July 17, 2024

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The best cheap luxury hotels

The best cheap luxury hotels

Just because you don’t have a big travel budget doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy all the amenities and comforts of a luxury hotel.

There are fabulous cheap luxury hotels worldwide that provide the same upscale experience as their more expensive counterparts — but at a fraction of the price. That’s right, high thread-count sheets, gorgeous pools, gourmet restaurants can be all yours at an affordable price point.

These hotels can offer fantastic rates for a number of different reasons. Some are located in underrated destinations. Others are in business areas with plenty of competition. Many are simply in countries where the U.S. dollar enjoys a strong exchange rate, meaning you can book a luxury hotel without spending too much money.

Check out, and then check in to, the best cheap luxury hotels for your next stay.

Novotel Ahmedabad Hotel

Ahmedabad, India

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Best for: Business travelers who want a relaxing place to spend time.

Why stay here: Close to transportation, offices and the airport, this hotel is great for a work trip, but also offers plenty of ways to unwind without leaving the property.

Best way to book: Book directly through the Accor website for its best price guarantee as well as to earn Accor Live Limitless points and benefits.

The Novotel Ahmedabad Hotel is in Ahmedabad, India’s largest city in the western state of Gujarat. This Accor property is well-suited for business travelers, with close proximity to the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport (AMD) and the area’s industrial hubs.

For downtime, there are shopping malls and entertainment centers nearby. The modern property also has an outdoor infinity swimming pool, a full fitness center and a spa.

Food is a highlight here, too, with the Square Restaurant serving a mix of “pan-Indian” and international dishes 24 hours a day, plus a popular Sunday brunch. There’s also the SixteenGrams coffee bar and open-air dining at Alfresco.

Spacious rooms start at 300 square feet and offer free Wi-Fi and ergonomic workspaces, ideal for a remote business setup. There’s also a minibar, complimentary mineral water, a setup for in-room coffee and tea, and 24/7 room service.

Guests here for extended work stays can reserve one of the suites that include kitchenettes, living rooms and access to the Premier Lounge for complimentary food and drinks. The property is also pet-friendly.

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Rates start at $65 per room per night for up to four people.

Hotel Ickale

Ankara, Turkey

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Best for: Wellness seekers who don’t want to bust their budget.

Why stay here: Relaxation without the high prices of a spa-centric hotel, including complimentary use of a traditional Turkish hammam.

Best way to book: Book directly through the property for best rates and availability.

Hotel Ickale in Turkey’s capital of Ankara is geared toward travelers looking to relax and rejuvenate without the hefty price tag usually associated with indulgence. The setting feels a bit like a European lodge, with a roaring fireplace surrounded by deep cushioned couches in the lobby and an abundance of marble, columns, gilded furniture and crystal chandeliers.

Beyond the ornate entry are a number of special features that give this hotel a true sense of place, including unparalleled views of Anitkabir (the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, first president of the Turkish Republic) from the restaurant.

The spa experience is impressive, with complimentary sauna, pool and Turkish hammam bath. There’s also a vitamin bar (definitely a unique amenity at any price point) and a range of spa treatments, including Balinese massage, reflexology and “Far-East aromatherapy.”

The 122 rooms all have different layouts but sport heavy wood furnishing and marble bathrooms. Basic rooms have a city view and balcony, minibar and free Wi-Fi. The hotel is about 40 minutes by car from the Ankara Esenboga Airport (ESB).

Rates start at $36 per room per night, based on double occupancy.

Related: 11 of the best hotels in Turkey, from Istanbul to Cappadocia

Steigenberger Resort Achti

Luxor, Egypt

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Best for: History lovers looking to explore the Nile.

Why stay here: A full resort experience with a prime location near Luxor’s top sites.

Best way to book: Book directly through the property for best rates and availability.

Luxor is known as the “world’s greatest open-air museum.” Staying at the Steigenberger Resort Achti in Luxor puts the city’s 7,000 years of history and antiquities at your fingertips, all just 11 miles from Luxor International Airport (LXR).

The location is near Egypt’s prime sightseeing attractions. The property itself is an eight-acre oasis of tropical gardens, green lawns and palm trees directly on the banks of the Nile. The two pools, including one large round option, let you lounge in style along the east bank of the Nile River, and the dual poolside bars make this feel like a true luxe resort experience.

There are four dining and bar options at the property, including an all-day buffet and upscale Italian and Mediterranean spots. Guests can also snack any time, thanks to 24-hour room service.

The smallest rooms here are 250 square feet, and most include a balcony overlooking Luxor and the Nile. Rooms without balconies have long window seats for hanging out, which makes them feel especially inviting. All rooms have air conditioning, a minibar, free Wi-Fi, coffee- and tea-making facilities and a flat-screen TV.

Rates from $103 per room per night, based on double occupancy.

Related: 8 tips I wish I knew before traveling solo to Egypt

NH Collection Bogota WTC Royal

Bogota, Colombia

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Best for: Contemporary design lovers on a budget.

Why stay here: A prime location in the heart of one of Bogota’s most popular neighborhoods, combined with modern decor, make this a perfect spot to perch in Colombia’s capital.

