Thousands more beds

Flood of new rooms cuts the cost of booking a city hotel

Hampton by Hilton opened at Edinburgh Airport (pic: Terry Murden)

Booking a hotel room in Edinburgh and Glasgow is getting cheaper as both cities add thousands of rooms to cope with a surge in visitors.

New hotel openings flooded the two cities with 2,000 extra rooms last year which led to a fall in occupancy levels and the average daily rates slipping in both cities.

As a result Edinburgh lost its long-held position as the most expensive city in the UK to spend the night outside of London.

With a 2% fall in average daily rate, to £91.63, Edinburgh was overtaken by Brighton, which increased to £92.34. London remains out on its own with an average daily rate of £146.15.

Almost 5,000 more rooms will be provided across Scotland by the end of the decade, of which 1,655 are scheduled for Glasgow, 2,400 for Edinburgh and a further 600 for Aberdeen in 2019 and 2020.

PwC’s Hotels Forecast 2019-2020 says an additional 1,000 rooms in Edinburgh last year took the total to around 15,000. This led to a 2.3% fall in RevPAR (revenue per available room), to £71.52 – though this is still comfortably ahead of the £68.32 UK average for the period between June 2018 and June 2019.

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