UNITED STATES The U.S. hotel industry posted the first quarterly increase in average hotel guestroom price earlier this year, according to Hotels.com data. The online travel agent lists Americans’ 10 favorite domestic destinations of the moment.
1. Las Vegas. The most popular domestic destination for U.S. travelers, Las Vegas proves a great bargain as well. According to Hotels.com, the average price per room per night in Las Vegas in the second quarter of 2010 was just US$84, an 8% decrease from the same period in 2009.
2. New York City. Though it might be impossible for many people to associate the word “affordable” with New York City, hotel prices in the second quarter of 2010 dipped 14% from 2009, dropping to US$196 per room per night.
3. Orlando. The Magic City posted a slight dip in prices between 2009 and 2010, slipping from US$88 per room per night to US$87, but it still remains a bargain for families.
4. Chicago. The Windy City remains a popular locale for U.S. travelers, and prices held steady from 2009 to 2010.
5. San Francisco. Few American cities are more beloved than the City By the Bay, which saw prices drop 3% in the second quarter of 2010 compared to the same period a year earlier.
6. San Diego. While hotel prices slightly increased in the second quarter of 2010, the US$124 per room per night average remains affordable.
7. Los Angeles. Tourists who took in all the City of Angels has to offer in the second quarter of 2010 spent just US$125 per room per night, a 2% decrease from a year earlier.
8. New Orleans. Perhaps no city has a more unique personality than New Orleans, which saw the price of rooms drop 11% in 2010.
9. Atlanta. This fast-growing metropolis remains affordable, with the average cost of a room just US$103 per night.
10. Houston. Everything is bigger in Texas except, apparently, the hotel bill. While prices increased slightly in the second quarter of 2010, guestrooms remained affordable at just US$113 per night.