Glasgow hotels cash in on Commonwealth Games fans

With the start of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow just two days away, visitors to the games are being made to dig deep to afford hotel rooms in the city, the Daily Mail has reported.

The Commonwealth Games begin this Wednesday, July 23, and in response to the expected influx of supporters for the event, Glasgow hotels have imposed sharp increases on their room rates, some by as much as 158 percent of their usual rates. This means that the average price of a hotel room in the city will be £344 per night, compared with an average of just £78 per night for the same period of July and early August a year ago. According to figures supplied by the Trivago Hotel Price Index, the current hike in room prices is even extreme compared with rates available just a week ago, when the average room price was only £133.

The increase is most pronounced for Sunday July 27, with an average cost of £448 per room, making it the most expensive night of the period for those seeking accommodation. This is due to the level of interest generated by the start of the athletics competition that day, which will take place in the Hampden Park stadium, recently the subject of a £14 million refit.

The exorbitant prices have failed to quell the interest in visiting the games though, with Trivago reporting that the number of on-line searches for Glasgow hotels increased by 104 percent in May and a further 13 percent in June. And those visitors able to afford the high cost of accommodation should be rewarded with performances from some of the world’s top athletes, including Mo Farah, who is likely to compete in the 5,000 metres.