Survey Reveals Most Expensive U.S. City for Hotels

NASHVILLE, TN—The most expensive city in the United States for accommodation is Nashville, TN, according to a survey by, which compared hotel rates across 50 urban destinations.

For each destination, the average rate for the least expensive double room during October 2019 was established. October is the month in which hotel rates in U.S. cities tend to be at their highest. With an average price of $223 for the most affordable room, Nashville came top of the rankings. Only centrally located hotels rated 3 stars or more were considered for the survey.

Only slightly more affordable is Boston, where the average rate came out as $221 per night. Completing the podium is San Jose, CA, where visitors in October will have to spend an average of $214 for the least expensive room.

At the opposite end of the spectrum, by far the cheapest destination is Las Vegas, where an overnight visitor is likely to find a room for around $70 per night. Also affordable are San Antonio, TX; Baltimore; and Fresno, CA—all of which have average hotel rates below $100 per night.

The following are the 10 most expensive urban destinations in the U.S. The prices shown reflect the average rate for each city’s cheapest available double room (minimum three-star hotel) for the period October 1-31, 2019.

Nashville, TN — $223
Boston — $221
San Jose, CA — $214
San Francisco — $209
Albuquerque, NM — $198
New York City — $196
Austin, TX — $189
Los Angeles — $186
Dallas — $185
Detroit — $185

The survey considered all 36 destinations in the U.S. with populations of 500,000 or greater, as well as 14 selected destinations with a population of 250,000 or greater. Rates were compiled during late September using hotel comparison website Kayak. Only centrally located hotels (downtown or close to downtown) rated at least three stars were considered.

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