Where could I go for $150 or less per night?
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Aussies looking for a 5-star stay for $150 or less would have found 3 choices in their most popular destinations: Bangkok, Brisbane and Christchurch.
If they decided they could deal with dropping to 4-star, then the options opened dramatically with 32 destinations. These were mainly in Asia – 25 of them to be precise, including Bali, Beijing and Bangkok. Australian cities included Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns and Perth while Latin American choices were Buenos Aires and Santiago. Nadi in Fiji and Istanbul in Turkey were also on this list.
There were 29 choices for 3-star accommodation at this budget across Europe, Asia, Australasia and the USA. Choices included Melbourne and Sydney for domestic travellers, as well as neighboring Auckland and Wellington. Hong Kong, Tokyo and Singapore represented Asia, with Las Vegas and Orlando for the U.S. In Europe, Aussie travellers could have gone to Berlin, Budapest and Madrid, and Cape Town, Dubai and Port Vila completed this category.
The city of Queenstown was joined in the 2-star group by big North American hitters like Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, Vancouver and Toronto, as well as household European names like Amsterdam, London and Zurich.
The budget of $150 or less only averaged 1-star accommodation in Europe with Florence, Paris and Rome, and the USA with Boston, New York and San Francisco.
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.
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