Several South Florida hotels are already sold out for New Year's Eve, so if you're planning to ring in 2014 in a hotel and have waited until the last minute to make a reservation, be prepared to pay a hefty price.
Not only is availability an issue, but room rates have risen sharply in destinations such as Fort Lauderdale beach and Miami Beach, according to a survey from hotel website MiamiHotels.org.
Along Fort Lauderdale beach, rates for hotel stays between Dec. 30 and Jan. 2 are around $178 per night for the most affordable room, the MiamiHotels survey revealed. That's about 79 percent more than the regular $99 nightly rate for stays between Jan. 13-16.
The W Fort Lauderdale is already sold out.
"We've been sold out from Christmas well through New Year's for quite some time, now," Marketing manager Leia Bosco said. "Luckily, there's still plenty of on-property activities to not only help our guests celebrate the holidays, but our locals too."
Even some hotels that aren't on the beach are also sold out.
"With Seminole Hard Rock being such a popular destination for New Year's for both locals and visitors alike, we are completely sold out of hotel rooms," said Mike Volkert, president of the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood. "The atmosphere across the resort and casino is expected to be buzzing with activity, fun and excitement as we ring in the New Year."
In Palm Beach County, the Delray Beach Marriott also has no rooms left for New Year's Eve, said Rick Konsavage, regional director of operations.
Among the 20 popular oceanfront Florida oceanfront destinations surveyed, Miami Beach had the second most expensive rates for New Year's celebrations at $309 nightly rate.
Hotel rates in Key West had the highest prices with nightly rate of $472, a 161 percent increase over regular rates.
The results were based on rates found on hotel comparison site Kayak Dec. 26, MiamiHotels.org said.
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Original headline: New Year's Eve hotel rates skyrocketing, survey says
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