It used to be that five-star hotels were reserved for the rich and famous. But now just about anyone can afford to enjoy the fine service and facilities at some of the world's best hotels. Here are four such options, chosen by the travel website hoteles.com, where you can stay at the rates you'd normally expect to pay for somewhere far less exclusive.
Beijing Hotel (Beijing, China)
China is fashionable. The Olympics, the World Expo and the country's rapid economic growth are just some of the factors that are making the Eastern giant a major world power. It's clearly a great time to visit the country, and where better to begin than the capital itself? And you may get a pleasant surprise when it comes to the prices there. Certainly the five-star Beijing Hotel, right in the heart of Beijing near the Dong Hua Men night market and the legendary Forbidden City, is very competitive, with prices starting at around￡68.
Sofitel Warsaw Victoria (Warsaw, Poland)
Warsaw is a city of contrasts. On the city's busy shopping streets, modern glass skyscrapers stand alongside buildings rebuilt after the war that echo back to the country's glorious past. This exciting juxtaposition makes the Polish capital one of Europe's top tourist destinations, attracting millions of visitors each year. The Sofitel Warsaw Victoria is a marvellous base from which to discover the city. Right in the centre, near the Zacheta National Art Gallery, Pilsudski Square and the presidential palace, it offers all the comforts and amenities fitting for a top class hotel. Real luxury from around ￡70 a night.
Crowne Plaza Dubai (Dubai, UAE)
Sometimes it seems as if Dubai is the centre of the world. Certainly it's an important centre of the world of luxury, fashion and excess, and it's a favourite destination for the rich and famous. Even so, the recent economic recession has given the rest of us mere mortals the chance to get a look in. Take the exclusive Crowne Plaza Hotel, for example. Set right in the glamorous city centre, alongside one of the world's most exclusive shopping malls, this five-star hotel boasts all the luxury amenities you could hope for: several swimming pools, multiple spas, saunas, even a limousine service. And prices start at around ￡60 a night.
Ayodya Resort Bali (Nusa Dua, Indonesia)
Bali is an island for rest and relaxation, for meditation and for communing with nature. Its verdant scenery and sandy beaches are only a part of the attraction of this exotic paradise. The natives still perform the ancient dances of their ancestors and the local handcrafts are highly prized. Despite being a popular tourist destination, the prices are still quite reasonable. The five-star Ayodya Resort Bali, designed to resemble a Balinese water palace and set right on the beach, offers accessible luxury with prices starting around ￡85 a night.
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