May 15, 2009

Inside: the Most and Least Expensive

Sale prices come and go, but which hotels are consistently giving travelers the most for their money?To find out, in our recent World's Best survey we asked Travel + Leisure readers to rate hotels around the world for value. Here, we give you the highest scorers by geographic region, along with the price for a standard double room (city hotel prices are for the month of March; resorts, high season). The results reveal that although you love a good bargain—Canadian properties, thanks in part to a favorable exchange rate, do exceptionally well—you're also happy to splurge on a fabulous experience at a famous hotel: the average cost of a night at one of your top 10 picks in Europe, for example, is $500. This year, for the first time, a resort in the U.S.A. takes the No. 1 spot overall. With four other American hotels in the top 10 worldwide, the rankings demonstrate that, when it comes to getting what you want at the right price, hotels close to home are hard to beat.

The Top Hotels for Value Overall
1. The Greenbrier, White Sulphur
Springs, West Virginia
2. The Oriental, Bangkok74.5$189
3. Four Seasons Hotel Toronto73.9$220
4. Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac,
Quebec City
5. Four Seasons Resort Bali at
Jimbaran Bay
6. Windsor Court, New Orleans72.7$175
7. Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia72.3$310
8. Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea72.2$315
9. Halekulani, Oahu72.1$325
10. Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver71.8$192
The Top Hotels for Value in Europe
1. Four Seasons Hotel Milano71.2$487
2. Goldener Hirsch, Salzburg70.2$557
3. Westin Excelsior, Rome69.5$604
4. Balmoral, Edinburgh68.9$282 (tie)
4. Grand Hotel Zermatterhof,
Zermatt, Switzerland
4. Villa d'Este Grand Hotel,
Cernobbio, Italy
7. Inverlochy Castle, Fort
William, Scotland
8. Hotel Splendido, Portofino, Italy68.9$866*
9. Hotel San Pietro, Positano, Italy68.8$347 (tie)
9. Le Sirenuse, Positano, Italy68.8$234
The Top Hotels for Value in Hawaii
1. Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea72.2$315
2. Halekulani, Oahu72.1$325
3. Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Big Island71.2$360
4. Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, Maui70.8$340
5. Hyatt Regency Kauai Resort &
Spa, Kauai
70.5$395 (tie)
5. Mauna Lani Bay Hotel &
Bungalows, Big Island
7. Fairmont Kea Lani Maui70.3$325
8. Manele Bay, Lanai69.8$350
9. Four Seasons Resort Hualalai
at Historic Kaupulehu, Big Island
10. Kapalua Bay Hotel, Maui69.1$350
The Top Hotels for Value in
Mexico and Central and South America
1. Hyatt Regency Cancun70.2$174
2. Ritz-Carlton, Cancun69.6$379
3. Copacabana Palace Hotel, Rio de Janeiro69.2$365
4. Hyatt Regency Acapulco69.0$185
5. Inter-Continental Buenos Aires68.5$260
6. CasaMagna Marriott Resort Puerto Vallarta68.0$159
7. Palmilla, Los Cabos, Mexico67.9$430
8. La Casa Que Canta, Zihuatanejo, Mexico67.5$330
9. Las Mañanitas, Cuernavaca, Mexico67.4$183
10. Camino Real, Puerto Vallarta67.4$175
The Top Hotels for Value in Africa
and the Middle East
1. La Mamounia, Marrakesh67.2$262
2. La Maison Arabe, Marrakesh65.9$190
3. Sofitel Palais Jamaï, Fez65.6$184
4. Château de Feuilles, Seychelles65.1$333****
5. La Gazelle d'Or, Taroudannt, Morocco63.3$390***
6. Governors' Camp, Masai Mara, Kenya62.3$500*
7. Londolozi Private Game Reserve, South Africa61.6$625*
8. Mount Kenya Safari Club, Nanyuki, Kenya60.9$376**
9. Samburu Serena Safari Lodge, Kenya60.6$250**
10.Mara Serena Safari Lodge, Kenya60.4$250**
* All-inclusive
** Includes full board
*** Includes half board
**** Per night rate based on three-night minimum
The Top Hotels for Value in Australia,
New Zealand, and the South Pacific
1. The Regent, Sydney67.4$210
2. Park Hyatt Sydney66.4$332
3. Huka Lodge, Taupo, New Zealand65.6$880*
4. Grand Hyatt Melbourne65.5$128
5. Inter-Continental, Sydney64.2$215
6. Wharekauhau, Palliser Bay, New Zealand63.2$552*
7. Nugget Point Resort,Queenstown, New Zealand62.8$105
8. Green Island Resort, Great Barrier Reef62.5$232 (tie)
8. Kewarra Beach Resort, Cairns, Australia62.5$158
10. Hotel Bora Bora61.8$500
The Top Hotels for Value in the
Caribbean, Bermuda, and the Bahamas
1. Southampton Princess, Bermuda70.0$409
2. Caneel Bay, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands68.8$600
3. The Reefs, Bermuda>68.5$424**
4. Marriott's Frenchman's Reef and
Morning Star Marriott Beach Resorts,
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
5. Nisbet Plantation Beach Club, Nevis65.4$475**
6. Hyatt Dorado Beach Resort & Country Club, Puerto Rico65.2$395
7. Cambridge Beaches, Bermuda63.9$460**
8. The Meridian Club, Turks and Caicos63.8$825*
9. Filao Beach Hotel, St. Bart's63.5$333
10. Cotton House, Mustique63.3$750* (tie)
10. Hyatt Regency Grand Cayman Resort & Villas63.3$415
The Top Hotels for Value in Asia
1. The Oriental, Bangkok74.5$189
2. Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay73.3$575
3. Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel & Towers, Bangkok71.2$200
4. Peninsula, Bangkok71.0$260
5. Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok71.0$250
6. Regent Bangkok68.5$280
7. Regent Resort Chiang Mai67.9$365
8. Mandarin Oriental, Manila66.7$280
9. Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok66.4$175
10. Grand Hyatt Hong Kong65.7$282
The Top Hotels for Value in the
Continental United States and Canada
1. The Greenbrier, White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia74.7$520*
2. Four Seasons Hotel Toronto73.9$220
3. Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac, Quebec City73.9$99
4. Windsor Court, New Orleans72.7$175
5. Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia72.3$310
6. Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver71.8$192
7. Jasper Park Lodge, Alberta71.7$132
8. Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Alberta71.7$302
9. Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas71.6$225
10. Bellagio, Las Vegas71.6$179

