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Cheltenham Festival crime as ridiculous hotel prices show why Irish punters are heading to Aintree

Vaseline 4 weeks ago

Hotel prices in Cheltenham during next year’s festival are up to 225% more expensive than in Liverpool for Aintree’s Grand National meeting a month later, we can reveal.

Research by Ireland’s Sunday Mirror shows that greedy hotel companies are driving away racing fans in the Cotswolds, while accommodation on Merseyside is much cheaper.

As the post-mortem of the Cheltenham Festival’s dwindling crowds continues, it is becoming clear why fewer people are heading to the Cotswolds, especially from Ireland.

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Parts of the town of Cheltenham were incredibly quiet after racing at this year’s meeting, with many of those traveling from Emerald Isle now forced to stay in Birmingham and Bristol due to rising costs, while many others are choosing to head to the to go abroad. such as Lanzarote and Tenerife for less money.

Although ticket prices for the races are similar for both meetings, there is a huge difference in the cost of hotels.

For example, a three-night stay for the first three days of Cheltenham next year at a Leonardo Hotel in the city will cost you £1,875 (£362 on the same days the week before), which is 91% more expensive than the £362 on the same days of the week before. 978 (£977 week earlier) to stay at a hotel run by the same company in Liverpool during the three days of the 2025 Grand National meeting.

Comparing two four-star hotels, the Queens Hotel in Cheltenham city center costs £2,247 (£378 week before) for the same dates as above, which is 164% more expensive than the £852 (£468 week before) that the Mercure Liverpool Atlantic Tower Hotel charges for Aintree.