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On a budget: 'Cheap' 5-star travel in Europe

AFP   August 22, 2014
First Published: 16:48 IST(22/8/2014) | Last Updated: 16:55 IST(22/8/2014)

Want to spend a few nights in a European luxury hotel? Your dreams may be more attainable than you think, as long as you choose the right destination. According to a study from the travel comparison website Kayak.com, a night in a five-star hotel costs a mere €104 on average in Warsaw (Poland).

To live like royalty without emptying your bank account, travelers may consider forgoing the well-known capitals and seeking out European destinations that are less overrun by tourists.

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Five-star accommodations are available for less than €130 per night in Warsaw, Thessaloniki (Greece), Bucharest (Romania) and even Athens.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, unsurprisingly, the most popular European destinations dominate the ranking of cities with the highest average rates at five-star properties.

London emerges as the city with the most expensive luxury hotels, with an average price of €397, followed closely by Florence and Paris, where travelers pay around €396 and €370 respectively for a night at one of the most prestigious establishments.

The ranking is based on research conducted between 2013 and 2014 on cities with a population of at least 300,000 and with a minimum 10 five-star hotels.

Top 10 European cities with the least expensive five-star hotels Top 10 European cities with the most expensive five-star hotels
Cities and the average rate per night:
Warsaw €104 Thessaloniki €108 Bucharest €121 Athens €128 Lisbon €139 Budapest €141 Brussels €151 Prague €171 Berlin €180 Madrid €191
Cities and the average rate per night:
London €397 Florence €396 Paris €379 Milan €376 Nice €313 Rome €305 Munich €304 Edinburgh €260 Amsterdam €257 Copenhagen €237


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