Cities for $150 or less
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4 and 3 star deals abound for U.S. travelers
U.S. travelers weren’t exactly spoiled for choice when it came to finding 5-star accommodations at a bargain price. However, Europe and Asia both had a range of popular cities with average prices hovering between $150-200 per night and Austin’s 5-star average fell massively from $533 to $278 with new 4-star inventory creating competition. Even though luxury hotels remained pricey for American travelers in 2016, the 4-star and 3-star categories were much more appealing, with a huge range of domestic, Asian, European and other international cities offering rates under $150 per night.
Star rating category for $150 or less per night:
- In the 5-star category, there were three destinations available for $150 or less: Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City and Istanbul.
- There was a much wider choice at the 4-star level with 30 destinations, including eight U.S. favorites such as Las Vegas, Salt Lake City and Tucson. Europe and Asia each had eight in this category, including many of the regular crowd-pleasers, such as Beijing, Berlin, Madrid, Phuket and Prague. Latin America had four representatives at this level, including Buenos Aires and Mexico City. Dubai and Melbourne completed this group.
- Most U.S. cities were among the 48 destinations in the 3-star category, stretching from Orlando to Portland, Oregon. Canada made its first appearance with Montreal, Niagara Falls, Toronto and Vancouver. Perennial favorites and often thought of as expensive, London and Paris had 3-star averages under $150. Cancun and other Mexican resorts rounded out the list.
- The U.S. tourism industry’s heavy hitters mostly appeared in the 2-star collection, including Boston, Los Angeles, New York and Washington DC. The rest of the category was filled by Copenhagen, Dublin and Reykjavik.
- The sum of $150 or less would only cover the 1-star average in Venice.
Hotel star ratings explained
There is no universal star rating system. Each country has its own and, in some cases such as the U.K., more than one. This means that travelers should be aware of a possible disparity of standards and facilities when booking rooms with the same star ratings in different countries.
Checking out guest 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.