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UK hotel rates some of costliest in world says survey

By Peter Woodman

British travellers are getting better hotel deals abroad than at home, according to a survey.

Of 115 world cities surveyed, as many as 63 offered UK tourists lower rates in the first half of this year compared with the January-June 2013 period, a Hotels.com poll showed.

But while the world hotel room average prices rose 4% in the first six months of 2014, London prices rose 9% to £127, while Edinburgh prices were up 7% to £102 and Dublin room rates rose 10% to £87.

London was the 23rd most-expensive destination in the city table which was headed by Monte Carlo, where hotel rates rose 21% to £223 in the first half of this year.

The next-most expensive place for hotels was the Middle East destination of Muscat (up 5% to £197), followed by Key West in Florida (£192), New York (£171) and Cancun in Mexico (£170).

At the other end of the table, the cheapest hotel rooms in the first half of this year were to be found in Phnom Penh in Cambodia, where Britons would have only had to fork out £34 for a night's stay.

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