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.
Pro traveller tip: look for hotels with guest ratings much higher than their star ratings for superb value.
Over $680 separated the highest and lowest prices paid by Australians for a 5-star stay at their most popular destinations in 2017. Anaheim in California topped the list with an average price of$791 a night, while Kathu in Thailand was easily the best value at $109 a night. Australian travelers could have spent a week in a 5-star hotel in the Thai beach resort compared to one night in Anaheim.
- Australian cities were good value at this level with averages between $170 and $260, with Brisbane in the list of 10 lowest prices paid.
- Aussies with an eye for a bargain would have seen they could pay less than $30 a night more to upgrade from 4-star to 5-star accommodation in Canberra and Rotorua.
Of the 13 4-star destinations that averaged less than $100 a night, 12 of them were in Asia. Siem Reap was the best value at $134 a night, closely followed by Kuala Lumpur and Siem Reap, with Istanbul the lone representative for Europe here.
Asia and Turkey proved to be best value again for the 3-star range, with 25 destinations below $75 a night. Siem Reap, Da Nang and Kathu were the lowest this time. Australian destinations found it harder to compete at this level, with Cairns the closest almost $60 higher than the lowest 3-star average and Sunshine Coast approaching $100 more.
You won’t be surprised that the best value for 2-star stays was found in Asia, where there were 19 average prices below $30 a night. New Delhi proved to be the best value at just $20. For an inexpensive break in Europe, Aussies headed to Budapest, which had the lowest average not far above this $30 level. In the U.S., Orlando was the best option, although almost $50 over the budget.