The World's Most Expensive Cities


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

UK – 14TH mARCH 2016

Last Friday the most costly places to live in the world were revealed by the EIU (Economist Intelligence Unit). London came 6th on the list, up five places since last year. Travellers might think they’re restricted by this prohibitive pricing but they’d be wrong. has accommodation – from hotels to ‘posh-tels’ – that prove you can visit and enjoy these incredible destinations on a shoestring budget.

Here’s the EIU’s Top 10 most expensive cities… with affordable accommodation to explore.

1. Singapore

MET A Space Pod

From £44 a night

This hostel offers space-themed accommodation located in Singapore about 650 yards from Raffles Place Station. The hostel has a common lounge where guests can relax and watch TV. Situated in the real heart of Singapore, this property has an excellent location score of 9.6.

2. Zurich


From £401 per night sleeping 8

This incredible apartment boasts views of the mountains and is central, just 350 yards from Kunsthaus Zurich, and 550 yards from the Opera House. Zurich Old Town is a great choice for travellers interested in food, walking and shopping.

3. Hong Kong

Cue Hotel

From £60 per night

Only a 5-minute walk from Wan Chai MTR Station, Cue Hotel is conveniently located in the heart of Wan Chai. Uniquely designed with a modern stay-travel concept, this is one of the best ‘posh-tels’ in Hong Kong.

4. Geneva

Fraser Suites Geneva

From £160 per night

Fraser Suites Geneva is situated in the Rue Du Marché District, 350 yards from St. Pierre Cathedral and a 10-minute walk from the Jet d'Eau, and offers self-catering accommodation units. Each studio at the Fraser Suites Geneva is luxuriously furnished and comes with a well-equipped kitchenette and a living area with a sofa.

5. Paris

Generator Paris

From £61 per night

Stroll through the city without leaving the building at this designer hostel inspired by the ‘cinematic’ sensation of Paris. Hang out in the smart lounge area or have fun in the game rooms when you’re not basking in the sun at the vogue-esque bar.

6. London

The Z Hotel City

From £115 per night

The Z Hotel City offers accommodation in central London, opposite the Royal Courts of Justice, and just a 9-minute walk from Chancery Lane Tube Station. Set in a converted office building, all rooms feature an en-suite wet room, with easy access for the on-site bar.

7. New York

Room Mate Grace Boutique Hotel

From £133 per night

Situated in New York, this design hotel is steps from Times Square and features an indoor pool and a lounge bar. Guests can also use the sauna and gym. The area is a great choice for travellers interested in sightseeing, entertainment and theatre.

8. Copenhagen

Urban House Copenhagen

From £24 per night

Urban House is a trendy, self-service hostel in vibrant Vesterbro, 2 minutes’ walk from Copenhagen’s Central Station. Local craft beer and live music can be enjoyed at the bar and guests can mingle in the billiards lounge and courtyard garden. A designated quiet room, movie room and games room are also available.

9. Los Angeles

Hotel Aventura

From £98 per night

The Aventura Hotel is a new modern boutique hotel in Los Angeles that offers cosmopolitan comfort for both business and leisure travelers. Nestled in the popular and hip community of Koreatown, this brand new hotel serves the local diverse community and is easily accessible by car and public transit.

10. Seoul

Issue Seoul

From £32 per night

Only 550 yards from Hapjeong Subway Station (Line 2) and trendy Hongdae area, Issue Seoul offers air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi. Guests can make use of the shared kitchen and dining area, as well as barbecue facilities. There are also computer stations and a terrace area.

Bright and white, all rooms are fitted with bunk beds. Bathroom facilities are shared, and come with a shower. Room rates include a daily breakfast.

Issue Seoul is a 13-minute drive from Ewha Womans University and a 20-minute drive from the beautiful Gyeongbokgung Palace. It is a 30-minute drive from Gimpo International Airport, while Incheon International Airport is a 50-minute drive away.

Mapo-Gu is a great choice for travellers interested in nightlife and gourmet food.

It's easy to reach Issue Seoul using public transport. If you're travelling by car, you'll find parking available at the property.

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