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Hotels.com Hotel Price Index™ 2015
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Average hotel room prices paid per night by U.S. travelers by star rating during 2015 in 30 popular destinations

Looking for a budget weekend away, just for a change, or a luxury break for that special occasion? Then check out the price by star rating information shown here to see how to stretch your budget that little bit further. For instance, if value is more important than location, 5-star accommodation in many destinations off the beaten track can be booked for the same amount as lower star categories in more familiar locations. Fancy an upgrade? Moving up a star rating may not cost as much as you think. And alternatively, going down a star could save quite a bit in some cases, especially if the amenities provided by that extra star are not vital to your stay. 

Panama City, Panama

Go for glitz and glamour

The impressive sum of $551 separated the highest and lowest average prices paid for a single night in 5-star hotels around the world in the most popular cities for U.S. travelers. The Mexican resort area of Riviera Maya topped the list at $728 a night, followed some way behind by Kyoto in Japan at $593 and Honolulu as the highest placed U.S. destination at $537.

However, top-of-the-range luxury can be enjoyed for far less. The lowest 5-star averages were recorded in Panama City for $177, with Bangkok at $178 and Istanbul just ahead at $179. So it was possible to stay four nights in a 5-star hotel in the Panamanian capital compared with one in Riviera Maya. Several U.S. destinations were also very good value with San Antonio at $228, Las Vegas at $247 and Atlanta at $265.

There were 19 domestic and international cities with 4-star averages of less than $150 a night in 2015. Bangkok registered the best 4-star average of $93, the only two-digit figure in this section, with Istanbul at $110 and Panama City at $119. Las Vegas won the accolades for the U.S. in this group with a figure of $134 a night. But how about an upgrade in San Antonio, which had the smallest difference between its 4-star and 5-star averages of just $18 a night.


Top 10 highest averages paid by U.S. travelers per night for 5-star hotels in 2015
City Country 2015 Price
Riviera Maya Mexico $728
Kyoto Japan $593
Honolulu, HI U.S.A. $537
Los Angeles, CA U.S.A. $533
Punta Cana Dominican Republic $506
Tokyo Japan $497
Chicago, IL U.S.A. $479
Cancun Mexico $478
Boston, MA U.S.A. $472
New York, NY U.S.A. $463
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Top 10 destinations with the best-value 5-star hotels per night for U.S. travelers in 2015
City Country 2015 Price
Panama City Panama $177
Bangkok Thailand $178
Istanbul Turkey $179
Berlin Germany $189
Athens Greece $201
Frankfurt Germany $205
Beijing China $211
Phuket Thailand $224
San Antonio, TX U.S.A. $228
Melbourne Australia $234
Los Angeles, California

Choose the middle ground

Four Asian destinations had the lowest 3-star rates, ranging from Bangkok at $46 to Beijing at $76, and overall 16 cities had averages under $100 a night.

The best value U.S. city was part of this group as Las Vegas recorded an average of $91 but, at the other end of the scale, Boston was $203 per night at this level.

Tapu Island, Phuket, Thailand

For travellers on a budget

Great value 2-star price averages were recorded in Indonesia’s Bali at $26, followed by two Thai favorites, Bangkok at $27 and Phuket at $29. For an inexpensive trip in Latin America, Buenos Aires reported the best 2-star rate of $26 while, in Europe, Istanbul earned this distinction at $49. In the U.S.A., Orlando took the title with $77 a night.

Average hotel room prices per night paid by U.S. travelers by star rating in selected cities in 2015
City Country ** *** **** *****
Bali Indonesia $26 $52 $123 $298
Bangkok Thailand $27 $46 $93 $178
Boston, MA U.S.A. $144 $203 $303 $472
Buenos Aires Argentina $36 $94 $146 $355
Honolulu, HI U.S.A. $143 $194 $293 $537
Istanbul Turkey $49 $84 $110 $179
Kyoto Japan $81 $149 $236 $593
Las Vegas, NV U.S.A. $80 $91 $134 $247
London United Kingdom $121 $172 $250 $436
New York, NY U.S.A. $162 $234 $283 $463
Orlando, FL U.S.A. $77 $119 $192 $294
Panama City Panama $42 $82 $119 $177
Paris France $118 $164 $236 $434
Phuket Thailand $29 $52 $125 $224
Riviera Maya Mexico $89 $186 $350 $728
San Antonio, TX U.S.A. $94 $138 $210 $228

Hotel star ratings explained

There is no universal star rating system. Each country has its own and, in some cases such as the UK, more than one. This means that travelers should be aware of a possible disparity of standards and facilities when booking rooms with the same star ratings in different countries.

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