UK and European hotel prices drop after expensive September

by Alister POOLE on October 17, 2012

Last month, hotel prices increased by anything up to 21 per cent across the UK’s main cities. In the wake of the expensive Olympic summer, holidaymakers that will travel around Britain this month will be thrilled to learn that UK hotel prices are finally dropping. In anticipation of the start of Autumn and remarkably colder weather, a night is roughly £4 cheaper on average than last month.

The UK and Irish cities that have experienced the largest decreases with regards to overnight accommodation rates are Brighton (decreased by 15 per cent when compared to last month), the Scottish capital Edinburgh (decreased by 13 per cent) and EIRE’s capital Dublin (which is also down by 13 per cent). Some of the cheapest cities at the moment are Blackpool (where a night costs £64 on average), Sheffield (where an average night costs £70) and Birmingham (where rates are £74 per night on average).

October half term: UK

Any parties planning to stay in UK cities over the October half term will be pleased to learn that they are in luck, with prices having decreased when compared to last month. UK hotel prices have dropped by 5 per cent on average, but larger savings are easy to find by focusing on specific regions. Accommodation in popular half term destinations such as the Lake District, Cornwall and Dartmoor have seen their rates fall dramatically when compared to September.

Hotel prices in Cornwall have decreased by an average of 15 per cent compared to last month. Newquay presents the cheapest option (on average £79 per night), in comparison to nearby Penzance (£85 per night) and Falmouth (£96 per night). Visitors to the Lake District may want to consider Kendal (on average £82 per night), which is 25 per cent cheaper than Windermere (£106 per night) or Keswick (£113 per night). Similarly, Plymouth (on average £67 per night) in the Dartmoor area is lower in price than Torquay (£73 per night) or Exeter (£83 per night).

EU hotel prices drop

In a similar fashion to the UK, hotel rates have decreased around Europe when compared to September. Only one city, the Spanish capital Madrid, has shown a notable increase. There, prices have risen by 18 per cent to £98 per night on average. In Europe however, European hotel prices have dropped by 6 per cent and are around £6 cheaper than they were last month.

Compared to October 2011, hotel prices in continental Europe have dropped by seven per cent on average. The most notable decreases have been experienced in Geneva (where rates are down 18 per cent to £200 per night on average) and the Portuguese capital Lisbon (where rates have dropped 10 per cent to around £85 per night). The most notable increases include Brussels (17 per cent increase £106 per night on average) and Paris (15 per cent increase to around £170 per night).

October half term: EU

Those that are planning to leave Britain this October half term in order to enjoy a city break might wish to consider the German capital Berlin (where rates have dropped 23 per cent to £82 per night on average), Vienna (where rates have dropped 11 per cent to roughly £108 per night) or the Danish jewel of Copenhagen (where rates have also decreased 11 per cent to approximately £112 per night).

Holidaymakers hoping to flee the bad weather that has been predicted for the UK in exchange for October sunshine might wish to consider Greece, as this is where prices have dropped by 16 per cent when compared to September with averages of £68 a night common. Other cheap yet warm destinations include Iberia’s Portugal (where rates are down 12 per cent to £74 a night) and Cyprus (where rates have decreased 10 per cent to around £94 per night).

The hotel price index shows the average overnight accommodation prices for the most popular European cities on trivago. Prices for a standard double room are calculated on the basis of one million daily price inquiries for overnight hotel stays generated through the trivago hotel price comparison service. trivago stores all hotel requests for each month and therefore gives an overview of hotel accommodation prices for the upcoming month. The tHPI reflects the hotel prices within the European online hotel market: The overnight accommodation prices of over 100 online travel agents and hotel chains create the average hotel prices for cities, regions and countries within Europe.

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