a city with lights on the water

If you’re not using points to stay for free– staying as ritzy as possible, for as little as possible– is the dream. While it’s hard to find a top notch Tokyo, New York, San Francisco or Sydney hotel for under $350 a night, there a few gorgeous destinations where you can glam it up for under $100. That’s right. There are cities you actually want to visit- where five star hotels can be less than $100 per night. Let’s go!

a city with lights on the water

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik is a crown jewel of Eastern Europe, featuring a walled city and truly spectacular mediterranean views. It’s a wonderful mix of comforts and standards, we as travelers have come to expect- with the flare of a location ripe with culture and history. The deals on just about everything are really desirable- but it’s not even the cheapest city in the region. If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous- use Dubrovnik as base for exploring places like Belgrade, which  offer even lower hotel deals. For a completely magical, Game of Thrones holiday though- this is tough to beat.

Example Link: Dubrovnik Hotels

a city with tall buildingsKuala Lumpur, Malaysia

While nearby neighbor Singapore gets away with $400+ a night five star hotels (with fair reason), Malaysia offers outstanding value for travelers seeking a little extra luxury. The city offers up some of the finest hotels in the world- at prices which are truly out of this world. Kuala Lumpur is tons of fun to explore, the food is awesome- and like many great cities- is also an ideal hopping off point for exploring the iconic region. The city gets lots of great airfare deals, so why not fly to Kuala Lumpur, spend a few nights, visit the rest of Malaysia before heading off to Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam or Cambodia?

Example link: Kuala Lumpur Hotels

a pool with palm trees and a beach and a cloudy skySharm El Sheikh, Egypt

This is just NOT the Egypt you were expecting. Sharm El Sheikh is a seaside paradise, with all but guaranteed perfect weather, lovely culture- and of course countless gorgeous hotels. There’s a competitive array of all inclusive options, allowing you to live it up in the sun for less than $100 bucks- with a whole lot more than a place to sleep included. Easily accessible from most of Europe, this is a great go to spot- with far better value than other easily accessible options.

Example Link: Sharm El Sheikh Hotels

a train going through a cityMedellin, Colombia

Perhaps it’s because duffel bags of Pablo Escobar’s money are still being found in the area- but there aren’t many places on earth where you can combine such a bustling, vibrant and attractive city with prices this low. Top hotels in Medellin are almost always under $100 a night and when you couple the cheap nights with cheap flights- it’s hard to pass up. The food is to die for, the countryside is gorgeous and it’s a perfect base camp for exploring the country. Don’t forget- Colombia has tons of sun and some serious beaches too. After you get done digging…

Example Link: Medellin Hotels

a large building with many towers and a body of water with Angkor Wat in the backgroundSiem Reap, Cambodia

Consider Siem Reap your reward for having the presence of mind to venture to a slightly more under the radar destination. Delightfully replete with temples, beautiful sunrises and food you’ll never forget- it’s one of the greatest values left in travel. Local currency is extremely low against most western currencies- allowing you to live it up to the max, without breaking the budget. On top of great deals- you’ll find even better service. Hotels in Cambodia are known for devoted, personalized service that exceeds most standards. You’ll be glad you made the trip.

Example Link: Siem Reap Hotels

Gilbert Ott

Gilbert Ott is an ever curious traveler and one of the world's leading travel experts. His adventures take him all over the globe, often spanning over 200,000 miles a year and his travel exploits are regularly...

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