NewsPRorama - hotel rooms are really cheap, say Hotels.com

15 September 2009

Photo by wallyg on Flickr. Some rights reserved. Extra-marital affairs are now cheaper to carry out than ever, according to suspiciously biased research announced today. After all, horsing the living daylights out of your wife's sister in your own bed is just wrong, and now there's no excuse not to get a room in a nice hotel; UK room prices have fallen to their lowest level in five years.

The average cost of a night in a hotel was 16 per cent lower in the first six months of this year compared to the same period in 2008. Prices held best in Bath where the average price dropped just 6 per cent to £111 per night. In London village, the cost of getting a room fell by 12 per cent to £101. Cities to have the arse ripped out their rates include Southampton where the average fell by a third, as well as Belfast (down 29 per cent), Aberdeen (down by a quarter) and Sheffield (down 24 per cent).

The average price of a hotel room around the world fell by 17 per cent in the first six months of 2009. Prices in Latin America fell by the greatest extent, down 18 per cent while prices for hotel rooms in North America were down 17 per cent. And even through rates in the Caribbean only saw a two per cent drop, you can't help but think to yourself that now's a great time to book a hotel room. That would seem to be the inescapable conclusion, right? All those bargains out there, surely it's time to bag one?

You're absolutely right! So it's a hearty thanks to Hotels.com for conducting this entirely independent survey flogged to death by their PR monkeys, and that they stand to profit from in no way, shape or form. Cheers!

Hotels.com Worldwide president David Roche told the stalwarts of journalism at the BBC: "For UK travellers, it is a great time to stay closer to home and explore the British Isles, while for visitors from overseas, there has never been a better chance to come and enjoy the UK at 2004 prices."

Except neither Hotels.com or the BBC point out this global slump in prices is caused by people not travelling during a recession, which in turn suggests Hotels.com have seen a similar drop in bookings, and in fact this entire story is a self-serving piece of PR that news organisations like the BBC are only too happy to slap lipstick on and doll up as news.

[Reuters]

TOPICS:   Travel

5 comments

  • Liam
    Yay! Lets party like it's 2004!
  • The B.
    "suspiciously bias research" Biased perchance, and yes, I am a pedant.
  • Paul S.
    That's your eyes, Bob. Yeah. Wonky eyes. [cough]
  • goon
    £100 a night. i'd rather have a wank in a back alley over a tramp than pay that.
  • Ten B.
    [...] The hotel booking website that has done a survey that shows that hotels are cheap and great and everything! [...]

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