Travel Republic reveals late deals on London hotels for the Olympics

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Although hosting the Olympics is the key event for London in 2012, many people have been put off visiting the city during the games due to fears of overcrowding, lack of hotel availability and – for the hotels that are available – soaring prices. At the start of 2012, hotels typically cost around £1,000 for a weekend break during the games. With two weeks left to go is this still the case?

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The price has dropped by a massive 65%

With the games so close at hand you would naturally assume that hotel availability is scarce, however online travel agent Travel Republic has seen the situation improve greatly, particularly after a large allocation of hotel rooms was recently released by the Olympic Committee. When researching a two night stay from 27th July on for the opening ceremony, 50 days before the games there were 185 available hotels, 30 days before there were 323, and now just two weeks before the event there are a total of 452 available hotels – an increase of 144% on the original figure.

With such little time left before the Olympics, this is also impacting hotel prices. Checking the cost of a 4* central London hotel for those two opening nights, 50 days before the games it was priced at £901 for 2 people, 30 days before it had dropped to £649, and now with just two weeks to go the same hotel is charging £316. That’s a massive decrease of 65%, demonstrating that hotels are starting to offer more competitive prices to fill their remaining rooms.

Hotels offering great rates for that weekend are the Dylan Apartments Paddington, which is just a short distance from Hyde Park and is only £197 in total for the 27th and 28th July, the Wellington Hotel which is near to Buckingham Palace and is offering the same stay for £212, and the Comfort Inn Hyde Park which is available for £240.

For the many that had written off a visit to London this year, it now presents a much more appealing option. London hotels are dramatically dropping their prices in an attempt to fill the vacancies and there will be some fantastic last minute bargains to be had. And if you haven’t got tickets for the games there is still plenty going on in London, such as free screenings at Hyde Park, Victoria Park and Trafalgar Square and many concerts and performances to see. With prices decreasing daily now is the perfect opportunity to bag a bargain deal to London.

All prices are based on 2 adults sharing and were correct at time of publication.

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