While plenty of tickets for Euro 2012 are still available at affordable rates, hotels in Ukraine are jacking up their rates to as high as 1335 percent as the June competition dates approach.
This is the finding of a recent survey from CheapHotels.org, which compared available hotel rooms for the group games of the Three Lions.
For the games against France and the Ukraine, both being played in Donetsk, only a handful of hotels are offering available rooms. In the Shakhtar Plaza, a 4 star hotel in the city centre, the rooms that remain are going for £500 per night. That price is 400 percent higher than regular rates.
No rooms in the Ukrainian host city are available for less than £300. The cheapest available room is at the Agat Hotel, a budget accommodation close to the Euro 2012 stadium. There an average room is listed at £335 per night versus the usual £39, representing a 758 percent increase.
For the second game against Sweden in Kiev, a greater number of hotels are still boasting vacancies, but they are mainly in the outskirts of the city. There, some rooms can be snagged for under £100 per night. In the city centre, however, the few available hotels with rooms are charging exorbitant rates. A room at the Hostel Downtown, for example, is going for £847 per night compared to the £59 regular rate, which equates to a 1335 percent price hike.
There is some good news for last minute planners though. From UEFA’s official tour agency, CheapHotels.org has learned that plenty of rooms reserved by the association won’t be needed and will be released in late April. So the current best strategy is to take a chance and wait as more affordable rooms will most likely become available in the near future.
Earlier in March, UEFA warned the organisers of Euro 2012 in Ukraine that they risk ruining the tournament by trying to rip off England fans.
England are usually among the best-supported countries at a major tournament, but the Football Association has not been able to sell the full allocation of tickets for any of their three group games, including the opener against France.
That has prompted a warning from UEFA officials that fans are being put off travelling to Ukraine by extortionate hotel prices and that England’s games could be played in front of half empty stadiums.
A room at the Ibis hotel in Kiev would normally cost £49, but is currently advertised for £550 when England are playing Sweden in the city on June 15.