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Rugby World Cup: Cardiff hotel prices hit €1,664 ahead of Quarter Finals

Ireland v Argentina: What price?

Published 14/10/2015 | 12:23

Exterior of the Millenium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, UK
Exterior of the Millenium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, UK
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Hotel prices in Cardiff have skyrocketed by some 960pc ahead of this weekend's Rugby World Cup Quarter Finals.

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That's according to the trivago Hotel Price Index, which calculates the average overnight accommodation prices for key European cities each month.

Rooms in the Welsh capital normally average €157 for a standard double, according to the index, but have soared to as high as €1,664 per night this weekend.

The "unprecedented" prices are "the most extreme we have ever reported for a UK event," said David Lintott of trivago's UK & Ireland Public Relations Office.

Cardiff's rates are now 410pc higher than the comparable average in London, he added - despite London being the UK’s most expensive city for a hotel stay.

Ireland play Argentina in the city's Millennium Stadium in the third of four Quarter Finals at 1pm this Sunday, October 18. France and New Zealand square off at the same venue on Saturday night.

A hotel room in the Welsh capital will cost an average of €1,664 on Saturday, trivago says, with prices on Sunday averaging at €702 - 347pc higher than normal.

The news comes as hotel rates are dropping across Europe, trivago adds, with its 50 most popular cities showing average prices of €141 in October - down 6pc on September.

trivago is the world’s largest online hotel search site, comparing rates from over 700,000 hotels on over 200 booking sites worldwide.

Hotels aren't the only accommodation available to fans, of course. Campsites, Airbnb and family and friends are just some of the other options worth pursuing.

This week, for example, the UK Caravan Club announced that camping was available from just £6/€8 per night at the Tredegar House Country Park Caravan Club in Newport, seven miles from Cardiff.

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