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Club Sandwich Index 2.0 uncovers dining costs worldwide: Geneva is the priciest city for a club sandwich and a full day of hotel dining

July 1, 2015 OTA News No Comments Email Email

The Hotels.com Club Sandwich Index (CSI) continues to uncover the dining costs of hotels worldwide with its annual price barometer, the Club Sandwich Index. This year, the elevated report by Hotels.com– the CSI 2.0 – added three more hotel dining items to make the Index a more comprehensive indicator for guests to understand the costs associated with a full day of hotel dining in hotels worldwide.

Bogota bags best bang for buck while Geneva offers a more pricey menuunnamed (17)

Based on findings from the CSI 2.0, Geneva is not only the priciest city for a club sandwich, but the Swiss city has also topped the charts as the most expensive destination to enjoy a full-day hotel dining experience (2,921.99 THB), while Bogota, Columbia is the most value-for-money destination with an average price of 1,013.31 THB. The ever-popular Bangkok, Thailand offers affordable hotel dining, with guests paying an average price of 367.31 THB for a club sandwich, and 1,332.10 THB for a full-day of dining.

The improved CSI report incorporates the prices of four main dining options available to hotel guests throughout the day:

1)     A CLUB SANDWICH for supper

2)     ABURGER MEAL, consisting of a burger, fries and soda for lunch or dinner

3)     A cup of COFFEE for teatime

4)     A glass of HOUSE RED WINE for post-dinner drinks

The average prices are calculated from real prices paid by guests for all four items in 30 hotels, in the capital or an important tourist city of the 28 countries surveyed, across 5-, 4- and 3-star hotel categories.

While hungry travellers can get the most bang for their buck in Bogota, which clocked an average dining cost of 1,013.31 THB, Rio de Janeiro (1,152.15 THB) and Bangkok (1,332.10 THB) also gave the Colombian capital a run for its money with their affordable dining costs. Buenos Aires was hot on their tails, with an average dining cost of 1,357.37 THB.

Hotel guests in South Korea paid the most to get their caffeine fix, with Seoul dominating the list for the priciest cuppa at 327.54 THB on average. Bangkok was the cheapest destination in the Asia region, the average cup costing 147.93 THB. Interestingly, patrons to a 5-star hotel in Paris found it more expensive to indulge in a glass of house red wine (776.07 THB) than club sandwiches in 19 other cities, including New York City, Dublin, Sydney and Berlin!

Amit Agarwal Senior Marketing Manager Thailand, Hotels.com said, “Hotels.com continues to enhance our customers travel experience with the elevated Club Sandwich Index, by providing travellers with an insightful and comprehensive price comparison guide and giving them a more accurate overview of the costs associated with a full day of hotel dining. The findings from the CSI 2.0, coupled with the wide range of hotel options available on our website allow travellers to easily locate a hotel that suits their budget – while some may indulge in a burger meal in a hotel in Geneva, other guests may opt to kick back with a glass of house red wine at more than three times the price in Bangkok!”

Table 1: Average prices of hotel menu items and total dining costs based on city (2015) 

Average price per Items (in THB)
Ranking CITY A burger meal A cup of coffee A glass of house red wine A club sandwich Total cost (in THB)
1 Switzerland – Geneva 1,273.80 208.59 408.76 1,030.83 2,921.99
2 France – Paris 998.48 195.11 431.67 821.90 2,446.84
3 Hong Kong 1,030.16 249.03 414.12 710.70 2,404.05
4 Norway – Oslo 1,020.71 161.75 415.16 678.01 2,305.65
5 UK – London 867.39 205.56 388.54 744.06 2,205.56
6 South Korea – Seoul 737.66 327.54 458.63 677.33 2,201.52
7 Sweden – Stockholm 791.91 134.79 383.15 769.67 2,079.53
8 Japan – Tokyo 759.56 286.43 371.69 630.83 2,048.53
9 Singapore 791.57 204.21 470.76 573.54 2,040.10
10 USA – New York 817.52 181.29 414.82 596.12 2,099.44
11 China – Beijing 797.98 258.80 419.54 521.98 1,998.32
12 Finland – Helsinki 684.41 137.48 276.66 675.31 1,773.88
13 Denmark – Copenhagen 684.07 165.79 346.08 577.25 1,773.21
14 Australia – Sydney 781.13 132.06 253.74 551.64 1,718.62
15 Italy – Rome 744.39 113.56 301.60 489.63 1,649.20
16 Netherlands – Amsterdam 740.35 130.75 200.16 512.21 1,583.49
17 Taiwan – Taipei 626.79 230.49 303.62 393.26 1,554.17
18 Ireland – Dublin 650.71 110.53 244.31 464.02 1,469.59
19 Russia – Moscow 517.27 140.18 330.91 462.68 1,619.54
20 India – New Delhi 499.41 130.41 424.93 379.10 1,433.87
21 Germany – Berlin 558.38 122.99 222.74 506.48 1,410.61
22 Canada – Toronto 493.34 118.95 294.52 493.68 1,400.17
23 Argentina – Buenos Aires 591.40 118.95 232.85 414.15 1,357.37
24 Thailand – Bangkok 463.01 147.93 353.83 367.31 1,332.10
25 Spain – Madrid 609.60 112.21 152.65 430.66 1,305.14
26 Brazil – Rio de Janeiro 446.84 69.08 291.82 344.39 1,152.15
27 Mexico – Mexico City 449.53 83.23 220.72 329.23 1,083.06
28 Colombia – Bogota 393.26 52.90 210.95 353.49 1,013.31

 Here are the highlights: 

Geneva retained top position on the chart for the priciest club sandwich on average. Italy’s price decreased by 32%, while club sandwiches in Finland and Spain became more affordable

  • Geneva (1,030.83 THB) and Paris (821.90 THB) retained their positions in first and second place respectively as destinations where travellers paid the most for a club sandwich, despite experiencing a fall in their average prices from 2014 to 2015.
  • Rome decreased by 32%, dropping 9 places from 2014, with an average price of 489.63 THB
  • India increased by 28%, jumping up 4 places from 2014, still making it one of the most affordable places to enjoy a club sandwich.
  • Mexico City saw practically no change with the price only increasing by 0.08%, now costing 329.23 THB, the cheapest on average globally.
  • Travellers in Finland and Spain enjoy more affordable club sandwiches, whereby the average price in Helsinki dropped by 18% to 675.31 THB, while prices in Madrid fell 20% to 430.66 THB.
  • India’s New Delhi (379.10 THB) lost its title as the cheapest destination for a club sandwich, with the claim to fame now going to Mexico City at 329.23 THB. 

Costly cuppas in Asia

  • Asia dominates the list for the costliest cups of coffee on average globally

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