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Weak Euro - Strong pound: Here are the best-value trips in Europe
28/Apr/2015
LONDON – The strong pound has made some destinations really good value. Especially the cities in Northern Europe are very attractive with low prices. Which regions help your travel budget and how the cities in the United Kingdom are developing in comparison is shown in the hotel price barometer of the international booking portal hotel.info.

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Scandinavia is a hot tip for your trip at the moment. "In comparison with last year room prices are considerably lower in the Nordic countries. In addition the weaker Scandinavian currencies against the Pound make a holiday much cheaper at the moment", explained Ralf Priemer, Managing Director at hotel.info. Even in the large cities in Northern Europe the hotel prices have decreased. In Norway in Oslo the prices have fallen by about a quarter to £92.93, in Finland in Helsinki by 23.91 % to £93.01. Also Stockholm (£100.18) and Copenhagen (£94.93) are attractive with lower prices.

However if you want to stay in a top quality hotel at a low price you should choose a holiday in the Czech Republic. For exactly half the price of the Danish capital city it is possible to stay in hotels in Prague. At just £47 holiday makers cannot find a cheaper alternative capital city in Europe for their stay. If travellers wish to go south then Athens (minus 23.29 % to £51.86) and Rome (minus 17.38 % to £66.68) should be especially taken into consideration.

Results of the hotel price barometer for European capital cities (average prices in GBP per night/room)*
City March 2015 March 2014 cf. March 2015 to
March 2014 in %
1. London 111.62 116.77 -4.41
2. Berne 108.72 114.86 -5.35
3. Stockholm 100.18 123.93 -19.16
4. Copenhagen 94.93 113.57 -16.41
5. Brussels 93.73 105.84 -11.44
6. Paris 93.32 106.57 -12.44
7. Helsinki 93.01 122.24 -23.91
8. Oslo 92.93 123.25 -24.60
9. Amsterdam 82.26 101.12 -18.65
10. Moscow 80.69 119.29 -32.36
11. Rome 66.68 80.71 -17.38
12. Vienna 63.97 72.62 -11.92
13. Berlin 62.51 69.38 -9.91
14. Madrid 59.25 59.73 -0.81
15. Warsaw 57.60 66.17 -12.96
However travellers wishing to go to the US should start saving much earlier to top up their travel budget because against the US dollar the pound has fallen in value. Thus New York, amongst others, has become 23.66 % more expensive at £150.90.

Other long-haul destinations have also become considerably more expensive. Travellers to several countries in Asia now have to spend a lot more in comparison with last year. Average room rates have particularly increased in Hong Kong by 14.52 % to £136.28 and in Shanghai by 6.50 % to £81.52.

Hoteliers in Tokyo (minus 16.60 % to about £100), Singapore (minus 5.77 % to £120.45) and Seoul (minus 3.84 % to £111.02) are still reasonably priced destinations for travellers.

Results of the hotel price barometer for selected international major cities (average prices in GBP per night/room)*
City March 2015 March 2014 cf. March 2015 to
March 2014 in %
1. New York 150.90 122.03 23.66
2. Sydney 140.70 151.53 -7.14
3. Hong Kong 136.28 119.00 14.52
4. Singapore 120.45 127.82 -5.77
5. Seoul 111.02 115.45 -3.84
6. Rio de Janeiro 102.45 105.46 -2.86
7. Tokyo 99.80 119.67 -16.60
8. Shanghai 81.52 76.55 6.50
9. Buenos Aires 78.04 79.54 -1.88
10. São Paulo 76.30 86.54 -11.83

Decrease in overnight prices in British largest cities
In the largest cities in the United Kingdom hotel prices have fallen as well. Even in London hotel guests can make savings in comparison with last year. In the metropolis the average overnight rates have fallen by 4.41 % to £111.62. Other cities which have become cheaper are Birmingham (minus 2.41 % to £78.24) and Glasgow (minus 4.76 % to £75.65).

Results of the hotel price barometer for the United Kingdom (average prices in GBP per night/room)*
City March 2015 March 2014 cf. March 2015 to
March 2014 in %

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