London’s hotels second most expensive in Europe

London hotel rates have continued to power ahead over the past year, according to new research by HRS. Research released by the global hotel web portal shows the UK capital city is now second only to Zurich for the expense of its hotels.

Average room rates of £117.8 represent an increase of 3.6 per cent and place London ahead of Moscow which dropped back four per cent.

Edinburgh is the second most expensive city in the UK, according to the survey, although rates in the Scottish capital dropped six per cent on last year to an average of £94.90.

The survey found the most inexpensive room rates in Prague, despite them climbing four per cent to average €70 a night.

Visitors to Budapest, Warsaw, Lisbon and Athens were able to relax their travel expenses thanks to more moderate room rates. Rates in Warsaw decreased the most and the hotels there have not seemingly been able to profit from the 2012 Word Cup, witnessing an average decrease of nine per cent in rates last year. Madrid also saw a decrease of some seven per cent.

The largest increase in room rates was seen in the Scandinavian cities of Stockholm (€138), Oslo (€133) and Copenhagen (€129), where rates increased by around five per cent.

HRS features 250,000 hotels on its website, which claims 12m visits per month.

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Paul Colston


Paul Colston

Managing Editor, Conference News & Conference & Meetings World.

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