For Australians, Hotel Rooms Are Cheapest In Asia

Hotel rooms can be one of the most expensive parts of a holiday or business trip. If you’re looking to choose a destination that’s less costly right now, swing towards Asia — and forget New Zealand.

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The latest price index shows the average price paid (in Australian dollars) for rooms booked in 2014, compared to 2013. Given that services likes favour larger chains, the average prices are a little on the high side — hunting around might find you a better deal. That said, remember average city prices will include cheaper hotels in non-CBD locations. Regardless, the pricing trends are useful information even if you look further afield.

According to’s analysis, prices for rooms in Asia have remained flat for some time, with many destinations charging the same as they did 10 years ago. That makes them cheaper when you factor in inflation. In Australia, the scenario is more mixed; Adelaide and Hobart went up compared to 2013, Sydney and Melbourne were flat but still costly, and Darwin and Perth fell. New Zealand has become much more expensive thanks to the improving NZ dollar, with average prices up 15 per cent year on year.

Here are the figures for Australian capital cities (all figures in Australian dollars):

Destination Average price % change since 2013
Sydney $200 1%
Melbourne $177 1%
Brisbane $172 2%
Perth $184 -3%
Adelaide $153 6%
Canberra $185 4%
Hobart $176 6%
Darwin $200 -4%

And here’s a selection of the pricing data from the report for fast-rising overseas destinations:

Destination Average price % change since 2013
New York $317 7%
Rio de Janeiro $299 14%
Cancun $282 19%
Honolulu $281 10%
Boston $272 10%
Morocco $169 41%
Mauritius $277 25%
Greece $196 18%
Qatar $197 17%
New Zealand $162 15%

Lifehacker Australia editor Angus Kidman tries not to pay $200 a night anywhere. His Road Worrier column, looking at technology and organising tips for travellers, appears each week on Lifehacker.

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