Cardiff hotel rooms come at a premium for the Rugby World Cup

September 2, 2015

The Rugby World Cup kicks off in the UK this month and one of the host cities has reacted by adding a substantial premium to their hotel rooms, according to a survey by

There will be nothing cheap about staying in Cardiff during the prestigious sporting event, the survey indicates, with hotels in the Welsh capital hiking their prices by an average of 219% for days on which matches are played at the city’s Millennium Stadium, and some applying an even bigger levy.

A dozen matches are due to be played at the 74,000-capacity stadium during the tournament, which runs from September 18th to October 31st, including at least two game featuring Wales.

Some of the hotels cashing in on the high profile event include Ibis Cardiff Centre, which is charging £400 for a Twin Room on October 18th (the day of the third quarter-final), representing an increase of almost 500% on its standard prices. One of the biggest hikes has been made by The Angel Hotel, situated just seconds from the Millennium Stadium, which is asking for £799 on October 11th (the day France play Ireland), an increase of 633%. The cheapest double room in central Cardiff for that day is priced at nearly £400.

Meanwhile the trickiest day to find a room in central Cardiff is October 17th (the day of the second quarter final, likely to be played between New Zealand and either France or Ireland) with zero hotel availability according to the survey. As a consequence, visitors to Cardiff on that day are having to seek hotels outside the centre, with the cheapest available double room located by Cardiff airport, around 12 miles from the Millennium Stadium, costing about £450.

The only days on which hotels are reining in the price hikes are for matches involving Wales, as the majority of spectators will travel home after the game with no accommodation requirements. On the day of Wales’ game versus Uruguay on September 20th, visitors can find rooms for just £150, while fans attending the encounter with Fiji on October 1st are likely to pay around £250 for a hotel stay.

The following table shows the hotels in Cardiff with the largest rate increases during the Rugby World Cup. All rates were established on August 26th and are based on data gained from a major hotel comparison website.

Date Name of Hotel Room Type Rate Reg.
Oct 17 Holiday Inn Airport Standard Double £450 £59
Oct 11 Angel Hotel Double Premium £799 £109
Sep 19 Village Urban Resort Double Room £499 £75
Oct 18 Ibis Cardiff Centre Twin Room £400 £67
Oct 18 Hilton Cardiff Deluxe King £685 £119
Oct 11 Holiday Inn Cardiff North Queen Room £599 £115
Oct 11 Holiday Inn Cardiff Centre Standard Room £433 £97
Oct 10 The St David's Hotel Classic King £749 £190

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