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Chapter 3: A Look at U.S. Hotel Rates

New York City skyline at night

New York City skyline at night

Bourbon Street in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Bourbon Street in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Thereís Nothing You Canít Do in New York (For the Right Price)

New York City holds on tight to its number one spot as the most expensive domestic city in the U.S. at just over $190 a night. Meanwhile, Hawaiian tropical paradise Honolulu, and American history capital Boston, are doing the same with their second and third place spots, both with modest increases of 13% and 7%, respectively.†

Miami, which appeared sixth on the list last year jumps up to fourth and the Big Easy, New Orleans, finally makes its top five debut, while Santa Barbara slips out of the top five down to eighth place. Panama City, Florida which was just shy of the top ten last year makes a notable jump to seventh place with an average daily rate of $146.

The Most Expensive U. S. Cities (DMA)

Rank City State 2010 2011 YoY ADR
1 New York NY $182 $190 +5%
2 Honolulu HI $155 $175 +13%
3 Boston MA $150 $160 +7%
4 Miami FL $148 $159 +7%
5 New Orleans LA $132 $148 +12%
6 Washington, D.C. D.C. $143 $146 +2%
7 Panama City FL $142 $146 +3%
8 Santa Barbara CA $143 $143 0%
9 Anchorage AK $123 $140 +14%
10 Idaho Falls ID $135 $137 +1%
11 Naples FL $133 $136 +2%
12 Chicago IL $128 $136 +6%
13 San Francisco CA $120 $135 +13%
14 Providence RI $125 $135 +8%
15 Palm Springs CA $127 $134 +5%
16 Monterey CA $133 $133 0%
17 Philadelphia PA $127 $131 +3%
18 Juneau AK $129 $131 +1%
19 Charleston SC $124 $130 +5%
20 San Diego CA $122 $128 +5%
21 Seattle WA $122 $127 +4%
22 Austin TX $117 $126 +8%
23 Burlington VT $120 $125 +4%
24 Pittsburgh PA $113 $124 +10%
25 Los Angeles CA $115 $124 +8%
26 Utica NY $116 $123 +6%
27 Bozeman MO $116 $123 +6%
28 Bangor ME $112 $123 +10%
29 Myrtle Beach SC $121 $122 +1%
30 Denver CO $118 $122 +3%
31 Baltimore MD $115 $121 +5%
32 Pensacola FL $106 $121 +15%
33 Portland OR $116 $121 +4%
34 West Palm Beach FL $119 $120 +1%
35 Presque Isle ME $108 $120 +11%
36 Albany NY $116 $116 0%
37 Harlingen TX $120 $116 -3%
38 Elmira NY $102 $115 +13%
39 Norfolk VA $111 $114 +3%
40 San Antonio TX $114 $114 0%
41 Buffalo NY $108 $114 +5%
42 Houston TX $110 $114 +4%
43 Tampa FL $105 $113 +7%
44 Wilmington NC $99 $112 +13%
45 Charlottesville VA $105 $112 +6%
46 Syracuse NY $109 $111 +2%
47 Corpus Christi TX $100 $110 +10%
48 Savannah GA 105.33 109.37 +4%
49 Hartford CT 105.42 108.23 +3%
50 Milwaukee WI 104.18 106.93 +3%