tMI: trivago Massage Index

July 28, 2015
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Whether traveling for business or pleasure, a relaxing massage while away from home is a well-earned splurge for many people. But how much does it cost to be pampered? To find out, hotel search analyzed massage rates in 4 star hotels in 25 of America’s most popular cities.

To calculate a cost per minute rate for each city, the highest rated 4 star hotel (offering massages) listed on for each destination was determined, along with the cost for a basic massage (50, 60 or 75 minutes) at each property. The overall cost was then divided by the duration of the massage.


As seen above, the most expensive cities for hotel massage treatments in America are Los Angeles and Washington D.C., as the 4 star properties analyzed in each city currently charge $3.00 per minute for a basic massage. Visitors to the Northeast will pay the most for a massage, with $2.63 being the average rate per minute.


At just $1.42 a minute, visitors to 4 star hotels in St. Louis and Phoenix will pay the least for a massage of those analyzed for the tMI, followed by Denver ($1.60), Minneapolis ($1.67) and New Orleans ($1.67).


$137 – that’s how much travelers can expect to pay for a one-hour, basic massage at a 4-star hotel in America, on average, according to the tMI. A full cost breakdown, along with a complete list of hotels analyzed and their overall guest rating on, is available below.


About trivago

Travelers find the ideal hotel for the best price on trivago is the world’s largest online hotel search site, comparing  rates from over 700,000 hotels on over 200 booking sites worldwide. trivago integrates over 180 million hotel ratings and 14 million photos in order to make finding the perfect hotel easier for users. Over 80 million visitors per month find their ideal hotel by using trivago’s various filters. trivago was founded in 2005 in Düsseldorf, Germany and currently operates 52 international country platforms in 33 languages.

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