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04th May 2021

Joe Duffy listener complains of being quoted €4,100 for three-night hotel stay in Kerry this summer

Clara Kelly

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The same man said he was also quoted €3,750 for a stay at a second hotel.

A Joe Duffy listener has spoken of his outrage on Liveline after claiming he was quoted €4,110 for a three-night hotel stay in Kerry this summer.

Speaking to Duffy on Tuesday, Seamus Duffy said he encountered some “strange prices” after attempting to make a booking for two single rooms in July for himself and his daughter on the popular website

“I was looking to book two single rooms for my daughter and I, and I got some strange prices, to put it that way,” he said.

“Two single rooms, mid-week, in July, for my daughter and I, and the price that came up was €4,110.”

Duffy added that breakfast was included in the price but that dinner was not, and added that both hotels were five-star establishments.

“In fairness, I hadn’t intended booking in that hotel, but it was through, you know when you put in a town and a lot of different hotels will come up,” he continued.

“There were actually two, the second one was €3,750, for two single rooms for three nights. They were five-star hotels, I have to admit they were, but I don’t know anyone in their right mind who is going to pay €4,000 for three nights.

“I got the hotel that I would normally get, that was €716, which is probably what you would pay anywhere, that is for three nights, two single rooms, with bed and breakfast.

“It’s probably up because it’s the summer, it’s July. My concern is with hotels opening back up are prices going to go up and up?”

Joe Duffy replied: “Well they are, I think price increases are going to be rampant when everything reopens, from pubs to hotels and restaurants, because, well, can you blame them?”

The presenter said he believes that prices could soar for Irish hotels as people are being encouraged not to holiday abroad this summer as the country begins to open up gradually following the easing of Covid-19 restrictions.

“There is going to be a very heavy demand this summer,” Duffy added.

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