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Santa Monica has been labeled as "most expensive destination in California.''
Santa Monica has been labeled as "most expensive destination in California.''

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Survey: Santa Monica Is California's Most Expensive Destination

Posted Jun. 18, 2014, 9:14 am

Mirror Staff

When it comes to the cost of tourist lodging, Santa Monica is California's most expensive destination, according to a survey released on Tuesday.

The survey released by compared this summer's hotel rates in 30 top California destinations and determined the average amount hotel guests would have to spend to stay in the cheapest available double room in each of the 30 locales, said in a statement.

The comparison period spans California's high tourist season -- Memorial Day through Labor Day. Only hotels with at least 2 stars and located either near the city center or close to the beach were taken into consideration.

Santa Monica tops the list with an average rate of $213 per night for the least expensive double room, the statement said, adding the beach city "is significantly more expensive than the runners up" -- Calistoga, a small Napa Valley city,  and Santa Catalina Island; they had average rates of $184 and $178, respectively, for the most affordable room.

Two of the state's most populous cities -- Los Angeles and San Francisco -- rank in the midfield, with average rates of $109 and $103, respectively, the statement said.

The least expensive Californian destination according to the survey is Sacramento, where the least expensive double room will cost summer travelers only $43 per night on average.

The following table shows the 10 most expensive destinations in California based on the average daily rate for their cheapest available double room at a 2-star hotel from May 26 through Sept. 1, 2014, according to

1. Santa Monica, $213

2. Calistoga, $184

3. Santa Catalina Island, $178

4. Laguna Beach, $154

5. Coronado, $148

6. Napa, $139

7. Mendocino, $136

8. Pacific Grove, $134

9. Carmel, $131

10. Santa Barbara, $129

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Jun. 18, 2014, 10:47:36 am

Riche said...

They'll build bigger, higher and cram more people in, more and more homeless take over soaking the streets in urine, the crime goes up by the year. The beach is one of the worst polluted. It's already happening. Santa Monica will become Miami West and the tourism dollars will go away. All that will be left is the old rent controllers in their shanty apartments and the trust fund suckers who thought a cookie cutter condo for $4K a month was a good investment.

Jun. 18, 2014, 10:17:00 am

paisana said...

Why do tourists come to this overdeveloped and crowded city? Beats me! I'm Santa Monica born and raised--my roots and the weather keep me here. Cheapest hotels are probably those on the eastside--Days Inn and Comfort Inn. Tourists always ask how to get to the Promenade, and I just point to the Big Blue Bus.

Jun. 18, 2014, 1:55:20 pm

Dan said...

Except crime and homeless rates have decreased over the past 5 years and their is an ordinance preventing additional highrises from being built. Try again.

Jun. 18, 2014, 2:54:43 pm

John el-amin said...

Folks, believe me, with all those things pointed out about SM, real, imagined, unfortunate and exaggerated, you live in one of the world's most beautiful and culturally enriched place on Earth. I visited SM often when I lived in CA. and now truly regret passing up the opportunity to have lived there in the 80s. Living here in Dixieland "ain'tno paradise

Jun. 18, 2014, 6:46:04 pm

Kevin said...

Well said, John. Riche's problem is he doesn't live in Santa Monica, but wishes he did. Haters gonna' hate.

Jun. 18, 2014, 7:36:11 pm

Nik said...

The pro-developer trolls are here spreading their "everything is perfect in SM" rhetoric. Wouldn't want your properties to devalue.

Jun. 19, 2014, 7:53:17 am

Kevin said...

I have to travel a lot for my business, mostly in Europe and Asia, but often in the states to cities like Las Vegas. I used to use sites like Travelocity to book my flights and lodging, but I stumbled upon the better way to find deals: go to the second level sites - those like who compare the hundreds of different booking sites in one single search. You'll not only see Trivago or Expedia deals, but ALL OF THEM in one place. I must have saved over 3,000 Euros since I started using them. I sincerely believe that using only one of the top booking sites is not necessarily the best idea.

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