Country music lovers can expect a night’s accommodation within walking distance of Croke Park for Garth Brooks’ shows next month from €357.
he rush for accommodation on the evenings of his five Dublin concerts began when ticket sales started last year.
Since then, a post-Covid tourist season and the war in Ukraine have put pressure on places to sleep across the capital, causing prices to rise.
That Irish Independent conducted a price survey of hotels within a two mile radius of the venue for the Garth Brooks concerts on September 9th, 10th, 11th, 16th and 17th.
Search done on Booking.com on Friday 12th August for a room for two adults for one night.
Rooms have been found in 19 hotels for Friday September 9th. The cheapest hotel room was €388 at the Beresford Hotel – with only one room available at that price – while the most expensive room was found at the Shelbourne Hotel for €1,407. The average price for a room across all locations was €583.
On Saturday 10 September rooms were found in four properties ranging in price from €437 at the Belvedere Hotel in Parnell Square to €519 at the Grand Canal Hotel in Ballsbridge.
A spokesman for the Grand Canal Hotel said the “price you are referring to in your search, this price was caused by an error loading and was removed as soon as it was noticed”.
They added: “You will see on other dates, including high demand dates throughout the year, that the €519 price does not reflect the double or twin room rates offered by the Grand Canal Hotel.
“Guests who book in advance for the Garth Brooks concerts have received great value by booking directly with the hotel or by opting for discounted long stay or early bird rates.”
The first leg of Brooks’ gigs in Dublin concludes on Sunday 11th September. During the night, rooms were found in 49 hotels, ranging from €359 at the Clayton Hotel Cardiff Lane to €765 at the Shelbourne. 38 rooms were found for less than €500.
The following Friday, September 16th, Brooks will take to the stage for another sold out concert. Hotel stays searched for that night range from €349 at the Beresford Hotel to €1,010 at the Westin. Rooms were found in 18 hotels.
Meanwhile, the country legend will play her final Irish stadium concert on Saturday September 17th.
Back in April, Brooks announced that his forthcoming stadium tour, which will conclude with a series of Dublin concerts, would be his last.
During the night rooms were found in 21 hotels within a 3 km radius of Croke Park.
The cheapest room at the Bonnington Hotel cost €387, while the most expensive room at the Westbury Hotel cost €1,170. The average price for a hotel room per night was €524.
A Westbury Hotel spokesman said the price quoted in the search could have been for a “suite”.
They added: “The hotel is now completely sold out on the day but the retail price for a standard room was €620.”
Irish Consumers’ Association leader Michael Kilcoyne said “there is no justification” for the prices.
“I know the government has taken a few thousand beds in Dublin to accommodate refugees, but it’s the same story again. They take every opportunity, the hospitality industry, to charge outrageous prices,” he said.
“One would have to ask the question, when is enough, enough for some of these people? I’m sure if they keep this up there will be a lot of hotel beds and people will go elsewhere.
“It will have an impact on things like tourists coming to Ireland and Dublin is already one of the most popular cities in Europe. There’s no justification for that.”
A spokesman for the Irish Hotels Federation said most people staying in Dublin for the concerts have booked their accommodation “months in advance”.
“As with cities around the world, there will be times in Dublin when prices around major events – including concerts – increase significantly. For the dates in question we have seen exceptional demand relative to supply and the vast majority of people who want to go to these concerts and stay in Dublin have now booked their accommodation months in advance,” they said.
“What we are currently seeing are prices for the last available rooms on nights when Dublin is almost sold out. However, the vast majority of rooms sold would have been booked at lower rates.
“This will understandably impact consumer choices and options when staying in Dublin, and some people may choose to stay further out of the city centre.
“People who have yet to book should also consider contacting hotels directly where better value for money may be available.”
That Irish Independent contacted all hotels mentioned in this article.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/garth-brooks-concert-hotel-rooms-within-3km-of-croke-park-charging-from-357-for-those-dates-41927284.html Garth Brooks concert: Hotel rooms within 2 miles of Croke Park start at €357 for these dates