For the best value in summer accommodations, it’s Vegas, baby
By Jay Keller
The average nightly rate for a four-star hotel in U.S. cities has risen 18 percent since the 2012 summer travel period marking the third-largest increase in year-over-year hotel rates, according to a new data published by TripAdvisor on Tuesday.
Despite the rising hotel prices this summer, TripAdvisor also says that travelers can still great deals on accommodations by comparing costs of an evening out and overnight stay using data compiled in its TripIndex Cities 2013.
TripAdvisor uses the index to outline prices that travelers can expect to pay between June 1 and August 31, 2013, minus the required transportation cost to that particular city.
The index lists the “most-affordable” and “most-expensive” cities for a couple by combining the average costs to stay in a four-star hotel, a two-course dinner with a bottle of wine, cocktails for two and taxi transportation up to two miles to and from the airport.
Las Vegas offers the most affordable stay at $272.94, according to TripAdvisor, signaling good news for the local tourism industry hit hard by the recent economic downturn.
At the other end of the spectrum, Honolulu rings up the biggest tab with a TripIndex cost of $504.94.
A look at just hotel prices alone, the index measures a 26- to 33-percent increase in five cities since 2012: Orlando (+33%), Denver (+32%), Honolulu (+29%), Los Angeles (+29%) and Seattle (+26%).
Based on that data, travelers can stay one night in a Honolulu hotel ($389.36) for the price of a three-night stay in a Las Vegas hotel ($135.94 per night).
“With travelers’ sights set on summer escapes, TripIndex has identified world class cities where visitors can get the biggest bang for their buck,” TripAdvisor spokesperson Brooke Ferencsik said in Tuesday’s statement.