Hotels in London are charging families up to 300 per cent for a stay during the Olympics, a study by Santander has found.
Rooms in the centre of London were £2,891 a week or 139 per cent more expensive on average during the period when the Games take place than after the event.
The study looked at prices near the Olympic Park in east London, which will host up to 180,000 spectators a day, and found that while most hotels were fully booked, one of a handful with vacancies was charging an extra £5,054 - that's an increase of 301 per cent on its rates after the Olympics.
Researchers compared the cost of a week's stay for a family of four in two rooms starting on the day of the Olympics opening ceremony next Friday with prices in late August, after the event has finished.
In central London, four star hotels that were found most likely to apply big hike rates with one hotel increasing its prices by 245 per cent (£5,666).
A Santander spokesman said: 'This research highlights just how enormous the demand to stay in London during this summer's biggest sporting event is.
'The fact that the few limited rooms available near the Stratford Olympic Park can charge such expensive rates demonstrates how holidaymakers are willing to pay the extra costs.'
A previous study on hotel prices during the Queen's Jubilee celebrations found that the typical price hike for the bank holiday weekend was 54 per cent.
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Treat yourself to a food and wine extravaganza at The Vineyard at Stockcross, Berkshire, where they're celebrating the British countryside in gastronomic style. Resident UK Sommelier of the Year 2011, Yohann Jousselin MS, will be on hand to explain everything you need to know about the vino on offer. Two nights including breakfast, a seven-course dining experience accompanied by 12 glasses of matching wines, free Hunter wellies and the chance to go pony hacking or clay pigeon shooting costs from £519 per person based on two sharing.
The political isolation of the Turkish North of Cyprus means it's still relatively unspoilt and uncommercialised (this is one of the few places in the world still devoid of Starbucks and McDonalds). Attractions range from beautiful beaches to historical icons, including crusader castles and the ancient Roman city of Salamis. Cyprus Paradise is offering seven nights' B&B at the family-run Altinkaya Hotel on the outskirts of Kyrenia from £399 pp including flights from London Stansted in August.
Where better to escape than a five-star Cumbrian inn on the pretty River Lune? The 17th century Sun Inn is running a month-long 'bank holiday' package throughout August for discerning travellers looking for a quintessentially English summer getaway. Nestled in the unspoilt market town of Kirkby Lonsdale, prices start at £230 for a three-night break.
Book yourself into a Greek villa and get 25 per cent off a selection available in July and August with HomeAway.co.uk. This villa (pictured), overloking the Cretan village of Elounda, boasts both sea and mountain views and sun terraces galore. From £675 for one week in August, sleeps six.
Save up to 20 per cent on several properties still available during the Olympic period with Brecon Cottages. They are proud to say that some of their cottages don't even have TVs or phone reception, let alone wi-fi. Check out Gilfach Cabin in a very sleep hamlet, for £365 per week, sleeping four, or Coachingmans' Cottage, perfect for a romantic break, £400 per week, sleeps two.
The William Cecil on Lincolnshire's Burghley Estate and The Elephant at Pangbourne in Berkshire are both slashing their prices this season. Between July 26 and August 26 one night at either hotel costs just £20.12 per person, per night, including a full English breakfast, representing a saving more than 65 per cent. Prices are based on two adults sharing a classic room - upgrades are available at an additional cost. Rooms are being allocated to this promotion on a first come, first served basis.
in the middle of Tattershall Lakes in Lincolnshire is an island which now has room for 12 standard tent pitches for Wild Camping. Kick back with just a tent, a camp fire and the great outdoors. Prices for Wild Camping lead in at £99 for six people for a seven-night stay (that's just over £2 a day per person - bargain!).
Whisk yourself away to the 17th century Ballygally Castle in County Antrim for only £70 per person per night this summer (based on two sharing). Breakfast and afternoon tea is included. Take in the views (you can see Scotland on a clear day) and a spectacular drive an hour down the road to see the famous Giant's Causeway, one of the UK's natural wonders.
Climb aboard a yacht in Croatia on an eight-day sailing holiday for £752 per person (this includes a 15 per cent off deal). There's an experienced crew, so you can help to sail the boat, learn the ropes or simply relax on board. Price includes accommodation on an eight-berth boat, snorkelling equipment, breakfasts and lunches. Book with Intrepid Travel. There are spaces available on boats from Primosten to Dubrovnik on Saturday 28 July and Saturday 4 August. The same itinerary runs in reverse from Dubrovnik to Primosten.
