Hotel rates across the world continued to rise in the first quarter of this year according to the Hotel Price Radar conducted by hotel portal, HRS.

The company calculated that the most expensive hotel stay, on average, was in Rio de Janeiro. For a hotel room on Sugarloaf Mountain, travellers paid an average of £192.88 per room per night during the first three months of 2012.

British cities also saw an increase in prices. Rates in London increased by 4.33% ahead of the Olympics, with the largest increase recorded in Liverpool which saw rates increase from £63.37 to £71.57– an increase of 12.55%.

The cheapest hotel rooms were in Bangkok, Prague and Beijing, with average prices of around £48 per night.

Meanwhile, in the first quarter of this year, the most popular European cities for the company were Vienna, Paris, London and Prague. While room rates in Vienna remained virtually unchanged at just under £74 per night, London and Prague in particular benefited from the ongoing city break trend and recorded high visitor numbers.

In this year's Olympic city, average room rates rose in the first quarter by just over 4.9% to an average of £100 per night due to high demand. The cost of hotel accommodation in Prague rose by more than 9% to a still relatively low £49 per room per night.

The most expensive hotel stay in Europe, at an average of just under £123 per room per night, was in Moscow and prices in Zurich also cost just over £116 per night. Both cities' average hotel prices remained virtually unchanged from last year.

Meanwhile, hotel prices dropped in about half of the European cities surveyed. The greatest decline was by more than 10% in Oslo and around 9% in Lisbon.

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