Five-star luxury under $ 50 a night
By all accounts, international travel is about to start to explode, after a year and a half of containments and border closures induced by the pandemic. But for many travelers, budgets are tight and all those bucket list trips they’ve dreamed of feel more inaccessible than ever. So, a new report on cheap hotels from Top Dollar, a financial information hub, comes at just the right time. The site used Hotels.com to identify the cheapest five-star hotel in each country. And their findings are astounding, with gorgeous luxury hotels starting at under $ 30 a night. Talk about a good travel deal.
Here, we’ve combed through the results to present 19 budget luxury hotels around the world with rates starting at less than $ 50 a night. If that doesn’t inspire you to plan an international trip now, we don’t know what will.
Note: If you are planning to visit any of the locations in this story, you should be aware that travel during the pandemic may be limited or difficult in some of these locations. You should always check regulations wherever you go and take precautions to protect yourself and others.
Novotel Ahmedabad Hotel – Ahmedabad, India ($ 28)
According to Top Dollar, the Novotel Ahmedabad Hotel is the cheapest luxury hotel in the world, with rates starting at $ 28 a night. The property caters to business travelers, but vacationers will also be spoiled with an outdoor pool, spa, gym, and restaurant serving Japanese and Korean cuisine. As if it couldn’t be better, breakfast is also included in the rate.
The Royal Heritage of Surakarta – Surakarta, Indonesia ($ 30)
On the island of Java, the Royal Surakarta Heritage showcases the best of traditional local culture for just $ 30 a night. Look for gorgeous batik fabrics, antique lighting, and a gorgeous spa.
The Raweekanlaya – Bangkok, Thailand ($ 32)
Bangkok is one of the most dazzling cities in the world, home to legendary five-star hotels like the Oriental and the Peninsula that practically coined the word “service”. Want to experience Thai hospitality for much less? Discover The Raweekanlaya, located in a former 19th century royal residence near the Grand Palace.
Grand Mercure Maha Cipta Medan Angkasa – Medan, Indonesia ($ 32)
In Medan, the capital of Indonesia’s North Sumatra province, the $ 32-a-night Grand Mercure features a modern restaurant called Orchid, an impressive breakfast buffet, and a spa with sauna and steam room.
Hotel İçkale Ankara – Ankara, Turkey ($ 32)
For just $ 32 a night, the İçkale Ankara Hotel in Turkey’s cosmopolitan capital Ankara offers its guests treatments like a Balinese massage in a candlelit room. There is also a traditional Turkish bath and a lavish wellness center.
Sürmeli Adana Hotel – Adana, Turkey ($ 36)
The stunning $ 36-a-night Sürmeli Adana in Southern Turkey offers luxury in spades with a real Turkish bath and a stunning location right next to a 16th-century mosque.
Pullman Bali Legian Beach – Bali, Indonesia ($ 36)
It doesn’t get better than Bali. Just a six-minute walk from bustling Kuta Beach, the $ 60-a-night Pullman is a serene oasis with lush gardens, rooms with private balconies, a lavish spa, and a rooftop infinity pool.
Grand Elysée La Residence – Siem Reap, Cambodia ($ 39)
If Angkor Wat isn’t on your bucket list, it should be. This series of ancient temples can be found right next to Siem Reap, a bustling Cambodian destination where your dollar goes a long way. Here’s one of the best-kept hotel secrets: the Grand Elysée La Résidence at $ 39 a night. You will find rooms with balconies and terraces, a pretty outdoor swimming pool and bicycle rentals to explore the city and the nearby markets.
Grand Venus La Residence – Siem Reap, Cambodia ($ 39)
Here’s another affordable Siem Reap find: the Grand Venus La Residence at $ 39 a night, with a lovely outdoor pool surrounded by a tropical garden, huge rooms, and a spa where you can enjoy a classic Khmer massage.
Angkor Aurora – Siem Reap, Cambodia ($ 39)
Also located in Siem Reap, Angkor Aurora is a 15-room boutique hotel with an outdoor pool and modern rooms with city views for just $ 39 a night.
Grand Hotel Saigon – Vietnam ($ 40)
Located in the scenic riverside district of Saigon, Hotel Grand Saigon is one of the oldest hotels in the city. There are bars, a spa and, most notable, a spectacularly beautiful swimming pool surrounded by plants and the building’s French colonial architecture.
NH Collection Bogotá WTC Royal – Bogotá, Colombia ($ 42)
The cheapest hotel in South America? The NH Collection Bogotá WTC Royal de Colombia, which costs just $ 42 and is conveniently located near gardens, cafes and galleries.
Kupava Deluxe Hotel – Lviv, Ukraine ($ 43)
Founded in the 13th century, Lviv is known for its art and culture, as well as the Kupava Deluxe Hotel, Europe’s cheapest hotel, with rates starting from just $ 43 a night. There you will find an indoor swimming pool, sauna, restaurant and children’s play area.
The Covanro – Sri Lanka ($ 40)
Just a 15-minute drive from Colombo International Airport in Sri Lanka, the Covanro is a breathtaking oasis with pools and gardens not far from the city center.
Steigenberger Resort Achti – Luxor, Egypt ($ 40)
Located on the east bank of the Nile in the heart of Luxor, Steigenberger Resort Achti is quiet and secluded, with tropical gardens and a marina.
Dorsett Kuala Lumpur – Malaysia ($ 43)
Conveniently located in the Golden Triangle, KL’s shopping, shopping and entertainment center, Dorsett Kuala Lumpur caters to both business and leisure travelers with amenities like a fourth-floor outdoor swimming pool, indoor swimming pool, 24-hour gym and well-appointed rooms.
Movenpick Sfax Hotel – Tunisia ($ 44)
Tunisia’s second most populous city, Sfax, is known for its souks, museums, historic sites and miles of beaches. The place to stay: Movenpick Hotel Sfax, a beachfront resort with a restaurant, outdoor swimming pool and panoramic views of the Mediterranean and the city. The city’s beautiful Kasbah is not far away.
Holiday Inn Perm – Russia ($ 44)
At the foot of the Ural Mountains, Perm Krai is an under-the-radar Russian city known for its nature and rich cultural assets like the Perm Art Gallery, which has a collection of world-famous paintings and sculptures. Holiday Inn Perm is a modern urban oasis 10 minutes from the city center.
Vrede Self Catering – South Africa ($ 48)
“Vrede” is the Afrikaans word for “peace” and that is exactly what you will find at Vrede Self Catering in Cape Town. The modern property features apartment-style residences with private balconies and panoramic views of the nearby Indian Ocean.
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