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Overpriced Britain: Lonely Planet guidebook blasts costly hotels and restaurants

Britain is full of overpriced restaurants, poor quality tourist attractions and expensive hotels, according to an influential guidebook.

The latest edition of the Lonely Planet Guide claims the country ‘has had its day’ and even natives can no longer afford to holiday at home.

It found that many destinations were ‘overpriced or lacking in quality’ and that the tourist industry sometimes ‘just doesn’t deliver’.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1385708/Lonely-Planet-guidebook-blasts-Britains-costly-hotels-restaurants.html#ixzz1LzrcEAGZ

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Except Lonely planet itself is rubbish, its owned by the BBC btw.

In that people who use LP all go to the same bars, resturants hotels and hostels. Thus it is more like a guided tour than anything else with a few options. Beijing and Irkutsk was filled with LP carriers.

And once any bar, hotel hostel or restuarant gets into the LP it has a licence to print money as it is NOT very often updated.

Kims hostel was like this, once she was in it prices were jacked up substantially, services went down markedly.

The DM however is correct in what it says, the UK is overpriced everywhere as I've said a few times everything here is designed to gouge you constantly..... how come ensuite rooms (with wifi, aircon, TV, satellite TV, fridge) in HK a city where rents are astronomical costs less for a week, that it costs for a SINGLE day in UK places.

Hotel F1 in France I can walk in put down 30 Euro and stay for a night in OK comfort, you can't do this in the UK for less than £60.

Camping is also unpleasant in the UK, camp sites often demand I join their 'club' before being allowed to stay there. The club fee in cornwall was once £25. I slept in the ajoining field for free instead of paying that.

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Tourists must wonder what has hit them. The rooms are sometimes dirty and out of date. It's usual to pay even more for multiple occupancy, which is just a scam. It's no wonder that they are empty out of season. They will even scam you for parking. It's cheaper to go abroad, which is a shame because Britain has much to offer.

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I would argue the opposite, I just spent a week in London and a week in the South of France,

London, excellent hotel, very good service, 200 quid a night got a large room overlooking Hyde park in Mayfair with nice breakfast thrown in for the family, excellent service, all the museums are basically free and have best in the world quality. I found the restaurants good value and to top it off the weather was perfect too !

South of france , 5000 euros for a week in a villa , very patchy service , things going wrong all the time met with a could not care less attitude. All food and drink overpriced and so-so quality, any type of attraction was basically trying to gouge. Attitude of the locals was terrible ...

With the weak pound I would say the UK is one of the best places in Europe to go on holiday, especially given the recent weather ...

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I would argue the opposite, I just spent a week in London and a week in the South of France,

London, excellent hotel, very good service, 200 quid a night got a large room overlooking Hyde park in Mayfair with nice breakfast thrown in for the family, excellent service, all the museums are basically free and have best in the world quality. I found the restaurants good value and to top it off the weather was perfect too !

South of france , 5000 euros for a week in a villa , very patchy service , things going wrong all the time met with a could not care less attitude. All food and drink overpriced and so-so quality, any type of attraction was basically trying to gouge. Attitude of the locals was terrible ...

With the weak pound I would say the UK is one of the best places in Europe to go on holiday, especially given the recent weather ...

So you are saying that you spent over 6 grand for a two week family holiday? You are either crazy, or full of sh1t.

You could have taken the family on an extremely posh holiday on one of the big cruise lines for far less than that...

Get real and stop posting such rubbish.

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So you are saying that you spent over 6 grand for a two week family holiday? You are either crazy, or full of sh1t.

You could have taken the family on an extremely posh holiday on one of the big cruise lines for far less than that...

Get real and stop posting such rubbish.

maybe his idea of a break isnt being imprisoned on a cruise ship in the middle of nowhere for two weeks

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maybe his idea of a break isnt being imprisoned on a cruise ship in the middle of nowhere for two weeks

Whatever. Point is that there are many great holidays to be had for far less than this fella has purported to have paid.

Have you ever gone on an island hopper cruise? It brilliant.

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I would argue the opposite, I just spent a week in London and a week in the South of France,

London, excellent hotel, very good service, 200 quid a night got a large room overlooking Hyde park in Mayfair with nice breakfast thrown in for the family, excellent service, all the museums are basically free and have best in the world quality. I found the restaurants good value and to top it off the weather was perfect too !

South of france , 5000 euros for a week in a villa , very patchy service , things going wrong all the time met with a could not care less attitude. All food and drink overpriced and so-so quality, any type of attraction was basically trying to gouge. Attitude of the locals was terrible ...

With the weak pound I would say the UK is one of the best places in Europe to go on holiday, especially given the recent weather ...

Anywhere in France is generally a much better deal over the UK except for the south around Nice or parts of Provence, which are just living off their reputations and are now over-priced, over-run tourist traps.

I planned a holiday over Easter and initially planned a week around Dartmoor. Looking at the prices that places were charging though, I realized that for the price of staying in a pub in Devon, I could stay in a four star chateau in Normandy or Brittany in France ( and it takes the same amount of time to get there).

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I had a weeks holiday in France last September and a week in Dorset recently.

We rented cottages in both - similar prices - the UK one was much better.

