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May 4, 2016 OTA News No Comments Email Email

Despite the decline in the value of the Australian Dollar across 2015, the latest Hotel Price Index™ (HPI™) from™, which compares hotel prices paid in 2015 compared with 2014, revealed plenty of cities where five-star luxury was available for less than $200 per night for Aussie travellers.

Top-of-the-range luxury was enjoyed for far less in Siem Reap, Cambodia, the gateway to the ruins of Angkor Wat, which came out on top as the best-value destination overall for five-star luxury. The average price paid for a hotel room in Siem Reap was $129 per night.

Bustling Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia was the second-most affordable for five-star accommodation where the average price paid for a five-star hotel room was only $168 per night.

However the good news for Aussie travellers was that two Australian cities were next on the list with Adelaide, the city of churches, ($190) and tropical Darwin ($197) taking out third and fourth spot respectively for the best-value five-star hotels.

The beachside town of Pattaya in Thailand just made the top five list and recorded an average price of $198 per night for a five-star hotel room.

The HPI is a regular report on hotel prices in major destinations across the world, tracking the movement in prices that people actually paid for their accommodation and providing valuable insight into the reasons behind these changes. The data is drawn from bookings made on the hundreds of thousands of hotels on the websites worldwide.

Katherine Cole, Regional Director, Australia, New Zealand & Singapore for the brand, said: “While three Asian cities made the top five list, the good news is that Aussie holiday-makers need to only look at their own backyard to experience premier accommodation without breaking the bank.”

Ms Cole added: “With the widest range of hotel choices, competitive deals, and user-friendly technology, is the ideal place to find a luxury escape that won’t break the bank.

“To bag a holiday bargain, download the mobile app for exclusive savings on a huge range of hotels,” she said.

Top-of-the-range luxury

The latest HPI also revealed that Los Angeles took out the top city in the world among those analysed where Australians paid the most for five-star accommodation, at $689 per night. Tokyo ($670), Honolulu ($660), Cancun ($659) and San Francisco ($653) came in second, third, fourth and fifth place respectively.

More choice for less than $200 per night in 4-star

 There was a much wider range of 39 domestic and international favourites in the four-star classification, with five destinations in Australia on the west and east coasts, including Perth ($188), Gold Coast ($184), Brisbane ($169) and Cairns ($153), as well as Melbourne ($189) further south. Across the Tasman, cities spanning both islands in New Zealand were present with Auckland ($177), Christchurch ($161), Rotorua ($151) and Wellington ($179) featuring in the four-star list.

 Destinations where Australians paid the least for five-star accommodation in 2015: 

Destination Average prices paid per night for five-star hotel rooms by travellers from Australia in 2015, in AUD
Siem Reap, Cambodia $129
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia $168
Adelaide, Australia $190
Darwin, Australia $197
Pattaya, Thailand $198
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam $203
Brussels, Belgium $204
Rotorua, NZ $212
Bangkok, Thailand $215
Christchurch, NZ $215

Destinations where Australians paid the most for five-star accommodation in 2015: 

Destination Average prices paid per night for five-star hotel rooms by travellers from Australia in 2015, in AUD
Los Angeles, USA $689
Tokyo, Japan $670
Honolulu, USA $660
Cancun, Mexico $659
San Francisco, USA $653

Travellers are advised to check Guest Review ratings as there is no universal star rating system. Each country has its own and, in some cases, more than one. This means that travellers should be aware of a possible disparity of standards and facilities when booking rooms with the same star ratings in different countries. Guest Reviews make the process of finding the best hotel for travellers more obvious, with each property receiving a rating of Poor, Fair, Good, Excellent or Outstanding based on a 5-point scale. Travellers can easily find the highest rated hotels by looking for the “Loved by Guests” badge and can filter reviews by trip type (i.e. family, business, romance, etc.) or see the time of year the reviewer travelled to get a better sense of the individual’s experience.

