Disaster for Dublin tourism as the Lonely Planet slams the capital for its overpriced hotels, taxi problems, airport delays and outlandish car hire prices – TheLiberal.ie – Our News, Your Views

Disaster for Dublin tourism as the Lonely Planet slams the capital for its overpriced hotels, taxi problems, airport delays and outlandish car hire prices




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Lonely Planet, one of the world’s most popular travel guides, has warned tourists about Dublin’s accommodation shortages, soaring car hire costs and airport chaos, to name just a few of the dyer problems the capital has.

Writing for the guide, author Sasha Brady listed eight questions prospective tourists should ask themselves before venturing into the Irish capital.

Topping the list as one of the worst problems tourists have to contend with when visiting Dublin is the skyrocketing hotel costs that are devastating” holidaymakers’ budgets.

Brady posted: “A report from the Tourism Advisory Group says that tour operators are “scrambling” to find beds in the city and highlights pricing as the main challenge. The problem is compounded by increased demand as travel returns and beds are snapped up, in addition to hotels providing emergency accommodation for refugees fleeing Ukraine, as well as those impacted by the country’s worsening housing crisis.”

“It’s fair to say finding last-minute accommodation won’t be easy,” she continues. “Lonely Planet looked at weekend availability in Dublin city centre in July for two people and average prices ranged between €700 and €900 through Booking.com. In one weekend, the cheapest price was €411 for a private room in purpose-built student accommodation, while the second cheapest was an eye-watering €428 for two beds in a mixed hostel dormitory.”

“In September, there are slightly more options available but prices are still high, averaging between €500 and €700 for Friday and Saturday nights. Outside of the capital prices are considerably cheaper with prices averaging at about €400 for a two-night weekend stay in Galway in early September and about €300 in Cork for the same period.”

“If you plan to visit, we recommend you reserve your accommodation as soon as your flight is booked.”

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