Ireland’s hottest hotel list has been released and reveals how some of the country’s most popular destinations have been cut down to size.
Key highlights:* Dublin is the top hotel with the cheapest room at €14.95* Dublin has the lowest price for a single room at $2.20* Paris, with its luxury hotels, is second with a room of €16.60.
Paris is the cheapest hotel in Europe.
Dublin has one of the lowest rates of booking a hotel room in the world with just 3% of the rooms booked, according to the latest data from hotel website Booking.ie.
Dublons average occupancy rate for hotel rooms in the capital is 2.3%.
Dublin, which has the fourth-highest rate of new hotel arrivals in Europe at around 8,000 per week, has been a target of a recent hotel price freeze, which will remain in place until the end of 2019.
Dublians average hotel room costs for 2017 are just €10.60, the cheapest in the country, while Paris is second at €12.90 and the UK has the cheapest with a hotel at just €8.90.
Dubland is also a popular destination for tourists and holidaymakers who flock to the city to enjoy its famous nightlife, arts and culture.
A €1,000 deposit is required to book a hotel, but bookings are subject to availability.
Dublands biggest attractions include the Grand Canal, a 2.2-mile (3km) river bisecting the city, and the Grand Hotel, which was built in 1859 and is the oldest hotel in Ireland.
The hotel is still open for business despite the freeze.
The Grand Hotel’s grand entrance in Dublin.
Dubliners are also drawn to its shopping, restaurants and bars.
Hotel prices can be very competitive with some locations in Dublin, such as the City Centre in the city centre, selling for as little as €12, but many other areas in the area are more affordable.
Dubliner hotels, however, will typically charge higher prices in the evenings, and it’s common to see a room booked at €20 or less.
Hotels in the east of Ireland have a reputation for low occupancy rates, with average rooms being around 2.5% of their total room capacity, while some hotels in the west of the island have been seen to average 3%.
Dublins cheapest hotel is the Lees Estate Hotel in the historic Lees Hotel Estate, which is situated on the outskirts of Dublin.
It’s located in a small, historic building that has been restored to its original condition.
The Hotel offers a simple two-bedroom, one bathroom flat-screen TV and a bed in a shared room with a balcony overlooking the harbour.
The house also has a private gym and bar area.
There is a €150 fee for a double room, and a €300 fee for two rooms in a three-bedroom apartment.
Hoteling in Ireland is a lucrative business, with many of the nation’s top hotels charging double the average hotel rates.
Hotel booking site Booking, which tracks the availability of hotel rooms, reports that Ireland’s hotels are worth €13bn a year, making it the third-most expensive country in Europe for tourism and accommodation.
Hotline for the hotels, which have been operating since the 1970s, has a phone number for booking hotels.
The Irish Independent