By all accounts, international travel is about to start booming, after a year and a half of pandemic-induced lockdowns and border closures. But for many travelers, budgets are tight and all those bucket list trips that they’ve been dreaming about are feeling more unattainable than ever. So a new cheap hotels report from Top Dollar—a financial insights hub—comes at the perfect moment. The site tapped into Hotels.com to identify the cheapest five-star hotel in every country. And their discoveries are staggering, with some gorgeous luxury hotels starting at less than $30 a night. Talk about a great travel deal.
Here, we combed through the results to showcase 19 cheap luxury hotels around the world with rates starting at under $50 a night. If this doesn’t inspire you to plan an international trip right now, we don’t know what will.
A note: If you’re planning to go to any of the places in this story, you should be aware that travel during the pandemic might be restricted or challenging in some of these locations. You should always check the regulations for wherever you’re headed and take precautions to protect yourself and others.
Novotel Ahmedabad Hotel – Ahmedabad, India ($28)
According to Top Dollar, the Novotel Ahmedabad Hotel is the cheapest luxury hotel in the world, with rates starting at a shockingly low $28 a night. The property caters to business travelers, but vacationers will be spoiled, too, with an outdoor pool, a spa, a gym and a restaurant serving Japanese and Korean cuisine. As if it couldn’t get better, breakfast is also included in the rate.
The Royal Surakarta Heritage – Surakarta, Indonesia ($30)
On the island of Java, the Royal Surakarta Heritage presents the best of traditional local culture for just $30 a night. Look for gorgeous batik fabrics, antique lighting and a beautiful spa.
The Raweekanlaya – Bangkok, Thailand ($32)
Bangkok is one of the world’s most dazzling cities, home to legendary five-star hotels like the Oriental and the Peninsula that practically invented the word “service.” Want to experience Thai hospitality for a whole lot less? Check out The Raweekanlaya, set in a 19th-century former royal residence near the Grand Palace.
Grand Mercure Maha Cipta Medan Angkasa – Medan, Indonesia ($32)
In Medan, the capital of Indonesia’s North Sumatra province, the $32-a-night Grand Mercure comes with a modern restaurant called Orchid, an impressive buffet breakfast and a spa with a sauna and steam room.
Hotel İçkale Ankara – Ankara, Turkey ($32)
For just $32 a night, the Hotel İçkale Ankara—in Turkey’s cosmopolitan capital of Ankara—pampers guests with treatments like a Balinese massage in a candlelit room. There’s also a traditional Turkish bath and a lavish wellness center.
Sürmeli Adana Hotel – Adana, Turkey ($36)
Southern Turkey’s stunning $36-a-night Sürmeli Adana delivers luxury in spades with a real Turkish bath and a stunning location right near a 16th-century mosque.
Pullman Bali Legian Beach – Bali, Indonesia ($36)
It doesn’t get better than Bali. Just a six-minute walk from buzzing Kuta Beach, the $60-a-night Pullman is a serene oasis with lush gardens, rooms with private balconies, a lavish spa and a rooftop infinity pool.
Grand Elysee La Residence – Siem Reap, Cambodia ($39)
If Angkor Wat isn’t on your bucket list, it should be. This series of ancient temples is right next to Siem Reap, a buzzing Cambodian destination where your dollar goes far. Here’s one of the best kept hotel secrets: the $39-a-night Grand Elysee La Residence. You’ll find rooms with balconies and terraces, a pretty outdoor pool and bike rentals for exploring the nearby town and markets.
Grand Venus La Residence – Siem Reap, Cambodia ($39)
Here’s another affordable Siem Reap find: the $39-a-night Grand Venus La Residence, with a lovely outdoor pool surrounded by a tropical garden, huge rooms and a spa where you can enjoy a classic Khmer massage.
Angkor Aurora – Siem Reap, Cambodia ($39)
Also located in Siem Reap, Angkor Aurora is a 15-room boutique hotel with an outdoor pool and modern rooms with city views for just $39 a night.
Grand Hotel Saigon – Vietnam ($40)
Set in Saigon’s scenic riverside area, the Hotel Grand Saigon is one of the oldest hotels in the city. There are bars, a spa and—the standout—a spectacularly beautiful pool surrounded by plants and the building’s French Colonial architecture.
NH Collection Bogotá WTC Royal – Bogotá, Colombia ($42)
The cheapest hotel in South America? Colombia’s NH Collection Bogotá WTC Royal, which costs just $42 and is conveniently located near gardens, cafés and galleries.
Kupava Deluxe Hotel – Lviv, Ukraine ($43)
Founded in the 13th century, Lviv is known for its art and culture—and the Kupava Deluxe Hotel, the cheapest hotel in Europe, with rates starting at just $43 a night. You’ll find an indoor swimming pool, sauna, restaurant and a playground for kids.
The Covanro – Sri Lanka ($40)
Just a 15-minute drive from Sri Lanka’s Colombo International Airport, The Covanro is a breathtaking oasis with pools and gardens not far from the city center.
Steigenberger Resort Achti – Luxor, Egypt ($40)
Set on the east bank of the River Nile in the heart of Luxor, the Steigenberger Resort Achti is quiet and secluded, with tropical gardens and a marina.
Dorsett Kuala Lumpur – Malaysia ($43)
Centrally located in the Golden Triangle—KL’s commercial, shopping and entertainment hub—Dorsett Kuala Lumpur caters to both business and leisure travelers with amenities like a fourth-floor outdoor pool, a 24-hour gym and well-appointed rooms.
Movenpick Hotel Sfax – Tunisia ($44)
Tunisia’s second most populous city, Sfax, is known for its souks, museums, historical sites and miles of beaches. The place to stay: the Movenpick Hotel Sfax, a beachfront resort with a restaurant, outdoor pool and sweeping Mediterranean and urban views. The city’s beautiful Kasbah is not far away.
Holiday Inn Perm – Russia ($44)
In the foothills of Ural Mountains, Perm Krai is an under-the-radar Russian city known for its nature and rich cultural assets like the Perm Art Gallery, which has a world-famous collection of paintings and sculptures. The Holiday Inn Perm is a modern urban oasis 10 minutes from the city center.
Vrede Self Catering – South Africa ($48)
“Vrede” is the Afrikaans word for “peace” and that’s exactly what you will find at Cape Town’s Vrede Self Catering. The modern property has apartment-style residences with private balconies and panoramic views of the nearby Indian Ocean.