Stay at the most affordable five-star hotels in the world
Who doesn’t like a little luxury now and then? And when it comes to those treasured vacations or tiring work trips, it’s often worth spending the extra cash to go five-star and ensure your trip is as luxurious, relaxing and revitalizing as possible.
But five star luxury usually means five star price. And while there are some very expensive hotels and resorts available for those with more than enough cash to spend, there are also plenty of fantastic luxury hotels in the world that don’t cost the earth. Handily, financial information center Top dollar did the research for you and created maps of the cheapest five-star hotels in the world.
Before requesting the credit card to begin the reservation, there are a few caveats to consider. First, prices change, often rapidly. The prices you will see on these maps are representative of a single night booked in July 2021 for two people, with price updates for July 2022 included in the descriptions below for some hotels. But every hotel here is representative of what you can get for your money – that rare thing, a five-star bargain.
Second, it is important to know that there is no worldwide standard for what makes a hotel five stars. Regions across Europe are trying to standardize this star rating internationally, but at the moment it’s not much more than a pipe dream – many even self-assign their ratings (some being bold enough to go up to seven stars!). This is where viewer rating sites like Tripadvisor are invaluable in qualifying hotels’ own luxury claims.
As such, for the purposes of this overall review, you can expect these hotels to have the room sizes, facilities, and amenities that you would largely expect from five-star accommodation.
The least expensive five-star option in North America is the Hotel 1970 Posada Guadalajara in Mexico, which starts at $79 a night (Update: available July 2022 for just $51 a night) and blends classic Mexican with contemporary design for sleek effect. Hilton bought the building in 2018 and completed a $6.5 million renovation as part of its Curio Collection adding a presidential suite, business lounge, rooftop bar, foyer and headboards. bespoke bed made by local craftsmen.
The cheapest option in the US is the ADERO Scottsdale, part of the Autograph Collection, is set in a dark sky protected community in the Sonoran Desert in Phoenix, Arizona. In addition to the gorgeous design that has seen it appear on many hot hotel lists over the past year, its location offers far more than five stars to take advantage of its on-site stargazing facilities. The price for a single room for two in July 2022 has dropped from last year to a very reasonable $178 per night.
Direction Colombia and the NH Collection Bogota WTC Royal, and you’ll be staying in one of the cheapest five-star hotels in the world for just $42 a night (although in July 2022 that amount has risen to $73). Next to the Bogotá World Trade Center, its rooms are soundproofed for guaranteed calm, but it is also close to the gardens, cafes and galleries of the Parque 93 district if you feel like some action.
The NH Collection also offers what may be the most expensive of the hotels listed as the cheapest in its country, but when the NH Collection Plaza Santiago in Chile costs just $125 a night (up to $110 a night in July 2022) and offers stunning views of the Andes, every penny is money well spent.
Mainly concentrated in central and eastern Europe, there are a surprising number of five-star hotels under $100 a night. Among them, the fantastic Hotel Corinthia in Prague with a price of $98 a night in July 2022. A modern glass tower with a lush and lavish interior, it also offers a large spa with swimming pool offering breathtaking views of “the city of a hundred spires”.
Head to the UK and Oddfellows on the park in Cheadle, Manchester to get an excellent five star deal. A Victorian mansion set on beautiful 100-acre Bruntwood Park, it combines traditional charm with modern amenities and a healthy dose of English eccentricity. Rooms in July 2022 start from £110 (around $135). Bargain.
Asia & Oceania
Asia brings with it the promise of frankly ridiculous prices for the promise of a five-star stay. India and Indonesia in particular are bank-friendly hotspots – especially the fantastic Javanese Royal Surakarta Heritage Collection Solo McGallery Hotel Accor available in July 2022 for an incredible price of $32 per night.
Australia is not closed to a five-star deal either. Although there are cheaper ones, few can match Sydney’s quality and location. Meriton Suites Chatswood, the tallest hotel in the area which offers stunning views of the northern part of the city. A bargain at $165 a night in July.
Africa offers a huge range of five-star prices, but few if any are cheaper than Egypt Steigenberger Resort Achti in Luxor at just $37 a night in July. Located on the east bank of the Nile, it sits in a 1.2 hectare tropical garden and has its own marina.
Head to incredible Morocco and follow in the footsteps of Jimi Hendrix, the Rolling Stones, Jefferson Airplane and the great and good rock and rolls to the hippie town of Essaouira where you can stay in a stylishly renovated house. classic. Palace of the Ramparts. Built into the ramparts of the old medina, rooms in July cost $53 a night in July. Madness!
You can see the methodology behind the original research here.