Top luxury-for-less destinations for Aussie travellers

Latest Hotel Price Index from reveals destinations where Aussie travellers paid the least for five-star accommodation in the first half of 2015

SYDNEY, 10 October 2015As the Aussie dollar continues to lose ground, the latest Hotel Price Index™ (HPI™) from™, which compares hotel prices paid* in the first six months of 2015 with the same period in 2014, has revealed no fewer than ten destinations globally where Aussies experienced five-star hotel luxury for under $250 per night.

It was a tale of ‘East meets West’, with destinations in Asia and Europe making up the most affordable destinations for where Aussies could experience luxury hotel accommodation.

Warsaw in Poland represented the best-value destination for five-star accommodation, costing Aussies only $143 on average in terms of the price paid per night.

Brussels, Belgium ranked as the second best-value destination for five-star accommodation, where travellers paid on average just $191 per night. Berlin, Bangkok, Budapest, Delhi, Guangzhou, Lisbon, Mumbai and Istanbul also topped the list of destinations for best-value five-star accommodation.

The HPI is a regular report on hotel prices in major destinations across the world, tracking the movement in prices that people actually paid* for their accommodation and providing valuable insight into the reasons behind these changes. The data is drawn from bookings made on the hundreds of thousands of hotels on the websites worldwide.

“Aussies are spoilt for choice when it comes to premium destinations that won’t cost a fortune. While travellers may find they don’t have as much spending power as they did a year ago, they’ll be pleased to know that there are exotic destinations – from Berlin to Guangzhou and Lisbon – where they can enjoy premier accommodation on a shoestring budget,” said Katherine Cole, Regional Director, Australia, New Zealand & Singapore for the brand.

Ms Cole added: “With the widest range of hotel choices, competitive deals, and user-friendly technology, is the ideal place to find a luxury escape that won’t break the bank.”

Travellers are advised to check Guest Review ratings as there is no universal star rating system. Each country has its own and, in some cases, more than one. This means that travellers should be aware of a possible disparity of standards and facilities when booking rooms with the same star ratings in different countries. Guest Reviews make the process of finding the best hotel for travellers more obvious, with each property receiving a rating of Poor, Fair, Good, Excellent or Outstanding based on a 5-point scale. Travellers can easily find the highest rated hotels by looking for the “Loved by Guests” badge and can filter reviews by trip type (i.e. family, business, romance, etc.) or see the time of year the reviewer travelled to get a better sense of the individual’s experience.

The latest HPI also revealed that the Mexican resort town of Cancun took out the top city in the world among those analysed where Australians paid the most for five-star accommodation, at $733 per night. Paris ($689), LA ($650) and New York ($594) came in second, third and fourth place respectively.

Destinations where Australians paid the least for five-star accommodation in the first half of 2015:

Destination Average prices paid per night for five-star hotel rooms by travellers from Australia in H1 2015, in AUD
Warsaw $143
Brussels $191
Berlin $217
Bangkok $221
Budapest $224
Delhi $229
Guangzhou $233
Lisbon $234
Mumbai $244
Istanbul $245

Destinations where Australians paid the most for five-star accommodation in the first half of 2015:

Destination Average prices paid per night for five-star hotel rooms by travellers from Australia in H1 2015, in AUD
Cancun $733
Paris $689
Los Angeles $650
New York $594
Milan $575

Warsaw: InterContinental Warsaw, 5-Star

Located in the heart of Warsaw, the five-star InterContinental Warsaw is one of the tallest buildings in the city, offering guests panoramic city views from the spacious and contemporary rooms. The hotel has two restaurants, the award-winning Platter by Karol Okrasa, and the Downtown Restaurant which offers views over the Palace of Culture and Science. Inside the hotel’s Riverview Wellness Centre, guests can relax in the indoor spa or swimming pool, which overlooks the stunning city of Warsaw. The centre also features a fully-equipped gym, aerobics room and modern sauna. The intimate ambiance of the Pearl Beauty Clinic and Spa will leave guests refreshed and relaxed after a luxurious pamper session. Rooms at InterContinental Warsaw start at AU $151 per room per night**. To book a stay at the InterContinental Warsaw, visit: or call 1800-796-409.

Brussels: Metropole Hotel, 5-Star

Located in the historic Sainte-Catherine precinct of Brussels, the charming Metropole Hotel, which dates back to 1894, is within walking distance to a number of restaurants and historic landmarks, such as La Grand Place. Guests can look in awe at the majestic lobby, marble staircase, and the intricate artwork filled throughout the hotel or indulge at the Café Métropole, which serves high-end cuisine as well as a selection of Belgian craft beers. Rooms at the Metropole Hotel start at AU $174 per room per night**. To book a stay at the Metropole Hotel, visit: or call 1800-796-409.

Berlin: Steigenberger Hotel Am Kanzleramt, 5-Star

Located in the centre of Berlin, the Steigenberger Hotel Am Kanzleramt offers guests stylish and modern rooms in a chic and colourful setting. Guests can enjoy a leisurely stroll along the Spreebogen known for its unique bend in the river. The hotel is conveniently located within walking distance to a number of Berlin’s most iconic landmarks such as the Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag Building. Guests can spoil themselves at the hotel’s Diamond Spa which offers a range of high-end spa treatments or relax at the end of the day with dinner and a cocktail in the hotel’s N°5 Restaurant Bar. Rooms at Steigenberger Hotel Am Kanzleramt start at AU $192 per room per night**. To book a stay at the Steigenberger Hotel Am Kanzleramt, visit: or call 1800-796-409.

