Hotel prices exploded ahead of a busy weekend

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Hotel prices in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole have skyrocketed, with some even charging 50% more than usual, as the council gears up for another busy weekend.

With a mini-heatwave on the horizon and expected peaks of around 25 ° C, the weekend promises to be hot.

Anyone who wants to visit the city this weekend and hasn’t booked accommodation yet is considering paying a higher rate or missing out, with 95% of hotel rooms already booked.

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Tim Seward, president of the BH Area Hospitality Association, said: “It will all depend on pre-booking, there are some weird rooms available but it’s very limited – it’s like mid-May when the sun shines. gets up.

Tim Seward, president of the BH Area Hospitality Association, called Bournemouth the ‘new London’.

“It’s great for everyone to be complete and that’s what we’ve wanted for a long time.

“It’s on demand and we really are the new London, when the sun comes up Bournemouth will be full.”

At the time of writing, 17 hotels with rooms are available on Booking.com for a two-night stay between Friday July 16 and Sunday July 18.

The cheapest of these is the Lynden Court Hotel which charges £ 340 – compared to a two night stay in September between 10-11, the hotel would typically cost guests £ 328.

However, some hotels charge up to 50% more for rooms this weekend.

The Charlesworth Hotel charges guests 50% more for their Family Room with Shower, for a two night stay this weekend at £ 600.

By comparison, the same room between 10 and 12 September would cost guests £ 300.

Bournemouth Echo:

The Charlesworth Hotel charges 50% more on weekends than in September. Photo: Booking.com

The Durley Dean Hotel is priced at £ 946 for a two night stay this weekend in their Superior Double or Twin Room without breakfast.

Compared to a two-night stay between 10-12 September, a Superior Double or Twin Room without breakfast would cost guests £ 813, a 16% increase.

A BCP Council spokesperson said: “We are delighted to see that our hotel industry is busy this weekend with hotels at at least 90% capacity.

“We encourage visitors to plan ahead for their trips, to park responsibly and to drive safely.

“Visitors may not be able to find last minute accommodation, so remember that camping on our beaches is an offense and our teams will take enforcement action, which may result in a fine. of £ 1,000. ”

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