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Want a cheap hotel in Texas? Don’t head to the Permian Basin

Want to find a cheap hotel in Texas? Don’t head to Odessa.

Odessa, located in the heart of the biggest oil and gas production area in the country, the Permian Basin, is the most expensive destination in Texas based on the cost of its lodging. That’s the main finding of a recent survey conducted by

The survey compared 30 cities in the Lone Star State, using as its basis of comparison the average rate for each one’s cheapest available double room (minimum: 3-star hotel) during the month of April 2018. April also happens to be the month during which most Texan cities reach their highest average hotel rates, according to the survey.

While a night in Odessa will reduce your cheddar by $186 a night, you can spend the same night in Fort Worth for $158. Fort Worth comes in at No. 5 on the list.

Following Odessa is Waco and then the state capital of Austin. With average overnight rates of $176 and $174, respectively, for their least expensive room, these two cities placed second and third on the survey.

Dallas ranks fourth most expensive in the state at an average price tag of $158 per night. A bit more affordable are Houston and San Antonio. Both rank in the midfield with average nightly rates of $112 and $107, respectively. Texas’s least expensive city, by far, is Killeen, known for the Fort Hood military base. There, an overnight guest may find a room for just over $50 per night.

The following table shows the 10 most expensive destinations in Texas based on the average rate for their cheapest available double room during the time period spanning April 1 to April 30, 2018.

1. Odessa $186

2. Waco $176

3. Austin $174

4. Dallas $158

5. Fort Worth $153

6. Midland $147

7. The Woodlands $144

8. Arlington $134

9. Beaumont $125

10. Corpus Christie $124

For the full results of the survey, check

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