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Hotel prices hit a five-year low

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Bath is still the costliest UK place to spend the night in

Hotel room prices across the UK have fallen to their lowest level in five years, according to a new survey.

The average cost of a night in a hotel was 16% lower in the first half of 2009 than in the same period last year, said booking agent

In Southampton, room prices slumped 33% to an average of £57.

Bath remained the most expensive destination, with average hotel rooms at £111 a night, just 6% lower than in the first half of 2008.

In London, the average one-night stay fell by 12% to £101.

Other UK cities seeing big reductions in room prices included Belfast (down 29%), Aberdeen (down 25%), Sheffield (down 24%) and Nottingham (down 22%).

"We were expecting 2009 to be a year of dramatic price reductions and so far, it has been," said Worldwide president David Roche.

"For UK travellers, it is a great time to stay closer to home and explore the British Isles, while for visitors from overseas, there has never been a better chance to come and enjoy the UK at 2004 prices."

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