HOTEL PRICES IN Ireland are still on the rise with the latest survey showing prices are up 10% in the first half of 2014, so if you’re planning a short trip before winter kicks in, it could cost a little more than last year.
The latest Hotels.com price index found that the average price across the country is €101 per night.
Those visiting Killarney will fork out the most, with visitors paying €111 on average and prices in Dublin are not far behind. Limerick, is the most affordable destination when it comes to hotels with an average prices of €74 now.
The survey notes that the impact of the cancellation of the five Garth Brooks concerts is not yet reflected in the figures so Dublin prices may now be a little different.
Hotels.com said that increased visitor numbers, additional air routes and events based tourism have driven the prices up and contributed to recovery in the sector.
Responding to the results of the survey today, the Irish Hotels Federation said it rejected the price claims, pointing out that the website does not cover the entire market.
“Less than one out of every 10 room nights booked in Ireland is sold through this booking site,” commented IHF President Stephen McNally. “The vast majority are sold through other sources including directly with the hotel; over the phone or through the hotel’s own website.
Hotels.com does not typically capture other categories of booking such as the key tour, conference and event market segments.”
The IHF recommended that people shop around and not rely on just one source when comparing accommodation prices.