TOURISTS hoping to spend St Patrick’s Day in Dublin will have to pay up to 174 per cent more for a hotel room than those who visit the capital at other times of the month, according to one hotel search website.
Trivago says the price of an average hotel room in the capital for Saturday 16 March, the night before the main festivities in Dublin, this year stands at €287 – well above the €105 average price for a room across the entire month of March.
The site also says hotel rooms for this weekend – as the Ireland rugby team hosts France in the Six Nations championship – have also seen significant price increases.
The average hotel room in the capital this weekend costs €178, Trivago said.
The inflated prices will not just hit the pockets of tourists visiting from abroad, however: the website says 55 per cent of the searches for hotel rooms in the capital came from Irish internet users.
24 per cent of searches were from British users, with 8 per cent from Germany and 4 per cent from Italy.
Trivago’s figures also show that the price of the average hotel room in Dublin for March is up by 13 per cent compared to February’s price, with smaller increases in prices in the likes of Killarney and Galway.
Nationally, the price of an average hotel room is down by 3 per cent compared to last year, with Killarney in particular seeing a drop of 13 per cent.