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Start Planning That Staycation: European Hotel Rates 'Soar' to Ridiculous Highs

September 22, 2011 at 4:30 PM | by | ()

A hotel room high in the sky with a price to match too!

As if the weak dollar to euro/dollar to pound exchange rate wasn't enough to deter you from booking that trip to Europe, a recent surge in hotel prices provides yet another reason to plan a staycation this year.

According to a report in the U.K.'s The Independent, European hotel rates are reaching ridiculous highs, jumping "19 percent since last month," with popular destinations seeing the biggest increases of all. Per a survey by Trivago:

Popular city destinations across the continent have seen prices soar, with Brussels up 67 percent to €152, Barcelona up 48 percent to €179 and Paris up 36 percent to €204.

In other words, no chocolate, tapas, or baguettes for you—that is, unless you're content ponying up the cold, hard cash for a romantic 'cross the pond holiday. The City of Light may be lovely this time of year, but an average of €204 per night lovely? Er, our couch is looking like a mighty comfortable autumn R&R spot right about now.

[Photo of the Plaza Athenee in Paris: HotelChatter]

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