Survey: Boston ranks as priciest U.S. city for hotels

Boston is the most expensive city in the U.S. for hotel accommodation this month, with an ADR of $262 for the most affordable double room, according to a new survey by

The survey compared hotel rates across 50 U.S. destinations from Oct. 1-31, when hotel prices in most American cities tend to be at their highest. Only centrally-located hotels with a 3-star rating or more were considered.

Second and third were Austin and Detroit, where hotel guests can expect to pay ADRs of $255 and $244, respectively, for the least expensive room. In the fourth position, and just a fraction cheaper, was New York City, with an ADR of $240 per night.

Compared to 2021, when the COVID-19 pandemic still impacted rates, hotel prices in Detroit have risen by more than 90% this year. Even when contrasted with pre-COVID levels, rates in Detroit are about 30% higher. It’s also the first time the city has appeared in the top three of the survey.

At the other end of the scale, the least expensive U.S. city for accommodation emerged as San Antonio, where travelers can find a room for an ADR of $107. Only slightly more expensive were Omaha, NE, and Las Vegas, with ADRs of $109 and $110, respectively.

The following table shows the 10 most expensive city destinations in the U.S. for hotel stays. Prices shown reflect the ADR for each city’s cheapest available double room (in a centrally located hotel with at least 3 stars) for the period Oct. 1-31.

1. Boston: $262
2. Austin: $255
3. Detroit: $244
4. New York City: $240
5. Nashville: $225
6. Pittsburgh: $220
7. Sacramento: $217
8. Kansas City, MO: $208
9. Albuquerque, NM: $205
10. Dallas: $198

Boston, at $236, was the priciest city in last year’s survey covering the same period of Oct. 1-31, followed by Nashville ($209) and Albuquerque ($184). The least expensive city, by a large margin, was Las Vegas at $52.

For both years, the survey considered all 36 destinations in the U.S. with populations of more than 500.000, as well as 14 selected destinations with a population of more than 250.000.