California sees big jump in hotel room rates

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No. 1 California city of hotel price hikes is San Francisco, with a 65% jump to $269 (No. 7 most expensive among 19 markets). Occupancy? 75%, up 31 percentage points. 

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Buzz: Hotel room rates are heating up this summer in many places across California.

Source: My trusty spreadsheet reviewed one-year changes in hotel room rates and occupancy levels for 2022’s first half in 19 markets, compiled by Visit California.


The urge to get out of the house helped push California’s average hotel room rate up 25% to $200 a night in 2022’s first six months. Travelers didn’t seem to mind, with occupancy at 75%, up 6 percentage points over 12 months.

That’s a slightly bigger bump than what hotels nationwide saw — a 19% jump in rates to $155 as occupancy ran 70%, up 4 points.


So where did visitors see the biggest rate jumps within California? Mostly in markets on a pandemic rebound.

Largely, that meant coastal and urban sites once shunned in the height of 2021’s pandemic business limitations. Or it was in places where local attractions had limited operations last year. Think Disneyland.

And don’t forget a modest return to business travel this year.

No. 1 San Francisco: 65% jump to $269 (7th most expensive). Occupancy was 75%, up 31 percentage points.

No. 2 Anaheim: 32% jump to $235 (No. 8). Occupancy was 83%, up 28 points.

No. 3 West Hollywood: 31% jump to $396 (No. 3). Occupancy was 70%, up 10 points.

No. 4 Los Angeles: 30% jump to $218 (No. 10). Occupancy was 77%, up 10 points.

No. 5 Napa Valley: 22% jump to $501 (No.

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