Muscat had the highest average hotel room rates last year, with the Omani capital beating other notoriously glamorous hotspots such as New York, Tokyo and even Monaco, a new report has revealed.
According to latest Hotel Price Index report compiled by Hotels.com, the average hotel room in Muscat last year cost $330, a rise of 16 percent compared to the same period last year. This was $15 more than the nearest global rival and $128 more than Dubai.
Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia was the country with the highest average price increase around the world. The average room cost went up from $171 in 2011 to $198, making it a total increase of 16% in a single year.
Globally; however, the average price of a hotel room has only risen to where it was in 2005. It was a tough year for many, with only a three percent average increase. Some of the cities even experienced a slight drop in their prices. One of the cities that decreased the most was Marrakech, which slid an average of 12 percent to $123 per night. Doha’s rates also slid four percent from $187 to $180 and Istanbul experienced the same percentage drop.
“Prices rose in all regions for the year, apart from Europe and the Middle East, where there was a slight fall,” the report said.
Here we have a more in-depth analysis of the price changes per country as well other tips you should know before deciding where you will spend your next vacation.