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The Hospital Club London

Boutique hotel to open in former London hospital

The Hospital Club London

A former hospital in London turned ‘creative hub’ will be adding 15 hotel rooms in 2015, designed to fuel guests’ creativity and broaden the mind.

Each new room at The Hospital Club in London’s Covent Garden features original artwork and curated exhibits from emerging artists within the club’s creative community.

The Hospital Club bedroom

Set to open next month, the rooms are fitted with leathers, velvets, warm woods and stained glass.

In keeping with the spirit of the Club — which spans seven floors and houses everything from an events company and a TV studio to an exhibition gallery, a screening room and a performance space — a stay in the hotel includes access to events like comedy nights, mixology and cooking classes and networking sessions.

The Hospital Club

Rooms come in small, medium and large sizes while suites include a private terrace, walk-in shower, bathtub and lounge area.

The private members’ only club opened its doors in 2004 by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and former Eurythmics band member David Stewart and has hosted performances by The Who. Rooms open January 5.

The Parisian Macao

Paris-themed resort to open in Macau

The Parisian Macao

Macau, is set to become home to a sprawling, multi-billion-dollar Paris-themed resort that will include a replica of the Eiffel Tower.


The Parisian Macao will feature more than 3,000 hotel rooms and suites, 490,000 square feet (45,990 square meters) of retail space including dining and beverage options, as well as meeting and convention facilities.

Plans also include a replica of the Eiffel Tower, built 50 percent to scale of the original monument.


Las Vegas Sands Corp., says it has received the green light to complete construction of the $2.7 billion resort from Macau officials.

Venetian Macau Resort Hotel

The Parisian Macao, set to open in late 2015, would become the latest Las Vegas Sands Corp. development in Macau. The Venetian Macao opened in 2007 as the first integrated resort in Macau.

The Beaumont Hotel

The best new luxury hotel openings of 2014

The Beaumont Hotel

The Beaumont hotel in London, opened by the same restaurateurs behind popular addresses such as The Wolseley and The Delaunay, has been named the best new luxury hotel in 2014.

Experts at Luxury Travel Intelligence praised The Beaumont for its Art Deco-inspired rooms, warm and welcoming suites and on-site restaurant The Colony Grill Room, which has become one of the hottest reservations in town this year, they said.

The Beaumont

After several delays, partners Chris Corbin and Jeremy King opened the doors to The Beaumont, the first hotel in their Corbin & King portfolio, in the tony neighborhood of Mayfair, near Bond Street and Hyde Park.

The boutique hotel features 50 rooms, 13 studios and 10 suites.

The Colony Grill Room at The Beaumont

Rounding out the top five new hotel openings for 2014 on the list are Portrait, Florence; the refurbished Loews Regency, New York; Four Seasons, Moscow; and Maalifushi, Maldives.


Landmark Hotel Moskva Reborn as Four Seasons

Top 10 new luxury hotel openings of 2014

1. Beaumont, London
2. Portrait, Florence

Portrait hotel Florence

3. Loews Regency, New York

Loews Regency Hotel New York lounge

4. Four Seasons, Moscow

Four Seasons Moscow room

5. Maalifushi, Maldives

Maalfushi by Como Maldives

6. Cape Weligama, Sri Lanka

Cape Weligama Sri Lanka

7. Raffles, Istanbul

Raffles Istanbul Turkey

8. Four Seasons, Dubai (Jumeirah Beach)

Four Seasons Dubai Jumeirah Beach


9. Waldorf Astoria, Amsterdam

Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam

10. Cromlix House, Scotland

Cromlix House Scotland

a Grande Maison in Bordeaux

La Grande Maison luxury hotel to open in Bordeaux

La Grande Maison in Bordeaux

From December 9, Bordeaux will boast a new luxury hotel and restaurant overseen by French wine magnate Bernard Magrez and Joël Robuchon.

La Grande Maison, a new property in Bordeaux with just six guest rooms, is intended as a tribute to art in all its forms, and namely to the arts of gastronomy, oenology and interior design.

In the rooms, guests will find a warm and inviting atmosphere and an updated take on Napoleon III style. Soft, luxurious materials complement high-end furniture and lighting fixtures to create a refined décor.


It is only fitting that Bernard Magrez, a leading name in the world of fine wines, invited an equally renowned cuisine expert, Joël Robuchon, to helm the restaurant at his new luxury hotel.

In two dining rooms with 45 place settings, guests will savor the chef’s signature dishes and regional specialties such as entrecôte (rib steak) grilled over Médoc grape vine wood.

