Let’s face it: all too often, “affordable accommodations” means your basic cookie-cutter chain-hotel room or a property that’s seen better days. But—surprise!—it can also mean an award-winning hotel at a reasonable price. And who doesn’t want that?
That’s why, when we asked the readers of Travel + Leisure to pick their favorite properties in our annual World’s Best Survey, we noted which spots wouldn’t break the bank. The result is a list of great-value inns, hotels, and resorts that offer appealing ambiance, top-notch service, and a compelling setting. And many offer nightly rates lower than the cost of an iPhone (with no two-year commitment!).
These options span the globe, from the California Wine Country to Tanzania. So whether your travel plans take you around the world or just across state lines, make your hotel stay a luxurious one—without paying an arm and a leg.
Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort
Has 295 rooms and 2 Greg Norman–designed courses that double as an Audubon sanctuary. A complimentary shuttle brings guests to the sister Ritz-Carlton hotel for access to white-sand beaches. Doubles from $229–$499.
Rabbit Hill Inn
Lower Waterford, VT
Romantic getaway (candlelit breakfast; canopy beds) at a restored residence and tavern, both about 200 years old. Doubles from $169, including breakfast and afternoon tea.
Ambergris Caye, Belize
Relaxed island resort of 7 thatched-roof casitas (plus plantation rooms and suites) and 2 pools; the best jumping-off point for exploring the world’s second-largest barrier reef. Doubles from $185–$205.
High-tech and eco-friendly property with 120 modern rooms, 4 blocks from Pike Place Market. Doubles from $209–$479.
Four Seasons Resort Carmelo, Uruguay
Has 20 bungalows, 24 suites, and an Asian-influenced spa on a beach nestled between a eucalyptus forest and the Rio de la Plata, all just a 3-hour trip north of Buenos Aires. Doubles from $240–$445.
Turnberry Resort, a Luxury Collection Hotel
150 rooms (40 recently updated) in a massive estate on a rocky coastal bluff; 2 championship golf courses and a 19th-century lighthouse overlook the bucolic scene. Doubles from $220–$399.
Room to Book: One of the 4 suites named after the legendary golf course’s Open Championship winners: Watson, Norman, Price, and Cink. Each has unique design touches, and all face the craggy Alisa Craig island.
Domaine des Hauts de Loire
Loire Valley, France
A 31-room 19th-century former hunting lodge on 178 forested acres between Blois and Amboise. Doubles from $201.
Inn on Biltmore Estate
A 210-room mansion set on George Vanderbilt’s 8,000-acre Biltmore estate, surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains. Doubles from $189–$379.
Villagio Inn & Spa
A cozy, 112-room escape close to French Laundry that offers digital wine guides and unlimited champagne at breakfast. Doubles from $250–$480, including breakfast.
Serengeti Sopa Lodge
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
A 79-suite secluded hotel with African interiors (traditional masks; handcrafted wood furnishings), overlooking the plains. Doubles from $225–$480, including meals.
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