NEW YORK, Oct. 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Sacramento is currently the most expensive city in the United States for hotel accommodations, according to the latest survey by However, this year’s results were heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The survey compared hotel rates across 50 urban destinations. For each destination, determined the average rate for the least expensive double room during October 2020. Only centrally located hotels with a 3-star rating or higher were considered.

At an average price of $131 for the most affordable double room, Sacramento topped the rankings. The podium is completed by Cincinnati and Phoenix, at average rates of $118 and $111, respectively.

The coronavirus heavily impacted hotel rates for many destinations such as Boston, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. Many hotels in these cities are more than 50% more affordable than the same time last year. At average rates of $78 and $73 for the most affordable room, San Francisco and New York City are priced even cheaper—about 60% lower compared to 2019.

On the other hand, destinations relying less on foreign visitors such as Cincinnati and Sacramento are more affordable by only 30%. The least significant COVID impact is recorded in Jacksonville, Indianapolis and Fresno, with hotel rates dropping by less than 10%.

The following table shows the 10 most expensive urban destinations in the U.S. Prices shown reflect the average rate for each city’s cheapest available double room (minimum 3-star hotel) for the period between October 1–30, 2020.

  1. Sacramento $131
  2. Cincinnati $118
  3. Phoenix $111
  4. Boston $110
  5. Pittsburgh $109
  6. El Paso $107
  7. Charlotte $107
  8. Portland $106
  9. San Jose $105
  10. Jacksonville $105

For the full results of the survey, check:

Press Contact, Charlotte Smith, [email protected], +1-805-308-9660 (for all questions related to survey, please send email)


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