The wine list will include no less than 259 Grands Crus Classés de Bordeaux and related wines (Pomerol and Bourgeois), including the four Grands Crus Classés owned by Magrez (Château Pape Clément, Château La Tour Carnet, Château Fombrauge and Clos Haut-Peyraguey).

Rooms are priced from €295 (around $370) per night.

Reservations: www.lagrandemaison-bordeaux.com


Amazon rumored to enter the hotel industry


Amazon is reportedly getting ready to launch a travel site for online hotel bookings in the US according to travel trade site Skift.

Amazon Travel will aim to differentiate itself from its already well-established rivals like Hotels.com, Bookings.com and Trivago by serving as a marketplace for independent and .

Set to debut in January of next year, the travel site would become the latest service out of the behemoth electronic commerce company which, in addition to books, has expanded to include fresh groceries, electronics, wine and video-streaming over the last few years.


The initial site will feature a selection of hotels located within a few hours’ drive from major US centers such as New York, Los Angeles and Seattle.

Though the project is meant to fill what Amazon sees as a void in the hotel industry, booking sites that specialize in smaller independent hotels do exist.

Quikbook.com is a reservation site for boutique hotels at discounted prices, while Mr & Mrs Smith also specializes in hand-selected, boutique hotels around the world that have been reviewed by experts.

W Beijing

W Hotel Opens in Beijing, China

W Beijing

Beijing has opened the doors to a new , a modern, glitzy property that aims to be the hotel of choice for the fashion, music and entertainment industry who descend on the bustling capital.

Located on Chang’an Avenue, a major thoroughfare that’s also home to major landmarks and monuments like Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, the Silk Market and the Beijing Concert Hall, the W Beijing towers over a place that straddles tradition, history and the 21st century.


W Beijing lobby

All 349 guestrooms and suites feature digital tablets that can control room lighting and mood, a home theater system with Bose portable speakers and amenities from Bliss.


W Beijing room

The W Beijing is the second of several W Hotels planned for China over the next five years in cities like Changsha, Chengdu, Shanghai, Suzhou, Sanya, and Shenyang.

W Hotels opened its first China location in the city of Guangzhou.

w beijing Spectacular Room King Bed

W Beijing – Chang’an is offering special rates to celebrate its opening from November 1, 2014 to April 30, 2015.

More information available at www.whotels.com/beijing

Six Senses Nin Vanh Bay

Is this the world’s sexiest bedroom?

Six Senses Nin Vanh Bay

There is no stripper pole or ceiling mirror in the bedroom that’s just been named the sexiest hotel bedroom in the world.

Instead, the water villa at Six Senses Ninh Van Bay in Vietnam offers sunset views of the bay, thanks to a king-sized bed positioned to face the water in an open-concept, doorless hideaway that harnesses its natural surroundings — water, tropical jungle and light — to seduce its tenants.

spa Dormy House Cotswolds

For the second edition of the Smith Hotel Awards, hosted by boutique hotel specialists Mr & Mrs Smith, the Six Senses luxury resort and spa nabbed the title of sexiest bedroom for offering “ravishingly romantic” villas that evoke the notion of a castaway romance.

This year’s pick marks a stark contrast to last year’s winner, the Corfu Suite at Blakes Hotel London (below), a lavish bedroom featuring detailed mother-of-pearl dressers and a four-poster bed draped in gossamer nets.

Corfu Suite Blakes Hotel London

Instead, the seduction of Water Villa 5 could be its understated minimalism, accented simply by a draping mosquito net over a king-sized bed and open concept to excite the imagination.

“Water Villa 5 is the pick of the bunch, with an infinity-edge plunge pool set seductively into the rocks, a private ladder leading into the ocean, and rustic-luxe good looks that conjure a cocoon of pure castaway romance.”

Uxua Casa Brazil

The Uxua Casa Hotel and Spa in Bahia, Brazil (pictured above) was also a big winner in the Smith Hotel awards, taking the title of Best Smith Hotel for offering all-natural spa treatments in tree-flanked pavilions, a quartz-lined pool and inventive Brazilian cuisine, editors said.

The hotel was designed by the former creative director of Italian clothing company Diesel.

Monastero Santa Rosa

Other winners included:

Best Hotel Restaurant: Hartnett, Holder & Co at Lime Wood, UK
The Eco Award: Sal Salis, Australia
Hottest Hotel Bar: The NoMad Hotel, US
Best Spa Hotel: House Spa at Dormy House, Cotswolds
Best Budget Hotel: 1888 Hotel, Sydney Australia
Best-Dressed Hotel: El Fenn, Morocco (below)

For the full list visit smithhotelawards.com/2014/winners.

