Currency changes make luxury hotels more affordable in Moscow, Sao Paulo
Hotel Baltschug Kempinski in Moscow.

Currency changes make luxury hotels more affordable in Moscow, Sao Paulo

TORONTO — The price of a five-star hotel room in Moscow, in Canadian dollars, fell 24 per cent to $202 in the first half of 2015 compared with the same period in 2014, according to a Hotels.com survey. The drop coincided with a slide in the value of the ruble versus the dollar.

As well, four-star accommodation in Sao Paulo, Brazil’s largest city, dropped 30 per cent to $152, along with a decline in the Brazilian real versus the loonie.

It’s a good time for Canadians to travel to those cities, “especially if you wanted to splurge,” said Hotels.com travel expert Taylor Cole.

Warsaw offered the cheapest price for a five-star room during the same period — C$148 — followed by Berlin at $193 and Mumbai at $198.

At the other end of the scale, Canadians paid the most for five-star hotels in Los Angeles ($730), Montreal ($629), Tokyo ($607), Honolulu ($606) and Miami ($601).

The data are based on Hotels.com bookings. The company notes there is no worldwide star-rating system.

“Travellers should be aware of a possible disparity of standards and facilities when booking rooms with the same star ratings in different countries,” Hotels.com says.


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