Five-star luxury hotels have seen huge price cuts around the world
Skyscanner has given its advice on how you can save more and spend less on your next trip.
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1) Try another destination: To get more for your money, try a less fashionable destination. As in any business, the price of a five-star hotel room follows the laws of supply and demand, so if you choose Montenegro instead of the French Riviera, or Trieste instead of Venice, you’ll probably get a better deal.
2) Traveling out of season: Sometimes you can get five star pampering for half the price if you go ‘off season’. The destination will also be less crowded and more relaxed. Take, for example, Switzerland in summer. Okay, you might not be able to ski, but you can mountain bike, hike, picnic by a waterfall, and relax in stellar spas. The price differences speak for themselves.
3) Eating out: Skip the hotel restaurant (and room service) and you’ll make the final bill more manageable. Instead, research the hotel area before you arrive and make a list of more affordable restaurants and cafes, especially those that are popular with locals.
4) Make the most of the freebies: Five-star hotels aren’t just for sleeping. You want to soak up as much of the atmosphere, service, and facilities as possible, without spending more, and one of the surest ways to do that is by heading to the spa. There is no need to book an expensive treatment, just walk around in your hotel slippers and enjoy a swim or a spell in the hammam.
5) Pivot to another type of hotel: If you’re looking for ultra-chic design details, you don’t need to go to a five-star hotel. Chains such as Sister City, Mama Shelter and Roam offer excellent accommodation full of inspiring touches, especially in their lively public spaces.
It’s also worth bearing in mind that some five-star hotels have smaller satellite hotels nearby at more affordable prices. Finally, don’t discount luxury B&Bs, especially if it’s the quality of the room that matters most.
6) Scan the internet for “soft openings”: When hotels first open their doors, they often have a few creases to iron out. The pool may not be ready, the hotel may not have its liquor license, or the service may be a bit iffy while new staff learn the ropes.
The benefit of this is much lower room rates – but only for a limited time. Big chains like Anantara, Hilton and Alila Hotels & Resorts are always opening new hotels, so be sure to sign up to their mailing lists for special offers.