Five-star hotels are highly desirable — cush beds, top-notch service, extra amenities — but are rarely affordable. The average nightly rate for a five-star hotel on Hipmunk in 2018 was $431. But as savvy travelers know, the secret to luxury travel for less is finding those lower cost destinations, or visiting popular places in the shoulder or off season.
To find a few luxury options at more reasonable rates, Hipmunk dug into their data to determine what U.S. destinations have five-star resorts for three-star rates. Since it’s still winter, we’ve highlighted warm, vacation destinations where you can sit back, cocktail in hand, and defrost.
Waikiki, Honolulu, Hawaii
Median nightly rate: $241
The Modern Honolulu hotel was rated one of the best boutique hotels in Hawaii for its central, beach-side location, and varied amenities (beach yoga, multiple pools, and on-site nightclub).
Palm Springs, California
Median nightly rate: $284
Four miles from downtown Palm Springs is the Park Palm Springs Hotel. The interior is bright and eclectic and their spa has an indoor saline pool (what’s not to love?).
Median nightly rate: $351
The new Kimpton EPIC Hotel is located on the waterfront at the edge of the Miami River and Biscayne Bay. You can get after it in downtown Miami or enjoy the quiet and views from the hotel grounds.
New Orleans, Louisiana
Median nightly rate: $304
For a stay near Bourbon Street look no further than the Windsor Court Hotel. You’ll be a half-mile away from all the action, but can always opt to stay in and enjoy the outdoor pool and sauna, before collapsing into your bed made with Frette Italian sheets.
Las Vegas, Nevada
Median nightly rate: $250
There’s something about the lure of Vegas and this low nightly rate on five-star hotels only makes the city more appealing. Book a stay at The Venetian or the Bellagio Towers for an affordable five-star stay in the heart of the city.
Median nightly rate: $356
You’ll want air-conditioning and a stunning pool for your stay in Scottsdale, and the Boulders Resort and Spa won’t disappoint. If all else fails you can hideout in the resort’s 33,000-square-foot spa.