El Fenn Morocco

jumeirah beach hotel

Burj Al Arab to begin 15th birthday celebrations

, the world’s most luxurious hotel and the flagship property of Jumeirah Group, is preparing to embark on a year of milestone celebrations to mark 15 years as the pinnacle of Arabian hospitality.

Built on an artificial island 280 meters from the Jumeirah coast, the five-star luxury hotel was commissioned by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, prime minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai.


Aerial view luxury Burj Al Arab

On December 1, the hotel will host a fireworks show, combined with a visual 3D mapping projection that will be played off the sail-like structure.

Longtime partner Hermès will also be launching a series of limited edition gifts that the property has featured over the last 15 years.

Designed by architect Tom Wright of WS Atkins, construction of the hotel began in 1994 and involved 250 designers from the UK, US and Dubai, 3,000 companies and contractors, and the labor of 3,500 workmen at any given time. The hotel officially opened its doors on December 1, 1999.


helipad Burj Al Arab

At 321 meters, the Burj Al Arab stands taller than the Eiffel Tower and is 60 meters shorter than the Empire State Building.

The 15th anniversary celebrations will continue throughout 2015 with a spectacular ‘Best of the Burj’ package featuring the top experiences available at the hotel.

The package includes Rolls-Royce Phantom pick-up, a luxurious suite, six-course degustation dinner and signature spa experience.


The Rolls Royce on the bridge to Burj-Al-Arab

Rates start at 5,990 AED ($1,630 USD) a night.

Fans of the hotel can follow the celebrations on social media channels with the hashtag  #CelebrateWithBurjAlArab.


Pierre Hotel

Rent a Floor of the Pierre Hotel for $500,000 a Month

Pierre Hotel

The 39th floor of the Pierre Hotel is now available for lease. At $500,000 per month, it’s New York City’s priciest rental listing!


Pierre Hotel lobby

The floor includes the two-bedroom Presidential Suite, which can combine with other rooms for a total of 4,786 square feet of living space, with six bedrooms and 6½ bathrooms.

The Presidential Suite can be rented separately for $400,000 per month, with the additional rooms ranging from $20,000 to $40,000 per month.

Pierre Hotel Presidential suite

This is the first time the Presidential Suite has been available for extended stays, the Pierre said. When it isn’t rented out, the suite will still be available to hotel guests—the rate is currently $20,000 per night.


Pierre Hotel Presidential suite bedroom

The roughly 2,000-square-foot Presidential Suite has a living room overlooking Central Park, with views that include the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir and the George Washington Bridge. The master bedroom looks down on the park’s Wollman Rink and the Plaza Hotel.

Pierre Hotel Presidential suite master bathroom

The kitchen is small; the hotel noted residents can get room service, and dine in the hotel’s two restaurants, Sirio Ristorante and Two E Bar/Lounge.

Other hotel amenities available to them include twice-daily housekeeping, butler service and the hotel’s chauffeur-driven Jaguar.

Pierre Hotel Sirio Ristorante

The space can be rented on a month-to-month basis as part of the newly launched Pierre Hotel Residences program, for as little as 30 days or as long as needed, the hotel said.

Source: PropGOluxury via WSJ

Paper sculptures

Paper sculptures come to Sofitel hotels for the holidays

Paper sculptures

The luxury brand of the French hotel group Accor has announced “Art de Noël,” an enchanting and original Christmas decoration concept headed to its properties in Paris, Vienna and Amsterdam from next month.

Large paper statues of woodland animals will be found throughout the hotel, calling to mind a Christmas fairy tale.

With its holiday decorations,  sought to evoke the magic of Christmas while exemplifying the French “art de vivre.”

To this aim, the brand brought in the Parisian art and design studio Le Creative Sweatshop, which specializes in designing objects using digital 3D modeling and creating them using paper.

For Sofitel hotels, the designers created a series of animal statues inspired by European fairy tales.

Deer, wolves, bears and other creatures will be found lurking in various areas of the hotels. There will also be miniature versions of the animals under glass bell jars, accompanied by their stories.

All of these tales will be collected in a tome that guests can read to conjure the magic of the season.

The Art de Noël decorations will be on display from November 27 at the Sofitel hotels in Paris (Arc de Triomphe, Scribe, Le Faubourg), Vienna and Amsterdam, and may later feature in other properties of the brand.