Best way to book: Book directly through the property for best rates and availability.

Roughly 25 minutes from the El Dorado International Airport (BOG), the NH Collection Bogota WTC Royal is in Bogota’s 100th Street business district, next to the city’s World Trade Center. It’s connected to a Starbucks and walkable to Bogata’s upscale Parque 93 neighborhood, home to some of the city’s most popular restaurants, cafes, gardens, galleries and department stores.

The hotel is modern and sleek, with mod furnishings and lots of daylight streaming in through large windows. The hotel has a fully outfitted gym with weights, cardio machines and even a sauna. There’s also a spa offering massage and facial services. A perk for business travelers, the coworking business center has plenty of desks, a printer and free Wi-Fi.

All accommodations have rainfall showers and in-room comforts such as a Nespresso coffee maker, minibar and ergonomic desk chairs.

Extra bonus: For about $8 per person per night, you can add the extensive breakfast buffet to your stay with more than 300 items on offer, including pastries, fresh fruit and made-to-order eggs. There’s also an on-site restaurant serving local Colombian cuisine, plus a bar.

Rates start at $55 per room, per night, based on double occupancy.

Hotel 1970 Posada Guadalajara, Curio Collection by Hilton

Guadalajara, Mexico

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Best for: Foodies who appreciate having local cuisine at hand.

Why stay here: No need to go out looking for the coolest scene in Mexico’s second-largest city, chances are it’s right upstairs at this hip hotel.

Best way to book: Book directly through Hilton to earn or redeem points and enjoy elite benefits.

Hotel 1970 Posada Guadalajara — part of Hilton’s Curio Collection — combines classic Mexican elements and contemporary style.

Rooms feature art and furniture crafted by local artisans. They are also very modern, with glassed-in bathrooms that, while making the rooms seem large, may not be to everyone’s liking. However, the 250-thread-count sheets and blackout curtains mean you’re sure to get a good night’s sleep.

The property is about 6 miles from central Guadalajara, but foodies don’t need to leave the property for local cuisine. The Jal by Hueso restaurant, courtesy of award-winning chef Poncho Cadena, is a destination dining spot serving up nouvelle Mexican cuisine. Se7enta-Azotea, a rooftop bar overlooking the city, is a great place to begin or wrap up your night with drinks and light bites, especially if you grab one of the sunken lounge seats around the oversize fire pit.

The hotel’s location, a few minutes from the Expo center, is a boon for business travelers. The closest airport is Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla International Airport (GDL), which is about 30 minutes via taxi.

Rates start at $70 or 20,000 Hilton Honors points per room per night, based on double occupancy.

Related: These are the best Latin American cities to use your points and miles

Como Metropolitan Bangkok

Bangkok, Thailand

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Best for: Gourmands craving Michelin-caliber cuisine at reasonable prices.

Why stay here: Choose this affordable home base in the Thai mega-metropolis for resort-like amenities and world-class cuisine.

Best way to book: Book through our partner Skylark to enjoy elite-like benefits and on-property credits.

Think staying at an affordable hotel means giving up high-end amenities such as gourmet dining? Think again. The Como Metropolitan Bangkok, in the heart of Bangkok’s bustling Central District, has a long list of resort amenities, including a large outdoor pool, a fully-equipped gym, a sumptuous spa with 10 treatment rooms and daily yoga at 8 a.m., plus a truly special dining option.

The hotel’s flagship restaurant, nahm, draws diners from all over the world to sample the modern Thai cuisine that has won a Michelin-star five years in a row. Top tip: Plan to visit for lunch when the multi-course tasting menu is $33, nearly a third of what it is at dinner.

In the sleek, contemporary rooms, rich details include palatial limestone bathrooms, private relaxation terraces, cushions and curtains crafted of Thai silk and floor-to-ceiling windows for plenty of natural light. Rooms also come with free Wi-Fi, Nespresso machines, water kettles and complimentary fruit.

Rates start at $110 per room per night, based on double occupancy.

Park Hyatt Chennai

Chennai, India

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Best for: Luxury lovers who don’t want to spend big.

Why stay here: The only Category 1 Park Hyatt in the world offers the elements of a luxury stay with an incredibly low price tag.

Best way to book: Book directly through Hyatt to earn or redeem points and enjoy elite benefits.

Elegant isn’t usually a word that’s used to describe a budget hotel, but Spain’s Park Hyatt Chennai isn’t truly a budget hotel in the classic sense. Think of it more as affordable luxury, with a price tag that should delight you, as it did TPG senior writer Katie Genter when she stayed at this property, noting that “it feels amazing to be able to stay at a Park Hyatt for under $100 per night.”

In addition to the low price, other perks of staying here include the prime location in the Little Mount neighborhood of Chennai, about 20 minutes from Chennai International Airport (MAA) and about halfway between the airport and the center of the city.

Dining is a big plus here, too, ​​with three delicious options. The Flying Elephant is a three-story space that has cocktails, a DJ and an interactive kitchen that provides a show with dinner. Mr. Ong — The Flavours of Singapore offers hawker-style dishes from Malaysia and Singapore in a peaceful outdoor setting. The Dining Room is a cozy space with all-day dining and a dinner buffet.

