Edinburgh hotel prices up 150% for Six Nations

Scotland take on England earlier this month at Murrayfield. Picture: Ian Rutherford
Scotland take on England earlier this month at Murrayfield. Picture: Ian Rutherford
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Hotel prices during Six Nations rugby matches at Murrayfield have spiked by an average of up to 150 per cent, it has been claimed.

Price comparison site Trivago revealed fans will pay an average of £256 for a standard double room the night before Scotland take on France on Saturday, March 8 – a 147 per cent increase from the monthly average of £104.

The sharpest increase reported during the contest was in Cardiff, where prices have risen by 250 per cent – £284 from an average of £81 – for a double room before Wales take on France at the Millennium Stadium.

But prices for matches in London, Paris and Rome have not increased, said Trivago.

A Trivago spokeswoman said: “Although it is normal for hotel prices to increase during a popular sporting event, 250 per cent is a large and rarely seen increase.

“Edinburgh is renowned for raising hotel prices for events such as the Edinburgh Fringe and Hogmanay – last New Year’s Eve hotel prices increased by 360 per cent.”

The figures come weeks after it was revealed rugby fans flooding the Capital to take in the Six Nations are boosting city coffers by £30 million a year.

Tournament sponsor RBS has calculated the extra spending in the city’s bars, restaurants, hotels and shops generates the equivalent of 430 jobs.

Graham Birse, director of Edinburgh Institute at Edinburgh Napier University, said: “This does seem like an substantial increase, but comparing seasonality between cities is difficult.

“However, it might not be a coincidence that this spike in hotel prices comes at a time when Scotland is not doing well and visiting fans come here expecting a win.

“Edinburgh is still a very affordable city in February and March, there’s lots of affordability in accommodation around the suburbs and further out in to the Lothians.

“The same factors that influence price affect every city.”