The Ritz Hotel London

The most popular hotel in London for the super-rich is..

The Ritz Hotel London

Where do the world’s mega-rich travelers rest their heads when they stay in London? According to a new report, that would be The Ritz London!

According to a report from New World Wealth, which keeps tabs on the hotel habits of 20,000 multi-millionaires in their database, the hotel of choice for 2,600 of the world’s ‘one-percent’ in London was The Ritz, followed by the Mandarin Oriental (2,200), and Claridge’s London (1,900).

The report also highlights different market preferences for luxury brands: The Ritz and the Mandarin Oriental are particularly popular among wealthy travelers from the Middle East and Asia, analysts say.

, meanwhile, is mainly used by business visitors, while The Berkeley brand is popular among rich American and Canadian visitors.


Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

The report estimates that the UK received about 80,000 multimillionaires in the 12 months from June 2013 to 2014.

The Mandarin Oriental London, Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons in Oxfordshire and The Ritz London were the highest-ranking hotels when it came to guest satisfaction, as rated by a panel of selected multimillionaires.

Last month, the same group also found that the Bellagio hotel in Las Vegas emerged the most popular hotel among the world’s wealthiest travelers, as it received 6,400 visits in a one-year period.

For the purposes of the study, a multimillionaire is defined as an individual with net assets of at last $10 million USD.

Bulgari Hotel Beijing

Bulgari Hotel to open in Beijing

Bulgari Hotel Beijing

Bulgari Hotels are set to launch a new luxury hotel in 2017, located in Beijing’s upmarket Embassy District and overlooking the Liangma River.

The 120 rooms and suites of the hotel will be flanked by two office buildings and a contemporary art gallery. The space will be designed by Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel and Partners and will sit with the rest of the brand’s ‘contemporary Italian’ aesthetic for its hotel portfolio.

“The combination of the natural landscape with the artistic content will make this development a new benchmark for enlightened luxury living in the future,” explained Bulgari CEO Jean-Christophe Babin.

This hotel will join the brand’s existing locations in Milan, Bali, Tokyo and London. Ahead of the Beijing launch, another Chinese outpost is set to launch in 2016 in Shanghai, with a further hotel opening in Dubai in 2018.

Canopy Hotel Portland Lobby

Hilton unveils Canopy by Hilton brand

Canopy Hotel Portland Lobby

 has introduced Canopy by Hilton, a new brand in the lifestyle category of next-generation boutique hotels emphasizing comfort, design and personalized experience.

The Canopy by Hilton hotels will “take the emphasis off of capital-intensive design,” explains Hilton Worldwide CEO Christopher J. Nassetta, to provide “an energizing, comfortable stay.”

Each hotel will be unique. The group will aim to tailor each property to suit guests’ needs, which vary from city to city.


The approach to design will focus on reflecting the energy of the local neighborhood and creating a comfortable, inviting atmosphere.

Developed based on extensive client surveys, the Canopy by Hilton concept will offer more “included value,” something often requested by guests. An “artisanal” breakfast and WiFi are among the extras to be included with the price of every room.

Guests will even find a locally relevant welcome gift upon arrival in their room, and they will be invited to take part in a tasting of local wine.


And since the new hotels target a tech-savvy clientele, guests will be able to check in directly from their smartphones.

The first Canopy by Hilton hotels are slated to open in 2015, as the hotel group is currently moving forward with conversion or construction projects in urban neighborhoods and secondary markets around the world.

Canopy by Hilton has signed letters of intent to open properties in 10 US cities (Miami, Washington DC, Portland, San Diego, Nashville, Indianapolis, Charlotte, Oklahoma City, Savannah, Ithaca) as well as in London.

With its new lifestyle brand of boutique hotels, Hilton is catching up with rivals like , which has its  properties, and Intercontinental, which opened the first hotel from its new  brand on October 9.

 are small, stylish properties that are typically located in urban areas.

More information: www.canopybyhilton.com

W South Beach

W South Beach Unveils $1 Million Wedding Package

W South Beach

In what could go down as one of the most extravagant hotel wedding packages ever, the W South Beach has created a ‘Million-Dollar Wedding.’

As its name suggests, this one’s not for penny pinchers. If you literally have a million-dollar wedding budget and are looking for a one-stop shop, wedding planners over at the W South Beach in Miami have created a package described as the “ultimate in wedding extravagance.”


W South Beach living room

So what exactly does a million-dollar wedding involve?

