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.
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.
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).
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.