Siem Reap

 Sokha Angkor Resort 5*

 The Sokha Angkor Resort is an amazing five-star property located in the heart of Siem Reap, moments from the city’s nightlife hotspots, Pub Street, and close to a number of the areas main attractions, including the Angkor National Museum and Angkor Wat temple. The hotel boasts a number of facilities, including three restaurants, and a salt water swimming pool that overlooks two temples with waterfalls. To guarantee relaxation, the hotel provides guests with a meditation room, steam room, beauty salon as well as a world class spa. With an abundance of first-class features right at your fingertips, every guest is sure to feel completely pampered!

Sokha Angkor Building 2

Rooms at Sokha Angkor Resor start at AUD $153 per room per night (03.05.2016)*. To book a stay visit

Kuala Lumpur

 The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur 5*

Take a step back in time at The Majestic Hotel, a five-star restored World Heritage hotel in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. Originally built in 1932, this iconic and luxurious hotel features a hybrid of neo-classical and art deco styles, and is the only hotel in Kuala Lumpur to be featured in the ‘Leading Hotels of the World’ luxury hotel collection. The hotel is home to two restaurants with a mix of classic and modern food, a historic bar and a tea lounge which provides the ideal setting for English afternoon tea with a Malaysian spin. A botanical wonder awaits in the orchid conservatory, the only one of its kind in Malaysia – a glass atrium filled with thousands of seasonal blooms, creating a stunning backdrop for celebrations or special occasions. Enjoy an exceptional stay at the sensational Majestic Hotel and be a part of its legendary history.


Rooms at The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur start at AUD $155 per room per night (03.05.2016)*. To book a stay visit


 The Playford, MGallery by Sofitel

 Situated in the heart of Adelaide, The Playford, MGallery by Sofitel, is one of the finest hotels in the city. Blending classic style with contemporary luxury, the hotel is designed with an Art Nouveau feel and is close to the city’s highlights, including the famous shopping venue Rundle Mall and the Adelaide Casino. Enjoy drinks at the hotel’s lounge before having dinner at The Playford Restaurant which offers an extensive wine list and dishes made with South Australian ingredients.


Rooms at The Playford, MGallery by Sofitel start at AUD $170 per room per night (03.05.2016)*. To book a stay visit


 Skycity Darwin 5*

 Surrounded by beautiful tropical gardens, the Skycity Darwin is the perfect mix of laid-back leisure and exhilarating action. Featuring five restaurants, seven bars, an infinity edge swimming pool and a lagoon swimming pool with a private white sand beach right at your door step, the amenities at this hotel are sure to satisfy! Try your luck at the hotel’s 24-hour casino which has more than 750 gaming machines and offers table games such as Blackjack and Roulette, or rejuvenate at the fitness centre with a massage, sauna, or luxurious day spa experience. Located just moments away from Darwin’s CBD, the Skycity Darwin is the ideal choice for a private beachside holiday in paradise!

SKYCITY COVE opening. Photo Shane Eecen

Rooms at Skycity Darwin start at AUD $129 per room per night (03.05.2016)*. To book a stay visit

Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya 5*

 The extravagant Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya offers guests so many lavish and unique facilities that it is a destination in its own right! Set along a 230 metre private beach, featuring unobstructed views across the Gulf of Thailand, the hotel is made up of two gigantic cliffs of luxurious suites connected by rope bridges. Guests can run wild at the hotel’s own Lost World water park which contains five swimming pools, twelve waterslides, waterfalls, and an adults-only pool. For those looking for more action, the resort has two tennis courts, rock climbing facilities and a full sports centre. When it comes time to unwind, retreat to the resort’s yoga and meditation pavilion, take a Pilates class or relax and rejuvenate at their private spa village. At night, indulge at one of Centara’s seven restaurants and bars offering a unique range of Thai, Italian, and International cuisine.


Rooms at Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya start at AUD $163 per room per night (03.05.2016)*. To book a stay visit

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