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Top 10 Most Expensive Cities for Hotel Rooms

Moscow: expensive as well as exotic
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When it comes to money, these days it seems that the Russians always have the most. Just as well, because according to the just-released 2007 Hogg Robinson Global Hotel Survey, Moscow is the most expensive city to hang your hat. At an eye-watering £248 average rate, the nightly cost of a room makes London (just scraping into the list in 10th place at £153 a night) look almost reasonable.

To be honest, the figures should probably be treated with caution. Not all Russians can be Premier League oligarchs with wallets the size of Australia. Where do the ordinary people - the sightseers up from the provinces and the small-time salespeople - stay? My hunch is that when it comes to these statistics the bar has been set rather high (4 star?). This suspicion seems to be borne out from Mumbai's strong showing at number 7 (£160 a night). Bombay more expensive than London? Come on, try telling that to your average backpacker on £10 a day.

Apart from hi-tech hothouse Bangalore, appearing as a second Indian entry at number 8, and shiny, shiny Dubai, in at number 4, the rest of the top 10 is a case of the usual suspects - NYC (2), Paris (3), Milan (5), Stockholm (6) and Hong Kong (9).

As a telling sign of Japan's fall from corporate grace, Tokyo doesn't make the list. Not so long ago it would have been a shoo-in for number one.
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