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Pricey places

What's the most expensive Irish town to stay in?

The priciest places to spend the night in – and the cheapest – have been revealed.

WESTPORT IS THE most expensive place to spend the night in Ireland, according to a new survey of hotel costs.

Prices in the Mayo town increased in 2011, although the cost of a room in most other places continued to slide. Staying in a Westport hotel for a night cost an average of €111 last year – up from €104 in 2010.

The town edged Kilkenny into second place at €107, with Wexford in third at €103. Prices in both places had dropped since 2010.

Limerick was the cheapest of the 11 towns and cities surveyed by booking website, with the average room costing just €64.

The largest price increase was in Waterford, where room costs shot up by 24 per cent from €56 to €69.

Ireland was among the cheapest of 18 European countries in the price index. Overall the average price of a room here was €81 – up from €79 in 2010. In the most expensive country, Switzerland, the average room cost €151.

The most expensive city in the world was Muscat in Oman, where the average room cost €244. It was followed by Capri, New York, Geneva and Moscow.

The small increase in Irish prices suggests that the market here is stabilising, according to spokesperson Seamus MacCormaic. But he added: “However, we are coming from three successive years of steep decline so there is still a long way to go before prices fully recover.”

Here’s the full list of average prices in Irish towns (2010 prices in brackets):

  1. Westport €111 (€104)
  2. Kilkenny €107 (€112)
  3. Wexford €103 (€108)
  4. Killarney €98 (€96)
  5. Galway €98 (€100)
  6. Athlone €95 (€111)
  7. Cork €82 (€76)
  8. Sligo €81 (€86)
  9. Dublin €76 (€73)
  10. Waterford €69 (€56)
  11. Limerick €64 (€63)

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