Lonely Planet Writer

This place has the most expensive hotel rates in the US this summer

Saratoga Springs, New York is the priciest place in the US to get a hotel this summer, according to a new survey from Cheaphotels.org.

Canfield Casino, built 1870, a national historic landmark in Congress Park, Saratoga Springs, New York, USA. Renaissance-Revival building itself is only survivor from resort era, and is a three-story building faced in brick. Houses Saratoga Springs History Museum, Walworth Memorial Museum, and Ann Grey Gallery.
Canfield Casino, built 1870, a national historic landmark in Congress Park, Saratoga Springs, New York, USA. Renaissance-Revival building itself is only survivor from resort era, and is a three-story building faced in brick. Houses Saratoga Springs History Museum, Walworth Memorial Museum, and Ann Grey Gallery. Image by Barry Winiker

The survey compared US cities based on the minimum price customers would have to spend on the cheapest available double room for the month of August – including only hotels or inns located close to the city centre or the beach with a rating of at least two stars. The average overnight rate was $332 in Saratoga Springs – a town in upstate New York that is best known for its horse racing at the Saratoga Race Course, with racing running through August.

Nantucket Island, Massachusetts.
Nantucket Island, Massachusetts. Image by Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism / CC BY-SA 2.0

Saratoga Springs is followed by the island destination of Nantucket, Massachusetts at $329 per night, and Montauk, which is the eastern part of Long Island at $326 – both of which were only a few dollars cheaper. Nantucket, located 30 miles south of Cape Cod, and Montauk are both popular summer destinations for travellers from Boston or New York. The next priciest destinations are Santa Monica, California ($271), Portland, Maine ($267); Cape May, New Jersey ($246); Newport, Rhode Island ($234); Provincetown, Massachusetts ($232); Calistoga, California ($227); and Beverly Hills, California ($221).

Montauk Lighthouse. Montauk, New York.
Montauk Lighthouse. Montauk, New York. Image by Tim Drivas Photography/Getty Images

While a New York destination came out priciest in the US, an earlier survey from NewYorkHotels.org found that the most expensive destination in the state was East Hampton on Long Island, with an average price of $324 per night for the cheapest rooms. That survey listed Saratoga Springs as the fourth most expensive destination in New York State, following East Hampton, Shelter Island and Southampton.