Average room prices by star rating

For the HPI, Hotels.com analysed the average prices paid in Sterling for hotel rooms across different star ratings in the world’s top cities to help consumers make the most of their travel budget. With 5-star rates starting at a cost-effective £77 but rocketing as high as an extravagant £397 on average, it makes sense to shop around and research a range of destinations before making a decision on where to go, particularly for a special occasion.

At the top of the 5-star range at £397 was San Francisco for the first time, followed by Rio de Janiero on £340 and the 2011 leader New York now in third place at £332. The highest 5-star European rates were found in Geneva on an average £327. The two UK cities in the table were much better value with considerably lower rates as London averaged £232 a night and Edinburgh £151.

As in the past, Warsaw offered the best deal on 5-star accommodation with average prices of £77 a night, followed by Budapest on £96 and Marrakech on £105. These last two also had the lowest 4-star at £61 for the Hungarian capital and £64 for the Moroccan destination, followed by Bangkok on £67. It was harder for the UK to compete in this area with London at £128 and Edinburgh at £103. However, it was still less expensive on average to stay in a 4-star hotel in the Scottish capital than a 3-star property in several popular destinations such as Chicago and Miami or even a 2-star in New York.

For the more budget-minded, at the other end of the scale, Shanghai and Bangkok offered the lowest 2-star prices at a very affordable £21 and £24 respectively. This meant that British travellers could have had 11 nights in a 2-star hotel in the Chinese city for the price of one 5-star night in London.

For an inexpensive trip in Europe, Budapest had an unbeatable £29 2-star average.

Table 19: Average hotel room prices by star rating during 2012
Destination 2 stars 3 stars 4 stars 5 stars
Amsterdam £75 £88 £110 £159
Bali £30 £56 £106 £233
Bangkok £24 £33 £67 £126
Barcelona £65 £87 £101 £175
Beijing £33 £46 £77 £150
Benidorm £25 £57 £77 n/a
Berlin £54 £56 £74 £116
Boston £99 £134 £178 £297
Brussels £69 £81 £92 £118
Budapest £29 £43 £61 £96
Buenos Aires n/a £76 £93 £262
Cairo n/a £26 £78 £115
Cancun £43 £84 £169 £238
Cape Town £86 £65 £98 £199
Chicago £65 £110 £138 £288
Copenhagen £70 £99 £115 £163
Delhi £29 £42 £91 £140
Dubai £66 £63 £99 £203
Dublin £45 £62 £81 £153
EDINBURGH £68 £79 £103 £151
Frankfurt £76 £70 £102 £158
Geneva n/a £125 £159 £327
Guangzhou n/a £57 £92 £130
Helsinki £63 £94 £115 £181
Hong Kong £50 £93 £141 £243
Istanbul £49 £67 £88 £147
Jerusalem £59 £94 £118 £197
Las Vegas £37 £45 £85 £146
Lisbon £42 £51 £72 £109
LONDON £72 £89 £128 £232
Los Angeles £72 £110 £186 £280
Madrid £56 £69 £78 £138
Marrakech n/a £50 £64 £105
Melbourne n/a £70 £107 £175
Mexico City £46 £59 £120 n/a
Miami £77 £115 £186 £294
Milan n/a £71 £102 £219
Montreal £77 £108 £152 n/a
Moscow n/a £95 £160 £204
Mumbai £38 £72 £99 £136
Munich £79 £91 £111 £170
New York £110 £161 £203 £332
Nice £55 £82 £137 £223
Orlando £42 £73 £119 £217
Oslo £55 £103 £126 £163
Paris £74 £102 £151 £290
Pisa n/a £56 £83 £112
Prague n/a £48 £68 £117
Rio de Janeiro n/a £145 £205 £340
Rome £68 £83 £105 £227
San Francisco £87 £132 £172 £397
Santiago n/a £85 £138 £188
Seattle £84 £106 £163 n/a
Seoul £54 £82 £113 £203
Shanghai £21 £52 £77 £143
Singapore £61 £103 £148 £227
Stockholm £80 £95 £136 £186
Sydney £41 £91 £124 £191
Taipei n/a £68 £106 £218
Tallinn £45 £47 £71 £116
Tokyo £55 £87 £160 £317
Toronto £74 £96 £139 n/a
Vancouver £78 £99 £140 £230
Venice £77 £100 £139 £214
Vienna £39 £79 £86 £144
Warsaw £41 £59 £77 £77
Washington £85 £120 £147 £175
Zurich £74 £118 £143 £145
Table 20: Top 10 most expensive cities for 5-star hotels
Destination Price
San Francisco £397
Rio de Janeiro £340
New York £332
Geneva £327
Tokyo £317
Boston £297
Miami £294
Paris £290
Chicago £288
Los Angeles £280
Table 21: Affordable luxury: Top 10 destinations with the best-value 5-star hotels in 2012
Destination Price
Warsaw £77
Budapest £96
Marrakech £105
Lisbon £109
Pisa £112
Cairo £115
Berlin £116
Tallinn £116
Prague £117
Brussels £118

Hotel star ratings explained

There is no universal star rating system. Each country has its own and, in some cases such as the UK, 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.

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