UK hotels one-third more expensive than the rest of Europe

UK Hotels One-third More Expensive Than The Rest Of Europe

Pictured: HRS MD Jon West

Hotels in the UK are more than one-third more expensive than in the rest of Europe, according to data revealed by hotel solutions provider HRS.

By analysing bookings made over the last year, HRS found that business travellers typically spend an average of 87 per room per night in the UK 34 per cent more than in the rest of Europe, where average room rates are just 65. And when it comes to the total cost of a stay, HRS s data showed that including the cost of the hotel room, people on average spend 129 in Europe compared with 202 in the UK a difference of 73. Looking at average room rates for one- to five-star hotels in the UK in Q1 2015, London continues to remain the most expensive destination at 116 per night an increase of 15.6 per cent compared with Q1 2014.

Meanwhile in the rest of Europe, Zurich tops the tables with average room rates reaching 110 again, an increase of 14.9 per cent against the same period last year. Jon West, MD of HRS in the UK and Ireland, said: It s interesting to see how much more business travellers are paying for a night away in the UK compared to in Europe.

Our annual 2014 Price Radar study showed that room rates for a night in London had become the highest in Europe, and on average, hotel rates in the UK soared by an average of nine per cent last year. Those looking for a better value night away on business in the UK can currently find the cheapest average room rates in Edinburgh ( 76) and Birmingham ( 77).

West added: While Europe might look cheaper on paper, it s important to remember that other costs such as transfers and flights, as well as time spent travelling quickly mounts up, so keeping business trips within the UK could actually be cheaper for a business in the long-term. HRS reports that currently just under half (46 per cent) of business travellers choose to stay in four-star hotels in the UK, while 56 per cent of those booking in Europe are most likely to treat themselves to a four-star hotel an upswing of 10 per cent. Conversely in the UK, nearly 40 per cent of business travellers will pick a three-star hotel, compared with just 32 per cent in Europe.

West said: Four-star hotels have traditionally always proved particularly popular with business travellers as there is a perceived mark of quality that comes with this rating.

However, independent hotels are certainly worth considering as they ll typically be 15 per cent cheaper than chain hotels and could have great facilities and user reviews.

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