European hotel prices climb
PARIS, May 9 — Hotel prices jumped eight per cent across Europe in May, new research from Trivago revealed this week, with prices reflecting current affairs and the onset of summer.
The average cost of a room for the night across the continent this month is €132 (RM528), up €10 on last month, with some destinations seeing double-digit price increases.
Destinations in Scandinavia have been particularly hard hit, Trivago said, with the average price in Stockholm up by 26 per cent to €178 and Copenhagen up ten per cent to €158.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the price of a night in a hotel in Cannes has soared by 30 per cent in May ahead of the festival, averaging €172 a night — Munich, soon to host the Uefa Champions League Finals, has also seen a price increase of 30 per cent to €156. Bargain hunters could do worse than head to Spain this month, including Malaga where prices are down 16 per cent to €79 and Seville, which prices are 23 per cent down on last month at €111.
Athens, where political instability continues to reign, has seen a price fall of 16 per cent compared to the same time last year, leaving travellers paying just €96 on average.
Europe’s most expensive destinations — May 2012
1. Geneva €271
2. Venice €261
3. London €212
4. Paris €194
5. Stockholm €192 — AFP/Relaxnews