UK cities among world's most expensive for airbnb properties

UK cities among world's most expensive for airbnb properties

As part of the travel price index series, has compiled an impartial accommodation price index covering 150 cities and over 60,000 properties to understand the effect of new trends in accommodation on the hotel industry.

The increasing popularity of Airbnb and continued growth of the hostel industry are now important factors for travellers considering where to spend the night.

New York is the most expensive city overall, Tirana, Albania is the cheapest.

However, in total there are 11 UK cities in the index (London ranks the most expensive UK city overall at 14, Liverpool 18, Birmingham 56, Belfast 73, and Leeds least expensive, ranked at 74).

For an Airbnb room, Aberdeen ranks 6th most expensive in the world, followed by Newcastle in 7th, Birmingham 11th, Bristol 12th, and London 15th. Words: PA

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How do UK cities rank in the world?

City Rank

London 14
Liverpool 18
Aberdeen 27
Manchester 28
Newcastle 32
Edinburgh 35
Bristol 41
Glasgow 46
Birmingham 56
Belfast 73
Leeds 74

Most Expensive Overall:

City Rank

New York 1
St Moritz 2
Macao 3
Miami 4
Nassau 5
Boston 6
Venice 7
Dubai 8
San Francisco 9
Monte-Carlo 10

Least Expensive Overall:

City Rank

Tirana 1
Hammamet 2
Sofia 3
Cairo 4
Antalya 5
Bangkok 6
Bucharest 7
Warsaw 8
Belgrade 9
Shanghai 10

All prices were calculated over the same date range for the same amount of guests. Prices were converted from local currency using the Bloomberg exchange on 17/11/14.

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Top spot goes to the Milestone Hotel in London, overlooking Kensington Gardens. The grade II listed boutique hotel offers a 24-hour butler service and exceptional facilities including a heated resistance pool, cocktail bar and chauffeur-driven Bentley. "Decadent luxury from and age gone by… worth every one of its five stars and possibly more," says one reviewer.Double rooms from £450.

Rudding Park is set against beautifully landscaped gardens and woodlands. Tripadvisor reviewers rave about this privately owned AA 4 Red Star Harrogate hotel, with has a spa, gym, private cinema and an 18 hole golf course. "All hotels shoud be like this," raved one reviewer. Double rooms from £233.

Within walking distance of historic Windsor Great Park, Coworth Park is a gateway to the breathtaking views and heritage sites that make the southeast of England such a fascinating and rewarding region to visit. An eco-luxury spa and horse riding are just some of the offerings to keep you occupied. "Gorgeous setting, fabulous staff... little extra touches that make it extra special... totally professional and efficient yet the atmosphere is completely tranquil and relaxed," says one reviewer.

Double rooms from £285.

Swinton Park, the former ancestral seat of the Earl of Swinton, provides castle accommodation set in 20,000 acres of the rolling Yorkshire Dales. The emphasis here is on good food and the hotel runs a cookery school where you can be taught all the tricks of the trade. "This venue is second to none in its hospitality and customer care... Take a walk through the sprawling grounds and see wildlife and nature close up. The views are stunning," says one reviewer. Double rooms from £165.

Minutes from Buckingham Palace, 51 Buckingham Gate, Taj Suites and Residences is a five-star hotel exuding luxury in prestigious surroundings. A butler service, the Michelin starred Quilon Restaurant and an exclusive spa, 51 bills itself as the luxurious home away from home. "A real treat - and a classic case of really getting what you pay for - and worth every penny," says one reviewer. 

Stay in Alderney's only four star hotel and eat delicious food while overlooking the ocean. Braye Beach Hotel is "Probably the best hotel we have ever stayed in. Service was excellent ... All of the staff have been trained to a high standard and we had no complaints at all," says one reviewer. Double rooms from £75.

Independently owned and managed, Longueville Manor boasts 30 bedrooms and suites, a renowned restaurant and perfect surroundings. It is the island's sole member of the world's finest collection of small hotels and restaurants, Relais & Châteaux. "I would recommend this hotel if you are planning a break to recharge your batteries and experience exquisite surroundings and excellent service," says one reviewer. Double rooms from £100.

