Too late for a staycation? Accommodation availability falls even further for August

Martin Lewis says to be 'cautious' when booking holidays

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With everyone going on a staycation this summer, hotels in the UK are bursting and availability is falling. Hotel booking platform Hoo has published its latest research.

Unsurprisingly, accommodation availability is falling fast for the most popular staycation destinations.

Looking at availability in August and comparing it to their latest research in June, Hoo found that 93 percent of accommodations are booked up, up from 90 percent just a month ago.

Great Yarmouth has seen the biggest increase in bookings, followed by the Lake District.

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Holidaymakers will be disappointed to learn that 99 percent of accommodation in Salcombe are booked.

Both the Isle of Wight and Portmeirion are 98 percent full, leaving very few options for a last-minute trip.

While the availability of accommodation in the UK for the most popular destinations is falling fast, some areas have reversed the trend.

Padstow in Cornwall has seen more accommodation become available and went from 99 percent booked to 86 percent.

At 86 percent booked, Brighton and Padstow may be holidaymakers’ best bet for a last-minute staycation, with a few places still available.

In terms of prices, August seems to offer some good deals, with the average room price for a night £30 less than at the beginning of summer.

Brighton, the Isle of Wight and Salcombe have seen a sharp increase in price, due to the high demand and shortage of offers.

The Hoo platform’s co-founder, Adrian Murdock, was optimistic for the peak of summer.

He said: “It’s shaping up to be an incredibly busy summer of staycations and we’re seeing the level of available accommodation grow smaller by the day as we reach peak season.”

He continued: “The good news is that in such uncertain times, the chances of a cancellation are higher than they might be otherwise and so we are seeing availability fluctuate in both directions.”

Adrian Murdock encourages people who are still looking for a staycation accommodation to not lose hope.

He said: “There’s still a good chance of securing a place to stay provided you remain flexible on destination.”

On average, 93 percent of accommodation in popular areas are fully booked.

Only between 86 percent and 88 percent of accommodation are fully booked in The Peak District, Sandbanks, The Cotswolds, Brighton and Padstown in Cornwall.

There may still be a chance for a last-minute staycation in August, but flexibility may be required.
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