STOCKHOLM, Sept. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Stockholm is the most expensive destination in Europe based on the cost of its lodging. That's the finding of a new survey from CheapHotels.org, which compared hotel rates for 30 main destinations in Europe during the period spanning June through August 2012. The rankings were determined based on the cost of each location's cheapest available double room (minimum: 2-star hotel). As such, the prices behind the rankings reflect the minimum amount travelers had to spend to stay at a certain European destination this summer.
In Stockholm, summer 2012 travelers had to pay, on average, 111 Euros ($139) for the cheapest available hotel room. At that price, the Swedish capital was only slightly more expensive than Edinburgh, Scotland, the second-place finisher at an average of 109 Euros nightly. Rounding out the top 3 was Venice, Italy, where the average overnight accommodation rate was 103 Euros.
Least expensive, by far, was Athens, the capital and largest city in Greece. There summertime visitors could have snagged a room for only 23 Euros per night, on average. Also at the bottom of the list, and perhaps a bit more surprisingly, were the capital cities of Berlin, Rome and Madrid. All three popular locales came in with summer rates below 50 Euros per night.
The following table shows the 10 most expensive destinations in Europe based on their lodging costs. The prices shown reflect each city's average rate for the cheapest available double room (minimum 2-star hotel) during the time period spanning June through August 2012.
- Stockholm – 111 Euros
- Edinburgh – 109 Euros
- Venice – 103 Euros
- Zurich – 101 Euros
- Oslo – 94 Euros
- Copenhagen – 93 Euros
- London – 91 Euros
- Nice – 78 Euros
- Paris – 73 Euros
- Dublin – 71 Euros
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