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Paris hotel prices during 2024 Olympics hit US$685 a night on average for 3 stars, US$953 for 4 stars

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Hotel prices in Paris during the 2024 Olympics have already increased by more than three-and-a-half times the usual summer rates, less than a year ahead of the games.

Travellers heading to the French capital can expect to pay about US$685 a night for a three-star hotel, compared with around US$178 for a typical July stay, according to data from Google.

Prices for four-star hotels are hitting around US$953 during the Olympics, which will run from July 26 to August 11, up from the usual US$266.

The city expects more than 11 million visitors during the Olympics, 3.3 million of whom are travelling from outside the greater Paris region or internationally and would need accommodation.

A pool at the five-star Demeure Montaigne in Paris. Five-star hotels in Paris are seeing average rates of US$1,607 a night during the 2024 Olympics. Photo: Demeure Montaigne

For those arrivals, there are about 280,000 rooms available per day across the greater Paris region, a spokeswoman for the Paris tourism office said.

Luxury consumers will be spared the worst inflation rates during the games. Five-star hotels are seeing relatively smaller price spikes than their typically affordable neighbours, with rates of US$1,607 a night, compared with US$625 for a typical July stay.

That means for the same price as a 20-square-metre (215-square-foot) room at the five-star Demeure Montaigne – where you can watch the Eiffel Tower light up from your bed – you’ll now get just a 16-square-metre room at the more modest Hotel Mogador by the Galeries Lafayette, with charming exposed wooden beams but few amenities.

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“More affordable” options available during the Olympics are commonly commanding prices that would be typical of luxury hotels – between US$500 and US$600, according to a spokesperson from Expedia Group, referring to the inventory on that platform.

“We recommend that travellers plan early to secure their hotels before availability becomes limited,” the spokesperson said.

Rooms are filling up quickly regardless – 45 per cent of rooms in Paris are already reserved during the games, according to data from tourism research firm MKG. Typically, only 3 per cent of rooms are booked a year ahead of occupation.

A room at the three-star Hotel Mogador in Paris. Photo: Hotel Mogador

Some hotels may also be leaving some of their rooms unlisted in the hopes of selling them at a higher price as the opening ceremony starts to feel more imminent.

That’s particularly if they feel that rates for delegations, negotiated years ago with Olympic officials and without accounting for current inflation, puts them at a disadvantage, said Vanguelis Panayotis, CEO of tourism consultancy MKG.

“That’s put hotels in a tough spot, and it might push them to make up for it by trying to set higher prices later for the public,” he added.

Demand has similarly pushed up prices on holiday rental platforms such as Airbnb and Vrbo. The average daily rate in Paris during the Olympics is US$536 before cleaning fees, nearly three times the US$195 rate for the same period this past summer, according to short-term rental data provider AirDNA.

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