UK hotels have mixed month as recovery takes hold in Europe

By Chris Druce

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London hotels, such as Park Plaza Westminster Bridge, are enjoying increases in average room rate
London hotels, such as Park Plaza Westminster Bridge, are enjoying increases in average room rate
Hoteliers in London, Liverpool and Edinburgh enjoyed a boost in average prices last month but the UK hotel market’s overall performance was mixed, according to a new survey

Hoteliers in London, Liverpool and Edinburgh enjoyed a boost in average prices last month but the UK hotel market’s overall performance was mixed, according to a new survey.

The monthly Hotel Price Index from hotel price comparison site Trivago said that there were a number of winners within the UK, set against a backdrop of an improving European hotel market.

From April to May the cost of a night's stay in London rose from £138 to £146 (up 12 per cent year-on-year), but despite a raft of UK cities experiencing rising prices for the month, only the capital, Liverpool (up 11 per cent) and Edinburgh (up 10 per cent) were ahead of where they were last year.

Compared to May 2009 overall UK hotel prices are down, with Sheffield, Leeds, Blackpool, Newcastle, Cardiff and Glasgow all suffering large single digit drops.

European hotel price recovery

However, average hotel prices in Europe’s major cities to May have risen 2 per cent, marking the fifth consecutive month of growth.

Trivago said many cities in Europe were at their highest levels since May 2008, with the largest increases in room price to be found in Nuremburg (35%), Barcelona (22%) and Oslo (15%).

The figures suggest an improving trend, with InterContinental ​the latest company to report a return to growth today, and last week Hyatt ​reporting conditions outside North America were improving.

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