Shocking cost of hotel rooms as GAA fans return to Croke Park for All Ireland final
21st August 2021
Hotel prices in Dublin have soared as thousands of GAA fans flock to the capital this weekend for Sunday’s All-Ireland hurling final.© Provided by Extra.ie
A hotel room for one person tomorrow night costs up to €675 more than a typical weekend stay, with most hotels already booked out.
Limerick will be aiming to retain the All-Ireland title they won last December when they play Cork on Sunday, and hotel bookings have surged as fans scramble to find a bed for the weekend.© Provided by Extra.ie Tom Morrissey of Limerick is tackled by Niall O’Leary of Cork. The teams will meet again in Sunday’s All Ireland final. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile
All trains to the capital are fully booked as are the majority the capital’s 13,123 hotel rooms as of last night.
On Booking.com, 87% of hotels were fully booked for tomorrow and Sunday, with almost all raising prices to take advantage of the increased footfall.
There were just ten rooms left across two hotels situated within one kilometre of the stadium yesterday evening.© Provided by Extra.ie Hotel prices have soared in the capital as Limerick and Cork clash in the All Ireland final Pic: INPHO/James Crombie
Aloft Hotel is 3.5km from Croke Park and has set its prices for a one-night stay tomorrow at €809 for a single room and €819 for a double.
Normal prices are as low as €144, meaning rates have shot up by as much as €675 this weekend.
Yesterday morning, a single room for tomorrow night at the Inter- Continental could be booked for €890, up €540 on usual prices.© Provided by Extra.ie 7 August 2021; Supporters take their seats, in the Cusack Stand, some two hours before the scheduled start of the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship semi-final match between Limerick and Waterford at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile
The hotel is 5.1km from Croke Park. By yesterday afternoon, the hotel was fully booked.
Moxy Hotel, which is located 1.6km from the stadium, used the tagline ‘prices you can’t beat’ – but jacked its prices for a one-night stay tomorrow up to €642 for a single room and €654 for a double.© Provided by Extra.ie Hotel prices in the capital have surged ahead of Sunday’s All Ireland final. Pic: Getty Images
Prices can usually be just €149 for a Saturday, meaning the hotel charged more than €500 extra in some cases.
Last night, the price for a onenight stay at the Fitzwilliam tomorrow was €599, but you would have to pay €26 extra for breakfast. If you chose to include breakfast in your bill up front, the price of the meal would increase as the overall fee would rise to an eyewatering €639.
The normal price of a room on a Saturday night is as low as €299, which is €340 cheaper.
The Gresham, which again boasts ‘prices you can’t beat’ and is 1.4km from Croke Park, was charging €269 per room for tomorrow, a premium of up to €130 on normal prices for the day.© Provided by Extra.ie 7 August 2021; A general view of Croke Park before the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship semi-final match between Limerick and Waterford. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile
Last night, the cheapest room available for tomorrow night to rent was at the Academy Plaza Hotel off O’Connell Street, 1.3km from Croke Park, for €199 a night – just €64 more expensive than normal. Yesterday evening, just two rooms remained at this price.
A spokeswoman for the Irish Hotels Federation told the Irish Daily Mail: ‘We are hearing from members that there is an increase in bookings for some Dublin hotels this weekend.
‘This is very welcome for the capital’s hotels which have experienced a substantial fall in business levels since the beginning of the pandemic in March 2019. A recent survey of members showed booking levels for Dublin hotels at 21% for August and 16% for September, highlighting the challenges remaining for the hotel sector until international tourism starts to recover, which is not expected until the second quarter of 2022.’© Provided by Extra.ie Some 87% of hotel rooms in the capital are fully booked this weekend
Meanwhile, in terms of travel to the capital, every train from Limerick and Cork to Dublin this Sunday, as well as their returns, are sold out.
An Iarnród Éireann spokesman told the Mail: ‘All our scheduled and extra trains running this Sunday from both Limerick and Cork to Dublin before the final, and returning afterwards, are now fully sold out.
‘We advise hurling fans if you do not already have a train ticket, trains are now sold out.© Provided by Extra.ie Pic: Shutterstock
‘Pre-booking is mandatory to enable us to manage available capacity so train tickets will not be available at stations.
‘Those with train tickets must travel on the specific train booked and tickets will not be valid on any other service.’
He also said face masks were must be worn on board while alcohol consumption is not permitted. He added that every train is sold out to 75% capacity, in line with public health measures to reduce the spread of Covid-19.
A Bus Éireann spokeswoman told the Mail: ‘Our first Expressway service from Cork to Dublin on Sunday morning is fully booked, which is unusual.
‘The 6pm return from Dublin to Cork is almost fully booked too.’
Although there will be buses at midday and 2pm, these won’t make it to Dublin in time for the throw-in at 3.30pm.
There will be no buses running between Limerick and Dublin.