New York hotel prices in August: Is Montauk the new Manhattan?

New York hotel prices in August: Is Montauk the new Manhattan?
The lighthouse at Montauk, N.Y., which in August has the most expensive hotel prices in the state. (Wolfgang Wander / Wikimedia Commons)

Manhattan is known for its pricey hotels, but in August a small Long Island town claimed the title as most expensive New York hotel destination.

Travel booking site released a survey Tuesday that confirms what New York City locals already know: hotels in Montauk and the Hamptons can get pretty pricey in summer. The website compared the cost of the cheapest room at hotels and inns rated three stars or better throughout the state.


It came up with 20 destinations and room costs between Aug. 1 and 31.

Visitors to Montauk, near the eastern tip of Long Island, should be prepared to spend $342 a night. Neighboring East Hampton comes in second at an average of $332 a night.

The rest of the 10 most expensive New York digs during August are in:

3. Saratoga Springs, $312
4. Southampton, $295
5. Greenport, $264
6. Cooperstown, $184, where the Baseball Hall of Fame turned 75 this year
7. Niagara Falls, $163
8. New York City, $153
9. Geneva, $143
10. Ithaca, $142

And the cheapest places to visit? Rooms in Watertown in upstate N.Y. near Lake Ontario cost $92 a night, and in Lake Placid, site of the 1980 Winter Olympic Games, they go for $102 a night.