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Where to stay in the most expensive cities on a shoestring budget


Where to stay in the most expensive cities on a shoestring budget

Auckland, New Zealand – 18TH APRIL 2016  

The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) has revealed its annual list of the most costly places to live around the world. Singapore remains in the top spot, followed by Zurich and Hong Kong. Looking at the ranking of New Zealand cities, Auckland sits joint 38th with Madrid, Barcelona and Brussels. Wellington follows closely at 42nd equal with Nouméa, Stockholm and Seattle.

Travellers might think this prohibitive pricing is restrictive of their adventures, but they’d be wrong. Proving you can visit and enjoy these incredible destinations on a shoestring budget, has accommodation for each city that while affordable, won’t make you feel you’ve missed out on truly experiencing the city.

Here’s the EIU’s Top 10 most expensive cities, with affordable accommodation, priced in New Zealand Dollars, to explore.

  1. Singapore

The Pod – Boutique Capsules

From $56 a night

This sleek and functional hotel, boasts all the necessities for a comfortable stay. Situated in the Kampong Glam area, with an eclectic blend of history, culture and a trendy lifestyle vibe. After a busy day exploring the Burgis market area, relax in your own little capsule, escaping the hustle and bustle of Singapore around you.

2. Zurich


From $851 per night sleeping 8

The Bellevue, based in the centre of Zurich Old Town, is perfect if you are travelling with a group. Lose yourself in cobblestone streets and marvel at 19th century buildings, a stark contrast to the nearby Museum Fur Gestaltung’s (Museum of Design) modern industrial take on architecture.

  1. Hong Kong

Cue Hotel

From $128 per night

Breaking away from the stereotypical hostels, the Cue hotel is reimagining what dorm rooms can be. Located in Wan Chai, home to Hong Kong’s best outlet shopping district, this hotel will have you in the heart of the action whether you’re looking for bars, shopping, or Tai Yuen Street, which is entirely dedicated to selling the latest and greatest toys.

  1. Geneva

Starling Residence

From $206 per night

Spend days in Geneva soaking in the Baths of the Bains des Paquis, part of a man-made beach popular in summer and winter and walking along the nearby Quais de l’Arve. Top off the experience by staying at the modern, airy Starling Residence. You wouldn’t know this accommodation is actually staffed by hotelier students, allowing for a more affordable nightly rate.

  1. Paris

Generator Paris

From $130 per night

Stroll through the city without leaving the building at this designer hostel inspired by the ‘cinematic’ sensation of Paris. Located in the 10th Arrondissement of Paris, an up and coming area of diverse culture and rich history. Taste food from around the world, with a unique Paris twist and visit Museé de l’Eventail, a museum of 800 traditional fans, some dating back to the 17th Century.

  1. London 

The Z Hotel City

From $244 per night

The Z Hotel City really has London on its doorstep. Whether it’s theatre, markets, restaurants or all three, you are in the heart of the action! Situated on Fleet Street, St Paul’s Cathedral is nearby, as are many other London landmarks, located on the adjacent The Strand.

7. New York 

Room Mate Grace Boutique Hotel

From $282 per night

Escape from the hectic New York streets to the luxury of live music in the Room Mate Grace hotel lounge, or enjoy a cocktail at the swim up bar. Just a Broadway inspired hop, skip and jump away from many of New York’s attractions including Times Square and Central Park, you can live the New York lifestyle on a fraction of the New York price tag.

8. Copenhagen

Urban House Copenhagen

From $51 per night

Your immersion into the ‘hippest’ part of Copenhagen doesn’t end when you step foot into the Urban House hostel. Prepare to be entertained by live music, and local craft beer and you settle down for the evening after attending a show or achieving an adrenalin fix at the nearby Tivoli Gardens.

9. Los Angeles

Hotel Aventura

From $208 per night

Hotel Aventura is located in Koreatown, bursting with Korean restaurants, cute stationary stores and even a four-story golf range. If you’re after more adrenalin, head over to the Staples Centre, the self professed sports and entertainment centre of the world.

10. Seoul

Issue Seoul

From $68 per night

Located in the Hongdae Area of central Seoul, staying in this guesthouse will allow you to explore the city in every direction. Hongdae itself has a thriving K-pop scene, the street art, street performances, shopping and of course karaoke all reveal its influence and will have you entertained from the morning into the night.

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