa.

“With saunas, massages, yoga and more, all taking advantage of the minerals naturally present in the lagoon water – giving it the milky clear blue color it is known for – the hotel is at the both ultra-luxurious and incredibly relaxing,” said Thornton. “Although it’s not cheap (not much in Iceland), it’s an amazing experience well worth the price if you can afford it.”

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Canada

  • Average cost per night: $819

“The Fairmont Chateau is located near Banff in the Canadian Rockies, and the view and access to Lake Louise, which is one of the most magnificent places in all of Canada, is alone worth the price of the hotel “said Samantha Hamilton, creator. and writer for the travel blog New England Wanderlust. “It is also the only hotel located on the edge of the lake, which makes it an exclusive experience for hotel guests.”

Hamilton said to expect a “fairytale experience” no matter what time of year you travel.

“Spring, summer and fall, you’ll have access to the scenic turquoise lake and rowboats for a memorable ride with the most stunning mountain scenery,” she said. “During the colder months the hotel transforms into a winter wonderland with an ice rink and cross-country ski trails on the lake, plus an ice bar with great cocktails outside. The restaurants on site are all amazing, especially the Walliser Stube, and the staff go out of their way to provide attentive and welcoming service. This is one of the best hotel experiences I have had in all my years of travel.”

Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus, Istanbul, Turkey

  • Average cost per night: $1,096

“Colorful Istanbul is a wonderful walking city, but in my opinion the most magical way to experience it is along the Bosphorus,” said Andres Zuleta, founder of Shop Explorer, a bespoke travel planning company. “As you would expect of any Four Seasons property, the rooms are spacious and well-appointed, and the staff are friendly and helpful. The star of this property is the huge open-air terrace overlooking the scenic Bosphorus. If you’re anything like me, you’ll end up spending all your free time here, starting with a morning coffee admiring the waters, followed by a spectacular breakfast – the Sunday brunch here is legendary. In the afternoon, it’s the perfect place to enjoy cold drinks by the water, and at night, the terrace becomes a lively meeting place for guests and locals. Even travelers who don’t typically stay at Four Seasons hotels will find this luxury hotel in Istanbul a worthwhile splurge.

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Average costs per night are from Google Hotels, unless otherwise stated, and are accurate as of May 24, 2022.

About the Author

Gabrielle joined GOBankingRates in 2017 and brings with her a decade of experience in the journalism industry. Prior to joining the team, she was a staff writer-reporter for People Magazine and People.com. His work has also appeared on E! Online, Us Weekly, Patch, Sweety High, and Discover Los Angeles, and she’s been featured on “Good Morning America” ​​as a celebrity news expert.

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