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Europe on a Budget: Hotels Prague Metro

It’s easy to see why travelers fall in love with Prague. This Iron-Curtain capitol has shed its communist past for hedonistic nightlife in a picture-postcard setting. And it is cheap!

Hotels Prague Metro. Střížkov 4 Photo By Karelj
Hotels Prague Metro. Střížkov 4 Photo By Karelj

Comparison of Three Star Hotels Prague Metro

No wonder only London, Paris, Rome and Istanbul get more annual visitors; Prague packs a city-break punch for over six million visitors per annum. It is easy to get around too, with 65.2 km (40.5 mi) of metro train lines.

Hotels in the city centre are reasonably priced, but for a real bargain head east on the B-line to Prague 9. This suburb is home to the O2 Arena that has played host to Madonna and Lady Gaga. So, if you time your visit well, you can catch some international stars live.

And how much money can you expect to save in Prague 9? A lot! Expect to pay around $34.14 per night for a respectable hotel with Wi-Fi and (in some cases) breakfast.

Price per room per night March 2017      
Hotel Arko $26.25 € 25.00 £21.75
Hotel Inturprag $27.30 € 26.00 £22.62
Hotel Bella $31.50 € 30.00 £26.10
Hotel 51 $31.50 € 30.00 £26.10
Elen’s Hotel Arlington $32.55 € 31.00 £26.97
Bridge $35.70 € 34.00 £29.58
Hotel Max $35.70 € 34.00 £29.58
Hotel Imos $38.85 € 37.00 £32.19
Hotel Penzion Praga $39.90 € 38.00 £33.06
HOTEL ARÉNA $43.05 € 41.00 £35.67
Three Star Hotel Average $34.13 € 32.50 £28.28

Wikipedia Prague

Vaclav Havel Airport 10 kms (6 mi) west of the city centre is the busiest airport in the newer EU states with 12,030,928 passengers per year. The hottest month is July with an average high of 24.4°C (75.9°F). The coldest month is January with an average low of minus4.0°C (25.0°F). The rainiest month is May with 77.2 mm (3.039 inches).

@NomadicYou What will you splurge on with those savings from the Hotels Prague Metro?

Hotel Room vs AirBnB Apartment Cost Comparison

What you can expect to pay in Warsaw, Budapest, Johannesburg, Athens, Istanbul, Lisbon and Cape Town for a hotel room versus an AirBnB apartment?

AirBnB Apartment Cost vs Hotel Cost. Photo Flickr
AirBnB Apartment Cost vs Hotel Cost. Photo Flickr

Budget Destination: Average AirBnB Apartment Cost

For this comparison, we looked at the average cost for an AirBnB ‘entire place’ for a one night stay. Yes, it is possible to get a ‘room only’, but it seems a fairer comparison since hotel rooms have an own bathroom.

The main benefit of having an AirBnB would be access to a kitchen and (often) a separate living area. Also, it can be useful if the AirBnB comes with a washing machine. Lastly, AirBnB apartments may be in quieter residential neighbourhoods; if you like a jog in the ‘burbs.

AirBnB “Entire Place”      
Warsaw $61.03 €57.98 £50.04
Budapest $65.55 €62.28 £53.75
Athens $68.11 €64.70 £55.85
Johannesburg $73.88 €70.18 £60.58
Istanbul $75.34 €71.57 £61.78
Lisbon $96.36 €91.54 £79.02
Cape Town $130.38 €123.86 £106.91

Budget Destination: Average Three Star Hotel Cost

The advantages in staying in a hotel versus an AirBnB are; Hotels are in more central city locations near transit; this central location  means there are more amenities and entertainment options close by. Secondly, the hotel staff are on hand to clean your room and to quickly address any problems you may be having . Lastly, you may feel more secure, especially if the hotel has surveillance systems and security guards.

Nomadic You has researched the best budget hotels to stay that are near public transport. These are the average three-star hotel prices we have so far;

Three Star Hotel Average      
Athens $48.23 €45.82 £39.55
Budapest $49.29 €46.83 £40.42
Istanbul $49.86 €47.37 £40.89
Warsaw $51.19 €48.63 £41.98
Johannesburg $56.59 €53.76 £46.40
Lisbon $63.95 €60.75 £52.44
Cape Town $85.56 €81.28 £70.16

Is a Hotel room or an AirBnB best?

Both options have pros and cons then. But, it seems that an AirBnB apartment will often come at a premium. We find that AirBnB apartments in Warsaw have the smallest price premium at $9.84 per night. While Cape Town has the largest at $44.82.

