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The Most Expensive Hotels in America

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There’s an old saying in real estate that the three most important factors in real estate are location, location, and location. The same could be said of the priciest hotels in the United States. Properties that are centrally located near all the attractions can command the highest prices. Base room rates can nudge the four-figure mark a night in cities or regions that draw in millions each year for tourism and business, even if some of the destinations are not worth the cost.

Booking a room right in the heart of the action is an excellent time and stress saver, allowing you to use every precious moment of your trip. It’s a delight — and possibly a necessity — to exit your hotel and find the world at your doorstep. Imagine staying just minutes away from your meeting, or the theater, or the beach, rather than wasting time sitting in traffic or searching for parking — as is the case in these cities with the absolute worst traffic in the world.

At price level, your lodging dollar delivers a spectrum of amenities, from wood-burning fireplaces to spectacular views to round-the-clock access to butlers, concierge or spa services, chefs, and more. You may find yourself running errands in a chauffeured luxury sedan, soaking in an infinity-edge spa tub, relaxing with a snifter of brandy in a wood-paneled library filled with fine art, or rolling out of bed to shoot billiards in your pajamas.

Whether your design preference is the traditional or the cutting-edge, there’s almost certainly something in this pricey hotels category to pique your interest and perhaps influence your travel plans.

To identify the 25 most expensive hotels in the United States, 24/7 Tempo reviewed prices at all hotels in the 200 largest U.S. cities by population. We used prices listed on trivago, a global hotel search platform that compares hotel prices from numerous booking websites. We searched for prices during three different time periods – peak season around Christmas time, the first half of June, and the middle of November. We ranked the hotels based on the lowest hotel price per night.

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Source: Courtesy of Hyatt Corporation

25. Park Hyatt New York
> Location: New York, New York
> Best price: $843 (Expedia)

No one likes having cold feet, and no doubt guests at this hotel appreciate its heated floors, especially in the New York winter. Hundreds of pieces of museum-quality artwork are on display throughout the hotel, rivaled only by the views through the floor-to-ceiling windows. Each room offers a view of the Manhattan cityscape, a private terrace, and some even have a soaking tub. Royal Suite occupants also have their choice of which massive screen to gaze at, the 85-inch bedroom model or the mere 65-inch unit in the living room.


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24. Disneyland Hotel
> Location: Anaheim, California
> Best price: $846 (Hotels.com)

Character is everything at this hotel, specifically every Disney character you can think of. In addition to standard hotel amenities, staying here entitles guests to arrange for dining with their favorite characters. Disney characters are also represented on some of the rooms’ custom furnishings. One-hour early admission to the theme park is a benefit, as well as access to pools, waterslides, whirlpools, cabanas, a spa, and fitness center. Guests are also offered conveniences such as delivery of merchandise to their hotel rooms.

Source: Courtesy of Four Seasons Hotels Limited

23. Four Seasons San Francisco
> Location: San Francisco, California
> Best price: $858 (Booking.com)

Staying fit can be a challenge while traveling, but having access to a basketball court, junior olympic pool, and unlimited fitness classes at your hotel may help. The decor colors in the newly renovated rooms are meant to evoke Northern California’s natural beauty. Each has space for sleeping, relaxing, and working, plus a marble bath. Suites also have a half bath for guests. The Presidential suite’s living room is adorned with silk-lined walls. It also has a dining area, pantry, and wine fridge with a selection of more than 30 sommelier-selected bottles. Need a lift to your meeting or dinner? Hop in the Tesla house car and arrive in style.

Source: Courtesy of Four Seasons Hotels Limited

22. Four Seasons New York Downtown
> Location: New York, New York
> Best price: $877 (Hotels.com)

Designed by the respected architect Robert A. M. Stern, the hotel is located in one of the city’s tallest residential buildings. The hip Tribeca location is just north of the World Trade Center and the financial district. Each room has a marble bath, a Bose sound system, and a choice of mattress toppers from soft to firm. The Royal Suite features an art installation in its entry way, a gas fireplace, a media room, a separate office, and a dining area that accommodates up to 10 people. Meditation, yoga, pilates, boxing and more are among the choices on the spa menu.


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21. The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown, Washington, D.C.
> Location: Washington, D.C.
> Best price: $879 (Hotels.com)

If you’re looking for a 2,980-square-foot suite with plenty of room for entertaining, this is your place. Gather around the gas fireplace in the living room, before heading into the dining room that seats 14 for dinner. The master suite has walk-in closets and an adjoining sitting room. Expect views of the city and the Potomac River, plus a spiffy Bang and Olufsen sound system and Bose stereo.

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20. Skylofts at MGM Grand
> Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
> Best price: $882 (Expedia)

Skyloft accommodations offer a personal touch, including personalized stationery, personal concierge service and a personal escort in elevators. The three-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath suite is spread out over two floors and comes with a billiard room, butler’s pantry, media room, 24-hour butler service, and even color therapy. Some suites include a private plunge pool, an immersion chamber, and an infinity-edge spa tub.