Bangkok: Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort And Spa, Bangkok 5-Star

Discover the vibrant culture of Thailand in the bustling city of Bangkok with a stay at the Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort and Spa. Located on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, you’re in a prime position for dinner at the Riverside Terrace or aboard the hotel’s boat, the Manohra, after a busy day of sightseeing. Relax and unwind at the Anantara Spa in one of nine private treatment rooms before retiring to your elegantly designed room and savour the breathtaking views from your private balcony. Rooms at Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort and Spa start at AU $179 per room per night**. To book a stay at Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort and Spa, visit: or call 0800-456-081.

Budapest: The Hilton Budapest City, 5-Star

Situated along the river Danube, The Hilton Budapest City offers guests a premier base to explore the vibrant city of Budapest. Take a short stroll to Budapest’s famous landmarks including the Champs-Élysées of Budapest and UNESCO heritage Andrássy Avenue. If shopping is on the itinerary, the hotel is connected to Budapest’s largest shopping and entertainment mall and is also just a short walk away from a selection of luxury boutiques. Take in a little of the Hungarian culture whilst you’re away and treat yourself to the hotel’s Restaurant Arrabona which serves a selection of Hungarian cuisine. With panoramic views of Budapest, The Hilton Budapest City offers chic and contemporary hotel rooms for the perfect luxurious getaway. Rooms at Hilton Budapest City, Budapest start at AU $247 per room per night**. To book a stay at the Hilton Budapest City, visit: or call 1800-796-409.

Delhi: The Westin Gurgaon, New Delhi, 5-Star

The Westin Gurgaon provides guests with stylish and spacious rooms in the business and entertainment precinct of New Delhi. The hotel has six eclectic restaurants which serve a range of Asian, European and Indian cuisines. The hotel’s Story Club and Lounge is a great place for guests to have a drink, or explore the Cigar Lounge which offers a selection of hand-rolled Cuban cigars. The outdoor pool, nestled between the manicured gardens, provides an oasis to sunbake and be served poolside drinks and snacks. For those wanting to relax and unwind after exploring the bustling city of New Delhi, the Heavenly Spa By Westin provides a selection of spa treatments. Rooms at The Westin Gurgaon, New Delhi start at AU $165 per room per night**. To book a stay at The Westin Gurgaon, visit: or call 1800-796-409.

Guangzhou: Shangri-la Hotel Guangzhou, 5-Star

Shangri-la Hotel Guangzhou provides a haven of peace and tranquillity amongst the vibrant city of Guangzhou. The hotel is situated on 12 acres of lush landscaped gardens which guests can roam whilst overlooking China’s third longest ancient river, the Pearl River. With five restaurants, the hotel offers a selection of international cuisine which is sure to satisfy the tastebuds. Relax in the Lobby Lounge with a drink and listen to the smooth sound of live jazz. So you can truly unwind, the hotel offers eleven spacious and private spa treatment suites, a steam bath, sauna, and a resort-style pool. Rooms are spacious and tastefully decorated, featuring views of the river and the city’s stunning skyline. Rooms at Shangri-la Hotel Guangzhou start at AU $211 per room per night**. To book a stay at Shangri-la Hotel Guangzhou, visit: or call 1800-796-409.

Lisbon: Vila Gale Collection Palacio dos Arcos, 5-Star

Just outside of Lisbon is the tropical haven Vila Gale Collection Palacio dos Arcos. The five-star beachside hotel features both an outdoor and indoor pool, Turkish bath and a full-service spa. Be one with nature and roam through the hotel’s picturesque gardens and nearby beach. Onsite is a beautiful chapel which provides an ode to the history of Portugal. With spacious rooms and suites offering stunning sea views, the hotel offers everything one needs to relax in paradise. Enjoy dinner at the hotel’s Inevitável Restaurant and relax with a drink at Pessoa Lounge Bar. Rooms at Vila Gale Collection Palacio dos Arcos, Oeiras start at AU $241 per room per night**. To book a stay at Vila Gale Collection Palacio dos Arcos, visit: or call 1800-796-409.

Mumbai: St. Regis Mumbai, 5-Star

The St. Regis Mumbai offers guests first-class facilities in the financial capital of India. Offering six restaurants with cuisines including Indian, Japanese, pan-Asian, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean, guests can enjoy flavours from around the world. For spectacular views of the city, have a drink at Asilo, one of the city’s highest rooftop bars and dance the night away at EXO, the hotel’s onsite nightclub. The hotel also has a magnificent infinity pool that overlooks the vibrant city, award-winning spa therapists at their Iridium Spa, and an athletic club. With exquisitely styled rooms finished with first-class touches, guests are guaranteed luxury throughout their entire stay. Rooms at The St. Regis Mumbai, Mumbai start at AU $235 per room per night**. To book a stay at The St. Regis Mumbai, visit: or call 1800-796-409.

Istanbul: Wyndham Grand Istanbul Kalamis Marina Hotel, Istanbul, 5-Star

Staying at the  Wyndham Grand Istanbul hotel will leave guests spoilt for choice. With two pools, seven fabulous restaurants, cafés and lounges and 24-hour room service, the hotel offers all the necessary comforts for a luxurious getaway. Indulge at the hotel’s Blue Harmony Spa and take in the breathtaking city or sea views right from your room. Situated in Istanbul’s picturesque Asian coast, take a short stroll from your hotel to visit the Kalamıs and Fenerbahce Marina and the surrounding shops and cafés. Rooms at Wyndham Grand Istanbul start at AU $195 per room per night**. To book a stay at Wyndham Grand Istanbul Kalamis Marina Hotel, visit: call 0800-456-081.

* Average prices paid per night including taxes and fees from January 1 – June 30, 2015.

** Hotel pricing accurate as of September 29, 205.