English football supporters planning to travel to Russia for this summer’s World Cup may have to pay significantly over the odds for accommodation.
According to a survey by Cheaprooms.co.uk, many hotels are hiking their rates by more than 1000% for the group stages of the tournament, and this trend is expected to continue into the second stage and knock-out rounds too.
For England’s Group G fixtures, hotels in all three cities where the group games will take place are already virtually sold out, and the slim number of available hotels have increased rates by substantial margins.
For example, Hotel Gallery Park in the city of Volgograd is currently charging £1,202 for a 2-night stay for England’s clash with Tunisia on 18 June. This compares with the hotel’s standard rates of just £150. Even pricier is Anna Boutique Hotel in the city of Kaliningrad, which is charging £1,745 for two nights for England’s match against Belgium on 28 June – a more than 1000% increase on what you could normally expect to pay.
For the cheapest available room in a hotel rated at least 3 stars, you would have to pay around £800 for 2 nights for England’s games against Tunisia and Belgium. Slightly more affordable is England’s second game against Panama in Novgorod on 24 June, where you can currently find a room for £400.
From the second stage, rates start to ease off a little. For a potential Last 16 game in Rostov-on-Don or a quarter final in Kazan, rates currently start at around £100 per night. In fact, the Top 10 most expensive dates for hotel rates are all for group fixtures (see table below).
In the cities of Moscow and St Petersburg hotel rate hikes are not so extreme, due to the large number of available hotels. For the final in Moscow on 15 July you should be able to find a room in the city centre from £300 for a 2-night stay – about 300% more than on a regular Sunday.
The most expensive date for hotels in St Petersburg is for the Brazil vs Costa Rica fixture on 22 June, when you’ll have to spend about £160 for a 2-night stay – up about 100% from regular rates in the city.
The following table shows the 10 World Cup games for which accommodation rates are highest. Rates shown are based on 2 nights in a hotel rated at least 3 stars. The research was conducted on 17 March.
1. Brazil vs Switzerland (Rostov-on-Don, June 17) GBP £826
2. England vs Belgium (Kaliningrad, June 28) GBP £812
3. England vs Tunisia (Volgograd, June 18) GBP £778
4. Japan vs Poland (Volgograd, June 28) GBP £754
5. Nigeria vs Iceland (Volgograd, June 22) GBP £616
6. South Korea vs Mexico (Rostov-on-Don, June 23) GBP £487
7. Argentina vs Croatia (Nizhny Novgorod, June 21) GBP £412
8. England vs Panama (Nizhny Novgorod, June 24) GBP £412
9. South Korea vs Germany (Kazan, June 27) GBP £369
10. France vs Peru (Ekaterinburg, June 21) GBP£345
For the full results of the survey, check: https://www.cheaprooms.co.uk/press/world-cup-2018.html