Pre-wedding, couples are entitled to separate four-night stays — one for the bride and the other for the groom — in advance of the big day, as well as a seaplane excursion and a yacht dinner.

W South Beach bedroom

Spa services include a “complexion-boosting boot camp” for brides and ‘grooming’ services for the husband-to-be.

In addition to a wedding dress from Ever After Boutique and custom-designed tux, the package also takes into account post-wedding needs, such as “designer intimates” for night and day.


W South Beach bathroom

Come the big day, the hotel will provide a seated dinner for 175 guests catered by in-house restaurant The Dutch which serves American cuisine and is helmed by celebrity US chef Andrew Carmellini.

A team of photographers, and music — such as a seven-piece band and DJ are also included. Couples also get their own personal ‘Jeeves,’ or butler, to cater to their nearly-every whim and fancy.

W South Beach penthouse

After spending their first night as husband and wife at the hotel’s Penthouse Suite (pictured above), the couple will then jet off for a six-night stay at The Royal Estate at the St. Regis Bora Bora (pictured below).

St Regis Bora Bora Resort

Wythe Hotel

Marlow Goods Opens a Pop-Up at the Wythe Hotel

Wythe Hotel

A Brooklyn hotel has opened a pop-up store that sells leather handbags and goods made from the same animals that were served for dinner.

After tucking into a meal of grass-fed steak with purple potatoes or a grass-fed burger at the Wythe Hotel’s Reynard restaurant, diners can wander next door to the pop-up shop Marlow Goods and pick up leather bags, housewares and accessories made from the hide of their meal.

Wythe Hotel bedroom

The alpaca fur, sheep wool and leather used in the products come from the livestock raised for food in an effort to make use of the entire animal.

It’s a concept that takes the culinary notion of nose to tail eating a step further, making use of the animal’s skin and fur.

Wythe Hotel bar

Marlow Goods will set up shop at the Wythe Hotel until December 31.

underwater hotel room

The hotel room of the future

Hotel Atlantis Dubai underwater room

In 10 years’ time, hotel guests will don sleep suits that can monitor blood pressure and glucose levels and lay their head on smart pillows that can provide head and neck massages.

Instead of making Skype calls to their loved ones back home, guests will be able to beam kids and spouses directly to their hotel room in holographic form. And smart showers will tell us how clean we are with light indicators and douse us with sprays of vitamin C.


These are among some of the fascinating prophecies being made in a wide-sweeping report released from Skyscanner, in which the online booking site tapped futurologists and industry experts to gaze into their crystal ball and paint a portrait of how the world will travel in 2024.

The notion of hotel rooms doubling as mini spas and health clinics isn’t so far-fetched, given that leaders in the industry are already introducing innovative services with the guest’s well-being in mind.

At the MGM Grand’s Stay Well room in Las Vegas, for instance, lighting is designed to help fight jet lag by resetting the internal clock, while shower water is infused with vitamin C, points out the report.


The shower of the future, meanwhile, may offer chromatherapeutic lighting: violet lighting to relax muscles, yellow to help with digestion or soft blue to stimulate and energize, experts predict.

Shower technology is also being developed to “agitate dirt” from our bodies and, in future, could tell us how clean we are with a lighting system that would illuminate green or red.

Likewise, sleep suits will be embedded with sensors that can monitor a guest’s health and even offer dietary advice.


The hotel experience in 2024 will also become highly personalized, allowing guests to control lighting, curtains and temperature with the press of a few buttons and swipes on their tablet device, a service that already exists at The Peninsula Hong Kong.

In fact, experts envision that guests will even be able to change the decor of their room via interactive walls that can display different desktop-like images, films and family photos via a smartphone app.

“The Future of Travel 2024” was written by a team of 56 editors, researchers and futurologists around the world.

The chapter on hotel rooms marks the final installment of the three-part report that included planning and booking and travel journeys.


Presidential Suite at The Roosevelt Hotel

The Roosevelt Hotel NYC Celebrates Ninety Years

Presidential Suite at The Roosevelt Hotel

Celebrating 90 years of iconic history, The Roosevelt Hotel NYC invites future guests with the last name Roosevelt to book one night for $90.

Opened in 1924 on Madison Avenue, the landmark hotel named after former President Theodore Roosevelt was the first metropolitan hotel to add TVs to all the guest rooms, a wellness center, hospital, children’s program and a kennel.


Roosevelt Hotel in New York

Moviegoers will recognize the hotel for having appeared in films “Maid in Manhattan,” “Wall Street,” “Men in Black 3,” and the TV series “Mad Men.”

