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Hotel prices rose in the first six months of the year

Dublin is the third most expensive place to book a room for the night, but where is first?

Ross Castle in Killarney
Ross Castle in Killarney
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KILLARNEY IS IRELAND’S most expensive town in Ireland in which to stay in a hotel.

The Kerry town beats out Galway and Dublin, as hotel room average rates rose in the first six months of the year for the country as a whole.

Killarney prices rose by five per cent, with the average room by the lakes coming in at €107.

Galway is next most expensive, with a stay there costing €97, down two per cent.

In Dublin, prices are up two per cent, to €93 a night, Kilkenny is down to €93 a night and Cork comes in at €86.

As well as hosting the EU Presidency in the first half of the year, Dublin has benefited from the return of the conferencing and events sector which has helped increase demand and boost occupancy.

The figures are shown in the latest Hotels.com Hotel Price Index (HPI).

The HPI is a regular survey of hotel prices in major destinations across the world. The HPI is based on bookings made on Hotels.com and prices shown are those actually paid by customers around the world (rather than advertised rates) in the first half of 2013.

Ireland was one of the best value destinations in Europe for eurozone travellers during the first six months of 2013 and was less expensive than Netherlands (€110), Italy (€113), Germany (€94), Spain (€92) and France (€97).

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