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June 26, 2015 OTA News No Comments Email Email

If you’re planning a trip to Seoul, best you ditch your caffeine addiction before you leave, because that vice will cost you big.

The latest Hotels.com Club Sandwich Index has revealed that a cup of coffee in a hotel in the Korean capital will set you back an average of $12.41, rising to a staggering $16.54 in a five-star hotel.

In fact, coffee will not come cheap in most Asian city hotels for Australian travellers, with Tokyo, Beijing and Hong Kong all coming out as the world’s http://www.itcma.com/most expensive cities for a cuppa in a hotel. Your best bet for a cheap hit will be on the other side of the earth, in Bogota, Colombia – a steal at only $2 a cup.

Expensive coffee will be the least of your worries when compared to the cost of a day’s food and drink in a city hotel if you found yourself in Geneva, Switzerland. According to the Hotels.com index, a club sandwich, a burger and fries, a glass of house red wine and a cup of coffee together will cost you an eye-watering $110.70. The same package will cost you a mere third of that in the Colombian capital ($38.40), while Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro and Madrid all came in under $50.

And if you were thinking of sneaking in a cheeky drop of Burgundy in the French capital, think again: at a jaw-dropping $29.39, a glass of house red wine in a 5-star hotel in Paris will cost you more than a club sandwich in 19 other cities, including New York City, Dublin, Sydney and Berlin.

Sydney emerged as the 14th most expensive city for all four items combined at an average of $65.11.

Katherine Cole, Regional Director, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore for the Hotels.com brand, said, “While the cost of food and drink in some of the world’s leading city hotels is not to be sniffed at, as the hotels expert, Hotels.com is well placed to offer travellers the widest choice of accommodation through an easy-to-use website and with the help of leading edge mobile technology.”

The annual Hotels.com Club Sandwich Index researches the dining costs of hotels worldwide. The average prices are calculated from real prices (including taxes and fees) paid by guests for all four items (club sandwich, burger meal, glass of house red wine and a cup of coffee) in 30 hotels, in the capital or an important tourist city of the 28 countries surveyed, across 5-, 4- and 3-star hotel categories.

More highlights from the 2015 Hotels.com Club Sandwich Index: 

A cup of coffee:

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

o   All top five most expensive cities for a cup of coffee on average come from Asia – Seoul ($12.41), Tokyo ($10.85), Beijing ($9.80), Hong Kong ($9.43) and Taipei ($8.73).

  • On average, the cheapest city for a cup of coffee is Bogota, Columbia ($2.00)
  • Guests also paid high prices for their caffeine fixes at 5-star hotels in London ($11.11) and Singapore ($10.26).

A club sandwich:

  • Geneva ($39.05) and Paris ($31.14) 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 $18.55
  • 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 $12.47, 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 $25.58, while prices in Madrid fell 20% to $16.32.
  • India’s New Delhi ($14.36) lost its title as the cheapest destination for a club sandwich, with the claim to fame now going to Mexico City at $12.47.

A glass of house red wine:

  • France is home to the most expensive glass of house red wine at $29.39 at a 5-star hotel. In fact, the average price of a glass of house red in a 5-star hotel in the French city costs more than a club sandwich in 19 other destinations, including New York City, Dublin, Sydney and Berlin.
  • The most affordable glass of red wine can be found in Madrid, with guests paying only $5.79 on average. 

Burger meal:

  • Geneva emerged as the most expensive destination for a burger, fries and soda meal, with guests paying an average of $48.26 – more than triple the price for a meal in the cheapest destination, Bogota ($15.01). This was followed closely by Oslo with an average of $39.81 for a burger meal deal. 

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

Average price per items, including taxes and fees (in Australian dollars – AUD)
Ranking CITY A burger meal A cup of coffee A glass of house red wine A club sandwich Total cost

(in AUD)

1 Switzerland – Geneva 48.26 7.90 15.48 39.05 110.70
2 France – Paris 37.82 7.39 16.35 31.13 92.70
3 Hong Kong 39.03 9.44 15.69 26.92 91.08
4 Norway – Oslo 39.81 6.12 15.73 25.68 87.36
5 UK – London 32.86 7.79 14.72 28.19 83.56
6 South Korea – Seoul 27.95 12.41 17.37 25.67 83.40
7 Sweden – Stockholm 30.01 5.11 14.51 29.16 78.79
8 Japan – Tokyo 28.77 10.85 14.08 23.90 77.61
9 Singapore 29.99 7.74 17.83 21.73 77.29
10 USA – New York 30.97 6.87 15.71 22.58 76.13
11 China – Beijing 30.23 9.81 15.90 19.77 75.71
12 Finland – Helsinki 25.92 5.21 10.49 25.58 67.21
13 Denmark – Copenhagen 25.91 6.28 13.11 21.88 67.18
14 Australia – Sydney 29.60 5.00 9.61 20.90 65.11
15 Italy – Rome 28.20 4.30 11.43 18.55 62.48
16 Netherlands – Amsterdam 28.05 4.96 7.59 19.40 59.99
17 Taiwan – Taipei 23.75 8.73 11.51 14.90 58.89
18 Ireland – Dublin 24.65 4.18 9.26 17.57 55.67
19 Russia – Moscow 19.60 5.31 12.53 17.53 54.97
20 India – New Delhi 18.93 4.94 16.10 14.36 54.32
21 Germany – Berlin 21.16 4.66 8.44 19.19 53.45
22 Canada – Toronto 18.69 4.51 11.16 18.70 53.05
23 Argentina – Buenos Aires 22.40 4.50 8.83 15.69 51.43
24 Thailand – Bangkok 17.54 5.60 13.40 13.92 50.47
25 Spain – Madrid 23.10 4.25 5.79 16.31 49.45
26 Brazil – Rio de Janeiro 16.93 2.62 11.06 13.05 43.65
27 Mexico – Mexico City 17.04 3.16 8.36 12.48 41.03
28 Colombia – Bogota 15.01 2.01 7.99 13.39 38.40

 

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