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.
UK travellers could have stayed nearly 6 nights in the lowest priced 5-star destination for the same cost as 1 night in the highest – that’s how big the difference on this spectrum was in 2017. Disneyland Paris was the highest price at £484 a night on average, while just across the English Channel, London was much better value at £214. Those looking to get even better value for their 5-star stay would have found Siem Reap as the lowest price at £84 a night. Clever UK travellers to Bournemouth could have had a 5-star night for £94 – cheaper than some 4-star accommodation.
Speaking of 4-star accommodation, of the 40 destinations with averages of £100 a night or less Pattaya, Siem Reap and Hanoi took the top 3 lowest price spots while Newcastle, at £91 was the best value in the UK.
Taking a look at 3-star accommodation, it was Asia yet again that proved the best value – 8 of the destinations there averaged less than £30 a night. Newcastle-Upon-Tyne was again the best value in the UK for 3-star accommodation, but at £63 it was over twice as much as Siem Reap and Pattaya.
And it comes as no surprise that Asian destinations came in as the best value for 2-star accommodation with 11 destinations below £20. Krakow was the only European destination to get near that and Orlando was more than twice this amount.