Source: Courtesy of The Lowell Hotel

19. Hotel The Lowell
> Location: New York, New York
> Best price: $882 (Hotels.com)

Guests enter the 3,000-square-foot penthouse suite from its own private elevator landing. The suite comes with three bedrooms, four landscaped terraces with skyline views, a wood-burning fireplace, antique furnishings including a sterling silver mirror, plus custom pieces of fine art. Expect hand-painted fabric wallcovering, Miele and SubZero kitchen appliances, and a conservatory dining room.

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18. Aston Waikiki Beach Tower
> Location: Urban Honolulu, Hawaii
> Best price: $888 (Trip.com)

Unobstructed beach and ocean views are the star of the 1,072-square-foot, two-bedroom presidential suite deluxe. Relax on the private furnished lanai of the 40th floor accommodation, which also has a full kitchen and washer/dryer. Pool, cabanas, jet spa, yoga room, billiard tables, and barbecue grills are also on site.

Source: Courtesy of Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group Limited

17. Mandarin Oriental Boston
> Location: Boston, Massachusetts
> Best price: $895 (Booking.com)

Silk-lined walls, a master bedroom with a walk-in wardrobe and dressing room, a study, and an open-plan living and dining area with an adjoining powder room for guests are just a few of the perks that make up the 2,600-square-foot presidential suite. There’s also a fireplace, a marble bathroom with oversized soaking tub, and large windows framing city views.


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16. Hyatt House at Anaheim Resort-Convention Center
> Location: Anaheim, California
> Best price: $898 (Hotels.com)

This self-described cozy extended-stay hotel is close to theme parks, sports arenas, golf and shopping. So close, in fact, that it offers views of Disneyland® Resort and fireworks from the one-bedroom kitchen tower suite. There’s also a full kitchen and dining accommodations for six.

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15. The Plaza Hotel
> Location: New York, New York
> Best price: $922 (Booking.com)

Located across from Central Park on Fifth Avenue in the heart of Manhattan, the Plaza offers accommodations from the queenly three-bedroom tower suite (crystal chandeliers, 24-carat gold-plated bathroom fixtures, rococo flourishes) to the quirky (the Betsey Johnson-designed Eloise suite in a profusion of pinks, honoring the heroine of “Eloise at the Plaza”).


Source: Courtesy of Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group Limited

14. Mandarin Oriental New York
> Location: New York, New York
> Best price: $924 (Amoma.com)

Views of the Hudson River, the Manhattan skyline, and Central Park abound at this hotel, which is an easy walk to Times Square, Broadway theaters, and Lincoln Center. Or just stroll across the park to Fifth Avenue’s Museum Mile. You’ll find shopping and dining in every direction, including in the same building, though it would be hard to tear yourself away from hotel amenities including the lap pool, private yoga classes, and amethyst crystal steam rooms.

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13. NYC Luxurious Harlem Mansion
> Location: New York, New York
> Best price: $927 (Vrbo)

This five-story, five-bedroom, fully restored 19th-century brownstone mansion is steps away from Marcus Garvey Park, and walking distance to Central Park, the Apollo Theater, the Jazz Museum in Harlem, and a wealth of clubs and dining. The home features four fireplaces, an elevator, a piano, a full kitchen, billiard room, a private garden with a gas grill.

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12. Baccarat Hotels & Residences New York
> Location: New York, New York
> Best price: $930 (Prestigia)

There’s so much to do near this great location, right across the street from Manhattan’s Museum of Modern Art and in the heart of the business and bustle of Midtown. Designed by the famous architecture and design firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, the hotel has a 55-foot swimming pool, spacious spa and fitness center, steam rooms, whirlpool, in-residence personal chef services, and of course a wealth of gleaming Baccarat crystal throughout.


Source: Courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company

11. The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park
> Location: New York, New York
> Best price: $995 (otel.com)

Expect Carrara marble baths with rain showers, cozy areas for relaxing or working, custom furniture, and specially commissioned works by New York artists. The suites have park or city views, some include telescopes for a closer look at Central Park, and some accommodations include complimentary access to the Club Lounge, which offers food and beverages multiple times throughout the day. Other special touches include coffee table books shedding light on local topics like fashion, the arts, and city life; La Prairie spa, featuring luxurious Swiss products; and private trainers in the 24-hours fitness center. The hotel even has a signature scent, 50 Central Park.

Source: Courtesy of Jet Luxury Resorts

10. Jet Luxury Resorts St Regis New York
> Location: New York, New York
> Best price: $1,055 (Amoma.com)

Located at the intersection of 55th Street and Fifth, this hotel is close to Central Park, the Museum of Modern Art, the theater district, and more. You’ll find high-ceilinged suites decorated with ornate Louis XVI-style furniture, original architectural details such as deeply carved crown moldings, ornate crystal chandeliers, inviting marble baths, and luxe silk wall coverings. Services include a 24-hour butler.


