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Where to go – in France, in Europe or in the world – without breaking the bank? The “Hotel Price Radar” study, published by the Hotel Reservation Service (HRS) hotel portal, provides an early response. This study on the prices of hotel nights takes stock of the year 2018 compared to the year 2017: it was carried out based on all hotel bookings made between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018 via the HRS portal. Conclusion? In France, prices remained relatively stable but varied greatly in some cities. On the other hand, fares have increased overall in Europe and worldwide. Here is what to remember from this study:

• In France, prices remained stable but soared in Montpellier
In the 12 French cities tested by HRS, the rates have increased on average by 1.9% between 2017 and 2018. With very large disparities. The most spectacular progression was registered in Montpellier, where it was necessary to spend 130 euros per night on average, an increase of nearly 40% compared to 2017! The “Surdouée” thus becomes the second most expensive city in France after Paris, where the price per night is 136 euros. Nice (114 euros per night), Lyon (109 euros) and Strasbourg (103 euros) complete the top 5 most expensive French cities.

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In contrast, Marseille and Lille saw the price of their overnight stays drop sharply, by 17.2% and 10.5% respectively. The price of a night in Marseille is now 77 euros, against 94 euros in Lille. The top 3 major French cities least expensive is composed of Marseille (77 euros per night), Bordeaux (90 euros) and Grenoble (91 euros).

• In Europe, prices rose sharply in the east and south
The European cities selected by HRS experienced an average rate increase of 5%. With a price of 177 euros per night, London arrives at the top of the most expensive destinations. In the top 5, come Zurich (177 euros also), Oslo (165 euros), Copenhagen (161 euros) and Stockholm (148 euros).

We note that several cities located in previously “cheap” areas – in Eastern Europe and Southern Europe in particular – saw their prices rise sharply between 2017 and 2018. This is the case in Prague. hotels have increased the most: the average price of one night has increased by 12% over the period, from 75 to 84 euros. Budapest (+ 8.6%, 88 euros), Warsaw (+ 9.3%, 82 euros) and Moscow (+ 10.3%, 96 euros) are not left behind. Same movement in southern Europe: prices rose quite sharply in Madrid (+ 10.1%, 109 euros), in Barcelona (+ 9.3%, 129 euros), in Lisbon (+ 9.7%, 102 euros ) or Athens (+ 9.6%, 103 euros). The cheapest metropolis remains Istanbul (78 euros per night).

It is in Prague (Czech Republic) that the price of a hotel night increased the most between 2017 and 2018.


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