8 Excellent 4-Star And 5-Star Hotels You Can Get For S$100
Singaporeans are avid travellers. According to a 2017 survey, Singaporeans made an average of 5.2 trips in a year – that’s a holiday about every two months.
Luckily, the strength of the Singaporean currency means that your dollar can stretch quite far in certain places. In fact, in certain areas of the world, you can score luxury lodgings without breaking the bank. Here are eight affordable 4-star or 5-star hotels you can get for just around S$100.
Hotel rankings aren’t an exact science – there isn’t an international, standardised system of doling out stars. Ratings can depend on the country you’re visiting – a 5-star hotel in a certain part of the world may not be as swanky as another 5-star hotel elsewhere – and in some cases, rankings are given by the hotels themselves. So, to curate this list, we filtered out 4-star and 5-star hotels under S$100 (including fees and taxes) through metasearch engines KAYAK and Expedia. However, in order to avoid hotels that fall short of their star rating, we only included hotels that meet a minimum of 4 (out of 5) in TripAdvisor traveller ratings. All prices reported are based on Expedia’s prices for Thursday night, November 1, 2018, about three months in advance at the time of writing, so as to avoid any last-minute promotional pricing. They include the price of the room, taxes and other miscellaneous charges (and, unless indicated, exclude discounts or promotions).
Hotel rankings aren’t an exact science – there isn’t an international, standardised system of doling out stars. Ratings can depend on the country you’re visiting – a 5-star hotel in a certain part of the world may not be as swanky as another 5-star hotel elsewhere – and in some cases, rankings are given by the hotels themselves.
So, to curate this list, we filtered out 4-star and 5-star hotels under S$100 (including fees and taxes) through metasearch engines KAYAK and Expedia. However, in order to avoid hotels that fall short of their star rating, we only included hotels that meet a minimum of 4 (out of 5) in TripAdvisor traveller ratings.
All prices reported are based on Expedia’s prices for Thursday night, November 1, 2018, about three months in advance at the time of writing, so as to avoid any last-minute promotional pricing. They include the price of the room, taxes and other miscellaneous charges (and, unless indicated, exclude discounts or promotions).
1. Hotel Monterey Edelhof Sapporo (Hokkaido, Japan)
This European-style hotel (designed to evoke “late 19th century Vienna”) is located in central Sapporo, Hokkaido.
It’s an excellent lodging choice for those who value indoor luxuries, as it offers spa lounges, a “bedrock bathing” room and an indoor natural hot spring.
Travellers fond of outdoor excursions will want to visit in December during ski season. The hotel is a 30-minute car ride away from several ski resorts: the Mount Moiwa Ski Resort, the Sapporo Bankei Ski Area and the Sapporo Teine. If you’re not into adrenaline-pumping activities, the hotel’s central location means that there are many local attractions like parks and museums within walking distance.
Prices from: S$99
Address: Nishi 1-1, Kita 2 Jyo, Chuo-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido
2. La Residencia Hoi An Boutique Hotel (Hoi An, Vietnam)
The La Residencia Hoi An Boutique Hotel’s interior decoration derives inspiration from a 19th century diary of a Vietnamese woman who lived with her Portuguese husband, and as such fuses local and colonial Portuguese architecture.
Although the hotel is half a block away from the Thu Bồn River, the next-door hotel obscures much of the view. Nevertheless, La Residencia offers spa and massage services, an indoor pool and a snazzy bar.
The hotel is a short walk away from some of Hoi An’s major attractions, such as the Japanese Covered Bridge and the Hoi An Central Market.
While a room at the La Residencia Hoi An Boutique Hotel starts at S$140 (before taxes), early bird promotions and discounts that run from July to December means that you can easily grab a Junior Suite (ideal for two people) below S$100.
Prices from: S$83 (including promotion)
Address: 35 Dao Duy Tu Street, Hoi An, Quang Nam, Vietnam
3. Le Castle River Hotel & Apartment (Phnom Penh, Cambodia)
This 4-star hotel in Cambodia combines elements of French colonial architecture and modern design, all while offering a dazzling view of the Tonle Sap River.
Le Castle River Hotel & Apartment has amenities like a mini-gym, a hot and cold Jacuzzi, a swimming pool and a rooftop sky bar. For business travellers, the hotel also has a meeting room that seats up to 60 people.
