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Survey: The most expensive hotels in the USA

Last update: November 21, 2012

A new survey has revealed the Ranch at Rock Creek to be the nation’s most expensive hotel. This luxury dude ranch, located close to the historic mining town of Philipsburg, Montana, easily snagged the number one spot. In coming up with the list, focused solely on U.S. luxury hotels during the June through September 2012 time period.

A stay at the Ranch at Rock Creek set travelers back an average of $2279 nightly this past extended summer season. And that figure represents the cost of the most affordable double room. In a distant second place was the Lake Placid area Point Resort. An average price tag of $1848 per night made this Adirondack Park hideaway the country’s number two most expensive accommodation. Rounding out the top three was Bush Creek Ranch. This luxury establishment situated in South Central Wyoming's North Platte River Valley averaged an overnight rate of $1770.

Montana proved to have the greatest number of pricey hotels overall with two more establishments snagging spots in the Top 10 list. The Firehole Ranch in West Yellowstone and the Resort at Paws Up, in the Blackfoot Valley came in at number six and number 10 respectively, with average rates of $1414 and $1021 for a standard double room.

Following are the 20 most expensive hotels in the USA for the period spanning June through September 2012. The rates listed reflect the average price for a standard double room.

Rank   Name of Hotel   Location Avg. rate/ night
1.   The Ranch at Rock Creek   Philipsburg, Montana $2279
2.   The Point   Lake Placid, New York $1848
3.   Brush Creek Ranch   Saratoga, Wyoming $1770
4.   Twin Farms   Barnard, Vermont $1698
5.   Mii Amo & Spa   Sedona, Arizona $1560
6.   Firehole Ranch   West Yellowstone, Montana $1414
7.   Amangiri   Canyon Point, Utah $1284
8.   Auberge du Soleil   Rutherford, California $1085
9.   The Villa by Barton G   Miami Beach $1056
10.   The Resort at Paws Up   Greenough, Montana $1021
11.   Wheatleigh   Lenox, Massachusetts $1006
12.   Triple Creek Ranch   Darby, Montana $1004
13.   Casa Palermo   Pebble Beach, California $996
14.   Mandarin Oriental   New York City $947
15.   Calistoga Ranch   Calistoga, California $920
16.   The Ritz-Carlton Central Park   New York City $849
17.   Skylofts at MGM Grand   Las Vegas, Nevada $842
18.   Little Palm Island Resort   Little Torch Key, Florida $840
19.   The St. Regis New York   New York City $823
20.   Glenmere Mansion   Chester, New York $815

Please note:
Rates at hotels #2, #4, #10 include all meals.
Rates at hotels #1, #3, #5, #6 and #12 include all meals and certain activities.
Rate at hotel #7 includes certain activities.
Rates at hotels #8, #9, #11, #13-20 are for lodging only.

About the Methodology:
For all luxury hotels in the USA, the average rate for the most affordable double room was calculated for the period spanning June to September 2012. Only such hotels offering a minimum of 10 rooms were considered. The rates were established about one to two months in advance and were either taken from the respective hotels’ websites or drawn from the leading hotel-booking sites. In all cases, the lowest available price was used in tabulating the results.

Press Contact: Barbara Adams,, 1-805-308-9660