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Where are the Best Last-Minute Hotel Deals this Summer?

Hotel & Resort | Patrick Clarke | June 30, 2016

Where are the Best Last-Minute Hotel Deals this Summer?

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While many travelers have been planning their summer vacation for months, others will wait until the last minute to book accommodations. And it turns out there are plenty of last-minute deals to be had in some of the U.S.'s premier destinations.

Just in time for Fourth of July weekend, mobile app HotelTonight has revealed data from last year that sheds light on which major cities are likely to offer the best discounts on last-minute hotel stays this summer.

Fourth of July Weekend

If you're looking to get out of town ahead of America's 240th birthday, consider Phoenix, where last-minute holiday weekend rates start as low as $55 per night on HotelTonight.

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Fort Lauderdale ($62), Las Vegas ($65), Atlanta ($69) and Chicago ($77) round out the top five for Fourth of July weekend 2016, followed by Austin ($94), Denver ($103), Miami ($110) and New York ($114).

Los Angeles and San Francisco are tied at No. 10 with last-minute rates on HotelTonight starting at $123 per night.

Summer 2016

Beyond the upcoming holiday weekend, travelers looking to save on last-minute hotel stays should turn their attention to San Diego, Miami, Washington, D.C. and Boston, where nightly rates for July 2015 stays were under $100, according to HotelTonight's research.

Meanwhile, New York and Seattle offered the best value on last-minute weekend bookings in July 2015.

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Although last-minute rates through HotelTonight weren't quite as low in August 2015, places like San Diego, New York, Boston, San Francisco and Seattle offered the best value for travelers who decided to wait and see. But of the aforementioned destinations, only San Diego ($71) boasted a starting nightly rate under $100 last August.

For last-minute weekend stays in August, Washington, D.C., Dallas, Miami, Philadelphia and San Francisco are worth considering based on data from last year. Elsewhere in California, Monterey, Orange County and Palm Springs offered top value on August weekends.

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