Want to stay in luxury hotels around the world without blowing your whole vacation budget? It's entirely possible -- depending on where you go and how discerning you are in choosing accommodations. To find affordable 4- and 5-star hotels, Cheapism.com consulted Five Star Alliance for hotel ratings and travel sites such as Kayak, Booking.com, and TripAdvisor for price estimates for two adults traveling July through September (all prices converted to U.S. dollars). These 12 lavish hotels in Europe, Asia, and elsewhere start at less than $100 a night.
12 World-Class Hotels Under $100 a Night
The 4-star Radisson Blu is close to both Lisbon's city center and the airport, and offers free Internet, concierge services, and a fully equipped fitness center. Rooms start at $81 a night. This hotel garners mostly top ratings at TripAdvisor, with guests raving in particular about the lavish breakfast spreads. Lisbon is one of the cheaper European capitals, with much to do on a low budget.
Considered by some to be the nicest hotel in Vietnam, the Daewoo treats guests to amenities such as huge swimming pools and fitness areas, a lovely garden, and an impressive art collection. Yet overnight rates start at just $80. Also on the premises are four different fine-dining restaurants, which offer a range of cuisines. Located in the affordable capital city of Hanoi, this 5-star hotel is one of the best options for visiting Southeast Asia in (relatively) cheap luxury.
Would you expect views of the Pyramids of Giza, a short walk to the Great Sphinx, gardens amid the desert sand, and an indulgent spa for as little as $65 a night? These are just a handful of the perks available to guests at the extremely affordable Le Méridien in Cairo. The 5-star hotel is also a short drive from the city center, traditional markets, and other historic sites.
Kayak named the Polish capital the least expensive city in Europe for 5-star accommodations, based on prices in August 2014. With rooms going for $84 a night, the Westin Warsaw is one of the cheapest luxury options in the city and won a TripAdvisor 2015 Travelers' Choice award for Poland. Guests appreciate the air-conditioned rooms and extol the comfort of the plush Westin Heavenly Bed. The downtown location is central and convenient to Warsaw landmarks and public transportation.
The Sokha resort boasts a prime location near the famed Angkor Wat temple complex, the most visited site in the Cambodia, and just a 10-minute drive from the airport. The website Price of Travel, which maintains a worldwide database of travel costs in more than 100 cities, has listed Siem Reap among the top five locations for cheap 5-star travel. Rooms start at $76 a night, and the resort features fine dining, spa facilities, and nearby markets for handcrafted goods.
The 4-star Barceló San José Palacio is conveniently located in Costa Rica's capital city and its convention center hosts some of the country's highest-profile events. The hotel features a spa and a casino; reviewers rank it favorably on TripAdvisor for services and ambiance. For rates starting at $75 a night, guests find themselves in the heart of a bustling city but not far from national parks and wildlife preserves.
The Hotel Palace offers 5-star accommodations starting at $98 a night near public transportation, tourist attractions, and historic sites in the center of Berlin. The hotel provides childcare, a Michelin-star restaurant, spa and gym, free Wi-Fi, and an Internet café. Hundreds of overwhelmingly positive reviews at TripAdvisor and Booking.com enthuse about the hotel's location and facilities.
This elegant 4-star hotel in downtown Buenos Aires, near major points of interest, charges less than $65 a night. Amenities include a fine-dining restaurant with Tudor-style decor and an outdoor spa area where guests can avail themselves of childcare and a bar-cafe. U.S. News and World Report ranks Buenos Aires third among the best cheap vacation spots in South America, and the city is celebrated for its unique blend of Latin and European heritage.
The historic city of Izmir in Anatolia, Turkey, is home to the award-winning Mövenpick Hotel which holds dual attraction: It's right in the city center, near a bustling shopping district, and close to many ancient sites, including the ruins of Ephesus. The resort itself contains a full health club and a fine-dining restaurant; it's located on a bay and near an international airport. Many rooms start at less than $90 a night, with free cancellation.
Bangkok holds the No. 3 spot in Price of Travel's list of cheapest worldwide destinations for 5-star hotels. The Chatrium Bangkok, where rates start at $55 a night, sits smack in the city's business center and offers amenities such as oasis-like spas, a fitness center, and a freeform lagoon-style swimming pool. The rooms offer impressive cityscapes and views of the hotel's lush, well-maintained gardens. Known for its business accommodations, the Chatrium Residence Sathon is also ranked by Five Star Alliance as one of the top child-friendly hotels in the city.
The Pullman hotel lies in the middle of a major financial district and caters to international business travelers in particular. Room rates start at $75 a night, and guests enjoy a cigar bar, ample fitness options, an indoor heated pool, a children's pool, and Cantonese-style fine dining. Most Expedia reviews recommend the Pullman highly, and single out the staff for praise. Within reach of Milu Park, the hotel is about an hour away from attractions such as Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and the Great Wall of China.
This 5-star resort lies minutes from the colonial part of the country's capital and the historic Panama Canal. High-end amenities include boating excursions, beaches, and a renowned 18-hole golf course, all at a starting rate of $99 a night. The resort also offers opportunities for ecological tourism. On the InterContinental website, guests rank the hotel especially high for room quality and cleanliness. The staff is welcoming, reviewers say, and the Panama weather ideal.