The world’s cheapest cities for finding a luxury hotel getaway

Like many Aussies facing increasingly tight budgets, you might not even bother considering five-star hotels when planning trips – but that could be a mistake.

Luxury accommodation can certainly cost a pretty penny, but travel search engine Kayak has put together a list of global destinations where you could potentially book five-star rooms for less-than-insane prices.

While a night in these hotels might still cost more than a budget-friendly hostel, it could still give you a treat-yourself-moment without completely breaking the bank.

Cheapest international luxury stays

Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka, took out the top spot in Kayak’s list of cities with the cheapest five-star hotels.

With an average price of $171 per night in October and November (a 2 per cent drop from August and September), travellers staying in luxury accommodation could explore a multicultural city with an incredibly rich history.

Modern high-rise buildings sit alongside ancient temples throughout Colombo, which is believed to have been founded more than 2000 years ago.

Kayak listed Poland’s Gdansk and Malaysia’s Kuala Lumpur as the second and third-least expensive cities for five-star hotels, with both coming in at less than $180 per night.

Gdansk is well-known for its scenic architecture; over 1000 years old, the city boasts buildings in styles ranging from gothic to renaissance, with Dutch and Flemish influences.

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You could take some great snaps for the ‘gram amidst Gdansk’s historic buildings. Photo: Getty

Kuala Lumpur is also a melting pot of architectural styles and cultures, as well as a foodie’s paradise, home to thousands of restaurants and mouthwatering street food.

And bonus: the Australian dollar is currently strong in Sri Lanka, Poland and Malaysia, which means you could get more bang for your buck outside of your accomodation.

Australia’s cheapest

In the Asia-Pacific region, only one Australian location made the list of the top 10 cheapest cities for five-star accommodation.

While Colombo, Kuala Lumpur and Indonesia’s Jakarta ($228 per night) ranked in the top three, Cairns reached just No.10 at $248 per night.

Cairns brings the balmy temperatures. Photo: Getty

The Queensland city is already popular with tourists, largely thanks to its warm climate, gorgeous beaches and proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Forest.

Adelaide was just nudged out of the top 10, with the South Australian capital’s five-star hotels costing an average of $294 per night.

The rest of the cheapest local cities for five-stars currently include the likes Perth, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane – but with each well over $300 per night, these cities’ luxury accommodations are a lot less budget friendly.

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