Hotels hike prices up to seven times as fans scramble to find rooms ahead of Stereophonics concert
Cardiff hotels have been accused of raising their rates for the night of Stereophonics’ Christmas concert in December – a hotel charging seven times its price for another night.
The festive concert, which will take place in the Principality’s stadium on December 18, will be the first time Stereophonics has performed in the capital since the lockdown of Wales in 2020.
Tickets for the concert went on sale at 9 a.m. on September 10 and have already sold out, but the band just announced a second show date on Friday, December 17.
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The popularity of the concert saw several nearby hotels all booked – with only a handful of properties in the capital still available to guests Dec. 18-19 on Booking.com.
But many of those who still offer rooms that night charge higher rates that are considerably higher than their prices for the nights before and after the concert.
Annette Pearce from Porthcawl, who bought a ticket and is “very excited” for the concert, told WalesOnline that she has planned to stay at a hotel in the capital for the night of the concert with her friend who is also going. But she got an unexpected shock when she visited various travel agency websites, looking for a room for two adult guests, and was forced to turn her plans around.
“Just looking at Airbnb‘s online at all, I couldn’t believe how much they raised the prices. It was ridiculous,” said the retired social worker.
“It’s not a new thing – it happens with rugby, it happens when boxing is on.”
But citing the financial hardships that many people have faced as a result of the pandemic, she thinks the price hikes don’t “feel right” in “these times, when you have a band trying to give people a bit. hope and light ”.
“You had people who were fired. All kinds of things happened,” she said.
“I think some of these places don’t need to. It’s different for the little boutique hotel trying to get a few extra bobs – but the big chains, come on.”
She added: “It’s totally devastated so many people including myself. I can’t afford it. If I look at the accommodation, the price of the ticket, get there – even without food, drink and the like. – you look up to £ 500. A place that I would normally have been able to reasonably and comfortably afford is even beyond my reach. “
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Annette, who hopes to be able to stay with friends or a girl in Cardiff, said she believes legislation should ensure hotels can only raise prices in a reasonable way.
“I really think it’s a problem,” she said.
Budget hotels and more expensive hotels seem to have increased their prices.
The Citrus Hotel Cardiff by Compass Hospitality – which was previously known as The Big Sleep Hotel – charges £ 566 on the night of the concert for a standard double room on Booking.com.
However, for the previous night the hotel charges £ 221 for the same room, and for the following night it only charges £ 79 – the latter being about seven times cheaper.
Compass Hospitality has been contacted for comment.
Also on Booking.com, the Copthorne Hotel Cardiff in Culverhouse Cross is charging £ 368 for a standard double room from December 18-19. However, the night before he only charges £ 99 and the next night only £ 63. – almost six times less than the evening of the concert.
The Copthorne Hotel Cardiff declined to comment on the price difference.
Likewise, still on Booking.com, the five-star voco St David’s Cardiff hotel in Cardiff Bay charges £ 569 for a room with a double bed on the night of the concert. It has the same price as the night before (December 17 to December 18). But from December 16 to 17 and the night after the concert (December 19 to 20) it costs considerably less – £ 119.
voco St David’s Cardiff has been approached for comment.
Lastminute.com revealed similar price increases.
The Royal Hotel on St Mary Street charges £ 149 for two adults in a room for the night of December 17-18, and £ 99 for a stay of December 19-20. But for the night of the concert between the two, her price for the same room increased more than fourfold to £ 414.
The Royal Hotel declined to comment on the increase.
A stay at the Future Inn Cardiff Bay for two adults in a room the night of the concert will set you back £ 391 – a stark contrast to the prices quoted for the same room the day before (£ 134) and the night after (£ 66 – almost six times cheaper).
Future Inns Hotels has been approached for comment.
The budget hotel Ibis Cardiff Gate – International Business Park on the website offers a room stay for 2 adults from December 17-18 for £ 68, and from December 19-20 it offers the same room for £ 55. But for the night of the gig between the two, he doubled his price for that piece to £ 139.
Accor, owner of Ibis, was approached for comment.
The hotel price hike comes after tickets for the concert sold at six times the original price before the box office officially opened.
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