Dublin hotels set to milk Web Summit with 600pc price hikes
Dublin hotels are hiking room rates by up to 600pc to cash in on the three-day Web Summit next Tuesday. The event, which will see almost 20,000 people fly in to the country, has proven too tempting for hoteliers with some jacking prices up to €700 per night for modest accommodation.
Dublin's three-star Maldron Hotel Parnell Square is charging €360 per night for rooms quoted at €60 per night before and after the event. Similarly, Bewley's Hotel in Ballsbridge is seeking €320 per night for the duration of the Web Summit before returning to its normal pricing of €90 per night when the event ends.
And the Hilton Hotel in Dublin 2 is charging €463 per night for a double room that costs €160 one week later. Breakfast is not included in the price.
International visitors using the global online service Booking.com are being quoted €709 per night in a Gardiner Street bed and breakfast establishment, The Adelphi Guesthouse. The same room is quoted at €64 per night a week later. Similarly, the two-star My Place Hotel on Gardiner Street costs €538 per night for a room that costs €60 a week later.
"It's hugely disappointing to see this kind of thing going on," said Paddy Cosgrave, co-founder of the Web Summit. And Dublin's Lord Mayor Christy Burke said: "some hotels are trying to milk it. It's wrong." But a spokesman for the Irish Hotels Federation said that average Web Summit hotel rates were lower and that Ireland "remains one of the least expensive destinations in Western Europe".
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