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The word “hotel”

comes from French language. Traditionally, hotels only provided care for visitors, accommodaton not being a part of it.

A boutique hotel

is a smaller but luxurious hotel that has 10-100 rooms. The concept was started n 1980’s in large cities like London, New York and San Francisco.

The word “Motel”

standing for “Motor Hotel” is used for the budget hotels located near highways. The reason why this word appeared is that Arthur Heinemann, who opened his own motel in 1925, was not able to fit “Milestone Motor Hotel” in the nameplate of the hotel.

Get ready to explore accomodation prices for 150 popular tourist destinations across the globe!
Take a look at 5 star, 4 star, 3 star, 2 star, and 1 star hotels, hostels, AirBnb, and explore trends and overall average prices before you make a decision for your next vacation.

Not sure what the differences are, or if the price jump will even be worth it? We've got you covered.

1-Star versus 5-Star Prices

Take a look at price comparisons across the world. You can see how each city's 5 Star hotel prices compare to the 1 Star hotel prices, as well as how cities rank against each other.
Notice Punta Cana has the most expensive 5 Star hotels in the world, by a longshot, but also cheap 1 Star hotels? Perhaps because they are simply known for their luxury hotels.

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Most Expen$ive versus Most Affordable

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What's going on in the States?

Take a look at what's going on in the United States.
Looks like New York City won "Most Expensive" in every class but one. Miami surpassed them in terms of luxury 5 Star resorts.

What do those hotel star ratings really mean?

Category Travelocity Expedia Orbitz Other
One-star Meets budget basic needs Economy, no-frills accommodations Simple accommodations
Two-star Meets basic needs Value, clean, basic Value, comfortable, affordable
Three-star High service, additional amenities Quality, style, comfort, personalized service Mid-scale, convenience plus comfort
Four-star Superior property, variety of amenities Superior, upscale, high quality Deluxe/upscale, comfort plus quality
Five-star Luxury setting, flawless guest services Finest hotels, luxury, superlative service, highest comfort standards Luxury, first-class services, well equipped and state of the art facilities
Hostel An establishment that provides
inexpensive food and lodging for
a specific group of people, such as
students, workers, or travelers.
Airbnb Airbnb is a peer-to-peer accommodation market
place that connects hosts(vendors of
rooms/accommodations) and travelers via its website.
Airbnb enables transactions between these two entities
by charging a 'service fee' without directly owning any rooms by itself.
Security and safety of the accommodation is not
always vetted by Airbnb and are completely left to travelers to choose based on published reviews.
Unlike traditional hotels, Airbnb scales not by scaling inventory
but by increasing the hosts and travelers and matching them with each other.

The big picture:
  • 1 Star: Basic, simple, possible clean. Don't do it if you don't have to. A hostel or Airbnb would be much better.
  • 2 Star: Basic, but comfortable. Definitely better than a 1 Star.
  • 3 Star: Mid-scale, amenities, better quality. Your best bet for a nice, yet affordable stay.
  • 4 Star: Upscale, superior, high quality. Many cities offer 4 star rooms at a decent price, compared to the dramatic spike for a 5 star room. If you want luxury, a 4 star room is good enough!
  • 5 Star: Luxury, superlative, highest quality, first class. If you want the best of the best, then go for it! If you want "the best" but can't afford 5 star prices, a 4 star room is basically just as good.

Fun Facts

7,000 suites are in The Venetian in Las Vegas, making this “under one roof” space the largest hotel in the world
4,024 Best Western hotels exist across the globe
83 million guests annually (or 55 guests per room per year) visit hotels in China
23 of the largest 35 hotels on the planet are located within the same two-mile radius in Vegas

Across the Map

Stumped on where your wanderlust should take you next? Budget a factor?
Hover over cities to see the average price of accomodations in that city,
as well as an overall price ranking as compared to the other destinations!

Average Price higher than $99 a Night

Average Price between $50 and $99 a Night

Average Price less than $50 a Night

So What's the Verdict?

If you have money to blow, Punta Cana is definitely the place to go!

The nicest cities would be St. Moritz, Switzerland; Reims, France, and St. Tropez, France.
The most afforable options are Tirana, Albania; Sofia, Bulgaria; and Bucharest, Romania.
(But hey, it's still a European vacation right?)
The most expensive stops would be Hong Kong and Macao, China.
The most affordable would be Shanghai, China and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
(Kuala Lumpur is the sixth most visited city in the world, with 8.9 million tourists per year.)
The Middle East:
The most expensive hotels can be found in Jerusalem, Israel and Muscat, Oman.
The most affordable option is Antlaya, Turkey.
(The city was founded as "Attaleia" (Greek: Αττάλεια), named after its founder Attalos II, king of Pergamon)
New York and Miami, of course. But if you're willing to speak a little Spanish-
Rio de Janeiro , Brazil and Cancun, Mexico have much better luxury prices for an exotic vacation.
Mexico City, Mexico and Bogota, Colombia are the most afforadable, but we've heard about things that go on there...
so make sure to splurge for a higher rated hotel!