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I have been searching and I can find any simple website that provides the average price over a year

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    I think you mean "show me 365 average daily prices of a hotel", but you could also mean "show me a single price that averages out all of the room prices, over a single year". Can you clarify which version you mean? – Peter M Feb 28 at 15:51
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    Welcome to TSE. In case you were not aware, an "average" price is not especially useful for planning a particular trip, much like an "average" airfare is next to useless. A large hotel might charge 10 different prices for the exact same room depending on the terms of the reservation, and might charge a different rate for each of their 100 rooms, and will charge a different rate for specific nights or weekends based on historical patterns of demand. The "average" price might be $150, but there may be nights you can get the room for $100 and others where nothing is available for under $200. – choster Feb 28 at 16:01
  • Yes, I know that. But average price is useful if you want to compare beteween hotels. I hotel A has an average price higher than hotel B, you can say that hotel A is expensier than hotel B – Carles Feb 28 at 16:06
  • @Carles No, because for your travel patterns, you might always be able to get a room at hotel A for cheaper than hotel B, much like I have only flown Southwest Airlines once in my entire life because I have always been able to get a lower fare on American or United. If you're asking about getting industry data, then this isn't really a practical problem that you face as an individual traveler, and would not be on-topic here; you'd probably have to purchase that information from a business intelligence company or ask the local hoteliers association for sources. – choster Feb 28 at 16:09
  • I can´t pay for that data. I just want it fot my own website. I want to introduce the average price of the hotels I write about. – Carles Feb 28 at 16:20
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It is not really possible to define a useful 'average', as the same rooms are offered for the same night for very different rates, depending on where you book, when you book, what options you chose (cancelable or not, etc.), and how you pay.
Some of these options are used more than others, and only the hotel knows which ones were used how often; they have however a strong interest not to publish this information, as it would result in people learning how to book the cheapest rates only.

So you can define many different ways of calculating your 'average', but for the majority of users it will be meaningless and/or misleading, as your assumptions would not apply to them.

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Online rooms booking systems falls under the technique called "obfuscated price". So the price depends on many different factors. All of this is done to make an item not comparable to another. Thanks to that users cannot take advantage of some "price collector" which just simply give you cheapest price of that item.

And because of that you cannot have average price of a hotel over a year simply because there is no such thing as price.

The same "obfuscated price" technique is used in many other areas, e.g. flight prices, bank account fees, new automobile prices etc.

  • Hotels do have a base price for a room. It's called the "rack rate" in the trade and is shown on their website. It is more relevant than airline's full fare because it is a reasonable price and people do book it. Certain discounts, such as corporate rates or AAA rates are often set at a fixed percentage off the rack rate. – user71659 Apr 12 at 15:35
  • While the question uses word "hotel" I think he also wants to include beings like booking.com's apartments, flats etc. to be in the answer - and those prices vary in time and based on site provides it. – Marian Paździoch Apr 15 at 7:21

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