As Carnival kicks off, Brazil's got two more reasons to party: both Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo topped the list of largest growth, with Rio rates rising 19% and Sao Paolo’s increasing by 16%. San Francisco’s growth came in fourth at 10% behind Tokyo.
Despite a 14% decline for D.C., it still ranked #3 in average rate among U.S. cities. New York was first ($349/night), followed by San Fran ($302), D.C. ($279), Miami ($201), Houston ($190), Philly ($190), and Atlanta ($172). It's worth noting that all U.S. cities on the list excluding D.C. saw growth in 2012.
The biggest surprise might be who's not on the list. What's going on in Los Angeles and Chicago? Those are two cities we'd expect to be up there among the top in the U.S. Are their average room rates really under $172 a night? Perhaps leisure travelers can score a killer deal where they otherwise might expect pricey rates.
Our advice? Chicago, L.A., Denver, Boston, New Orleans - put 'em on the list!
And don't forget to consult our comprehensive North America hotel guide before you book your next hotel! You're welcome!