Paris was one of the top 10 most expensive cities for five-star hotels.
Paris was one of the top 10 most expensive cities for five-star hotels. James Costello

Five-star stays that fit the budget

AUSTRALIAN travellers who enjoy staying in some of the world's flashest hotels but don't always have cash to splash are in luck.

According to the latest Hotels.com Hotel Price Index™ (HPI®), Aussie travellers can get the five-star experience on a three-star budget in cities around the globe.

In the first half of 2011, Berlin, Germany, was the cheapest city for a five-star hotel stay, averaging $192AUD per night. Five-star stays in Budapest, Beijing and Bangkok were also all under $200AUD a night.

For $200AUD a night, Aussies could also afford four-star stays in many of the world's top cities including Barcelona, Dubai, Hong Kong, Las Vegas, Sydney and Melbourne.

At the other end of the spectrum, the city of love - Paris, was the most expensive city in the world for five-star accommodation, averaging $499AUD per night, just ahead of New York on $498AUD. These rates were considerably more than the average rates for Melbourne ($228AUD) and Sydney ($269AUD).

Other destinations such as Los Angeles ($410), London ($393) and Rome ($363) made the top five most expensive cities for five-star accommodation. Popular business hubs in Asia, such as Singapore ($345) and Hong Kong ($321), were also among the most expensive cities in the world for five-star accommodation. 

Top 10 cheapest cities for five-star hotels (January - June 2011 in AUD)

  1. Berlin - $192
  2. Budapest - $194
  3. Beijing - $195
  4. Bangkok - $200
  5. Prague - $206
  6. Las Vegas - $210
  7. Frankfurt - $225
  8. Melbourne - $228
  9. Istanbul - $234
  10. Dubai - $238

Top 10 most expensive cities for five-star hotels (January - June 2011 in AUD)

  1. Paris - $499
  2. New York - $489
  3. Los Angeles - $410
  4. London - $393
  5. Rome - $363
  6. Singapore - $345
  7. Hong Kong - $321
  8. Moscow - $312
  9. Bali - $297
  10. Barcelona - $290

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