Luxury for less: 5-Star Hotels that won’t break the bank

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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

Average price per night for a 5-star hotel
 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:

Average price per night of a five star hotel
 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.
Image source: Escapio Hotels, www.flickr.com, images licensed under Creative Commons CC BY-SA 4.0

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