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Ten Bargain Destinations: Cities with the Biggest Hotel Price Drops in 2013

September 30, 2013 OTA News No Comments Email Email

School is in full swing, fall has just arrived and we’re another step closer to the holiday season. If you’ve got travel on your mind, there is no better time to make it a reality  – especially before your funds get allocated for holiday gifts and celebrations.

The experts at Hotels.com® have used their newest Hotel Price Index ™ (HPI) and handpicked a list of interesting destinations with the highest average nightly rate decreases – 12 to 32 per cent – so you can get the most value out of your travel budget.

“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.”HOTELS.COM - Ten Bargain Destinations: Cities with the Biggest H

Domestic Values

City: Charlottetown, PEI, Canada
Average Daily Hotel Prices: $147
Year-over-year price drop: 13 per cent
Located on the south shore of the province, Charlottetown joins Quebec City as one of Canada’s most historic and picturesque cities. Known for its delicious lobster, potatoes and other locally farmed goods, the autumn harvest season is the perfect time for visitors to enjoy the immense bounty of the island’s farmers, fishers and producers.

City: Quebec City, QC, Canada
Average Daily Hotel Prices: $120
Year-over-year price drop: 12 per cent
Arguably Canada’s most beautiful city, Quebec City is a romantic destination surrounded by breathtaking landscapes and Canada’s version of the Great Wall of China. Plus, with an abundance of historical, cultural and outdoor activities to take part in, it’s more than just a pretty picture.

International Values

City: Hanoi, Vietnam
Average Daily Hotel Prices: $54
Year-over-year price drop: 32 per cent
One of Southeast Asia’s fastest growing cities, Hanoi is a fascinating blend of Eastern and Western cultures. You can get a free tour of the city from students at the University of Hanoi and visit the sites with knowledgeable tour guides.The Old Quarter is another area where tourists can find the best bang for their buck with reasonably priced Western and local fare.

City: Warsaw, Poland
Average Daily Hotel Prices: $102
Year-over-year price drop: 26 per cent
Another city breaking away from a troubled past, Warsaw is proving it belongs amongst Europe’s trendy tourist destinations. Savior Square is a vibrant area full of chic cafes, stylish restaurants and fun nightlife, which is why it is gaining a reputation as “Hipster Square”. Warsaw has several milk bars remaining from their communist era that offer low prices and a view of life before democratization in Poland. For about $20 more than the overall average price, travellers can splurge on five-star accommodation.

City: Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Average Daily Hotel Prices: $53
Year-over-year price drop: 20 per cent
Previously considered a rough place to visit, the capital of Cambodia has steadily improved its reputation as a travel destination.. Standard tourist sites are few, which means a visit provides the opportunity to relax, watch the street life and absorb the local colour. Khmer restaurants which serve local cuisine can be found throughout the city with the average meal ranging from $2-4 in price.

City: Siena, Italy
Average Daily Hotel Prices: $130
Year-over-year price drop: 15 per cent
Located in the heart of Tuscany, Siena is a medieval city that makes you feel like you stepped into a time machine. If you’re looking for something tasty, La Taverna di San Giuseppe is a popular favourite, but the city’s main attraction is the semi-annual Palio horse race, which pits neighbourhoods against each other in a long-standing and friendly, yet serious, competition.

City: Laguna Beach, CA, United States of America
Average Daily Hotel Prices: $197
Year-over-year price drop: 15 per cent
Although featured in reality TV as an affluent seaside destination, Laguna Beach has never been more affordable. Inexpensive eating options are intertwined with high-end restaurants to cater to a variety of tastes and budgets. This area of Orange County is a surfer’s dream.

City: Santiago, Chile
Average Daily Hotel Prices: $134
Year-over-year price drop: 14 per cent
As the political, economic and cultural centre of Chile, Santiago treats visitors to some of the world’s best wineries and restaurants, including the uniquely Chilean Peumayen Ancestral Food. Travellers will love its close proximity to both the mountains and the Pacific Ocean, where you can ski and relax on the beach in the same day.

City: Zurich, Switzerland
Average Daily Hotel Prices: $189
Year-over-year price drop: 14 per cent
Despite its reputation as a global financial centre, you don’t need a Swiss bank account to enjoy all that Zurich has to offer. Its fast and effective public transit allows tourists to save a few Euros by staying in the surrounding area instead of the city centre. Impressive outdoor attractions Mount Titlis and Lake Zurich are also easy to access and free to enjoy.

City: Seoul, South Korea
Average Daily Hotel Prices: $137
Year-over-year price drop: 12 per cent
As the largest metropolis and capital of South Korea, Seoul is a megacity and home to endless street food vendors and vast nightlife districts. In contrast to the grandiose of the city, the mountains surrounding Seoul offer many hiking opportunities for outdoorsy travellers, with Bukhansan National Park being the largest.

Start the season with a new adventure and it’ll make the transition to colder weather much more bearable, trust us. Plus, if you book through the Hotels.com mobile app you’ll have access to even more exclusive deals and we all know there’s nothing more satisfying than a bargain.

Learn more about the HPI by visiting hotel-price-index.com and follow the conversation on Twitter @hotelsdotcomca, #HPI.

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