AirBnB Premium Hotel AirBnB Premium
Warsaw $51.19 $61.03 $9.84
Budapest $49.29 $65.55 $16.26
Johannesburg $56.59 $73.88 $17.29
Athens $48.23 $68.11 $19.88
Istanbul $49.86 $75.34 $25.48
Lisbon $63.95 $96.36 $32.41
Cape Town $85.56 $130.38 $44.82

@NomadicYou Do you prefer to pay the extra AirBnB apartment cost for the space and an equipped kitchen?

My hunch is that digital nomads and remote workers would rather have a quick hotel breakfast and save the time they would otherwise have spent in the AirBnB kitchen.

Europe on a Budget: Hotel Cost Warsaw

You’ll love Warsaw’s nightlife and historic old town. And this central European gem is affordable too; Nomadic You compiled this;

Hotel Cost Warsaw. Warsaw Tram at Old Town Photo by あみでん Color Dodge
Warsaw Tram at Old Town Photo by あみでん Color Dodge

Comparison of Three Star Hotel Cost Warsaw.

Warsaw is one of the most livable cities in the world, although the traffic congestion is quite bad. But you can beat the traffic by exploring using transit. Choose staying near one of the station on the M1 metro line between Młociny and Ursynów stations for easy access to the city centre.

We’ve rounded up 10 Warsaw hotels that are near the M1 metro stations. Most of the affordable options are just south of the city centre near Politechnika station. This station is close to the Warsaw University of Technology so you are bound to find somewhere fun to drink a beer.

Expect to pay around $51.19 per night for a respectable hotel with breakfast and free Wi-Fi.

Price per room per night March 2017      
Campanile Varsovie € 41.00 $43.05 £34.85
Hotel Karat € 43.00 $45.15 £36.55
Hotel MDM City Centre € 43.00 $45.15 £36.55
Ibis Warszawa Stare Miasto € 43.00 $45.15 £36.55
Hotel Metropol € 44.00 $46.20 £37.40
Osir Polna € 48.00 $50.40 £40.80
Hotel Reytan € 55.00 $57.75 £46.75
Hotel Hetman € 55.00 $57.75 £46.75
Belwerdski € 59.00 $61.95 £50.15
Hotel Gromada Warszawa Centrum € 63.00 $66.15 £53.55
Three Star Hotel Average € 48.75 $51.19 £41.44

Wikipedia Warsaw

Chopin Airport 10 kms (6.21 mi) south-west of Warsaw is the busiest airport in Poland with 11,205,222 passengers per year. The hottest month is July with an average high of 24.4°C (75.9°F). The coldest month is January with an average low of minus4.2°C (24.4°F). The rainiest month is July with 73mm (2.87 inches).

@NomadicYou Does the low hotel cost Warsaw make you want to book a flight and dig into some hearty polish cuisine?

Best Budget Hotels Budapest in Terézváros

Exploring Budapest by transit is easy from Terézváros. Nomadic You rounds up the average hotel prices in this;

Best Budget Budapest Hotels near Andrássy Avenue Photo by Derzsi Elekes Andor
Best Budget Budapest Hotels near Andrássy Avenue Photo by Derzsi Elekes Andor

Top 10 Best Budget Hotels Budapest List

Terézváros just outside the Budapest city centre has convenient access to both the yellow and blue metro lines. Take the yellow line to Vörösmarty tér station next to the Danube for a stroll. Shopping is also at your doorstep at WestEnd City one of Europe’s largets malls.

For a more authentic shopping or dining experience try Andrássy Avenue bordering Terézváros on the south-east. Andrássy út which dates back to 1872 was recognised as a World Heritage Site in 2002. This main shopping street has cafés, restaurants, theatres and luxury boutiques with plenty of Neo-renaissance facades to admire.

Terézváros hotels are good value too: Expect to pay around $49.29 per night for a respectable hotel with breakfast and free Wi-Fi.

Price per room per night March 2017      
Revaj Hotel 29.00 € $30.16 £24.65
Silver Hotel Budapest City Center 30.00 € $31.20 £25.50
Hotel Metro 37.00 € $38.48 £31.45
City Hotel Unio 40.00 € $41.60 £34.00
Benczur Hotel 40.00 € $41.60 £34.00
City Hotel Ring 42.00 € $43.68 £35.70
Star Inn Hotel BudapestCentrum 47.00 € $48.88 £39.95
Andrassy Thai Hotel 59.00 € $61.36 £50.15
Six Inn Hotel 65.00 € $67.60 £55.25
Medosz Hotel 76.00 € $79.04 £64.60
Three Star Hotel Average 46.50 € $49.29 £39.53

 Wikipedia Budapest

Ferenc Liszt International Airport 16 kms (9.9 mi) east of Budapest is the busiest airport in Hungary with 10,289,180 passengers per year. The hottest month is July with an average high of 26.7°C (80.1°F). The coldest month is January with an average low of minus1.6°C (29.1°F). The rainiest month is June with 63 mm (2.48 inches).

