Cities for $200 a night or less
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Luxury deals plentiful for Australian travellers
In order to find luxury accommodation at remarkably reasonable prices in 2016, Australian travellers had to look no further than their own back yard as there was a huge range of popular domestic destinations offering fantastic nightly rates at both the 5-star and 4-star levels. Of course, the usual line-up of Asian favourites didn’t disappoint either with Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia and the Philippines all offering top-end hotel luxury at affordable price averages throughout the year.
While Europe and the U.S. had a fair selection of well-priced destinations around the 3-star and 2-star levels, their prices for high-end hotels rocketed up sharply by comparison, making the options closer to home seem all the more appealing.
Star rating category for $200 or less per night:
- In the 5-star category, there were 18 destinations available for $200 or less per night, with Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns, Canberra and Perth all being part of that group. Christchurch and Rotorua represented New Zealand.
- Familiar Australian favourites in Asia included Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Siem Reap.
- Berlin and Istanbul were the only European entries.
- There was a much wider and more varied selection at the 4-star level, with 45 destinations around the world all offering nightly stays for under $200, including five more from Australia and two from New Zealand.
- Asia filled more than half of the overall offering, with Thailand providing five destinations, and Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam three each.
- Athens and Budapest were part of the seven-strong European contingent and the USA made its first appearance with Las Vegas.
- The 3-star ranking was smaller but contained some perennial favourites: Paris, Rome and London from Europe; Cancun from Latin America; Osaka and Tokyo from Asia; and Miami and Orlando from the USA.
- The 2-star set was filled primarily by the USA, ranging east to west across the country, from New York to Los Angeles, with Copenhagen and Santorini in Europe rounding out the list.
- The sum of $200 or less would only cover the 1-star average in Hollywood, Mykonos and Venice.
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 travellers 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 25 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 best fit to have the most rewarding travel experience possible.