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Monday, 22 August 2011

Devon offers best hotel value for August bank holiday

Edinburgh hotel prices 38% more expensive over bank holiday weekend**

TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site, today reveals where travellers can find the UK’s most affordable four-star hotel rooms over the popular August bank holiday weekend.

·         The research reveals Devon as the best value destination for the August bank holiday, with an average per-night four-star hotel room price of £72 over 26th, 27th and 28th August. 
·         This is followed by Belfast at £85 per night and Stratford-upon-Avon at £101 per night. 
·         Edinburgh’s average hotel price of £229 per night – more than triple Devon’s cost – makes it the UK’s most expensive, ahead even of London at £183 per night. 
·         Edinburgh’s hotel prices also see the biggest bank holiday spike, with the average room costing 38% more than the weekend immediately after, which can likely be attributed the city’s famous Fringe Festival overlapping with the holiday.

“For those planning their August bank holiday weekend getaway Devon is the clear winner when it comes to hotel value for money,” commented Emma O’Boyle, TripAdvisor spokesperson. “With great beaches and beautiful scenery, savvy travellers should take advantage of Devon’s comparatively cheaper hotels that weekend.”

“The August bank holiday weekend can be a very expensive travelling period, especially for families. This data reveals what a considerable saving you can make on your hotel if you opt for the likes of Devon and Belfast over the larger, more obvious city break locations of London, Bath and Edinburgh.”

Average per night hotel room costs (four-star) over the August Bank Holiday weekend*:

Lake District

Bank Holiday premiums: some do, some don’t
Many people avoid bank holiday travel for fear of inflated hotel prices and, according to the TripAdvisor research, this is the reality in certain destinations, while the opposite is the case in others:**

·         Edinburgh, Jersey and the Cotswolds are 38%, 12% and 9% respectively more expensive on the August bank holiday weekend (26,27,28 August) compared to the following weekend (2,3,4 September)
·         London, Bath and the Lake District are 19%, 10% and 5% respectively more expensive on the weekend following the August Bank Holiday
·         Devon, Belfast, Stratford-upon-Avon and Cornwall showed broadly similar costs for both weekends

“This research disproves the theory that all hotels increase their rates specifically for the bank holiday weekend. In some cases, such as Edinburgh, Jersey and the Cotswolds, it holds true that hotel prices are more expensive. However, some UK destinations, such as Bath, London and the Lake District, actually allow you to make savings during that weekend. As with any holiday, research and flexibility can go a long a way in seeking out for most cost-effective option.”

Notes to editor:
*Hotel prices are the average per-night cost of a four-star hotel in each destination for the nights of 26, 27 and 28 August.  The data was taken from many TripAdvisor partners, including online travel agencies and direct hotel suppliers.  Averages were pulled using rates from several hotels in each destination.  The list of destinations are popular bank holiday destinations and were selected by TripAdvisor editors.

**Percentages indicate difference in price when comparing bank holiday prices to the following weekend (2,3,4 September).  Prices for 2,3,4 September were taken according to the same methodology as August bank holiday weekend, outlined above