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TripAdvisor: Honolulu is highest-priced U.S. city

By Erika Engle


Honolulu has leapt to the top spot on an annual TripAdvisor list, but the news could give potential visitors pause about booking travel here.

The travel site ranks Honolulu the highest-priced U.S. destination this summer following a 29 percent increase in summer hotel prices since last year.

Honolulu jumped four spots from the summer 2012 list, “leapfrogging” New York City, Boston, and San Francisco, according to a statement.

The site’s TripIndex Cities list bases its rankings on the combined costs for two for a one-night stay at a four-star hotel, cocktails, a two-course dinner paired with a bottle of wine and round-trip taxi transportation of two miles each way.

Honolulu costs rang up at $504.94 compared to No. 2 New York City at $504.25 and No. 3 Boston, at $473.59.

The same night in Las Vegas, the cheapest U.S. city, would be $272.94.

Oslo, Norway, tops the list of international destinations at $581.08. Oslo is followed by Zurich, Switzerland, at $523.41, and Stockholm, Sweden, at $521.68.

The least expensive international destinations are Sofia, Bulgaria, where the same night would cost $158.42, followed by Hanoi, Vietnam at $176.14, and Warsaw, Poland, at $187.45.

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serious wrote:
I believe it. And those other cities don't have the Jones Act!!
on June 11,2013 | 06:53AM
allie wrote:
Our hotels are gauging the public. It will not last though. War may intervene. Israel is demanding that Obama bomb Iran and Syria, spike oil prices, and slow tourism. They refuse to fight their own wars or pay for therm.
on June 11,2013 | 07:24AM
copperwire9 wrote:
yeah yeah yeah.
on June 11,2013 | 12:17PM
hawaiikone wrote:
There was no holocaust either, right?
on June 11,2013 | 02:22PM
honopic wrote:
If they are "guaging" the public, alle, what do the guages read? For a 6th-year UH student, your English and punctuation are pathetic.
on June 11,2013 | 03:24PM
sailfish1 wrote:
Hawaii's hotels will soon price themselves out of the market. That will mean disaster for Hawaii since tourism is our only industry (military also, maybe).
on June 11,2013 | 07:40AM
allie wrote:
on June 11,2013 | 08:14AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Remember the cautionary tale of the Golden Goose.
on June 11,2013 | 08:01AM
mcc wrote:
Hotels are bleeding the public. Even locals cannot afford the Kamaaina rates. Tourists will stop coming because of the ridiculous prices for rooms and hotels will be empty because they chased the locals away.
on June 11,2013 | 08:19AM
kiragirl wrote:
Greedy hotel owners and union workers.
on June 11,2013 | 08:25AM
313invegas wrote:
The price keeps going up because the tourists keep coming. Waikiki has seen record number of visitors recently. If hotels get too expensive and the tourist stop coming then the hotels will drop their rates to get them coming back. Supply and demand. I just wish hotels were made to pay a higher tax to the State of Hawaii instead of sending all that profit back to the mainland CEOs.
on June 11,2013 | 10:11AM
Maili2 wrote:
Vacation rentals are much cheaper than hotels and pretty nice and quiet, you get a little kitchen usually so you can make your own food which cuts down costs big time. Worth looking into, there's some good ones in Kailua close to beach.
on June 11,2013 | 11:58AM
lew4543 wrote:
What did they expect ? It's expensive having the best weather on the planet ! It's hard for the citizens living here so it should be just as hard for the tourists coming in for a visit. Maybe when we get the rail, the prices will be cheaper ? Got to ask the experts on that one.
on June 11,2013 | 10:12AM
hanalei395 wrote:
The best weather on the planet ...The Paradise of the Pacific. Highest-priced city? .....Honolulu ...well worth the price.
on June 11,2013 | 01:54PM
samidunn wrote:
Highest-Priced and Worst-Roads
on June 11,2013 | 05:42PM
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