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A new study has found that luxury travel doesn’t have to break your wallet…or the bank, as Europe’s cheapest five-star city break is in the Polish capital of Warsaw.
If you were preparing to head to London for a city break this year – forget it. The city has topped a list of the most expensive city breaks in Europe, with travellers having to shell out an average of £321 for a one-night stay in five-star accommodation. One night at The Berkeley means that tourists are expected to pay out £750 – ten times the amount of one night in a luxury Thessaloniki hotel of the same quality.
Edinburgh is the second most-expensive location in Britain, beating out contenders like Glasgow, Manchester and Brighton – an average night in a five-star hotel here costs £211.
Budget-conscious travellers should look into travelling to Warsaw, where a stay in an extravagant 5* hotel costs just £84, or the cities of Thessaloniki in Greece or Bucharest in Romania, where rooms average at between £87 and £98 respectively.
One night in the Met Hotel or the Nikpolis in Thessaloniki will set visitors back just £71, whilst a luxury break in the Belmond Villa San Michele in Florence sets travellers back £632.
Florence, Paris and Milan have been ousted as the best places to visit within Europe as cities such as Budapest, Prague and Madrid take their place- with better culture, fewer crowds and better value for money.
Annie Wilson, UK Managing Director of KAYAK said, “The star rating can be confusing as a universal standard, but the grey area is generally around the two to four star mark. When you get into the five star league, the playing fields level out and it is expected that the hotel will offer a range of luxury rooms and suites or facilities.”