Manchester cheaper than other UK cities amid hotel price hikes for Queen’s Diamond Jubilee weekend

By James Dickenson

While hotel prices are soaring across the UK for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee bank holiday weekend, Manchester’s rooms are set to be more affordable than many.

Banking group Santander showed that the rise in costs of the average four-night stay over June’s Jubilee weekend was just 8% in Manchester compared with a similar trip in May this year.

On the other hand prices in Edinburgh have gone up by 28% for the commemorative weekend, and by 54% in London, making the North’s premier city an attractive option for visitors.

Head of Media Relations at Santander, Andy Smith, said: “Demand for hotel rooms in London is likely to be fierce over the Jubilee weekend, so we’d expect to see inflated room rates, but the premiums our research has uncovered will price many families out of the capital altogether.”

The price rises are far greater in London than they were for last year’s Royal Wedding period, with some establishments charging 223% more over the Queen’s celebratory period this summer.

However, the picture is very different in Manchester. The City Warehouse Apartment Hotel based in the Northern Quarter will not be raising their rates for the celebratory weekend at all.

Director Ian Kelly said: “We haven’t raised our prices, although we are a hotel on the smaller side.

“We are fully booked for that weekend, but also the weekends before and after around that time.”

And other hotels in and around Manchester Piccadilly are expected to maintain competitive rates.

The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Piccadilly are not expecting to hike their prices over the Jubilee weekend and will still be offering room rates from £79 bed and breakfast.


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