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Saturday, 25 October 2014

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AS the Diamond Jubilee procession route is announced, research from Santander suggests that many families planning celebratory city breaks this summer might face a stiff bill.

The bank says the average price of a hotel in London is 54 per cent (£1,043) more over the Jubilee weekend (June 2-5) than in May, with five-star hotels charging an average premium of 81 per cent.

Families planning to celebrate at one of London’s five-star hotels could pay an eye-watering average of £4,590 for their stay – an £1,887 uplift.

The cost of a three-star stay during this period is a more modest £1,003, with premiums averaging 26 per cent (£199).

Looking at three and five-star hotels in central London, Santander calculated costs for two adults and two children staying four nights over the Jubilee weekend, against an ordinary weekend in May.

Hotels in other key cities across the UK have followed suit, albeit with smaller premiums.

In Edinburgh, families can expect to pay an average premium of 28 per cent (£312), while those in Manchester could be charged just eight per cent (£48) more over the Jubilee period.

It seems that premiums charged by London hotels for this year’s celebrations will be significantly higher than those imposed for the 2011 royal wedding. Santander’s research then highlighted increases of up to 113 per cent, with the average price hike being 26 per cent.

Santander’s Andy Smith says: “Demand for hotel rooms in London is likely to be fierce over the Jubilee bank holiday weekend, so we’d expect inflated room rates. But these premiums could price many families out of the capital altogether.

“Many planning a hotel stay around June 6 can still avoid some of the steeper premiums by shopping around for the best deal. If they have transportation, they should consider a less central location.”

Another option might be budget hotels a bit later in the summer.

The latest Travelodge room sale offers 25,000 rooms in the capital from £55 to £95, for stays between July 26 and September 9.

Family rooms at £55 work out at £13.75 each for two adults and two children, while Travelodge’s London guide details the places you can visit across the capital for free.

Tune Hotels, a relatively new arrival in London, has been releasing rooms from £9 per night at its soon-to-open hotel in Kings Cross. These ‘flash sale’ prices apply to bookings for July to December, and January to February 2013.

Tune Hotel Kings Cross, located on Gray’s Inn Road and close to Kings Cross and St Pancras stations, will feature 217 bedrooms and a large reception area where light refreshments will be served. Guests pay only for their room, allowing flexibility to pay extra for other services and facilities.

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