Least Expensive: $99 Per Night
Luxury for less?The Chateau Frontenac in Quebec City proves it's possible. Historic (109 years old), massive (618 rooms), and suitably famous (past guests include everyone from Winston Churchill to Cyndi Lauper), the property is an attraction in its own right (tours: $4). But a dinosaur it's not. The Fairmont hotel group has recently spruced up all the rooms, and Jean Soulard—the only chef in Canada to receive the Master Chef of France award—ensures that anyone who's anyone in town dines at the hotel's three restaurants. All this in a storybook setting in North America's last remaining walled city, with 124 ski slopes on three mountains within easy reach.

Most Expensive: $880 Per Night
Huka Lodge may not be cheap, but for the guests who book at least six months in advance to get in, it's worth every penny. The New Zealand resort's high price tag buys a divinely isolated vacation, more than three miles from civilization amid dense forests, roaring waterfalls, and 17 acres of gardens. All 20 suites and a three-bedroom cottage sit on the banks of the Waikato River, and have draped canopy beds and private verandas. Fishing for rainbow trout in Lake Taupo is the can't-miss activity (add $76 per hour for a private boat rental and $5 for the license to your bill, though). Be sure to hand over your catch to chef Nicholas Watt, who's at the ready to prepare it in one of 100 different ways.

* Scores are rounded off to the nearest tenth of a point. In the event of an exact tie, properties share the same ranking.
* For methodology, go to

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