European hotel rates have fallen ten percent this month to an average of 102 pounds per night. Holiday resorts and island destinations are especially expensive this month, particularly in Spain, while city destinations are considerably more affordable than in June.

In the UK, cities such as Manchester and Birmingham fall to their lowest point since the beginning of the year. These are the findings of the trivago Hotel Price Index (tHPI) prepared each month by the hotel price comparison websitewww.trivago.co.uk.

The average cost of a standard double room in Europe has fallen ten percent to 102 pounds per night, in comparison to June’s average of 113 pounds. Geneva is once again the most expensive European city at 250 pounds per night; London climbs one spot to second place with 185 pounds, followed by Venice (174 pounds, down one spot) Cannes (170 pounds, up seven places) and Paris (142 pounds, down one spot). In the UK, many important cities saw hotel rates fall in July, particularly in Cardiff (83 pounds, down 21 percent). Hotel rates in Manchester have fallen seventeen percent to 88 pounds, bringing prices in the city to their lowest point since January 2011 and the same is true in Birmingham, where a seven percent drop in overnight costs puts the city’s average at 68 pounds and thus the lowest rate since December 2010. Small decreases can be expected in Newcastle (88 pounds, down 3 percent), Liverpool (87 pounds, down 2 percent) and Sheffield (71 pounds, down one percent), while prices in Leeds and Bristol stayed steady at 77 pounds and 94 pounds per night respectively.

Beach destinations significantly more expensive

Overnight rates in popular holiday destinations have risen significantly over the past month, and this is particularly true for Spain; travellers headed to Ibiza will find themselves paying 104 percent more (239 pounds), while visitors to San Antonio an expect average prices of 85 pounds (64 percent more than in June). In Majorca, prices have reached 152 pounds (plus 57 percent) in Playa de Muro and 123 pounds (plus 48 percent) in Cala Millor. The same is true for the Canary Islands: Costa Teguise on Lanzarote (71 pounds, up 45 percent); Costa Calama on Fuerteventura (98 pounds, up 26 percent) and Costa Adeje on Tenerife (117 pounds, up 25 percent) have all seen rapid price increases. Bulgaria’s Sunny Beach (60 pounds, up 49 percent) and Golden Beach (76 pounds, up 49 percent) have also seen soaring overnight costs. The Greek islands of Crete (103 pounds) and Rhodes (86 pounds) have both seen prices climb 33 percent higher than last month. Elevated hotel rates are also to be found in Algarve (Albufeira: 102 pounds, plus 39 percent), in Croatia (Hvar: 136 pounds, up 62 percent) and in Turkey (Alanya:  72 pounds, up 25 percent).

City trips more affordable in July

Despite the rapid climb in prices in holiday towns and resorts, many city destinations in Europe are considerably cheaper than in previous months. Overnight prices have fallen in 42 of the tHPI’s 50 cities this month. Thirteen of the cities, including Milan (111 pounds, down 13 percent), Brussels (89 pounds, down 20 percent) and Stockholm (139 pounds, down 13 percent) are at their lowest point since the beginning of 2011. This includes the Andalusian cities of Granada (56 pounds, down 16 percent) and Seville (63 pounds, down 23 percent), as well as Birmingham (68 pounds, down 7 percent), Lyon (88 pounds, down nine percent), and Bologna (76 pounds, down 9 percent. Other significant price falls were recorded in Sofia (59 pounds, down 7 percent), Oslo, (123 pounds, down 15 percent) and Bucharest (63 pounds, down 5 percent).

An overview of the average hotel prices in Europe, as well as several graphics and data charts can be found at:www.trivago.co.uk/hotelprices