Florida Hotel Rates Soar in Anticipation of New Year’s EveDecember 26, 2013
Ringing in the New Year at one of Florida's top beaches will cost celebrators significantly more than usual if an overnight stay is involved. In fact, according to a new survey from MiamiHotels.org, hotel guests can expect to see sharply elevated room rates during the time period spanning December 30, 2013 through January 2, 2014. The survey specifically compared hotel rates for 20 popular oceanfront destinations in the Sunshine State.
Revelers can anticipate the highest rate hikes in Key West. At $472 per night, or 161% higher than typical, for the most affordable double room, hotel rates there are the most expensive of all Floridian destinations. Elsewhere in the Florida Keys, hotel guests will see a more moderate increase of just 69%, but dollar figure wise they will still have to pay $270 nightly.
Rounding out the top three most expensive locales on the survey are Miami Beach and Sanibel Island. To stay in the most affordable room at these popular beach destinations, New Year’s celebrators will have to spend $309 and $287, respectively. Percentage wise, Miami Beach also happens to be the Floridian destination with the most elevated rate increase this New Year's Eve of +178%.
The following table compares the hotel rates of 20 main destinations in Florida over New Year's Eve. The rates indicated reflect the nightly price for the most affordable double room for the periods spanning December 30 through January 2 and January 13–16 (Regular Rates). All rates were established on December 26 via the hotel comparison site Kayak. Only such hotels with a minimum rating of 3 stars, and only those located less than one mile from the city center or from the beach, were considered for this survey.
|Destination||New Year's Eve||Regular||Increase|
|Fort Myers Beach||$252||$98||+157%|
|Anna Maria Island||$229||$140||+63%|
|Fort Lauderdale Beach||$178||$99||+79%|
|St. Pete Beach||$160||$87||+84%|