Roosevelt Hotel lobby

Guests with the last name Roosevelt can book a stay for $90 from now until March 31, 2015. Booking code is ROSEY.


Wilshire Grand Building LA

Largest InterContinental in Americas to debut in 2017

Wilshire Grand Building LA

A new 73-storey, 900-room hotel is being planned for Los Angeles that will open in 2017 and upon completion, mark the  Hotels Group’s largest hotel in the Americas.

At 1,100-feet-tall (335 meters), the luxury hotel project at the Wilshire Grand Center is poised to become a landmark on the city skyline, and the tallest building on the US west coast, providing 360-degree views of LA.


IHG hotel in Los Angeles

The development is in collaboration with Korean Air and the Hanjin Group, and will also mark the airline’s first hotel in the US.

The property will also be the first in the western US to boast a sky-lobby on the 70th floor —  a feature in skyscrapers that serve as transfer points for quicker elevator access.


IHG hotel Los Angeles

Drawings for the property call for natural wood and warm colors to reflect the city’s beach culture, while the sky lobby will reflect the city’s car culture by incorporating car lines in the paneling and decor.

The IHG portfolio includes hotel brands like  Hotels & Resorts and the Holiday Inn.

Wilshire Grand Building

The Bellagio Las Vegas

Top 10 most popular hotels for multi-millionaires

The Bellagio Las Vegas

The splashy Bellagio hotel in Las Vegas has emerged the most popular hotel among the world’s richest, multi-millionaire guests.

That’s according to a new report released by New World Wealth, which found that over a 12-month period beginning June 2013, the luxury hotel in Sin City received visits from 6,400 multi-millionaires, defined as an individual with net assets of at least $10 million.

New York Plaza Hotel

After The Bellagio, with about half the number of visits, comes The Plaza hotel in New York with 3,700 visits — all the more notable given that the hotel has a fraction of rooms compared to its Las Vegas counterpart.

The Bellagio counts 3,993 guest rooms and suites, while The Plaza has 282, the report points out.


pool at Marina Bay Sands Singapore

According to New World Wealth, the exclusive multi-millionaire club counts 495,000 “members” worldwide.

The most popular  include Chateau Marmont in LA, the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc Antibes in France, and Raffles Singapore.

Hotel du Cap Eden Roc

Top 10 hotels that received the highest number of visits from millionaires

The Bellagio Las Vegas – 6,400 visits
The Plaza New York – 3,700
Caesars Palace Las Vegas – 3,400
Waldorf Astoria New York – 3,300
Marina Bay Sands Singapore – 3,100
The Breakers Palm Beach – 3,000
Hotel de Paris Monaco – 2,800
The Ritz London – 2,600
Grand Floridian Disney World, Florida – 2,400
Wynn Resort Las Vegas – 2,300

The Steigenberger Grandhotel Brussels

Cheapest five-star hotel destination: Warsaw, Poland

The Steigenberger Grandhotel Brussels

Looking for a five-star vacation on a one-star budget? Warsaw, Poland has emerged the most affordable, five-star destination so far this year.

According to the Hotels.com Hotel Price Index, a one-night stay at a five-star hotel in Warsaw cost $130 USD in the first half of 2014.

That compares to $538 for a five-star stay in Boston — or the equivalent of four nights in the Polish capital.


Hotel Bristol in Warsaw

The 10 most affordable luxury hotel destinations were found in Europe and Asia, with one-night stays averaging $210 or less. Rounding out the top five spots on the index are Pisa, Italy, Cairo, Mumbai and Delhi.

At the other end of the spectrum, travelers paid the most for five-star hotels in Tokyo, Rio de Janeiro and Boston.


Kempinkski Nile Hotel swimming pool

“We’ve identified some very popular destinations where you can find five-star hotels at a fraction of the cost of other larger cities” said Hotels.com.

“For example, explorers can visit world-renowned sites like the amazing pyramids of Egypt, the Great Wall of China, the shops of the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, or the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa all while enjoying plush accommodations for an affordable price.”

The Peninsula Hotel Bangkok Swimming pool

Top 10 five-star hotel destinations based on the average nightly rate

1. Warsaw, Poland $130
2. Pisa, Italy $172
3. Cairo, Egypt $175
4. Mumbai, India $176
5. Delhi, India $179
6. Bangkok, Thailand $186
7. Budapest, Hungary $199
8.Brussels, Belgium $205
9. Beijing, China $209
10. Istanbul, Turkey $210