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Hotel rooms in UK are most costly in Europe

Web survey finds one night average is now £106

An hotel foyer

Many hotels charge supplements for single travellers

The UK has the most expensive hotels in Europe, according to a price index out today.

Average costs of UK hotels rose 12% last year compared with 2006, taking a one-night stay to £106, the index compiled by Hotels.com showed.

Bath was the most expensive city (£117 for one night), followed by London (£115), Oxford (£113) and Aberdeen (where the price rose 34% to £109).


Edinburgh (£103 per night) also had hotels above the £100-a-night mark. The cheapest big town in which to stay last year was Coventry (£57 a night).

The index also showed that, of major world cities, London was the fifth most expensive for a one-night hotel stay.

The only cities dearer than the UK capital last year were Moscow (£194 a night), New York (£143), and Dubai and Venice (both £125).

New York

Edinburgh’s £103-per-night average put the Scottish capital in ninth place in the world-city table.

The index showed that worldwide hotel rates fell 0.4% in 2007, but European hotels rose 4.5% and Asian establishments were 3.3% pricier.

But while New York hotels remained dear last year, prices on average in the US dipped 2.2% last year compared with 2006.

Oxford and London

Hotels.com Europe vice president David Roche said: ‘While Bath’s combination of high visitor levels and luxury hotels means that it retains its place as the most expensive city in the UK, our data shows that Oxford and London are catching up fast.

‘In the past, limited supply has made for an expensive night’s stay in the university city, and although a number of new hotels have been developed, these higher-star rating properties have kept the average price growing along with interest from visitors.’

He went on: ‘The increase in London rates continues a trend we’ve seen over the last four years, and reflects both rising visitor numbers and rising property prices in the capital. It’s still possible to find competitively-priced accommodation, but the combination of strong demand and limited supply is making this more difficult.

‘It is also interesting to see Aberdeen and Inverness (up 21%) experience such large price rises in 2007. Scotland is fast becoming a destination of choice for luxury leisure travellers, and this, along with Aberdeen’s status as an important business centre, is being reflected in the rising prices people are paying for hotel rooms.’

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