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Survey: Columbus among the most expensive hotel rooms in the Midwest
BRANDON KLEIN, Daily Reporter Staff Writer
For travelers, Columbus ranks as one of most expensive cities to get a hotel room, according to a new survey.
The city ranked ninth out of 30 Midwest cities with an average rate of $147 per night for the cheapest double room, according to a survey conducted by ChicagoHotels.org.
Cincinnati is ranked the most expensive for hotel rooms with the cheapest double room going for an average rate of $186 per night.
Ann Arbor, Mich., ranks third at an average rate of $179 per night and Chicago is eighth at $157.
For the rest of Ohio, Cleveland ranks 12th with its cheapest double room available at an average $134 per night, while Toledo was the cheapest at average $94 per night.
The survey considered all Midwest cities with a population of more than 250,000, 11 destinations with a population of more than 100,000 and Bismarck, North Dakota's capital.
Survey coordinators examined only centrally located hotels rated three stars or higher and the rate of the cheapest available double room at different periods this month.
"Most Midwestern cities see their highest visitor numbers during the spring, and hotel rates reach their peak during this time," the survey report stated.
Central Ohio attracts 39.9 million visitors each year and who spend $6.4 billion that help support 75,000 jobs, according to Experience Columbus, which markets and promotes the region.
There are more than 300 hotels citywide, including 16 downtown hotels, according to the Experience Columbus' annual report for 2017.
Citywide there are more than 28,600 rooms with an occupancy rate at 65.8 percent and an average daily room rate of $103.63 compared with downtown's 4,250 rooms, an occupancy rate of 69.1 percent and an average daily room rate of $149.25, according the report.
Additionally, the city's bed tax had helped generate $46.8 million, a 5.25 percent increase from 2016, it added.
"Columbus is thriving," said Brian Ross, president and chief executive officer of Experience Columbus, in the report. "And so is our local tourism economy. Fresh new attractions and events help raise Columbus' profile as a national meetings, convention, sports, trade show and leisure visitor destination."
Aside from traditional lodging, AirBnB Inc., which offers an online platform for short-term rentals, reported that Columbus would be a trending destination this year with a 254 percent increase in bookings for the first three months this year through the service compared with last year.
The company said the region is seeing some of the strongest growth because of reviving downtown, new restaurants, nightlife and local arts.
With more than 300 homes available, the average nightly price to stay is $94. City officials are considering regulating AirBnB hosts including permits, lodging taxes and a cap on rentals.
The following are the top 10 most expensive destination cities with the average nightly rate for the cheapest double room: Cincinnati ($186), Madison, Wis., ($184), Ann Arbor ($184), Fort Wayne, Ind., ($179), Grand Rapids, Mich., ($174), Indianapolis ($169), Kansas City, Mo., ($164), Chicago ($157), Columbus ($147) and Detroit, Mich., ($141).
Date Published: May 30, 2018