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 accommodations in many destinations off the beaten track can be booked for the same amount as lower star categories in more familiar locations. Want 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 traveler tip: look for hotels with guest ratings much higher than their star ratings for superb value.
Lowest average 5-star accommodation for U.S. travelers: Istanbul at $124 per night
Highest average 5-star accommodation for U.S. travelers: Reykjavik at $572 per night
Living the luxury life
- The sum of $448 separated the highest and lowest averages paid for a single night in 5-star hotels across the world’s most popular cities for U.S. travelers. Reykjavik topped the list at $572 a night. U.S. cities occupied five places in the top 10 highest 5-star prices paid, with Anaheim, Charlotte and Honolulu near the top.
- The lowest 5-star averages were recorded in Istanbul, Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh City. For the price of just one night in Reykjavik, U.S. travelers could have enjoyed four nights in a 5-star hotel in the Thai or Turkish capital. The lowest U.S. 5-star rate was recorded in Las Vegas at $232.
Value and choice in 4-stars
- There were 33 destinations with 4-star averages of less than $150 a night, with Istanbul, Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh City all forming the lowest three once again.
- Five U.S. cities including Albuquerque, Oklahoma City and Jacksonville were also part of this group.
- Twelve of the 15 lowest 3-star averages were seen in Asia and Latin America, all offering average prices of under $80 a night. They included Bogota, Bali, Buenos Aires and Seoul. Las Vegas was only $10 a night more at this level but Boston was almost three times higher.
- There were plenty of examples of great 2-star value options, with averages below $50 easily found around the world from Latin America to Asia and Australia. There were even a few surprises in this category, since Cancun, Tokyo and Hong Kong, traditionally very highly-priced destinations, crept onto the list.
- For an inexpensive break in Europe, Istanbul had the lowest average in the region, while Albuquerque earned this accolade in the U.S.