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Sofia Offers Best Value Hotel Stay Combined With Room Service For Aussie Travellers, According To Tripadvisor Cost Comparison Report

April 17, 2015 Social Media No Comments Email Email

Sofia, Bulgaria offers the best value for Aussie travellers when it comes to the common incidental costs while staying in a hotel, according to a cost comparison report released today by TripAdvisor.http://www.rembrandtbkk.com/

The results are taken from the third annual TripAdvisor TripIndex Room Service report, which compares the cost of hotel room service items in 48 popular destinations around the world. The study takes into account the cost of a one night stay in a four-star hotel, a club sandwich ordered through room service, the dry cleaning of one shirt as well as refreshments from the mini bar.

In Sofia, the combined cost of a night in a hotel, based on availability on TripAdvisor, along with room service comes to an average of $126.04 – a quarter of the cost of the world’s costliest destination, New York, where the average hotel price on TripAdvisor, plus room service amenities, totals $546.61.

“Hotel prices can vary a great deal across destinations – even when comparing like for like amenities – so it pays to shop around to find the best deal. Hotel room rates, for example, can vary between travel agents, so using the price comparison tool on TripAdvisor can be a great way to find and book a good deal,” commented TripAdvisor spokesperson, Scott Wegener. 

Sydney remains relatively affordable, keeping the 20th most expensive spot, same as last year

The 2015 TripIndex Room Service report places Sydney in the middle of the destinations league table at 20th place, same as last year, with New York taking top spot as priciest destination in the world.

In Sydney, on average a club sandwich will set travellers back $21.63, a bottle of water is $4.88, a mini bottle of vodka costs $22.75, a can of cola is $4.13, a packet of peanuts is $4.38 and it will cost $12.88 to dry clean a shirt. Taking into consideration the cost of a night’s stay in Sydney which costs an average of $211.19, the total cost for Sydney amounts to $281.84.

Head to Southeast Asia or Eastern Europe for a bargain

This study highlights the wide range of prices that can be found in destinations around the world, for example, from the destinations included in this study, Southeast Asia boasts four of the world’s best value destinations with Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Hanoi and Bangkok placed 3rd, 6th, 8thand 12th respectively.

Eastern Europe also boasts six of the world’s 10 best value destinations (Sofia, Kiev, Warsaw, Budapest, Prague and Moscow), yet is also home to six of the world’s 10 most expensive, with Scandinavian cities in particular dominating.

Cheapest:
Rank Country City Club sandwich Water Vodka Cola Peanuts Dry cleaning Hotel room rate Total
1 Bulgaria Sofia $8.00 $2.29 $4.92 $2.62 $4.77 $7.33 $96.11 $126.04
2 Ukraine Kiev $6.07 $1.62 $2.62 $1.21 $2.00 $4.79 $119.00 $137.31
3 Indonesia Jakarta $10.19 $2.99 $6.58 $3.89 $3.05 $4.03 $111.23 $150.76
4 Poland Warsaw $14.36 $5.13 $7.06 $4.21 $4.22 $11.69 $104.37 $151.04
5 Egypt Sharm el Sheik $10.53 $2.15 $4.34 $2.82 $3.29 $4.25 $129.04 $156.42
6 Malaysia Kuala Lumpur $14.31 Free $14.60 $2.83 $3.19 $5.94 $116.48 $157.35
7 Hungary Budapest $12.67 $2.38 $6.55 $2.76 $3.05 $6.26 $124.17 $157.84
8 Vietnam Hanoi $16.33 $6.20 $13.33 $3.95 $3.90 $8.06 $113.00 $164.77
9 Czech Republic Prague $15.37 $3.32 $6.01 $3.27 $3.18 $8.07 $137.81 $177.03
10 Russia Moscow $15.78 $4.34 $7.83 $4.65 $4.19 $9.47 $131.08 $177.34
Most Expensive:
Rank Country City Club sandwich Water Vodka Cola Peanuts Dry cleaning Hotel room rate Total
1 USA New York $29.39 $7.12 $20.20 $5.82 $8.38 $14.14 $461.56 $546.61
2 Switzerland Zurich $42.94 $8.31 $21.31 $6.92 $5.89 $17.50 $361.05 $463.92
3 UK London $31.11 Free $16.72 $5.47 $7.90 $12.49 $364.34 $438.03
4 Canada Toronto $24.07 $5.75 $34.37 $4.44 $10.66 $14.04 $310.49 $403.82
5 France Paris $25.32 $7.19 $12.59 $8.27 $9.71 $13.90 $324.13 $401.11
6 Japan Tokyo $27.81 $5.49 $9.83 $4.40 $5.45 $9.26 $301.07 $363.31
7 Norway Oslo $40.50 $7.45 $23.88 $7.29 $5.65 $26.25 $239.65 $350.67
8 Hong Kong Hong Kong $30.41 $6.52 $18.31 $6.49 $8.12 $14.40 $265.43 $349.68
9 Sweden Stockholm $42.05 $6.03 $16.17 $5.24 $5.26 $13.31 $248.91 $327.05
10 Denmark Copenhagen $31.60 $5.85 $13.27 $5.65 $5.24 $13.64 $258.96 $334.21

TripIndex Room Service at a glance

 From the least expensive to the most expensive (green and orange indicate least and most expensive destinations for each item respectively):

  For those planning to take a trip to any of the top five best value or most expensive destinations according to TripIndex Room Service 2015, here are some of the best rated hotels that are available to book on TripAdvisor and have availability during the upcoming peak travel season (1 June – 31 August 2015)*:

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