Hotel prices soar for Rugby World Cup

By Liam Garrahan contact

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Hotel prices across England and Wales have been blown sky high in the Rugby World Cup’s host cities with Cardiff prices hitting an average of £1018 per night, according to hotel booking website Trivago.

Prices in London and Brighton were the most expensive along with the Welsh capital. London’s highest average price coincides with the final of the competition at £334 per night, while Brighton’s highest price is £376 for the clash between Russia and Japan at the Amex Stadium.

The cheapest hotel prices are found in Birmingham, Leeds and Leicester. The cheapest stay is in Birmingham where Australia will face Uruguay with an average night costing £98. Scotland vs. USA in Leeds sees an average price of £100 while in Leicester, although the prices are cheap, there has been a year-on-year price hike of up to 95 per cent with room prices ranging between £105 per night and £126 per night.

Denise Bartlett, UK Public Relations at Trivago, said: “The hotel price increases in Cardiff are the most extreme we have ever reported for an event in the UK. For the World Cup in Brazil last year, hotel prices peaked at an average of £328, with a maximum increase of 243 per cent. The average in Cardiff for all match nights is £574, which is 140 per cent more expensive than a night in London during the Rugby World Cup (average of £240), despite London being the UK’s most expensive city for a hotel stay.

“Saturday is the most popular match day in the UK, with 17 matches scheduled on Saturdays, hotel availability at 22 per cent (6 per cent below the average availability of 28 per cent) and hotel prices at an average of £315 (21 per cent above the average). With availability low, and prices high, those who have not yet booked accommodation should hesitate no longer.” 

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