Hotel prices remain high in the Netherlands

The price of a hotel room in the Netherlands rose 2% in the first half of 2014 to an average €124 a night.

Amsterdam hotels remain the most expensive at an average €142 a night, a 5% increase on the year earlier period, according to the Hotel Price Index from website

Maastricht came second despite a drop in price of 4% to €108 a night.

In Rotterdam, where prices had been rising faster than elsewhere in the Netherlands, the average price dropped 5% to €92. However, a number of new hotels opened in the city in the first half of 2013 which had an effect on rates, according to the researchers.

On a global basis, the first half of 2014 saw hotel prices rise 4%.

Amsterdam hotel owners have been complaining about unfair competition from locals renting out their properties via websites such as Airbnb.

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