When you travel, you want to be comfortable. But it can be hard to find that happy balance between luxury and affordability while still reserving room in the budget for activities, dining, and exploring! Fortunately, there are some very affordable accommodations around the world, perfect for solo travelers, families, and couples, that still deliver when it comes to hospitality, comfort, amenities, activities, vistas, dining, location, and more.
Here’s our list of the cheapest 5-star hotels around the world:
Our Cheapest 5-star hotels quick list:
- Best in Asia: Santhiya Koh Yao Yai Resort and Spa, Thailand
- Best in Europe: Le Pigonnet – Esprit de France, Provence, France
- Best in the Americas: Casa Lola Hotel, Boutique, Yerba Buena, Argentina
- Best in Oceania: Marsden Lake Resort Central Otago, Cromwell, New Zealand
- Best in Africa: Manong Game Lodge, Gaborone, Botswana
1. Merusaka, Nusa Dua, Indonesia
This is a luxury, private beachfront resort and spa in Indonesia with an on-site restaurant serving Indonesian and select Western cuisine. The Bali Collection mall is a fifteen-minute walk away, and Pandawa Bach is a 20-minute drive. The rooms are spacious, elegant, and colorful, and there’s an indoor pool. Everything about the hotel and property is tropical, comfortable, and insanely gorgeous.
Rates start at $110/night.
2. The Farm at San Benito, Lipa, Philippines
Not only are you surrounded by beautiful gardens and organically grown fruits and vegetables at this accommodation in the Philippines, but its Alive! restaurant serves vegan meals using ingredients from the farm. Holistic health and wellness programs are available to guests and include tai chi and yoga. The rooms are decorated with native and modern decor and include pocket gardens, balconies, or courtyards.
Rates start at $113/night.
3. Swissotel the Stamford, Singapore
The world is at your fingertips in Singapore at one of Southeast Asia’s tallest hotels. There are 12 restaurants serving a variety of international cuisines, including one on the 70th floor with 360-degree views of the city. You’re within walking distance of popular nightlife venues, and public transportation is super convenient for exploring the rest of town.
Rates start at $305/night.
4. Santhiya Koh Yao Yai Resort and Spa, Thailand
The only way to get to this magical hotel in Koh Yao Yai, Thailand, is by speedboat, a 20-minute ride from the Ao Po Grand Marina Pier. And once you’re there, you can relax with a massage or spa treatment, go on sightseeing tours, or dine at one of the many Thai restaurants, including a beach grill or the Saai Tara, which also has an infinity pool.
Rates start at $92/night.
5. Hotel Agora Regency Osaka Sakai, Osaka, Japan
This comfortable and affordable 5-star hotel in Osaka, Japan, is in a great location for enjoying the city. A 10-minute train ride will bring you to Namba and Tsutenkaku Tower, and Universal Studios Japan is a 30-minute train ride away. The hotel is top-rated among solo travelers. The classy rooms are spacious; some come with kitchenettes and have ocean views. The hotel even provides pajamas! On-site restaurants offer freshly baked bread and Japanese cuisine.
Rates start at $106/night.
6. Steigenberger Hotel am Kanzleramt, Berlin, Germany
This is an upscale and modern hotel in the heart of Berlin, Germany, with an on-site bar and restaurant. Its excellent food, supreme location near attractions, historic view of the Parliament building, and convenient access to public transportation (the Berlin Main Station is right next door) set this hotel apart from the others. It’s also highly ranked among solo travelers.
Rates start at $113/night.
7. Le Pigonnet – Esprit de France, Provence, France
At the top of the list for an elegant stay in the even more elegant city of Provence, Le Pigonnet is enveloped by a two-acre garden of chestnut trees and flowers. Rooms are decorated in 18th-century decor with a contemporary flair, and have balconies that overlook the gardens and Sainte-Victoire Mountain. The on-site restaurant serves regional food on the open terrace.
Rates start at $229/night.
8. Green Suites Boutique Hotel, Athens, Greece
This stylish boutique hotel boasts some of the best views of Athens and famous Greek landmarks from the rooftop bar and pool area. It’s conveniently located near the Larissis Railway Station, public transportation, and site-seeing tours of the city. Breakfast options include Irish and Italian cuisine.
Rates start at $175/night.
9. Mount Juliet Estate Autograph Collection, Thomastown, Ireland
This historic estate, dating back to the 1700s, was established on 500 acres of Irish countryside. For a complete cultural experience, on-site activities include falconry and archery. Mount Juliet Estate also has one of the world’s finest golf courses, and is only a few miles from the cities of Kilkenny and Waterford. It’s a relaxing and peaceful quality place to enjoy a stay in Ireland.
Rates start at $258/night.
10. Hotel Ambassador, Vienna, Austria
Right in the action of Vienna, Austria, the Hotel Ambassador is just a few steps from the two major underground transportation stations and popular attractions like St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the State Opera, and the Hofburg Imperial Palace. The terrace is open during the summer, and the garden has views of Neuer Markt Square. Rooms are elegant and have hosted famous guests.
Rates start at $290/night.
11. Chateau Vaudreuil, Montreal, Canada
This is a cozy adult boutique hotel in Canada with European-inspired cuisine at its Villa d’Este dining room. The hotel is situated on the beautiful Lake of Two Mountains and features small waterfalls and on-site activities like kayaking, biking, and tennis. Relax with a massage, or enjoy a Sunday brunch before setting off on an adventure in the city.