We self catered in both for most meals - UK supermarkets cheaper for most things but I happily pay the premium in France for nicer bread, fruit etc from the markets

We are out for a few meals in both - France has got very expensive (£25 for 2 courses in an OK place) and in foody places like Dorset I'd say we ate better for less. Not sure that is generally true of the rest of the UK.

Overall I'd say the UK was better value but then again that is with local knowledge about what an appropriate price to pay for stuff is.

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I would argue the opposite, I just spent a week in London and a week in the South of France,

London, excellent hotel, very good service, 200 quid a night got a large room overlooking Hyde park in Mayfair with nice breakfast thrown in for the family, excellent service, all the museums are basically free and have best in the world quality. I found the restaurants good value and to top it off the weather was perfect too !

South of france , 5000 euros for a week in a villa , very patchy service , things going wrong all the time met with a could not care less attitude. All food and drink overpriced and so-so quality, any type of attraction was basically trying to gouge. Attitude of the locals was terrible ...

With the weak pound I would say the UK is one of the best places in Europe to go on holiday, especially given the recent weather ...

bankers posting here are welcome.

but leave it out with the weak pound...we all pay in pounds and a weak pound makes it expensive.

For £200 a night youd expect something special.

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I'm going to a wedding in Birmingham in June.

The local hotel wants £130 quid a night,

I can get a limo home for £100.00

The hotels will be shutting down very quickly very soon.

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I'm going to a wedding in Birmingham in June.

The local hotel wants £130 quid a night,

I can get a limo home for £100.00

The hotels will be shutting down very quickly very soon.

And you can probably get a nice guest house/B&B for half what the hotel wants.

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So you are saying that you spent over 6 grand for a two week family holiday? You are either crazy, or full of sh1t.

You could have taken the family on an extremely posh holiday on one of the big cruise lines for far less than that...

Get real and stop posting such rubbish.

I know someone who spent a similar amount ... They spent most of the holiday in the pool so in theory could have been at the local leisure centre for considerably less.

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I stayed in a Travel Lodge recently for £19. Couldn't fault it.

The UK prices most things by demand whereas a lot of Europe has fixed prices irrelevant of demand. For example, in the UK you can buy a long distance bus ticket for £1, but you can also spend £200 on a second class train ticket. Often in Europe this would just be a fixed price of €40 whenever you travel.

I like LP guide books, but not when they try to express worldly opinions like this. In my opinion they should say Hotel A is better value than Hotel B because of X and not worry about the price of fish in India.

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Why would I charge 25% less when it does not increase my occupancy? Bar generally nearly empty nowadays and food prices much more.Business rates are a joke and VAt up.

Black market and VAT free transactions at B&Bs mean that I have to save on staff costs.

My margins have reduced and I save the money I make to pay off my present business mortgage or to pay for the house I will buy in the future.

I'm certainly not going to reduce prices just to make LP or Joe Public happy.

When I have to reduce prices I will. Likely November to Feb but they will go higher still next year if I can.

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To anyone coming over from abroad, the UK is cheap as chips. If you want to see overpriced hotels and pubs, come down here to Australia. 7 pounds for a pint of very average beer in Sydney, $500 (GBP350) a night in a so-so hotel in Port Douglas which charges you an extra $40 a day for the internet and $20 to hire a snorkel and mask. Believe me its not San Tropez, you can't even swim off the beach most of the year. They wonder why their tourism industry is collapsing with the AUD at $1.50 to the pound today..

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I would argue the opposite, I just spent a week in London and a week in the South of France,

London, excellent hotel, very good service, 200 quid a night got a large room overlooking Hyde park in Mayfair with nice breakfast thrown in for the family, excellent service, all the museums are basically free and have best in the world quality. I found the restaurants good value and to top it off the weather was perfect too !

South of france , 5000 euros for a week in a villa , very patchy service , things going wrong all the time met with a could not care less attitude. All food and drink overpriced and so-so quality, any type of attraction was basically trying to gouge. Attitude of the locals was terrible ...

With the weak pound I would say the UK is one of the best places in Europe to go on holiday, especially given the recent weather ...

The weather has been okay but it still sucks in comparison to Southern Europe. You can get a tan there and swim in the sun. Where can we do that here? It's always in the low 20s.

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Not sure I see how when that is an oxymoron when you can get two weeks all inclusive on a cruise liner for far less than £6k.

I wasn't disputing the price but "cruise ship" and "extremely posh holiday" are not compatible.

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I wasn't disputing the price but "cruise ship" and "extremely posh holiday" are not compatible.

Hmm. Coming from a guy who uses DC as his avatar...

What, four/five star accommodations, full food and beverages laid on by chefs, casinos, quality entertainment and exotic locales not good enough for some smarmy knob head posing as the PM?

Beats the hell out of the Canaries in some over-rated sh1t resort, being accosted by junkie PR's and sahara born looky-looky men every time you set foot outside of it.

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Hmm. Coming from a guy who uses DC as his avatar...

What, four/five star accommodations, full food and beverages laid on by chefs, casinos, quality entertainment and exotic locales not good enough for some smarmy knob head posing as the PM?

Beats the hell out of the Canaries in some over-rated sh1t resort, being accosted by junkie PR's and sahara born looky-looky men every time you set foot outside of it.

Don't forget the people selling Time Shares

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