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.
Lowest average 5-star accommodation for UK travellers: Riga at £71 per night
Highest average 5-star accommodation for UK travellers: Disneyland Paris at £436 per night
Living the luxury life
- The impressive sum of £365 separated the highest and lowest averages paid for a single night in 5-star hotels around the world in the most popular cities for UK travellers. Disneyland Paris topped the list at £436 a night, followed by Reykjavik and Los Angeles. London was much better value in this upper bracket at £206 per night.
- The lowest 5-star averages were recorded in Riga, Kuala Lumpur and Istanbul. It was possible to stay six nights in a 5-star hotel in the Latvian capital for the same cost as just one in Disneyland Paris.
Value and choice in 4-stars
- There were 45 destinations with 4-star averages of less than £100 a night with Pattaya, Hanoi and Istanbul making up the lowest three once again.
- Newcastle-upon-Tyne had the lowest average in UK for this category and, surprisingly enough, British hotel guests managed to pay less on average in 2016 to stay at a 5-star property in Bristol than in 4-star accommodation.
- Nine Asian destinations including Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Ho Chi Minh City had the lowest 3-star price averages, all below £30 a night. UK destinations could not compete at this level; Newcastle-upon-Tyne was again the closest but even then its average was still more than double that of the best-priced Asian destinations.
- Great 2-star value was recorded primarily in Asia where averages of below £20 a night were frequently paid. For an inexpensive break in Europe, Moscow also had an average of less than £20. Orlando, with the lowest average in the USA, was almost twice this amount.