TripAdvisor announced on Thursday that Honolulu is the fifth most expensive city in the U.S. to visit during the summer travel months from June to August in 2014.
The TripIndex Cities survey compares the cost of a hotel stay, cocktails, two-course dinner with a bottle of wine, and round-trip taxi fares in each major city.
In Honolulu, the cost of a hotel stay was $307.03, the cheapest among the top five most expensive cities. The return taxi trip cost $23.43, the second most among the top five. The dinner for two cost $78.39 and cocktails for two cost $22.33. The total cost came out to $431.18.
TripAdvisor says room rates in warm weather spots, like Orlando and Honolulu, have dropped significantly while cities around the Pacific Northwest have seen surges.
Honolulu saw a 21 percent drop in summer hotel prices, which was the second largest decrease year over year. Orlando saw the largest year-over-year decrease on summer hotel prices at 31 percent.
Portland saw a 16 percent increase in summer hotel prices, which was the largest increase from last year. Seattle wasn't far behind with a 15 percent increase.
San Francisco topped the list, with a total cost of $507.75, followed by New York, Boston and Seattle.
Las Vegas was the least expensive U.S. city to visit, with a total cost of $276.03, followed by Miami, Atlanta, Orlando and New Orleans.
TripAdvisor says hotel prices have decreased in 15 of the 20 examined U.S. cities since last summer, with the average nightly hotel rate down 6 percent.
Prices were collected through a variety of research methods as outlined below. Prices were taken in local currencies between March and May 2014 and converted into USD (where applicable) on March 31, 2014.
Hotels: Prices specify the average per-night cost of a room at a 4-4.5 star hotel found on TripAdvisor's Hotel Price Comparison in each destination for the summer travel period (June 1 – August 31, 2014). The 2013 TripIndex Cities examined 4 star hotels for the same summer 2013 travel period.
Cocktails for two: Prices specify the average cost of two martinis from a top-rated, five-star hotel on TripAdvisor in each destination. Prices were averaged from four to ten five-star hotels in each destination.
Dinner for two: Prices specify the average cost of a traditional or common two-course meal (appetizer and main course) for two people with a bottle of house (or cheapest available) white wine. Prices were averaged from four to ten mid-range restaurants in each destination.
Return taxi trip: Prices specify the approximate cost of two taxi rides of two miles each (representing an evening's round-trip transportation). Data was taken from local authorities and taxi companies.