With an estimated 2.5m stadium visits expected over the duration of the Rugby World Cup bed-and-breakfasts and small hotels are offering fans an attractive accommodation alternative.

Research by eviivo – UK provider of booking management apps for independent hotels and B&Bs – suggests that fans could be missing out by overlooking B&Bs and small hotels, which still have over 60% availability at venues close to the thirteen hosting stadiums.

More so, B&B owners are bucking the trend and championing value with the large majority keeping their prices consistent during the six-week tournament.

Michele Fitzpatrick, CEO for the company, said: "We work closely with over 5,500 B&Bs and small hotels across the UK, helping them to manage their bookings smoothly. As such, we have access to a wide array of data and our analysts have confirmed that whereas big hotels are increasing prices, B&B owners not only have plenty of availability but are also close to 5% cheaper compared against August's rates.”

For fans struggling to find accommodation, the company has pulled together a guide of B&Bs, guesthouses and small hotels located within five miles of each Rugby World Cup stadium that still have a selection of rooms available.

Some of those include The Boat Hotel, Euro Hotel Arrow and Beechcroft Guest House near Wembley, the Civic Guest House and Kew B&B near Twickenham and Leslie Road Accommodation close to Stratford.

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