Crazy city break prices – hotels slash prices to £16 a night because bookings are down by 80% this summer

WHILE UK coastal destinations are seeing a huge boom in staycation bookings, many city hotels still have plenty of empty rooms for the summer.

In fact, one hotel booking engine provider has reported that bookings at major city hotels are down over 80 per cent in comparison to two years ago.

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Avvio, which provide technology to over 500 hotels around the world, reported that while there has been some growth in city hotel bookings this year – July is 74 per cent and August 49 per cent up on last year – many were 90 per cent down compared to 2019.

And most hotels are still over 80 per cent down in comparison to 2019.

Avvio’s Chief Commercial Officer, Michael De Jongh, said: "There’s virtually no international tourism in the UK right now and that’s hitting city hotels hard. On the whole people really don’t want to spend their summer staycation in a UK city, which means the current boom is almost exclusively around resort locations."

While it's not great news for hotels, it does mean that holidaymakers who are open to a UK city break can find some real bargains.

Some of the best are:

  • Premier Inn Brighton hotel rooms from £65.50 per night
  • Premier Inn Manchester hotel rooms from £35 per night
  • Birmingham hotel rooms from £25 per night
  • Newcastle hotel rooms from £20 per night
  • Late Rooms London hotel rooms from £16 per night
  • Bath hotel rooms from £107 per night
  • Best Western Bristol hotel rooms from £47 per night
  • Kayak Liverpool hotel rooms from £23 per night
  • Swansea hotel rooms from £67 per night

Hotels in London are also lining up to offer discounts on stays this spring and summer to help kick-start business after lockdown.

From today, holidaymakers can book discounted rooms and value-added packages at hotels in the capital as part of Hotel Week London, which runs from May 28 to June 6.

A huge range of hotels are taking part, from luxury ones including Dukes London, Hyatt Regency London, The Churchill, Corinthia and The Dorchester, to more boutique options like The Tower Hotel, The Standard, Ruby Lucy Hotel and Mama Shelter London Shoreditch.

On May 17 hotels and B&Bs in England should be able to welcome
back guests under the next stage of the roadmap out of lockdown.

If you're looking for more staycation inspiration, we've found the best UK holiday parks with children’s entertainment and the best holiday parks with outdoor pools.

There are also great UK coach trips for families and campsites with availability for summer.

Alternatively, we've found holiday park party weekenders, cheap staycation breaks with hot tubs and treehouse stays.

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