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City's boom in budget hotels 'must be slowed'

posted 22 Jun 2012, 07:50 by Tollcross Junction   [ updated 22 Jun 2012, 08:06 ]

Edinburgh’s budget hotels boom must be slowed to stop the Capital’s hotel market becoming unbalanced, a new report has warned.

The number of rooms in “limited service” hotels in the city, such as the Easyhotel on Princes Street, has rocketed from 890 to 2700 in the past seven years, while traditional hotels have seen much more modest growth.

The report said in the peak summer period Edinburgh now had a total of around 27,000 rooms available for tourists – an increase of almost 6500 since 2005.

And it forecast that the Capital could need up to 9000 more by 2021.