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Where to Stay in London for The Royal Wedding (But Hurry, Book Now)

December 6, 2010 at 10:23 AM | by | Comments (0)

UPDATE: The Athaneuam London is disputing the report that their prices are double the usual rate. Instead, the hotel told us they are quoting folks at £500 a night for the Royal Wedding weekend. However, their website is still not showing any availability for that weekend.

London hotels were quick off the mark with celebration deals following the announcement of the Royal Engagement last month. And with the wedding date fixed for 29th April 2011 they have been just as quick at putting prices up.

We did some online digging to find out the best places to stay if you’re heading to London for the Royal Wedding. The Daily Express reported that hotels in the capital have been boosting their prices by up to 200% after being inundated with requests.

The Athenaeum Hotel has been named as the worst offender selling rooms at more than double the usually price. When we checked the website it was fully booked, which shows people are obviously willing to pay the prices.

The Times published their research and found the Savoy, The Dorchester, Park Plaza Westminster Bridge, Marriot Grosvenor Square and One Aldwych are all sold out. Even all of the 12 Radisson Hotels in London are sold out and out of the 22 London Hiltons all they have left on offer is a room at the Heathrow branch.

Is there any room at any of the inns? The good news is there is but it’s going to cost you---a lot. We managed to find rooms at the Langham London with room rates from £539 a night for a classic room (usually £269), Swissotel The Howard with online rates from £335 for an Advance Saver Premier Room (usually £155), The Chesterfield Mayfair with room rates from £375 for a classic double (usually £180) and Threadneedles Hotel charging £382 for a luxury room (usually £180).

Even a room at the budget Tune Westminster will cost you £140 (only £65 for a room two weeks earlier). And all of The Holiday Inn and Premier Inn central London hotels are sold out. So you if planning a trip to London for the Royal (Rip Off) Wedding you had better be fast and have cash.

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