The hotel’s beautiful rooftop infinity pool overlooks Guindy National Park, as does the adjacent Sphere Fitness center gym, which offers sweeping views of the city. For more relaxation and pampering, book a facial or Indian head massage in one of the Antahpura Spa’s six treatment rooms.

The 200 rooms and 20 suites are truly massive. The smallest room clocks in at 462 square feet, almost twice the size of traditional hotel rooms.

Rooms are appointed with bright pops of color from grass-green area rugs and green marble vanities in the bathrooms and are furnished with large desks, 50-inch TVs, minibars, Bonhomia espresso makers, minifridges that are stocked upon request and complimentary bottled water.

Rates start at $97 or 5,000 World of Hyatt points per room per night, based on double occupancy.

Related: How to travel to Madrid on a budget and still have a great time

Hotel Casa 1800 Granada

Granada, Spain

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Best for: Boutique hotel lovers who appreciate unique architecture.

Why stay here: A historic property that’s big on charm and hospitality right in the heart of historic Granada.

Best way to book: Book directly through the property for best rates and availability.

Hotel Casa 1800 Granada, Spain, is the kind of cozy, charming boutique hotel we all hope to find when we’re traveling in Europe, but rarely do, and certainly not for less than $50 per night.

In the heart of Granada at the foot of the Alhambra in the 16th-century former Casa de los Migueletes, the hotel is close to some of the city’s most iconic landmarks and within walking distance to museums, theaters and flamenco tablaos (dance venues) as well as the Granada Cathedral.

There are 25 rooms and suites, each with historic detailing and a unique layout. The most basic and least expensive accommodations are just 151 square feet. They have small windows but unique details such as beamed ceilings and intricate wall decor, and even bathtubs in the modern bathrooms.

All accommodations include air conditioning, Egyptian cotton sheets, bathrobe and slippers, free Wi-Fi and complimentary bottled water.

Add the breakfast buffet to your room for about $10 per person for a lavish morning spread of eggs made to order, bacon, Iberian ham, an assortment of cheeses, freshly baked pastries, cereals and fresh fruits.

One lovely amenity here is a complimentary afternoon snack. Every afternoon from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., a variety of cakes, sandwiches and hot and cold drinks are served on the open-air patio.

Rates start at $44 per room per night, based on double occupancy.

Related: The cheapest ways to book a trip to Spain with points and miles

Vdara Hotel & Spa

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

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Best for: Budget-minded families or friends traveling together.

Why stay here: If you plan to stay a week or longer in Sin City, this is a good spot to settle in and feel at home.

Best way to book: Reserve your room directly through the MGM Resorts website for special packages and to earn rewards in the MGM Rewards loyalty program.

Part of MGM’s ARIA Las Vegas, this under-the-radar hotel delivers big style at a low price without requiring you to first gamble big or join its loyalty program. In fact, you could stay here in a plush room in a prime Strip location and never have to hear the jingle of a slot machine or the noise of the casino floor if you don’t want to.

There’s a lot to like about this hotel, starting with the rooms, which are all suites, the smallest of which — the studio suite — is 582 square feet. There’s a whole category of “Stay Well” rooms that offer air purification, special water filters and non-toxic cleaning products.

Staying at the Vdara not only gives you access to the hotel’s Pool & Lounge Vdara complex, which has a pool, bar and views of the Strip, but you can also use the pools at Aria. In addition, there are grab-and-go groceries, coffee and snacks at Market Cafe Vdara.

Rates start at $106 per room per night, based on double occupancy.

Related: Why families are (again) betting on a trip to Las Vegas

The Ritz-Carlton, Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Best for: Shoppers who want a posh perch to stash their new purchases.

Why stay here: A tropical oasis in the heart of the city filled with high-end touches and fabulous service.

Best way to book: Book directly through Marriott Bonvoy for best rates and availability.

Explore the vibrant city of Kuala Lumpur from the elegant Ritz Carlton, Kuala Lumpur, one of our favorite cheap luxury hotels. Here, you’ll find colonial-style interiors and a lushly landscaped infinity swimming pool surrounded by tropical gardens.

The price may not be astronomical, but the service here feels starry, especially the 24-hour butler service provided in the suites. Even the most basic of the 364 guest rooms (and they’re still plenty large and plush at 431 square feet) come with luxurious marble bathrooms with rainfall showerheads and oversize soaking tubs.

There are several dining options on-site as well, including authentic Cantonese cuisine at Li Yen and light bites and cocktails at the relaxed The Library.

The Spa Village is the ideal spot to relax after a day of exploring the Malaysian capital. Some top options include a signature Sensory Sound Bath or a Chinese Peranakan treatment.

Shoppers take note: An air-conditioned walkway leads directly into Starhill Gallery for upscale shopping at stores such as Louis Vuitton. The hotel is also just around the corner from several other exclusive malls.

Rates start at $122 or 30,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per room per night, based on double occupancy.

Related: Malaysia — Southeast Asia’s hidden gem