The US Cities With the Most Expensive Hotel Room Rates Might Surprise You

by Anthony Losanno

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When you think of expensive lodging, cities like New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco might come to mind. While NYC holds the number two spot in a new survey by, Los Angeles and San Francisco do not make the top ten, and the rest of the list aren’t places that would immediately come to mind.

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Boston came out as the most expensive with an average rate of $303. New York City was next in line at $288, Austin averaged $257, and Cleveland came in fourth with a cost of $234 on average (this is 25% higher than 2022 rates). The rest of the top ten includes:

  • Albuquerque ($233)
  • Nashville ($216)
  • Sacramento ($212)
  • Detroit ($205)
  • Raleigh ($205)
  • Denver ($198)

The survey compared rates across 50 US destinations during October 2023, which is the month when hotel prices in most American cities tend to be the most expensive. Only centrally-located hotels with a three-star rating or more were considered.

Anthony’s Take: I was initially surprised not to see San Francisco on the list as I can remember paying a fortune on the over 200x I’ve been there. When I was there in August, I was shocked at how low many of the city’s best hotels were being offered at including Palace Hotel, A Luxury Collection Hotel (review here) where I stayed.

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pmv October 6, 2023 - 8:55 am

been to key west in a while?

Neh October 6, 2023 - 9:39 am

The era of cheap hotel rooms or mattress runs, well it looks like those days are over.


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