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Prague hotels among cheapest in Europe

Prague hotels among cheapest in Europe
13 Jan 2014

Prague has underscored its status as one of the top cheap city break destinations in Europe after coming out on top of a survey of hotel room rates across the continent. 

HRS found that hotel rooms in the Czech city averaged just €70.28 per night in 2013, despite a 4.3% increase from 2012, Travel Daily News reports. 

This placed it just ahead of other value-for-money locations such as Budapest (€71.63) and Warsaw (€74.42), and well in front of more sought-after destinations including Paris (€133.98) and Zurich (€144.93) - the most expensive. 

Prague is well-known as a budget destination, with the Post Office ranking it at number three out of 40 destinations on its latest Worldwide Holiday Costs Barometer, which is based on the cost of eight tourist purchases - including dinner for two, drinks and suncream. Bali and the Algarve were first and second. 

Warsaw saw the biggest drop in rates of 9.1%, as it failed to sustain the effect of Poland hosting Euro 2012. The opposite is true of Olympic host London, where hotel rates grew by 3.6% in 2013, one year on from the Games. 

Those looking for value on a global stage should turn to Asia, where the average room costs €70 or less a night in Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Shanghai and Beijing. In the Malaysian city, a room will set you back just €58 on average - considerably cheaper than the most expensive city, New York. 

In the Big Apple, prices have surged by almost 9% to more than €187 a night, while rooms in Singapore, Rio de Janeiro and Sydney average €145 and above. Although Tokyo (€135) is among them, prices there have plummeted by almost 19%, so there's actually never been a better time to visit the Japanese capital. 

There is a similarly wide variety of rates in the UK, where prices range from around £70 (€84) in Birmingham to almost £120 (€145) in London and Edinburgh. ADNFCR-408-ID-801681423-ADNFCR

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