We’ve stayed at our share of 4-star hotels. The Palace in San Francisco. The Waldorf=Astoria in NYC. The Great Northern and St. Pancras Renaissance in London. I’m pretty sure at least one of the places we stayed in during our honeymoon in Hawaii was 4 stars. But I can’t remember ever staying at any 5-star hotels.

That’s fine because as I’ve said before, I’m not a fancy hotel girl and when it comes down to it, I really don’t care where we stay. Holiday Inn Express, Four Seasons…whatever; it’s all good. But besides just not being “hoity toity” like that, 5-star places are usually just too expensive.

Apparently, the latter is not an excuse anymore.

Top Dollar Financial Insights Hub, which is brought to the world by, recently listed the cheapest 5-star hotels in the world. And are you sitting down? They start at under $30 per night.

Of course, every place that considers how many stars a hotel has different criteria. For Top Dollar Financial Insight Hub’s list, they 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. They also separated equally priced hotels in the top 10 by favoring the bigger room in terms of square footage.

Here are the cheapest of the cheap of 5-star places. None of them are over $40 per night.

10. Angkor Aurora, Cambodia

Located in Siem Reap, just a 15 minute or less walk from the important landmarks, the Angkor Aurora offers nightly rates beginning at $39. With just 15 rooms, this hotel has suites with large balconies, a pool, spa, kids’ club, restaurant and bar/lounge.

9. Grand Elysee La Residence, Cambodia

Also located in Siem Reap, this 5-story hotel has 32 guest rooms. A restaurant is on site, as is a full-service spa, outdoor pool and free kids club. Not bad for $39/night, huh?

8. Grand Venus La Residence, Cambodia

Another hotel in Siem Reap, also for just $39 per night, is the Grand Venus La Residence. Their 25 smoke-free rooms are just a 3-minute walk from Angkor Wat. The hotel also boasts a restaurant and bar/lounge, full-service spa, outdoor pool and a free airport shuttle.

7. Pullman Bali Legian Beach, Indonesia

Located between two of the most popular beaches in Bali (Kuta and Legian), the 365-room Pullman Balo Legian Beach hotel, an Accor property, starts at just $37/night. The hotel offers a rooftop pool, modern rooms and suites, buffet and restaurant-style dining options, a spa, beach access. They also have a ballroom and meeting rooms available for conferences up to 350 guests.

6. The Surmeli Hotel, Turkey

Starting at only $36 per night, the Surmeli Adana, in Adana Turkey, is part of the 3-hotel Turkish Surmeli chain (the other two are in Istanbul and Ankara). Located in the city center, the hotel offers a spa, restaurant, gym and pool, along with modern rooms and suites. The hotel is also popular for weddings and has several meeting rooms on site.

5. The Raweekanlaya Hotel Bangkok, Thailand

With room rates that start at just $32/night, this hotel is built off of a historic residence that was once the home of King Rama VI’s royal governess. Built in the late 1800s, the hotel has 38 guest rooms that include classic furnishings and modern amenities. An authentic Thai cuisine restaurant is on-site, as is an outdoor swimming pool.

4. Hotel Ickale, Turkey

The Hotel Ickale is located in ancient Ankara, Turkey. Rooms start at $32 per night. The hotel offers elegant rooms as well as a gym, vitamin bar and a spa boasting its own Turkish bath. Handicapped accessible rooms are available, and some rooms have views of the Mausoleum of the Ataturk, which is a local landmark.

3. Grand Mercure Medan Angkasa, Indonesia

And we’re back in Indonesia, at another Accor property. The Grand Mercure Media Angkasa is located within the city’s business and shopping districts. Their rooms have contemporary furnishings, and they also boast a swimming pool, fitness center, restaurant and meeting space for up to 500. Rooms start at $32 a night.

2. The Royal Surakarta Heritage Solo – MGallery Collection, Indonesia

Another Accor property in Indonesia – I’m seeing a trend ;-). The Royal Surakarta Heritage – MGallery Collection is described as a boutique hotel with personality. Located on the main street of town, the hotel offers unique and spacious room, Srikandi Restaurant, a semi-outdoor swimming pool, Tirtotedjo pool bar, Mustika Spa, and a fitness center. The cost per night starts at $30.

1. Novotel Ahmedabad Hotel, India

The cheapest 5-star hotel in the world, which starts at just $28 per night, is, not surprisingly, an Accor property. Located in Ahmedabad, India, “The hotel welcomes natural light in abundance and has a swimming pool, a fitness centre & wellness solutions by O2 Spa. It is located in close proximity to shopping malls and entertainment centers. The hotel is at a 30 minutes distance from the international and domestic airport which makes it ideal for business & leisure travelers.” Know why I’m impressed? Their breakfast buffet is over 7 hours long, from 4:30 am to noon! (although the first 2 hours and last 90 minutes are admittedly limited to cold items).

Hey, are there any cheap 5-star hotels in the U.S.?

Funny you should ask! There is! Of course, it’s not anywhere near the $20-something and $30-somethingprices you can find in Cambodia, Indonesia, Turkey, Thailand and India. But the 5-star Adero Scottsdale Autograph Collection, in Arizona, is listed for $224.

Click here to see the other cheap 5-star hotels in the world, as rated by Top Dollar Financial Insights Hub.

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