Those who hesitated might have lost out on bargain New Year's Eve hotel rooms in New York City and San Francisco, but how much you pay also might depend on where you want to stay.
NewYorkHotels.org reports prices in Big Apple hotels are way up for Dec. 31 compared with regular rates. The survey shows rooms at Hotel 91 on the Lower East Side jump from $125 to $933, and the Cosmopolitan in the Wall Street area increases from $129 to $549. Even the midtown Holiday Inn NYC's rates jump from $179 to $649.
SanFranciscoHotels.net's survey found more than 50 hotels have rooms available on New Year's Eve but partiers should expect to pay about 140& more than regular rates. In Union Square, for example, rooms at the Union Square Plaza Hotel jump from $120 to $400 and Nob Hill Hotel rooms that usually cost $109 are $599.
Surveys conducted Dec. 27 by the two online hotel booking sites are based on prices for the cheapest doubles available on Dec. 31 on Expedia, Priceline and Orbitz and comparing those with regular room rates on Jan. 7.