Bruges: priciest rooms of the Benelux
A survey of hotel room prices shows that the most expensive hotel rooms in the Benelux are to be found in Bruges, the capital of West Flanders.
Until recently it was Amsterdam that topped the list, until room prices fell by around 15% in the first half of this year.
An average room in Amsterdam now costs EUR 103 for a night. In Bruges the figure is EUR 110.
The local hotel association points the finger of blame at the new five star hotel in Bruges that has pushed up the average price. The organisation insists that Bruges is certainly not the most expensive city to stay in.
The global economic downturn is impacting on hotel prices. Companies are cutting back on business trips and hotels have to lower their prices to pick up trade.
Bruges is largely a tourist destination, with few business travellers. As a result, the downward trend has had little impact on the price of accommodation in the city.