Myrtle Beach one of most affordable beach destinations, according to report on hotel costs

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The Admiral Motor Inn is one of the more affordable hotels in Myrtle Beach. Photo courtesy of TripAdvisor.

Myrtle Beach has the most affordable lodging among beach cities analyzed in a new Budget Hotel Report compiled by The report analyzed the price travelers would have to spend, on average, to stay overnight in the cheapest available double room in May 2012. It ranked 30 popular U.S. vacation destinations but fewer than 10 of them were located on the beach.

Among cities located in popular beach venues, Myrtle Beach has the cheapest lodging, at $51 for the cheapest available double room. Other beach locations (note: we link to TripAdvisor for traveler recommendations and price comparisons):


Overall, Boston came in at the most expensive for lodging. To stay overnight in Beantown in May 2012, visitors would have to shell out at least $194 for a hotel room. That price tag puts Boston a significant $24 ahead of the second-place finisher, New York, where the same rooms are going for $172 a night. Rounding out the top three is Philadelphia, where the cheapest available room is listed at a nightly rate of $154.
The most affordable city for lodging in the report is Orlando, which of course does not have a beach but is a popular destination for beach enthusiasts because of the large number of resort-style swimming pools – and is within driving distance of many beaches. Orlando’s nightly rate for the cheapest available double room was $33.

To ensure fairness in its comparisons, considered only those accommodations situated in or very close to either the city center or its main attractions. That means, the frequently cheaper hotels located on the outer fringes, close to the city’s airports or in the suburbs, were excluded. Hotel rates were established following a search of the leading hotel-booking sites: Expedia, Priceline and Orbitz.


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