HENDERSONVILLE, Tennessee—Short-term rentals in three key U.S. cities showed substantial month-to-month performance growth and posted higher occupancy than hotels in the market, according to October 2020 data from STR.

Building on STR’s world-leading hotel performance database, Philadelphia, Nashville and Miami are the first three U.S. markets where the company has expanded its benchmarking offerings via a pilot study. Included in STR’s short-term rental sample are both multifamily and single-family short-term rentals.

October 2020 short-term rental performance, month-over-month comparisons


  • Occupancy: 70.9% (+26.4%)
  • Average daily rate (ADR): US$169.97 (+5.3%)
  • Revenue per available room (RevPAR): US$120.51 (+33.0%)

Philadelphia’s hotel industry recorded a 49.2% occupancy level for the month.


  • Occupancy: 58.6% (-2.5%)
  • ADR: US$133.08 (+24.3%)
  • RevPAR: US$78.05 (+21.2%)

Although down month over month, Nashville’s short-term rental occupancy came in well above hotel occupancy in the market, which was up 13.1% to 44.1%.


  • Occupancy: 83.3% (+2.1%)
  • ADR: US$117.89 (+12.9%)
  • RevPAR: US$98.24 (+15.3%)

October occupancy for Miami hotels came in at just 41.6%.