If you are planning a visit to Cardiff for the Rugby World Cup this month, expect to pay significantly more than usual for your hotel room, a survey by Cheaprooms.co.uk cautions.
A total of 12 matches are to be played at the Welsh capital’s 74,000-capacity Millennium Stadium during the high profile rugby tournament, including Wales vs Uruguay and Wales vs Fiji in the Pool Stages, as well as two quarter-final games.
According to the survey, Cardiff hotels are charging, on average, 219% more for rooms compared with their regular rates during the World Cup, with some imposing an even larger hike for particularly high-demand match days.
Examples include Ibis Cardiff Centre, which is charging £400 for a Twin Room on October 18th – for the third quarter-final – an increase of almost 500% compared with its standard rates. Meanwhile the Angel Hotel, located just 150 metres from the Millennium Stadium, is asking for £799 on October 11th – the day France play Ireland – an increase of 633%. The most affordable double room in central Cardiff on the same day stands at close to £400.
Meanwhile the most difficult day to find a room is October 17th – for the second quarter final that is expected to see New Zealand face either France or Ireland – when hotels in the city centre are entirely sold out. Instead, visitors are having to look for accommodation outside the centre, with the cheapest available double room to be found by Cardiff airport, just over 12 miles from the stadium, priced at around £450.
Considerably cheaper are the days of the two pool matches featuring Wales, since most fans attending the games will live locally and not need a hotel. For the game against Uruguay on September 20th, visitors can find a room for as little as £150, while on the day of the game against Fiji on October 1st game, a room is likely to cost around £250.
For the full results of the survey, check http://www.cheaprooms.co.uk/press/cardiffrwc.html