The ideally positioned Soho Hotel, just off Oxford Street, is a modern, chic hotel with dramatic urban design and furnishings. Rooms are luxurious and spacious with great views of London. "Perfect location for walking everywhere. Very attentive service from front desk and restaurant staff. Rooms are large and well designed and equipped. Most comfy beds and pillows ever," says one reviewer. Double rooms from £354. 

The cubist, modern facade of Casa in Chesterfield doesn't look like it hides a top rated hotel. There isn't a claw-footed bathtub or oil painting in sight: instead you'll find rain showers, LCD TVs and the Cocina restaurant where the chefs use Spanish charcoal-fired ovens to create Mediterranean dishes."We always stay here when we come to Chesterfield, it is brilliant in every way! Couldn't fault it!" says one reviewer. Double rooms from £99.

Situated in the beautiful countryside with wonderful views of the parkland golf courses, the AA 4 star luxury Derbyshire hotel, Morley Hayes is worthy of a top 10 position. From the Penthouse Suite to the Executive Room, the Honeymoon Suite to the Family Room you will be spoilt for choice. "Hotel is first class, the food is excellent. Well worth every penny. You would not be disappointed," says one reviewer. Double rooms from  £200.


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Escape to the coast with a relaxing break at the Bindon Bottom B&B in Lulworth Cove.

This charming Victorian country house is a home away from home nestled into the bottom of Bindon Hill in the quitessential English village of West Lulworth.

With panormaic views and a variety of walking routes on your doorstep, Bindon Bottom is the perfect location for a relaxing break in the beautiful countryside.  

"We were charmed by this beautiful village in the English countryside. The sea and the especially Durdle Door were really breathtaking. The welcome was warm and we could only strongly recommend this B&B. Many thanks to the charming and helpful Lisa & Clive at Bindon Bottom," says one reviewer.

Double rooms from £80.

The All Seasons Guest House in Filey, is a boutique guest house which combines contemporary elegance and modern convenience with traditional warmth and hospitality.

The 5 star family run guest house has recently been refurbished to a high standard. It is a short walk from the bus and train station, and the golden sandy beach with its selection of cafés and tea rooms.

"A superb guest house in Yorkshire's East Coast jewel, Filey. Everything about All Seasons is done with immense attention to detail. Our expectations were exceeded at every turn. Andrew and Lesley are warm, welcoming, fun and bloody good at what they do! This is a classic example of why an owner-operated quality guest house will always win over a 'prestige' chain operated hotel," raves one reviewer.

Double rooms from £75.

Saxon Villa is a friendly, family run bed and breakfast located in the attractive village of Fylingthorpe close to the historic Robin Hood’s Bay.

The comfortable accommodation was completely refurbished and redecorated between August and December 2011 using a successful mix of traditional Victorian features, contemporary comforts and finished with a beach theme.

The house faces south east and enjoys beautiful uninterrupted views over open countryside towards the coastline and to the sea beyond. The lovely, peaceful gardens have stunning, panoramic views of the countryside towards Robin Hood's Bay and Ravenscar.

"A delightful stay with two friendly hosts who cater for your every need. Saxon villa was highly recommended by friends and we were not disappointed. We shall be back," says one reviewer.

Double rooms from £75.

Linnett Hill is a beautiful period guest house with a unique Dutch facade prominently situated in the centre of the stunning North Lakeland town of Keswick. 

Having been refurbished in 2013, Linnett Hill boasts modern facilities whilst retaining much of its original character.

Linnet Hill is the perfect base to explore everything the Lake District has to offer. Enjoy breathtaking views of Latrigg and the Skiddaw range, take a stroll in to Keswick's famous market square or catch a show at the theatre by the lake. 

"This was a lovely, clean, warm B&B with recently refurbished, comfortable rooms and wonderful hosts. One of our party wanted to return for Christmas! Mandy and Andy are very welcoming, warm and full of great advice and information about the local area, the lake, places to eat etc.," says one reviewer.

