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 a little bit further. For instance, if value is more important than location, 5-star accommodations in many destinations off the beaten path 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.
An impressive $473 was the difference between the highest and lowest average price paid by U.S. travelers in 2017 for just 1 night in a 5-star property in a popular destination.
Luxury-seekers found a 5-star stay in Anaheim was the highest 5-star average price among popular destinations, followed by Reykjavik and Cancun. The best value 5-star stay for U.S. travelers in 2017 was Istanbul, where one could stay 4 nights for the same price as 1 in Anaheim.
The lowest priced 4-star destinations were an exact copy of the 5-star chart as Istanbul, Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh City kept their order in the Top 3. Overall there were 28 destinations where U.S. travelers could find 4-star accommodations for $150 or less per night. Savvy travelers would have found some places – such as Myrtle Beach – where they could upgrade to a 5-star stay for just $10.
U.S. travelers found the best 3-star value in Asia and Latin America; specifically, Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Phuket with the lowest averages, while Bogota, Buenos Aires and Panama City were the best on the other side of the world. U.S. destinations could not compete with those prices, but Las Vegas was the closest at more than double the lowest prices paid for 3-star accommodations around the world.
No surprises that great 2-star value was recorded primarily in Asia where there were 9 averages below $40 a night. Bogota’s average was $23 a night and, in the U.S., Oklahoma City crept in at just $56 a night.