London, 27 September 2009 – A city break this autumn 2009 really is value for money with hotel rates falling rapidly this year due to the economic crisis. The online hotel reservation service hotel.info, with more than 210,000 hotels worldwide, has analysed the hotel room rates offered through its web site for the third quarter of 2009 as part of its price-savings ranking process, and has drawn up a chart of the city destinations in Europe that offer the greatest savings on room rates since the start of the economic downturn.
In many European cities, the difference in room rates between Q3 this year and last year is more than ten percent. At the top of the table is the Russian capital Moscow, which has experienced a fall of more than a quarter. However, other cities such as Prague, Madrid and Amsterdam show savings of between 16 and 17% of the prices paid at this time last year. With Copenhagen, Istanbul, Barcelona, Florence and Oslo also featuring in hotel.info's top tips for attractive European city destinations currently offering cheaper hotel room rates, there are plenty of opportunities for breaks at lower cost than last autumn. In Germany the Rhenish metropolis of Cologne is currently offering the biggest savings with prices more than 10% down year on year.
Warini Munshi, Managing Director at hotel.info explained, "There are currently great savings to be made, especially in city breaks. But intending travellers should hurry – our price barometer indicates that some destinations are already forecasting an upward trend, with hotel room rates starting to rise again in some cities.”
The following destinations offer travellers the biggest savings on hotel rooms compared with the same period last year:
Average room rate Third quarter 2009
Average room rate Third quarter 2008
Price saving in % Q3 2008 / 2009
www.hotel.info is a free online hotel reservation service for corporate and private customers. The service offers more than 210,000 hotels for electronic bookings around the world. Customers booking via hotel.info achieve significantly better prices in comparison with other booking channels. In addition, hotel.info shows all available room prices for each hotel, so that the customer can always select the cheapest or most suitable room price. All bookings via hotel.info are transferred simultaneously, securely and directly to the respective hotel’s computer. This guarantees the unique integration of each hotel’s own reservation systems (CRS or PMS) and hotel.info’s own reservation system myRES into the hotel.info unified user interface.
At hotel.info, customers seeking hotel rooms can base their decisions to book a room not only on the core information such as room price and hotel facilities, but also on the hotel reviews and ratings submitted by around 1 million hotel guests from around the world. Compared with existing rating portals, hotel.info customers can rely on 100% genuine hotel ratings, since only customers who have booked and recently stayed in each hotel are asked for their opinion. Once a customer has selected an offer, the hotel is presented for direct online booking at attractive conditions, in line with the hotel.info "Check & Book" claim.
hotel.info is the international brand of hotel.de AG. This brand was created to further drive expansion within Europe. The aim is to establish hotel.info throughout Europe as the leading reservation service for corporate and private customers. Today hotel.info operates offices in Germany, France, Spain, Italy and China.