The hotel is within walking distance of Wat Phnom, the tallest temple in Phnom Penh. Other major attractions, such as the Royal Palace and the National Museum, are just a ten-minute car ride away.
Prices from: S$96
Address: #10. Village 13, St. Sisowath Quay Blvd, Sangkat Srah Chak, Khan Daun Penh, Phnom Penh
4. Melia Purosani Hotel (Yogyajarta, Indonesia)
The Melia Purosani Hotel offers a lush getaway in the city of Yogyakarta. Indulge in their spa or massage treatments, or take advantage of their outdoor pool, sauna or fitness centre.
If you prefer outdoor recreational activities, you can take part in rafting, mountain biking and golfing near the hotel.
The hotel is within walking distance of several cultural attractions, like Sonobudoyo Museum, the Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono IX Museum, the Fort Vredeburg Museum and several art galleries. If art and history isn’t your thing, Melia Purosani is also a few minutes away from Malioboro, an iconic shopping district.
Prices from: S$99
Address: Jalan Suryotomo No. 31, Yogyakarta City Center, Yogyakarta
5. Out of the Blue Resort (Puerto Galera, Philippines)
If you’re looking for an island resort getaway, you could do worse than to visit this hotel resort in the Philippine island of Mindoro. Situated by the Small LaLaguna Beach, most rooms will offer a view of the sea or the poolside.
The hotel offers two swimming pools, a verandah restaurant, an upper pool BBQ deck and private boat trips to tourist spots or secluded beaches. Outdoor activities you can enjoy during your stay in Puerto Galera include scuba diving, sailing, golf, snorkelling and trekking.
Prices from: S$94
Address: Small La Laguna Beach, Puerto Galera, Mindoro
6. PARKROYAL Kuala Lumpur (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
Compared to some of the other hotels on this list, PARKROYAL has a somewhat muted interior design, and might not stand out for being particularly aesthetically impressive. However, it still provides plenty of entertainment, such as an outdoor pool and a pool bar, three restaurants, a café, a live music bar, a fitness centre and a spa offering specialised body and facial treatments.
PARKROYAL is also situated at the heart of Kuala Lumpur, so you’d just be a walk or car ride away from glitzy shopping malls and popular nightlife venues.
Prices from: S$107
Address: Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur
7. Pushka Inn Hotel (St. Petersburg, Russia)
This former-mansion, once owned by a noble Russian family for almost a hundred years, exudes a late 19th century charm. With just over 30 rooms, the Pushka Inn Hotel is relatively small, but offers a plush dining area.
The hotel is centrally located in St. Petersburg, so you’d be in walking distance from major tourist attractions like the Winter Palace, the Church of the Savior on Blood, the Kazan Cathedral, the Saint Isaac’s Cathedral and a host of museums.
Prices from: S$93
Address: Reki Moiki Emb., 14, St. Petersburg
8. Royal Tenerife Country Club by Diamond Resorts (Tenerife, Spain)
Located in the middle of the San Andres Golf del Sur course, the Royal Tenerife Country Club is a good pick for golf enthusiasts.
If you like lounging by the pool, the hotel offers a large swimming pool that encircles a bar serving drinks and meals. There are also other amenities like a spa, a steam room and a small gym, although you’ll have to pay to access them.
While the hotel makes a good destination for golfers or tourists looking for an idyllic stay in the Canary Islands, those who seek more excitement may need to drive out. The resort town of Oasis del Sur, the fishing village of Los Abrigos and the Playa San Blas beach are within a ten-minute car ride.
Prices from: S$97
Address: Calle San Andrés s/n, Urb. Golf del Sur, 38639, San Miguel de Abona, Tenerife, Canary Islands
Stretching your travel fund
Finally, here are a few tips that can help you get more out of your travel fund:
- Use cashback tools. Using cashback tools like ShopBack or your cashback credit card allows you to save money on existing spending, without having to reduce expenditure. Use these tools for big-ticket spending like flights or accommodation.
- Find cheaper flights. Timing your flight ticket purchase, using the right flight comparison tool and tracking flight prices – these are just some of the ways you can score cheaper flight tickets.
- Use your travel credit card. If you’re an avid traveller, take advantage of your travel credit card to rack air miles, which can then be redeemed for free flights or upgrades, on top of other travel perks.
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