4-star vs 5-star: Which UK city is best for a luxury hotel stay?

October 11, 2016

Hotel search website trivago.co.uk has analysed the distribution of 4 and 5-star hotels in key UK cities, in order to advise travellers on where is best for a luxury hotel stay. We looked at the percentage of 4-star and 5-star hotels and the average price of each category, in order to determine which cities offer the best value for money.

Best value: 4-star and 5-star in comparison to average hotel price

City Average Price Average 4-star Price Percentage Difference
Aberdeen £114 £118 4%
London £164 £177 8%
Edinburgh £118 £128 8%
Manchester £102 £113 11%
Cardiff £85 £95 12%
Leeds £81 £92 14%
York £98 £114 16%
Bristol £89 £103 16%
Belfast £88 £103 17%
Oxford £121 £143 18%
Liverpool £83 £101 22%
Glasgow £86 £106 23%
Birmingham £74 £96 29%
City Average Price Average 5-star Price Percentage Difference
Edinburgh £118 £197 67%
Manchester £102 £172 69%
Glasgow £86 £150 74%
Oxford £121 £220 82%
London £164 £337 106%

Cities with at least 15 4-star hotels and four 5-star hotels were considered. Prices are the average price per night from 1 January to 31 December 2015.

In the 4-star category, Aberdeen offers the best value for money, with a 4-star hotel just 4 per cent over the average hotel price. Following this is London and Edinburgh, where a 4-star hotel is 8 per cent more expensive than the average hotel price. Leeds offers the cheapest 4-star hotels, at an average of £92 per night. Although Birmingham offers the worst value for money in comparison to the average hotel price (29 per cent more expensive), a 4-star hotel here is among the cheapest – at £96 per night.

In the 5-star category, Edinburgh again offers good value for money, although the margin is much greater in this category – a 5-star hotel in Edinburgh is on average 67 per cent more expensive than the average hotel price. London has the most expensive 5-star hotels, at an average of £337 per night and 106 per cent above the average hotel price.

Best choice: Percentage of 4-star and 5-star hotels per city

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Again, cities with at least 15 4-star hotels and four 5-star hotels were considered.

Belfast offers the greatest choice of 4-star hotels, with 40 per cent of all hotels, serviced apartments and resorts comprising this category. This is followed by Oxford at 36 per cent and Aberdeen at 34 per cent. In the 5-star category, Oxford offers the most relative choice, with 5-star hotels comprising 11 per cent of hotels, serviced apartments and resorts. This is followed by London, at 10 per cent, and Edinburgh, at 9 per cent.

Price difference: When is it worth considering an upgrade from a 4-star to a 5-star hotel?

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Again, cities with at least four 5-star hotels were considered.

Glasgow is the cheapest city for a 5-star hotel stay, with one night costing an average of £150 – just £44 more than a 4-star hotel. London is the most expensive city for a 5-star hotel, at an average of £337 per night and £160 more than a 4-star hotel.

Denise Bartlett, Communication UK & Ireland: “Star categories can be hard to fathom, with different rules and regulations in different countries. By conducting an in-depth study into 4-star and 5-star hotel distribution and prices across the UK, we hope to advise users on the best places to travel for a luxury hotel stay. For choice, Belfast and Oxford are the best options, with 40 per cent 4-star hotels in Belfast, and 36 per cent 4-star and 11 per cent 5-star in Oxford. For price, Glasgow is the cheapest in the 5-star category while Leeds is cheapest in the 4-star category and Aberdeen offers the best value in comparison to the average hotel price. It is interesting to note that, with the exception of Oxford, destinations in the north of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland are the best options for a luxury hotel stay.”