Visitors to London who are planning to stay in the capital while enjoying this year’s Olympics could end up forking out £274.50 more for a night’s hotel accommodation, says Which? Travel.
No room at the inn
Rooms at many of the popular chain hotels are booking up fast, and as the ticket resale is now on, finding reasonable accommodation could prove to be difficult. Booking online with Holiday Inn, the closest rooms to the Olympic Park still available are at the Holiday Inn Express at Swiss Cottage, 10 miles away.
A room for the night of the Opening Ceremony (Friday 27 July) will cost £359.50. It costs the same for Saturday 4 August, the day of the men’s 10,000m final. But on Saturday 21 July, a room costs £94. And on Saturday 18 August, when the Olympic flame has gone out, a room costs a much more reasonable £85.
Booking Travelodge’s new Stratford hotel, close to the Olympic Park, for Thursday 26 July (the night before the Opening Ceremony) will set guests back £209.98. But if you book for the Saturday before, 21 July, you’ll pay just £52.95 for the same double room.
Premier Inn currently have rooms available at their hotels in Barking, Beckton and Ilford, just under four miles from the Olympic Park, for £199 on Friday 27 July. On Saturday 21 July, these rooms cost £99, £169 and £97 respectively. And on Saturday 18 August, the rooms cost only £68, £77 and £71 respectively.
Which? Travel also looked at Best Western hotels and found no significant price increase for rooms throughout the two summer months.
Which? Travel have been tracking prices at four UK hotel chains most visited by Which? members – Best Western, Holiday Inn, Premier Inn and Travelodge – since July 2011. Prices listed and room availability were checked on 4 January 2012.
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