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

April 4, 2015 Social Media No Comments Email Email

Sofia, Bulgaria offers the best value for travellers when it comes to the common incidental costs while staying in a hotel, according to a cost comparison report released today by TripAdvisor, carried out across 48 destinations selected to be included in this study.

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 ฿3,171.22 – more than four times cheaper than at the costliest destination, New York, where the average hotel price on TripAdvisor, plus room service amenities, totals ฿13,752.63.

The 2015 TripIndex Room Service report places Bangkok at twelfth place in the best value destinations league table, with Sofia, Kiev and Jakarta taking the top 3 spots. In Bangkok, on average a club sandwich will set travellers back ฿414.82, a bottle of water is ฿142.38, a mini bottle of vodka costs ฿677.55, a can of cola is ฿98.55, a packet of peanuts is ฿117.51 and it will cost ฿188.34 to dry clean a shirt. Taking into consideration the cost of a night’s stay in Bangkok which costs an average of ฿2,914.65, the total cost for the Thai capital city amounts to ฿4,553.81

“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, Jean Ow-Yeong. 

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 (฿3,571.59); Kuala Lumpur (฿3,959.17), Hanoi (฿4,145.38) and Bangkok (฿4,553.81) placed 3rd, 6th, 8th and 12th respectively.

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

TripIndex Room Service at a glance (costs in THB)

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

 

Cheapest:
Rank Country City

Club sandwich

Water

Vodka

Cola

Peanuts

Dry cleaning

Hotel room rate

Total

1

Bulgaria Sofia

201.37

57.57

123.90

65.86

119.87

184.55

2,418.10

3,171.22

2

Ukraine Kiev

152.57

40.75

66.10

30.56

50.46

120.59

2,994.02

3,455.04

3

Indonesia Jakarta

256.33

75.10

165.60

97.84

76.76

101.40

2,798.57

3,571.59

4

Poland Warsaw

361.28

129.11

177.68

105.90

106.13

294.24

2,625.87

3,800.21

5

Egypt Sharm el Sheik

264.86

54.01

109.21

71.07

82.68

107.08

3,246.56

3,935.48

6

Malaysia Kuala Lumpur

360.10

Free

367.44

71.31

80.31

149.25

2,930.76

3,959.17

7

Hungary Budapest

318.64

59.94

164.65

69.41

76.76

157.31

3,124.08

3,970.78

8

Vietnam Hanoi

410.80

155.88

335.46

99.26

98.08

202.79

2,843.11

4,145.38

9

Czech Republic Prague

386.87

83.63

151.38

82.21

79.84

203.03

3,467.36

4,454.31

10

Russia Moscow

397.05

109.21

196.87

117.03

105.42

238.33

3,297.97

4,461.89

Most Expensive:
Rank Country City

Club sandwich

Water

Vodka

Cola

Peanuts

Dry cleaning

Hotel room rate

Total

1

USA New York

739.38

179.10

508.16

146.41

210.85

355.83

11,612.90

13,752.63

2

Switzerland Zurich

1080.29

209.19

536.12

174.13

148.07

440.17

9,083.92

11,671.88

3

UK London

782.74

Free

420.75

137.64

198.76

314.14

9,166.84

11,020.87

4

Canada Toronto

605.53

144.51

864.71

111.82

268.18

353.46

7,811.98

10,160.19

5

France Paris

637.04

181.00

316.74

208.00

244.25

349.91

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