Rates start at $196/night.
12. Isla Bella Beach Resort and Spa, Florida Keys, USA
Set off from US1 and boasting a rarely obstructed and gorgeous view of the Atlantic, Isla Bella is located centrally, near all the best attractions in the heart of the Florida Keys. There’s a full-menu breakfast and Hawaiian cuisine, and the resort is one of the few that offer a private ocean beach.
Rates start at $279/night.
13. Galería Plaza San Jerónimo, Mexico City, Mexico
Along with a bar and garden, this hotel features a rooftop terrace with a gorgeous view of the city and the mountains on the horizon. It is centrally located in the heart of Mexico City, meaning you are minutes away from popular attractions like Six Flags and the Frida Kahlo House Museum. The rooms are crisp and spacious.
Rates start at $140/night.
14. Studio Hotel Boutique, San José, Costa Rica
This is an environmentally friendly hotel in the lush forests near San José, Costa Rica, with designer rooms and beautiful artwork. The rooftop swimming pool offers views of the enveloping valley, and an a la carte restaurant serves international cuisine for dinner. The hotel is minutes from the center of San José, from which public transportation can take you to the coast.
Rates start at $92/night.
15. Casa Lola Hotel, Boutique, Yerba Buena, Argentina
For a quiet and comfortable hotel, ideal for a solo traveler, you can’t beat the price at Casa Lola on the edge of the Andes Mountains on the outskirts of San Miguel de Tucumán, Argentina. Breakfast is served daily and includes gluten-free options. The neighborhood is walkable, or you can take public transit into the city or a day trip into Patagonia.
Rates start at $81/night.
16. Manong Game Lodge, Gaborone, Botswana
For an immersive bush experience in Botswana, the Manong Game Lodge not only has amazing nature sightings but also game drives on which you can see wildlife along the trails or obstacle courses. The hotel is family-friendly and near other popular attractions, like the National Museum and Art Gallery and the Three Dikgosi Monument.
Rates start at $130/night.
17. Evergreen Manor and Spa, Stellenbosch, South Africa
The Evergreen Manor is in the heart of South Africa‘s wine country, which means stunning views of vineyards and mountains. You can peruse the grounds or enjoy a glass of wine on the garden terrace. Stellenbosch, the second-oldest town in South Africa, is a short walk from the hotel; there you can browse art galleries, take in historical buildings, and dine at fine restaurants.
Rates start at $81/night.
18. Kwanza Resort by SUNRISE, Kizimkazi, Tanzania
This hotel in Tanzania has a gorgeous oceanfront view with a private beach and water sport activities like diving and snorkeling. There’s also yoga, tennis, walking tours, and cooking classes. While the hotel is highly rated among solo travelers, it’s also very family friendly, with a kids’ club and playground.
Rates start at $155/night.
19. Le Petit Village Boutique Hotel and Spa, Kampala, Uganda
The Le Petit in Uganda is both cozy and classy, with delicious international cuisine at the themed dinner (available for an additional charge). There’s also some live music and a gift shop. A golf course, the Independence Monument, and the Clock Tower Gardens are all about two miles away, and other top attractions (like the Uganda National Museum and Fort Lugard Museum) are within a five-mile radius.
Rates start at $194/night.
20. Le Mirage Resort and Spa, Sesriem, Namibia
If you’ve always wanted to stay in a castle, consider this luxury fairytale setting in the middle of the Namibia desert. This hotel has a magnificent view of the desert and is perfectly situated in an oasis where you can see wildlife (or get a spa treatment). Excursion guides are available to book from the hotel. The NamibRand Nature Reserve is about 30 miles away, and you’re about 14 miles from Sossusvlei, a salt and clay pan.
Rates start at $205/night.
21. Art Series, the Adnate, Perth, Australia
This very modern hotel with beautiful artwork is exceptionally located in the heart of Perth, Australia (the city center is a few steps away). Nearby attractions include the historic Cloisters buildings and the Central Park Tower. Bike tours of the city are available for an additional charge. A glamorous buffet breakfast serves English and Irish cuisine.
Rates start at $159/night.
22. Villa Mitirapa, Tohautu, French Polynesia
These island-style villas near Tahiti in French Polynesia have views of the mountains, gardens, and ocean. There’s a private beach with complimentary snorkeling and kayaking equipment. You can book a deep-sea fishing, hiking, horse riding, or scuba excursion at the front desk. Popular attractions like the Gauguin Art Museum and the Botanical Garden of Papeari are only a 10-minute drive away.
Rates start at $218/night.
23. Marsden Lake Resort Central Otago, Cromwell, New Zealand
This hotel is situated on dreamy Lake Dunstan, New Zealand, with picturesque mountains in the background. There are great walking opportunities and live music, and you’re not too far from Cromwell. An on-site restaurant offers casual dining, and you can also get bar snacks and pizza. There is also a marina where guests can dock their own boat.
Rates start at $109/night.
As you can see, there are a variety of hotels all over the world that combine quality with affordability. Hopefully this list is a little encouraging and helps get you started on your next adventure.
Let us know in the comments where you’d like to stay!
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