Hotel prices in the UK are falling

The drop follows a five-year high of consumer spending on Discount Holidays © holiday accommodation, according to new research from Hotels.com. The Hotel Price Index looked at prices paid between January and June by all hotel guests across the UK compared to the same months in 2014, and found that the average price had fallen by one per cent. This drop may not seem much but, over the same period, the average hotel in Doha increased by 34 per cent to 149 a night, in Fort Lauderdale by 31 per cent and Orlando by 25 per cent.

Hotel Prices In The UK Are FallingOxford Photo: Fotolia/AP

The one per cent fall in prices was reported in London, a decrease from 137 a night to 135 a night, making the capital the second most expensive place to book a room in Britain, while the most expensive destination was once again St Andrews, home to the prestigious university in Scotland, where it costs an average of 153 a night earlier this year, despite prices falling by five per cent from last year.

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Other cities at the pricier end of the scale include Oxford the third most expensive destination with a 127 a night rate; Bath, at 124 a night; and Windsor and Cambridge, both at 114. Prices rose most in the Isle of Wight and Coventry, by 15 per cent in both, to an average of 78 a night recorded this year in the Isle of Wight and 64 in Coventry. Wales seems to have become a hotter destination for hotels this year, with rooms more expensive on average than in early 2014 in both Cardiff (up by 14 per cent) and Swansea (up by 9 per cent).

Hotel Prices In The UK Are FallingWestminster, London

The cheapest destination in the UK for hotel rooms is Bradford, where the average price is 54, still very affordable even though it is 10 per cent up on last year. Blackpool was the second cheapest, at 60 a night, followed by Scarborough, at 62 a night. Hotels in the Midlands featured heavily in the list of ten most cheapest cities in Britain for hotel rooms2.

The current prices are not expected to last forever however.

With the Rugby World Cup taking place in England at the moment, prices for the rest of the year are expected to increase in some destinations during the second half of the year.

References

  1. ^ Cheapest European city breaks (www.discountholidays.info)
  2. ^ cheapest cities in Britain for hotel rooms (www.discountholidays.info)

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