Hotwire: Philadelphia Hotel Rates in Decline

Hotel rates are still in decline in many popular U.S. metro areas as the recession lingers on, according to Hotwire's monthly Hotel Rate Report released this month. Philadelphia experienced the greatest decreases (down 16 percent) to replace Houston, now No. 6, as the top destination for travel deals at $77 per night at a 3.5-star hotel.

Washington, D.C. (down 15 percent), Columbus (down 14 percent), Baltimore (down 14 percent) and San Diego (down 14 percent) rounded out the top five, with 4-star hotel rates totaling between $72 and $90 per night. Other cities in the top 10 include Houston, Miami, New Orleans, Orlando and Seattle.

"Although analysts are predicting that 2010 will be a better year for the economy, plenty of locations will still be offering exceptional travel deals, especially at the beginning of the year," Clem Bason, president of the Hotwire Group, said in a statement. "Business and leisure travel are still down right now, which means great rates and availability in top destinations."

—Nielsen Business Media