What’s a star worth?
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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.
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.
|Los Angeles, CA||U.S.A.||$533|
|Punta Cana||Dominican Republic||$506|
|New York, NY||U.S.A.||$463|
|San Antonio, TX||U.S.A.||$228|
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.
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.
|Las Vegas, NV||U.S.A.||$80||$91||$134||$247|
|New York, NY||U.S.A.||$162||$234||$283||$463|
|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.
Checking out guests reviews is another way of judging the standard of a hotel. Hotels.com has more than 20 million verified guest reviews from people who have actually stayed in the hotels and their opinions can really help you make up your mind as to whether you have found the perfect spot.