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Hotels in Nashville Top List as Priciest in US

Survey looks at October hotel rates to determine best cities for affordable stays

Nashville may just be the the most expensive city in the United States to stay overnight, according to a survey by The booking site compared hotel rates across 50 urban destinations.

Looking at rates for this month of October, the month in which hotel rates in US cities tend to be at their highest, the booking site saw an average price of $223 as the benchmark the most affordable rooms in Nashville came top of the rankings. Only centrally located hotels rated with three stars or more were considered for the survey.

Only slightly more affordable, Boston came in with the average rate of $221 per night. Completing the trilogy was San Jose, where visitors in October are spending an average of $214 for the least expensive room.

Least Expensive US Hotel Rates

At the bottom end of the spectrum, the cheapest destination by far turned out to be Las Vegas, where an overnight visitor is likely to find a room for around $70 per night. Other affordable cities are San Antonio, Baltimore and Fresno, all of which have average hotel rates below $100 per night.

Top Ten Most Expensive US Cities for Hospitality

1. Nashville $223

2. Boston $221

3. San Jose $214

4. San Francisco $209

5. Albuquerque $198

6. New York City $196

7. Austin $189

8. Los Angeles $186

9. Dallas $185

10. Detroit $185


The survey considered all 36 destinations in the USA with populations of > 500.000, as well as 14 selected destinations with a population of > 250.000. For each destination, the average price for the cheapest available double room was established for the time period 1 1-31 October 2019. Rates were compiled during late September using hotel comparison website Kayak. Only centrally located hotels (downtown or close to downtown) rated at least 3 stars were considered.