Wednesday 28 September 2016

Dublin hotel prices rising fast ahead of 1916 centenary weekend

The Rising

Published 14/03/2016 | 11:06

O'Connell Street, Dublin. Photo: Deposit
O'Connell Street, Dublin. Photo: Deposit

The average hotel rate in Dublin has risen 60pc ahead of the Easter Rising commemorations, it has been claimed.

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Data from trivago.ie suggests the average price of a double room in Dublin over the Easter weekend (March 25-27) is now €199.

That compares to an average room rate of €124 in February, the hotel search site says, with room prices peaking at €245 on Easter Saturday.

Rates are also rising on booking.com, with rooms at three-star hotels quoting from €179 to €224 on Easter Saturday as we publish.

Last week, The Irish Times reported that Dublin hotel rooms were fully booked for the 1916 Rising centenary commemorations, with a "tsunami of people" expected to descend on the capital for the Easter events.

However, Independent.ie Travel can confirm that rooms remain available throughout the city, with best value on the periphery.

The Irish Hotels Federation (IHF) says there is "a significant increase" in advance bookings for the Easter weekend due to the 1916 commemorations, but confirms that availability remains across much of the city.

Late room rates published on booking sites don't reflect the actual prices paid by visitors, it says - most of whom would have booked their stays weeks or months ago at lower rates.

Occupancy rates are expected to peak at 90pc over Easter, it adds.

A spokesperson for airbnb.ie said 13pc of its Dublin rooms remain available from March 25-27, with an average rate of €97 per night.

Hotels.com said searches were up 17pc for Easter weekend compared with last year, but rooms remain available to book.

Meanwhile, Gardaí are encouraging everybody who attends the Easter parade on Sunday, March 27, to arrive early and use public transport.

"If you live outside the M50 try to leave your car outside the M50. If you live inside the M50 try to leave your car outside the Grand Canal on the Southside or the North Circular Road on the Northside," according to Garda advice.

Access to a large portion of O'Connell Street will be restricted on Easter Sunday, but there will be five alternative viewing areas with large screens at Smithfield, Kings Inn, Merrion Square, St. Stephen’s Green and Trinity College.

See ireland.ie and transportforireland.ie for more information.

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