Honolulu has leapfrogged New York City to become the most expensive U.S. metropolitan area to book a hotel room, Hotels.com division said in its Hotel Price Index.

The Hawaiian capital’s hotel rooms on average boosted rates for the first half of the year by 13% to $230 a night, overtaking New York's $211 average.

New York had been the most expensive U.S. metro area since the index was first published in 2004.

U.S. hotel room rates rose 3% from a year earlier, outpacing a global increase of 2%.

Meanwhile, among individual destinations (not metropolitan areas), Bora Bora remains the most expensive at $799 a night, while Southern California’s Newport Coast hotels averaged $501 a night, making it the most expensive individual U.S. destination.


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