Irish hotel prices among the cheapest in Europe
Ireland has some of the cheapest hotels in Europe with the average price for a room now as low as €79 a night, an internet survey revealed today.
The country is now the fourth cheapest in the eurozone with only the Czech Republic at €76, Poland €74 and Hungary €70, offering better rates.
Online booking site Hotels.com revealed Kilkenny was the dearest city in Ireland for an overnight stay - taking the crown traditionally held by Killarney.
In Dublin, room prices were down 7pc to €73, making it one of the best value city destinations in the world.
Seamus MacCormaic, director of market management UK & Ireland at the internet site, said the survey suggests prices have bottomed out.
"The Irish hotel market is slower to recover than other countries with prices falling 4pc in the first half of 2010," he said.
"The rise of the 'staycation' has also helped boost hotel prices with popular tourist spots such as Castlebar and Sligo experiencing an increase in room rates with prices up 4pc and 5pc respectively."
Irish hotel rates were down 4pc overall compared to the fall of 21pc recorded in last year's survey.
Around Ireland prices came crashing down 16pc in the tourist hot spot of Killarney while the most popular city in the west, Galway, was also hit by a steep fall with room rates down 12pc to €98.
Kilkenny bucked the trend, with the average cost of a hotel stay €123 a night.
Cork hotel prices fell a further 5pc year-on-year with the average room rate down to €76 and Waterford has the best value in Ireland with rooms from €50.