Once the home of Poet Laureate, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Grayshott Spa is set in 47 acres of landscaped gardens adjoining 700 acres of National Trust Land. Special offer: 20.12 per cent discount when stays are taken during the Olympics. Prices start at £307 per person for two nights including three spa treatments. Stays to be taken 27th July – 12th August inclusive.
Bet you've never thought of running away to a rustic-chic Kasbah style hotel set in a rose farm. The Beldi Country Club boasts Atlas Mountain views, restricted wi-fi, no phones and no TVs – encouraging guests to ‘turn off and tune in’. A seven-night Exotic Escapism package costs from £445 per person, including transfers, B&B and a excursion for two to Lake Lalla Takerkoust with local wines and picnic lunch. There's also a traditional hammam and scrub thrown in for good measure. Book with boutiquesouk.com.
Cameron House on Loch Lomond is a world away from the hustle and bustle of the Big Smoke.Take in the fresh air and wonderful scenery and treat yourself to a special 'triathlon' spa package which includes a Swedish back massage to soothe aching muscles, facial for an athlete’s glow, and a choice of a luxurious file and polish (for either fingers or toes) or a full body energising scrub. Prices for The Carrick Triathlon start from £149.50 per person.
The picturesque French Alpine village of Chamonix, which sits beneath the dazzling Mont Blanc, is hosting a series of walks with local photographer Teresa Kaufman in August. Discover little-known areas offering new and original view-points and meet local artists, craftsmen, and chefs along the way. Stay at the Chalet Hotel Sapiniere with www.inghams.co.uk from £499 per person, saving £100 each, departing 1 August 2012. Price includes 7 nights, return flights from Gatwick. ransomers, packed lunches and free afternoon tea and cakes.
Celtic-trails is offering a six-night walking break in Jersey from £525 per person based on two sharing, including luggage transfers, taxi transfers between accommodation and path where necessary, walk pack with maps and guidebook. Take the Jersey ‘Round Island Walk’, a 48-mile circuit of the island's beautiful coastline. Stay in three- and four-star guest houses en route. There are lashings of cream teas and wonderful seafood suppers to boot.
Arblaster & Clarke Wine Tours is offering a four-night opera holiday during the Puccini Festival in Lucca, Tuscany from 9 – 12 August for £799 per person. Staying in a traditional four-star hotel in the centre of Lucca, you'll be celebrating some of Puccini’s much-loved works at the completely rebuilt lakeside theatre near Puccini’s house at Torre del Lago. First class tickets to the opera of your choice and the option of attending La Bohème, Madama Butterfly or Verdi’s La Traviata are included. Extra tickets are available on request.
Escape to Sicily's lovely Madonie mountain range and enjoy fresh air, clear blue skies and local organic produce. Stay at Ai Mulini, an 18th century farmhouse with a panoramic pool, set amongst rugged cliffs and hidden villages. The farmhouse is just outside Polizzi Generosa, and beaches at Cefalu are around 40 minutes' drive away. One week in July or August starts at £1700 (sleeps eight), reduced from £1900. Further information from solosicily.com.
If you want to be really remote, make for the North West Italian Alpine village of Champoluc, which dates back to the 14th century. It is only accessible by an old rustic trail (your luggage is carried for you by a four-by-four) - and the walking is spectacular. Live it up in rustic luxury at Hotellerie Mascognaz, which perches high above the village. Foodies will not be disappointed: Jambon de Bosses and Fontina cheese herald from here. From €230 per night per couple, half-board.
Head for the sun and indulge in an active family break atLa Manga Club, Spain. Former Olympic athlete Nick Buckfield will be hosting a variety of athletics and fitness courses (but don't worry - they're not compulsory). A family of four sharing two interconnecting rooms for a week at the five-star Hotel La Manga Club Principe Felipe in August costs £4,120 with Prestige Holidays and includes kids clubs and free meals for children under five, return flights from Gatwick and private transfers.
We just had to put a dream holiday in this gallery - if only to admire the picture. Thomson is offering seven nights all-inclusive at Olhuveli Beach & Spa Resort in the Maldives from £1,619 per person (saving £477 each), based on two sharing. Departuring 29 July, the price includes return flights from Gatwick, accommodation in a deluxe room overlooking the beach and speedboat transfers. The only drawback is you won't want to come home.
Take in the views over sparkling Lyme Bay, stroll through the rolling green hills of the glorious Sid Valley and explore the Jurassic Coast. Stay at Sidmouth Harbour Hotel for £60 per person per night, relax in the garden by the heated outdoor pool, unwind on the sun terrace with a cool drink and simply enjoy the view... bliss.