Source: Courtesy of Four Seasons Hotels Limited

9. Four Seasons Hotel New York
> Location: New York, New York
> Best price: $1,095 (Booking.com)

This striking art deco building was designed by vaunted architect I.M. Pei, and it boasts views of Central Park, the luxury skyscrapers along Billionaires’ Row, and the Hudson and East rivers. Besides use of a Rolls-Royce house car, guests will enjoy rooms with custom hand-crafted furniture, marble baths, private terraces, plus a spa, 24-hour fitness center, steam, and sauna. Children get some perks, too, with child-proof rooms, pint-size robes, baby toiletries, complimentary use of strollers and other gear, plus coloring books, toys, and games.

Source: Courtesy of AccorHotels

8. Fairmont Heritage Place Ghirardelli Square
> Location: San Francisco, California
> Best price: $1,146 (Trip.com)

An all-suite hotel just steps from San Francisco Bay, the sophisticated contemporary room design includes hardwood floors, exposed brick, open ceilings, fireplaces, and breathtaking views. The full kitchen features appliances by Bosch, SubZero, and Wolf, and even a wine fridge. Chefs and waiters are available for catering, 24-hour butler and concierge service are offered, as are bicycles with helmets and locks, and outdoor terraces with firepits.

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7. The Grand Islander by Hilton Grand Vacations
> Location: Urban Honolulu, Hawaii
> Best price: $1,199 (HomeAway)

Each suite has a balcony offering city, mountain, or ocean views, a ceiling fan, a fully equipped kitchen, and a washer and dryer. If you can tear yourself away from the pool, beach, fishing, snorkeling, fitness facility, and video arcade, you’ll discover there’s also a business center.


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6. Sunset Mid-Century Retreat
> Location: Los Angeles, California
> Best price: $1,332 (Expedia)

Designed by the renowned architect Richard Neutra, this luxury villa has been featured in numerous design magazines. Cool and sleek outside and in, the property has a private pool, hot tub and whirlpool, a fully equipped kitchen, a home office, washer/dryer, four bedrooms and four baths. Concierge, car service, chef service, and spa treatments are available.

Source: Courtesy of Firmdale Hotels

5. Crosby Street Hotel
> Location: New York, New York
> Best price: $1,350 (Booking.com)

Filled with unique art and design features from its lobby to its drawing room to its sculpture garden, this hotel is appropriately located in New York’s SoHo district, which is known for its art galleries. Each guest room has a different decor, granite baths, and enormous windows. The hotel’s 12th-floor kitchen garden not only has fabulous views, but also it supplies the in-house restaurant with fresh produce. You may even find eggs on the menu from the rooftop chicken coop.


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4. Canyon Ranch
> Location: Tucson, Arizona
> Best price: $1,407 (Booking.com)

The Canyon Ranch in Tucson offers almost countless treatments for body, mind, and spirit. Fitness amenities include different sports, hiking, and multiple pools (for lap swimming, therapy, massage, or working out on underwater treadmills). For the mind, the wellness resort offers services to help with sleep disorders, grief, and stress management. Spiritual wellness includes tarot card reading, astrology, handwriting analysis, and developing your sixth sense.

Source: Courtesy of Four Seasons Hotels Limited

3. Four Seasons Hotel Boston
> Location: Boston, Massachusetts
> Best price: $1,545 (TiCATi.com)

Set in the historic Back Bay neighborhood, many rooms at the Four Seasons feature views of the Boston Public Garden or the city’s skyline. Marble bathrooms, a pool, spa, use of a house car, plus babysitting and cookie baking classes for kids are among this centrally located hotel’s amenities. Looking for a grand piano, a dining room to seat 10 with a service kitchen, or a surround-sound entertainment system? You’ll find those here, too.

Source: Courtesy of Airbnb

2. Luxury Mansion At Biltmore Estates
> Location: Phoenix, Arizona
> Best price: $2,000 (Vrbo)

Set on a golf course with views of Camelback Mountain, this Spanish-style mansion features hand-carved walls and ceilings and elaborate tile work throughout. Besides eight bedrooms, 11 baths, and three kitchens, amenities include a gym, sunbeds, a sauna, a movie theater, multiple fireplaces, a pool, and a Jacuzzi.


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1. Moana Lani
> Location: Urban Honolulu, Hawaii
> Best price: $3,490 (Vrbo)

Get away from it all with nine of your closest friends to this waterfront Oahu property. There are five bedrooms in the main house, each with its own bath, and a guest house, plus a half bath for guests. Outside, relax on the lanai (covered porch), watch whales and turtles from the water-side terrace, enjoy the pool, hot tub, fire pit and barbecue, or snorkel and kayak just steps from the house. Inside, find a pool table, ceiling fans, media room, and much more.

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