Moscow retained its status of having the world’s most expensive hotels for the sixth year running, ahead of New York, Geneva, Paris and Zurich, according to a survey of hotel rates for 2010 by UK-based Hogg Robinson Group.

However, the Russian capital’s room prices fell by 12% in local currency to $452 year on year.

European hotel rates fell for the second consecutive year with Athens and Dublin registering year-on-year decreases of 9% and 11%, respectively.

Hotel prices in the UK bucked the downward trend and returned to growth with London room rates increasing by 3% in 2010 to £156.91 ($252.90).

In Africa and Asia Pacific, average hotel prices rose to above pre-recession levels and many of the strongest rates of growth are to be seen in emerging markets, the survey said.