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Chapter 3: How Much Was Your Room?!

Boston's Quincy Market

Honolulu is the ultimate destination for relaxation

The Empire State Building

Most Expensive U.S. Cities: Island Fun

New York City’s hotel prices this year were as steep as its skyscrapers. At $205 per room, it’s 8% more expensive than 2011…and it ain’t getting any cheaper. But it’s not without reason—New York City is the symbol of the western world, a historic metropolis on an island that abounds with people and something to do around every corner.

For around the same price as a hotel room in the Big Apple, you can slow it down, do a 180 and go to the southernmost major city in the U.S—Honolulu, Hawaii. All you need is a swimsuit and pair of flip-flops and you’re ready for a carefree vacation in the sun.

The next two cities with the highest hotel prices aren’t exactly islands, but they have their own draw due to their award-winning sports teams.

Hockey, baseball, football and basketball might be why Boston is numbah three on the list. What’s not to like about a city of sports champions? Grabbing a Fenway frank or hooting and hollering with fans of the 2011 Stanley Cup champs will make you feel like a true Bostonian.

Miami has yet to cool down after the Heat’s NBA championship in June. With its scorching nightlife and sizzling new restaurant scene, this city’s flames cannot be extinguished.

Also high on the list is New Orleans, home of four of the world’s best hotels. At one time, this city’s hotel prices were at an average of $121, and now at $161 per room, New Orleans is steadily increasing in popularity, thanks to savory food, great jazz, historic parks and the city’s unique hospitality.

Charleston, South Carolina made its largest jump yet to $152—52% more than last year’s price. Charleston’s prices have fluctuated from $142 in 2008, to $128 in 2009 and $136 in 2010 to $100 in 2011. This city’s prices may be yo-yoing but its beautiful ocean front and colonial mansions are as charming as years before

Most Expensive U.S. Cities

Rank City (DMA) 2011 2012 YoY ADR
1. New York, NY $190 $205 8%
2. Honolulu, HI $175 $204 17%
3. Boston, MA $161 $172 7%
4. Miami, FL $159 $171 8%
5. New Orleans, LA $148 $161 9%
6. Panama City, FL $146 $160 10%
7. Santa Barbara, CA $143 $156 9%
8. San Francisco, CA $135 $153 13%
9. Charleston, SC $100 $152 52%
10. Victoria, TX $112 $148 32%
11. Monterey, CA $133 $147 10%
12. Washington, D.C. $146 $147 0%
13. Idaho Falls, ID $137 $146 7%
14. Chicago, IL $136 $144 6%
15. Palm Springs, CA $134 $144 8%
16. Anchorage, AK $141 $144 2%
17. Providence, RI $135 $139 3%
18. Austin, TX $126 $138 10%
19. Ft. Myers, FL $136 $136 0%
20. San Diego, CA $128 $135 6%