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Wailea One of the Most Expensive US Destinations

July 25, 2012, 9:26 AM HST
* Updated July 25, 11:17 AM
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The fountain at the Shops of Wailea in the heart of the Wailea resort community. Photo courtesy of Wailea Resort Association.

By Sonia Isotov

According to a new survey by, Wailea ranks as the 10th most expensive US destination, in terms of hotel costs.

Newport, Rhode Island is the United States’ most expensive destination in this survey that compared hotel rates for all destinations in the USA for the period of June through August 2012.

Two other Hawaii destinations made the Top 20 on the list: Kohala Coast – Waikoloa (#11) and Koloa (#13)

London topped the list for European destinations and Singapore was the most expensive destination in the world.


The rankings were determined based on the cost of each location’s cheapest available double room. As such, it reflects the minimum amount travelers will have to spend to stay at a certain destination, with only such hotels having a 2-star rating or higher being considered.


The following table shows the 20 most expensive destinations in the USA this summer. The prices shown are based on the average rate for their cheapest available double room (minimum 2-star hotel) for the time period spanning June through August 2012.

  1. Newport $319
  2. Santa Monica $287
  3. Calistoga $285
  4. Martha’s Vineyard $275
  5. Cambridge $250
  6. Provincetown $217
  7. Avalon $210
  8. Boston $209
  9. Laguna Beach $200
  10. Wailea $197
  11. Kohala Coast – Waikoloa $192′
  12. Napa $182
  13. Koloa $178
  14. Washington, DC $172
  15. Key West $164
  16. Falmouth $162
  17. New York City $157
  18. Islamorada $149
  19. Princeville $147
  20. Pensacola Beach $146

For the full rankings of the survey are at:

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