UK hotel rates strong among mixed European results

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Statistics from the Hotel Price Radar show a general increase in average room prices in the UK in the first few months of 2013.

This increasing trend has not been seen entirely throughout Europe however, with hotel rates in Athens, Milan and Warsaw all showing double digit reductions in price comparison changes over the last year.

The average rate of a hotel room in Warsaw is down 16% compared to last year, costing travellers less than £56 on average per night. This dramatic reduction is similar to Athens – the Greek capital is still suffering from its economic crisis and subsequent decline in business travellers and city tourists, which have consequently led to lower hotel room rates. A visitor to Athens only had to spend £58.78 on average for a hotel room in the first quarter of 2013, representing a decrease of more than 11% compared to last year.

Birmingham defies the general UK trend of increasing hotel rates, with an 11% reduction in average room prices for the first quarter of 2013, compared to the same time last year. In comparison, an average room price per night in London costs £105, a slight decrease on last year when pre-Olympic fever gripped the UK capital.

Leeds and Manchester have seen the largest increases in room prices, with rooms costing an average of £73 and £79 respectively. This reflects the increasing popularity of UK regional hubs for UK business travellers.

The most expensive hotel stay in Europe is still Moscow, where a room costs an average of just under £123 per night. Zurich, which has always been an expensive hotel city, also cost just under £117 per night. In both cities, average hotel prices remained virtually unchanged from the last two years.

Top destinations in the UK

Average room price per night in Q1/2013 in £

Comparison/change Q1/2012 to Q1/2013 in %

Average room price per night in the last 12 months (April 2012 – March 2013) in £

Birmingham
67.28
-11.09
72.86

Bristol
85.15
1.99
85.86

Edinburgh
82.29
1.17
102.47

Glasgow
68.02
0.81
72.06

Leeds
73.77
5.37
73.79

Leicester
76.67
-1.58
78.00

Liverpool
73.98
-1.61
76.20

London
105.77
-1.03
115.15

Manchester
79.95
4.42
81.18

Reading
86.38
0.89
85.22

Table 1: Average price per room per night in a hotel in main UK cities

Top destinations in Europe

Average room price per night in Q1/2013 in £

Comparison/change Q1/2012 to Q1/2013 in %

Average room price per night in the last 12 months (April 2012 – March 2013) in £

Amsterdam
91.94
-3.46
105.34

Athens
58.78
-11.50
63.75

Barcelona
79.30
-2.79
87.63

Budapest
55.78
2.06
59.25

Helsinki
99.69
3.45
100.94

Istanbul
71.97
6.17
77.49

Copenhagen
96.41
3.08
103.09

Lisbon
59.99
1.53
64.58

London
105.73
-1.03
115.12

Madrid
68.08
-7.70
72.23

Milan
82.60
-10.74
86.22

Moscow
122.70
-4.13
121.28

Oslo
105.99
4.04
108.10

Paris
104.17
1.47
113.09

Prague
53.74
3.85
57.49

Rome
69.84
2.38
80.43

Stockholm
110.28
2.26
109.39

Vienna
76.24
-1.56
80.40

Warsaw
55.67
-16.78
63.88

Zurich
117.85
-4.84
126.34

Table 2: Average price per room per night in a hotel in top destinations in Europe