InsightRoom rates at Honolulu hotels climbed by 13% for the first half of 2011, one of the steepest increases among the most expensive U.S. markets, according to a survey released Sept. 12.

Based on the website’s biannual hotel price index, a study of bookings made at, consumers spent an average of $174.91 per night on Honolulu hotel rooms during the first six months of this year, second only to New York. That figure was up from $154.69 for the same six-month period in 2010.

Only Anchorage, with a 14% boost in rates, recorded a bigger jump in the first half of 2011 among the 10 priciest hotel markets in the U.S. New Orleans, with a 12% bump, was the only other city to notch a double-digit increase among the Top 10 cities.

Rooms were most expensive in New York, where travelers spent an average of $190.46 a night, an average that climbed 5% year over year. Boston was third at just over $160, followed by Miami at $158.61.
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