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How To Stay in Luxury Hotels On A Budget

June 21, 2016
Luxury hotels on a budget

Who doesn’t want to stay in luxury hotels while vacationing without blowing your budget? My first five star hotel experience was the Hilton Park Lane in London when I was there for my birthday last year. We were upgraded to a room on the 26:th floor, welcomed with delicious pastry in our room, and enjoyed having a 10-minute-walk to Oxford Street as well as one of my favorite bars in London, Galvin at Windows, a few floors up.  It was such a fantastic way to spend my birthday. For me, the hotel is definitely part of the experience of traveling. Sure, you can stay in a hostel or a hotel outside of the city centre if that’s what your budget or preferance is, but if you have a bit more money to spare the price difference between a 3, 4 and 5 star hotel isn’t always as big as you would expect – at least not if you know how to get the best deals. As for me, I think enhancing my travel experience with a good hotel is worth the extra money. Getting away and living in luxury for a few days will linger long after the hotel bills are payed. To this day I remember my stay in London as one of my best weekend getaways. Of course, I don’t necessarily have the money required for staying in 5 star hotels, but I do have some very good tips for staying in luxury hotels on a budget:

Look for the best deals

There are some great sites to use if you want the best deals on luxury hotels, such as secretescapes.com (adlink) or Trivago.com. While Trivago helps you find the hotel booking site with the best deal on a specific hotel, Secret Escapes has offers from luxury hotels all over the world that offer heavily discounted prices on specific dates. It’s always worth checking out if you’re going somewhere – you could end up staying in a luxury hotel for the same price as you would pay for two people in a private dorm in a hostel.

Join A Hotel Members/Loyalty Club

If you’re often staying in hotels, it might be a good idea to join their members clubs for good offers and discounts. I always book through hotels.com (adlink) and joined their Rewards program a while ago. The Rewards program lets you collect the number of nights in a hotel and once you have collected 10 nights (1 night = 1 night in the reward program) you get a one night stay for free! If you collect 20 nights, you get 2 stays and so on. The Rewards program is great and has actually enabled me to get a stay in a 5 star hotel for our upcoming trip to Dubrovnik in Croatia for a very reasonable price.

Take a chance

No hotel wants empty rooms, so if you want to take a chance you can always check for rooms right before you leave. Many times it’s cheaper to book a few days or a week before you arrive, because the hotel wants to fill the rooms. Of course, you do risk not getting a to stay at any luxury hotel at all if everything’s already booked, but oftentimes the hotel rooms are just empty and will be cheaper – if you ask for it. Always check hotels.com or trivago (or other hotel deal sites) for the best prices and if you don’t think the price is low enough you can try reaching out to the hotel and try to negotiate. Maybe they’ll be willing to give you a better fee if you skip the breakfast or only require cleaning every other day, or maybe they will be willing to upgrade you to a suite for the price of a regular room. Pick up the phone, introduce yourself politely, and start negotiating!
luxury hotels on a budget

 

Do you have any other tips when it comes to staying in luxury hotels on a limited budget? Let me know in the comments.

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18 Comments

  • Reply Samira June 21, 2016 at 17:38

    Anya jag har följt dig nu i hundra år (nä med länge) och tycker det är så häftigt att du utvecklat din blogg så mycket genom alla år och jag tröttnat aldrig på att läsa dina inlägg vad de än handlar om. Du skriver och förklarar saker så bra. Önskar dig hundra år till och all lycka.

    • Reply Anja June 22, 2016 at 08:27

      Åh tack, fina fina Sami dina ord värmer så mycket <3

  • Reply Lauren @ LaurenSomewhere.com June 22, 2016 at 15:50

    This is an awesome post! I have a total cheap, backpacking travel style but when I travel with my mom, that sure doesn’t fly! haha. So I’m happy you brought the secret escapes website to my attention. I’m going to go check that out. Thanks for the awesome tips! xx

    • Reply Anja June 23, 2016 at 12:17

      Haha, moms always require something special 😉

  • Reply Katy June 22, 2016 at 16:33

    Excellent tips – thank you! I am quite partial to a bit of luxury and after years of backpacking I think I deserve it! Plus we have small children so the cheapest option can be a complete nightmare. We need facilities!

    • Reply Anja June 23, 2016 at 12:17

      I can imagine that with children you really do need all the amenities and a pool nearby on summer vacation 😉

  • Reply Travel Pockets June 22, 2016 at 17:38

    Great tips! I usually stay at luxury hotels with some sort of point program or membership 🙂 That first photo is gorgeous. That’s where I want to stay!

  • Reply RunawayBrit June 22, 2016 at 19:28

    Interesting. I have only ever stayed in a luxury hotel once or twice, usually because it’s too expensive. I’ll check out some of your tips and see how I get on!

    • Reply Anja June 23, 2016 at 12:18

      Can really recommend it 🙂

  • Reply Wanderlustingk June 22, 2016 at 21:53

    I heard of the discounted 5 star hotels, but admittedly I’ve only stayed in luxury places very rarely. Definitely will look into it as I would love to experience luxury travel (although budget is more my style!)

    • Reply Anja June 23, 2016 at 12:18

      Budget is also better for the wallet 😛 But every once in a while it’s good to splurge too!

  • Reply Ivana June 23, 2016 at 12:05

    Good tips, I usually don’t stay in luxury hotels but it’s worth checking before you book in any other hotel.

  • Reply Ulli June 23, 2016 at 12:05

    I am terrible in finding hotels, really 🙁 I know so many tools for finding flights and so on but nothing about hotels. Thanks for sharing this, I hope I’ll find my chance to stay in the luxury hotel soon!

  • Reply Christina June 23, 2016 at 14:23

    I enjoy a little luxury once in a while for sure. Thanks for the tips. I have not used secretescapes before so I will definitely have to check out their site for our next trip.

    • Reply Anja June 24, 2016 at 20:18

      I love secretescapes, so definitely check out out next time 🙂

  • Reply Marteen June 23, 2016 at 17:59

    Great tips. It’s always nice to go luxury but sometimes it isn’t possible, however these tips will definitely help. I like using trivago and booking.com to try and get a cheap deal 🙂

  • Reply Danielle Des June 24, 2016 at 02:30

    I’ve heard of Triviago on travel podcasts, but your post helped me focus more on it. I’m a budget conscious traveler, and I’m alway looking for ways to save. I do want to try booking last minute, I’m just always so nervous.

    • Reply Anja June 24, 2016 at 20:20

      I know what you mean, wouldn’t want to risk staying some place far from everything you’d want. However, I find it that in the bigger cities there’s usually always something left, so I’m a little more adventurous in big cities 🙂

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