Study shows most, least expensive cities for overnight accommodations

A new study by online booking platform reveals the cities and areas in which travelers can expect to find bargains and which will test the limits of the budget when it comes to a place to lay your weary head., which enables adventurous travelers to search and book hundreds of campsites in Europe, expanded its reach and surveyed the most popular cities for travelers staying more than a single night. Using data from the UN World Tourism Organization, it compiled the 2017 Accommodation Price Index.

For each of the destinations, Campsy researched the price of a three-night stay in a hotel room for two people over a period of 12 months, then standardized the findings to determine the total cost per night. Figures for hostels were derived using the same method.

For peer-to-peer accommodation services such as Airbnb and Homeaway, the study researched prices for renting an entire apartment, except in those cities with restrictions on renting full apartments. In those cases, it looked at prices of a double room in an apartment, then standardized the results to compare with the cost of a full apartment.

The study looked at 157 cities around the world, as well as 51 regions that are popular tourist destinations.

It may not come as a surprise that the most expensive city for travelers overall is Monte-Carlo, Monaco. In that city on the French Riviera, even a modest one-star hotel will set a couple back the equivalent of $312 per night. Want to move upmarket? A three-star hotel will cost just over $705 a night while bumping it to a five-star property will cost more than $2,700 per night.

In that location, travelers could snag a peer-to-peer accommodation for a bit over $209 per night or, for the really frugal (or those who stayed too long in the area’s casinos), a hostel for about $30 a night.

Overall, the French resort town of St. Tropez was second most expensive, followed by Reykjavik, Iceland; San Francisco; New York; Boston; Ibiza, Spain; Chicago; Venice; and Washington, D.C.

The world’s least-expensive city overall was Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where a five-star hotel room could be had for less than $300 a night, peer-to-peer lodging for about $63 per night, and a hostel for $8. Skopje, Macedonia was second-cheapest followed by Tirana, Albania; Antalya, Turkey; Sofia, Bulgaria; Belgrade, Serbia; Bogota, Columbia; Istanbul, Turkey; Bucharest, Romania; and Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Looking for five-star accommodations? The best deal is in Sarajevo, where a room is less than $260 a night.

The 9th most expensive vacation region
When looking at popular regions, Hither Hills State Park in New York was the most expensive overall, with hotels ranging from $450 for a one-star to $1,620 for a five-star property.

Yellowstone National Park was second followed by Yosemite National Park, Acadia National Park in Maine, the Lake Geneva region of Switzerland, Cayo Costa State Park in Florida, the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region of France, the Ticino region of Switzerland, Grand Canyon National Park, and the East of England.

Complete study results are available here.

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