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.
|Destination||2 stars||3 stars||4 stars||5 stars|
|Rio de Janeiro||n/a||£145||£205||£340|
|Rio de Janeiro||£340|
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.