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If you’re working with a group that’s looking for a real deal on accommodations, you might want to check out what’s available in Laguna Beach, Hanoi, Zurich and Siena. They are just four of the interesting destinations identified by Hotels.com via its new Hotel Price Index™  as having higher than average room rate decreases.

California’s Laguna Beach has seen a year-over-year price drop of 15 per cent. The Orange County surfing mecca now has an average daily hotel price of $197 (all prices in Canadian dollars). In Hanoi, Vietnam—one of southeast Asia’s fastest growing cities—prices have dropped 32 per cent to an average daily hotel price of $54.  Zurich, Switzerland now has an average room rate of $189, representing a 14 per cent decrease from 2012. And in Siena, Italy, a medieval city in the heart of Tuscany, hotel room prices have gone down 15 per cent to an average of $130 per day.

The interesting destination list also included two Canadian cities: Charlottetown, PEI and Quebec City, Quebec. Charlottetown has experienced a 13 per cent decrease, with an average daily hotel price of $147. Quebec City has seen a 12 per cent drop and now has an average hotel room price of $120.

Other international destinations listed are:

  • Warsaw, Poland: Average hotel price – $102 (-26 per cent) – According to Hotels.com for about $20 more than the average price, visitors can get five-star accommodation.
  • PhnomPenh, Cambodia: $53 (-20 per cent)
  • Santiago, Chile: $134 (-14 per cent)
  • Seoul, South Korea: $137 (-12 per cent)

“Choosing a destination solely based on the lowest price isn’t always the best route to take as you may not have the experience you were looking for,” says Taylor L. Cole, APR, travel expert for Hotels.com. “With the HPI, travellers can locate cities with significant rate decreases, meaning they might not be the cheapest, but are a lot more affordable than before which gives you more value for your travel dollars.”

About the HPI™: The HPI is a biannual report that looks at hotel prices in cities all around the world. The data is based on bookings made through the Hotels.com website and the prices listed are the actual prices paid by Canadians – not advertised rates. The report compares prices paid in the first half of 2012 with those paid in the first half of 2013.

 



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