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Scotch Corner hotel puts brakes on Tour de France room costs
A HOTEL has put the brakes on its prices during the weekend of Yorkshire’s Tour de France Grand Depart after rivals were criticised for raising their prices by up to 300 per cent.
Millions of visitors are expected to attend the opening two stages of the world’s largest sporting event next July and the vast majority of hotels and guesthouses on and surrounding the race’s route, which includes the Yorkshire Dales, Ripon, Middleham, Harrogate and York are fully booked.
Hotels more than ten miles from the race’s route, such as The Golden Fleece, in Thirsk, said they have no rooms left for the weekend of the event, while others have been accused of price rises steeper than the hills the racers will ride over.
Spectators wishing to stay near the finish line of the opening stage, face paying £800 to stay two nights in a one-bedroom apartment at The Lawrance hotel, Harrogate, which will only cost £300 the following weekend.
The cost of rooms at the Cedar Court Grand Hotel and Spa, in York, which is fully booked, rocket from £374 to £570, while the Holiday Inn, in Garforth, near the race start in Leeds, rises from £140 for two nights to £412.
Gary Verity, chief executive of Grand Depart organisers Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “Clearly it is going to be a peak weekend and the prices should reflect that, but it is not an opportunity to profiteer from people.
“We want people to return time and time again having had a great experience and realising that they are getting value for money.”
The 91-bedroom Holiday Inn Darlington A1 Scotch Corner hotel has launched an affordable accommodation package, which includes an overnight stay with dinner and breakfast, at £99 per room, alongside a French-themed restaurant menu.
It has also cut the cost of a double room from £71 to £53, during the event next July.
Alice Ng, the hotel’s general manager, said: “Our new accommodation package is designed to make it as affordable as possible for the race’s visitors and participants to enjoy this unique location, while our French-themed food and drinks will hopefully help residents from around the region to get involved.”
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