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Chapter 8: Luxury at Your Fingertips
Due to the rebounding luxury travel segment, the prices on this annual list have consistently increased. Previously, four-and five-star accommodations in many of these destinations were available for just over $100 per night. Never fear, the list of Best Value for $135 is still a "Deal Dominant" luxury traveler's dream-come-true.
This list is mostly comprised of four-star accommodations, which typically include a concierge, room service and high-end mattresses. That means these destinations are a great way to explore more exotic locales and have truly unique experiences while also receiving a higher level of service and those comfort amenities that many travelers crave while on international stays.
If you have a hankering to travel beyond North America, prefer luxury service, but can't break the bank, you're in luck. You can stay in four-star hotels in amazing cities like Bangkok, Shanghai, Madrid, Cape Town and Prague for less than $135 per night. And if you want to stay closer to home, there is one U.S. destination on the list - Las Vegas. A little extra green in your wallet will come in handy for the slots, top restaurants, exclusive clubs and spas. You might even be able to hit a superfecta of these experiences at the world's first Nobu Hotel in Las Vegas.
Even though many of the cities on the Best Value list are in far-off destinations, they still feature hotels brands like Radisson Blu, Marriott, Westin, Hilton, Novotel and Atlas that offer the comforts of home weary travelers and luxury deal seekers crave.
Best Value for $135 or Less
Each country has its own star ratings system, and in some cases, more than one. This means travelers should be aware of a possible disparity of standards and facilities when booking rooms with the same star ratings in different countries. The Hotels.com verified Guest Reviews are useful for researching hotels.