Double rooms from £80.

Sitting on the edge of 2,000 acres of the Dumfries House estate and only a few hundred metres from Dumfries House itself, Dumfries House Lodge is an exclusive 4 star country Guest House offering luxury accommodation.

This magnificent, country guest house truly is a home away from home. Guests have free and open access to the sitting rooms, dining room and garden. Guests can also enjoy superb country walks and have a whole estate to explore. 

"This is a first-class establishment in every conceivable way. The welcome on arrival was warm, friendly, informative and yet businesslike. The bedroom was superb - welcoming, warm, well-appointed and roomy. The lounge and TV room were excellent. The whole house is furnished and equipped to the highest standards. The breakfast room was so good it is difficult to describe. Just use your imagination and put yourself at a large and comfortable table in a large room with open plan sight and access to the kitchen. Your breakfast, a five star affair, is prepared and served right there in front of you. Of course, the member of staff is right there doing the cooking and has time for pleasant chats," raves one reviewer.

Double rooms from £75.

Enjoy luxurious beds, high-quality bedding and award winning breakfasts at Millgate B&B. Guests will receive a warm welcome with complimentary refreshments and advice and guidance on the best places to visit in the area. 

This Grade 2 listed historic family home is run with excellent attention to detail and is located in the centre of Masham.

"We felt very welcome by Sue and Andrew in their lovely house. The bedrooms were very comfortable and their set up was ideal for our family. We loved the delicious breakfast in the "jail". We highly recommend this place," says one reviewer.

Double rooms from £80.

Located just under a mile from the Royal Crescent, Hawkins of Bath is the perfect choice for a peaceful retreat in the historic city of Bath.

This elegant Victorian Villa will provide you with a comfortable home from home during your visit to this Unesco World Heritage Site.

Hawkins of Bath has recently been refurbished to a high standard, boasting high ceilings and many original features. 

You are sure to receive a warm welcome when you stay at 'Hawkins'.

"Perfect hosts, B&B and location. It's as simple as that. Everything you could ask for and more, a must stay thanks to the hard work and effort made by Glyn and Diane! Rooms are great, breakfast is marvelous and the dining area is fantastic to wake up to and eat in!" says one reviewer.

Double rooms from £89.

Expect the warmest of welcomes at Bod GwYnedd, a four star family run B&B. 

Situated only five minutes walk from the centre of the village, this comfortable B&B is the perfect base for exploring the many attraction of Snowdonia and the Coast. 

Enjoy a range cooked breakfast before heading out for the day.

"Would recommend this B&B without hesitation. The rooms are stylish and comfortable, the breakfasts are wonderful, and the location is perfect. When we left we were even given a little package of Bara Brith for our journey. These are hosts who go the extra mile. Hopefully we will be able to stay again," says one happy reviewer.

Double rooms from £75.

Enjoy 5 star comforts in Plas Dinas Country House

Nestled between the Snowdonia mountains and the Irish Sea, the idyllic setting and stunning views are not to be missed.  Whether you take a stroll round the vast 15 acre grounds in the summer or sit by the roaring log fire in the Drawing room on a cold winter’s day, you’ll relax the minute you arrive.

"Had a lovely stay in relaxed, peaceful and very homely surroundings. Very professionally run by Andy and Julian, tea on arrival in drawing room, chocolates on bed, plenty of tea etc on a tray in room, lots of little things that made you feel like you were staying in someone's home as opposed to a hotel. Hosts were very thoughtful and caring," says one reviewer.

Double rooms from £99.

Southern Breeze Lodge Bed and Breakfast in Southbourne is a lovely 100-year-old character building just two hundred yards from the beautiful cliff tops over-looking Bournemouth's seven miles of glorious sandy beaches with beautiful views from Poole to Hengistbury Head and the Isle of Wight.

"We were made very welcome by Fran & Mal. Nothing was too much trouble, Room 5 was a lovely room.Spotless, and a lovely shower. Loved the nautical theme. Breakfast was great.Stayed for 2 nights and would stay there again," says one reviewer.

Double rooms from £68.


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