John Paul II beatification: Rome running out of accommodation

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The chances of finding accommodation in Rome for the beatification of the late John Paul II are dwindling fast, with as many as two and a half million pilgrims expected to throng the city for the ceremony.

Hotels in the capital have been criticised for taking advantage of the demand, with room prices tripling in some cases.

Modest two-star hotels are asking for 700 euros a night while some four-stars are charging up to 1,760 euros for a suite.

Hotels and city authorities are bracing themselves for crowds matching the estimated three million people who descended on the Vatican when John Paul II died on April 2, 2005.

Rome’s hotels together have around 150,000 beds so cannot hope to meet the demand for accommodation....

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