Ready to travel? These 5-star hotels come at 3-star prices


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There are few pleasures quite as exquisite as a stay in a five-star hotel. Add “getting a bargain” into the experience, and you may as well add an extra star. Bliss!

Unfortunately, the words “five-star” and “bargain” rarely appear together. To qualify for the top rating, a hotel’s staff must personally greet every guest (with flowers or a gift if in Europe). The accommodation should be luxurious. The facilities should meet every need. This costs money.

Add the “exclusivity premium” – the idea that charging more for a room makes it seem more luxurious – and a plain old night at a Holiday Inn starts to seem more feasible.

Until now. Coming on the heels of Top Dollar’s guide to the lowest-price Michelin meals in the world, the site has identified the cheapest five-star hotel in every country. And they start at less than 30 bucks for a room for two. Here are the top 10 5-star hotels ranked by cost (starting from least expensive, of course!) for your consideration.

Happy travels!

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1. Novotel Ahmedabad (India)

The world’s cheapest five-star hotel costs $28 per night: the Novotel Ahmedabad Hotel in Ahmedabad, India. Positioned on the SG highway with nearby airport access and proximity to industrial hubs, the hotel is priced to entice business travelers to stay an extra night. The restaurant serves Japanese and Korean cuisine, and an open-air pool offers respite from the heat.

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2. Royal Surakarta Heritage Solo MGallery Collection (Indonesia)

India’s Novotel Ahmedabad Hotel is the cheapest in the world, but The Royal Surakarta Heritage Solo MGallery Collection in Surakarta, Indonesia, isn’t far behind at $30 a night. The hotel radiates traditional Javanese culture and is exquisitely dressed in batik patterns, antique lighting, and talking-point ornaments.

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3. Grand Mercure Medan Angkasa (Indonesia)

This Accor hotel is conveniently located in Medan’s business and shopping district and offers close proximity to Kuala Namu International Airport (39 kilometers away). It features several restaurants, a swimming pool, and meeting rooms. All for $32 nightly.

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4. Hotel Ickale (Turkey)

Turkey’s cheapest 5-star is the Hotel Ickale in Ankara. “You will be rejuvenated and feel reborn through the natural gifts utilized in a room illuminated with candle-light and surrounded by exotic scents,” boasts the hotel of its Bali Massage. Stay in the center of everything in one of the country’s most attractive cities for $32 a night.

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5. The Raweekanlaya Hotel Bangkok (Thailand)

The Raweekanlaya is a dream come true at $32 nightly. It’s 38 rooms are quiet and comfortable, and its culinary programs will delight even the most demanding traveler. The hotel was originally built in the late 1800s as a royal palace, so expect to be pampered and coddled.

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6. Surmeli Adana Hotel (Turkey)

What do you get for $36 a night? Well, if you stay at the Surmeli Adana, you can expect a fully equipped spa and exercise room, free WiFi, spacious rooms, and excellent local cuisine, all in the center of the city. Lounge by the pool, drink in hand, and luxuriate in the service.

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7. Pullman Bali Legian Beach (Indonesia)

The Pullman Legian Beach can be yours for $37 a night, and that’s a steal for what you can expect as a guest. “For your tropical escape, Pullman Bali Legian Beach is an oasis from the busy streets of Legian,” says manager Bryan DeBruyne. “A unique sense of Balinese hospitality awaits with us in Bali, the mystical Island of Gods.” There’s also boutique shopping and leisure activities.

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8. Grand Venus La Residence (Cambodia)

TheGrand Venus can be yours for $39 nightly, and what a hotel you get for this small sum. You are 2.4 miles from Angkor Wat and all of its ancient splendor, and service at this hotel has been lauded by many of its guests, especially couples. Its main restaurant serves a variety of cuisines, and the cocktail bar serves top-notch libations. Time to pack!

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9. Grand Elysee La Residence (Cambodia)

Grand Elysee La Residence will also set you back a meagre $39 a night, so what are you waiting for? It’s located in the Sala Kamreuk area, only 1.4 miles from the center of Siem Reap. Let’s hear what a guest said about this top-notch place to stay:

“My husband and I had a perfect stay at the Grand Elysee. The hotel is a beautiful building, with very spacious, airy and clean rooms. It was well located, with an easy 10-minute tuktuk journey into town. A brilliant breakfast was put on each morning with fresh fruits, bread, meats and cheeses along with a an excellent egg station. A really big thank you all of them, in particular Thomas, who looked after us from the moment we were picked up at the airport.”

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10. Angkor Aurora (Cambodia)

The Angkor Aurora, another Siem Reap hotel, also clocks in at $39 per night. Guests can relax on their room balconies overlooking the stylish swimming pool, enjoy sundowners or massages (or both), explore Angkor Wat, and dine on the finest of cuisines, including Cambodian and French. 

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Methodology & sources

We searched for five-star hotels in every country on for a one-night stay for two in July 2021 and found the 10 cheapest accommodations for each country. Sale prices were ignored, and any countries that had fewer than five five-star hotels available were removed. We separated equally priced hotels in the top 10 by favoring the bigger room in terms of square footage.

This article originally appeared on Top Dollar and was syndicated by

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