Stats: Southampton the Most Expensive Summer Destination in New York

New York City is not the most expensive summer destination in New York State—that’s according to, which found the cheapest available room for 20 top destinations for the month of August 2018.

Taking the top spot was Long Island’s Southamton, which had the most expensive least expensive room at $334 per night. Two other Long Island destinations followed in second and third place, with the least expensive rate for Greenport and Shelter Island costing $324 and $294, respectively.  

Saratoga Springs emerged as the fourth-priciest destination and also the most expensive one outside of Long Island. This horse-racing mecca in the foothills of the Adirondack Region in Upstate New York averaged $287 per night. In a somewhat surprise twist, Manhattan proved itself rather affordable: rooms there this summer can be found for under $150.

The full list of the most expensive destinations in New York State are as follows:

  1. Southampton $334
  2. Greenport $324
  3. Shelter Island $294
  4. Saratoga Springs $287
  5. Montauk $274
  6. Cooperstown $224
  7. Ithaca $154
  8. Downtown Brooklyn $151
  9. Syracuse $148
  10. Hudson $146
  11. Lake George $141
  12. Buffalo $138
  13. New York City $134
  14. Niagara Falls $134
  15. Long Island City $131
  16. Lake Placid $131
  17. Albany $124
  18. Geneva $121
  19. Rochester $114
  20. Plattsburgh $114

About the methodology: The survey considered 20 destinations in New York State. For each destination, the average price for the cheapest available double room was established for the time period spanning August 1–31, 2018. Only centrally located hotels rated at least 3 stars were considered. Rates were established in late July based on research conducted on the hotel comparison website Kayak.


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