Hotel prices rose 8% across the UK in February on the previous month, but remained broadly flat on the same period in the previous year, according to hotel price comparison website www.trivago.co.uk
London saw only fairly modest month-on-month increases, with prices up 5% to an average of £137 per night for a standard double room.
But Edinburgh saw a 22% rise to £107 a night, and Cardiff a 28% jump to £91. Birmingham rose to its highest point since May 2010, with a 17% increase. Manchester was up 11% to £90 a night, as was Newcastle (£93 a night). Leeds and Glasgow both rose 9% to £73 a night and £77 a night respectively.
The only cities to experience price falls were Blackpool, where they dropped 1% to £61 a night, and Sheffield, down 21% to £67.
However on a year-on-year basis, Trivago said UK prices in February 2011 were "very closely aligned" to February 2010, with price variations amounting only to a few percentage points in most of the largest cities.
Overnight costs rose strongly in London (+14%), Liverpool (+14%), Edinburgh (+10%) and Newcastle (+10%) on last year. But Leeds was 9% lower and Bristol was 7% lower.
Change in overnight prices in February 2011 compared with January 2011 Cardiff: +28%
Change in overnight prices in February 2011 compared to February 2010 London: +14%
By Neil Gerrard
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