@NomadicYou Strolling the Danube or fine dining at Andrássy Avenue from your these Best Budget Hotels Budapest ?

Athens by Metro: The best budget Omonoia hotels

Athens has affordable hotels, sunny weather and a great metro system for exploring city sights. Plan your trip with these 10 best budget Omonoia hotels.

Best Budget Omonoia Hotels, near Acropolis in Athens, Photo by Christophe Meneboeuf
Acropolis in Athens, Photo by Christophe Meneboeuf

Want to explore Athens by metro but you can’t find a cheap hotel near Syntagma square? Then Nomadic You has just the solution for you; Omonoia metro station is a convenient transport hub with passenger traffic equal to that of the Syntagma metro station.

Hotels near Omonoia square are affordable and it is a convenient base for travelers and digital nomads. For example, from Omonoia you can take the M2 metro line to Akropoli station to explore the Parthenon. Got a ferry to catch to the Isles? No problem, just take the M1 line to Piraues.

Cheap Athens Metro hotels

It is easy then to save on money on a rental car and taxi fares when you are so close to the Athens metro. What should you budget to pay for the best budget Omonoia hotels? Expect to pay around $48.23 per night for a respectable three-star  hotel with breakfast and free Wi-Fi.

Price per room per night March 2017  
Achillion Hotel 38.00 € $40.28 £32.30
Hotel Solomou 40.00 € $42.40 £34.00
Apollo Hotel 40.00 € $42.40 £34.00
Minoa Athens Hotel 43.00 € $45.58 £36.55
Exarchion Hotel 45.00 € $47.70 £38.25
Best Western My Athens 46.00 € $48.76 £39.10
Best Western Hotel Museum 50.00 € $53.00 £42.50
Athens Odeon Hotel 50.00 € $53.00 £42.50
Best Western Hotel Pythagorion 51.00 € $54.06 £43.35
Attalos Hotel 52.00 € $55.12 £44.20
Three Star Hotel Average 45.50 € $48.23 £38.68

Wikipedia Athens Weather

Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport, 34.9 kms (21.7 mi) east of Syntagma Square is the 30th busiest airport in Europe with 18,086,894 passengers per year. The hottest month is August with an average high of 33.7°C (92.7°F). The coldest month is January with an average low of 6.8°C (44.2°F). The rainiest month is December with 69.1 mm (2.72 inches).

@NomadicYou Seaside #Glyfada or cultural #Acropolis? Which is your #Athens vibe?

Top 10 Johannesburg Hotels: Where and When to Stay

The best budget Johannesburg hotels #Hatfield; Where you can stay to explore by transit and when the weather is best

Hatfield near Union Buildings derek-wolmarans
Hatfield near Union Buildings derek-wolmarans

Hotels Hatfield

Okay not technically in Jo’burg, but Hatfield is only 33 minutes by Gautrain to Sandton and makes a great base from which to explore Jo’burg and Pretoria. There are a wide range of hotels in Hatfield and neighboring Arcadia. Hotels here are more affordable than those which cater for well-healed business travelers in Sandton.

Hatfield is also home to one of South Africa’s top universities; The University of Pretoria. You will be sure to find some buzzing pubs with lithe young creatures that cater to the university crowd. I’ve researched rates for March 2017 and you can expect to pay around R808.40 per night for a good three-star hotel with breakfast and free Wi-Fi.

Top 10 Budget Johannesburg Hotels

Price per room per night March 2017    
Protea Hotel by Marriot Pretoria Capital R 623.00 $43.61 39.87 € £34.27
The Park Lodge R 690.00 $48.30 44.16 € £37.95
Hotel 224 R 700.00 $49.00 44.80 € £38.50
Protea Hotel by Marriot Pretoria Hatfield R 724.00 $50.68 46.34 € £39.82
Arcadia Hotel R 781.00 $54.67 49.98 € £42.96
Morning Star Express Hotel R 810.00 $56.70 51.84 € £44.55
Sierra Burgers Park Hotel R 821.00 $57.47 52.54 € £45.16
Holiday Inn Express Pretoria Sunnypark R 960.00 $67.20 61.44 € £52.80
Manhattan Hotel R 970.00 $67.90 62.08 € £53.35
Protea Hotel by Marriot Pretoria Manor R 1 005.00 $70.35 64.32 € £55.28
Three Star Hotel Average R 808.40 $56.59 51.74 € £44.46

Wikipedia Johannesburg 

 O.R. Tambo International Airport 22.5 kms (14 mi) east of Sandton CDB is Africa’s busiest airport with 20,375,626 passengers per year. The hottest month is January with an average high of 25.6°C (78.1°F). The coldest month is June with an average low of 4.1°C (39.4°F). The rainiest month is January with 125mm (4.92 inches).

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