Of course, it’s a commonly known fact that money alone won’t make you happy. But then again, life teaches us that feeling depressed while sitting in a spa at a luxury hotel, drinking champagne and waiting for your 5pm massage, is a trifle more exciting than feeling depressed sitting in a lousy hostel and waiting for the shower queue to die down.
While you may already know how to find a hotel that fits your budget, we can show you how to get fancy without taking a chunk out of your wallet. We compared average prices per night in 5-star hotels across Europe and discovered that some cities offer five stars for the price of three.
Top 10 cities for affordable luxury
|1. Warsaw, Poland||£84|
|2. Thessaloniki, Greece||£87|
|3. Bucharest, Romania||£98|
|4. Athens, Greece||£104|
|5. Lisbon, Portugal||£113|
|6. Budapest, Hungary||£114|
|7. Brussels, Belgium||£122|
|8. Prague, Czech Republic||£138|
|9. Berlin, Germany||£145|
|10. Madrid, Spain||£154|
10 most expensive cities for five star luxury
If money is no object, why not try one of Europe’s most expensive 5-star hotels:
|1. London, United Kingdom||£321|
|2. Florence, Italy||£320|
|3. Paris, France||£307|
|4. Milan, Italy||£304|
|5. Nice, France||£253|
|6. Rome, Italy||£247|
|7. Munich, Germany||£247|
|8. Edinburgh, United Kingdom||£211|
|9. Amsterdam, Holland||£209|
|10. Copenhagen, Denmark||£191|
To put it in perspective, for the price of one night in an average 5-star hotel in London you can stay almost three nights in a similar hotel in Warsaw. Are you convinced? Would you change the destination of your vacation to make the most of your travel budget?
*Our research is based on KAYAK hotel searches in 2013/14 for EU cities with more than 300,000 citizens and a minimum of 10 hotels with five-star ratings. Prices quoted are per room, per night and were correct at the time of collation on 22nd August 2014. Currency conversion is based on UK£1 to US$1.66.
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