Rooms Hotels

Minibar Vodka Is Cheaper Than Water and Peanuts In Most Hotels

Apr 02, 2014 12:00 pm

Skift Take

Exchange rates drive some of the differences, but there’s also the more clever cause — hotels price vodka lower in an attempt to drive more sales in food and water.

— Samantha Shankman

Free Report: The Changing Business of Extended-Stay Hotels

Matthew Purdy  / Flickr

The inside of a small hotel fridge. Matthew Purdy / Flickr


$18.23. That’s how much a can of nuts costs, on average, in Toronto hotel minibars. That was the highest pricetag (in US dollars) for nuts in TripAdvisor’s Tripindex survey of room service prices across the world—though the hotels in New York, Oslo, and some other cities weren’t that far behind.

price-of-nuts_chartbuilder-1

The TripAdvisor survey covers the prices of in-room orders of a club sandwich, can of peanuts, bottle of water, can of soda, mini-bottle of vodka, and to have a shirt cleaned at the 10 four-star hotels most popular with the travel site’s users in each city. (It tallied in-room minibar prices for everything except the sandwich and cleaning.) Copenhagen earns the distinction of being the world’s most expensive city of those included for hotel service—and all the Scandinavian capitals are in the top 10. At some warmer destinations, refreshments and services are available for less. The most affordable room service for the basket of things TripAdvisor counted is in Tunis, followed by Cape Town—and Marrakech and Istanbul are also on the cheaper side.

roomservice_1

What’s surprisingly affordable in hotel rooms across the globe is, however, vodka. It’s much cheaper than peanuts and, in some cases, even water. (Minibar vodka serving sizes are admittedly generally a lot smaller than your average bottle of water.)

price-of-water-price-of-vodka_chartbuilder

And while that relative affordability does seem slightly suspicious, perhaps sales of cheap vodka are designed to drive higher overall spending: have a vodka, want peanuts, get thirsty, drink bottled water. In Zurich, Helsinki, and Oslo, the check for that list would add up to $21.10, $24.08 and $28.30 respectively. In all three cases, vodka is the cheapest item of the mix.

water-peanuts-vodka_chartbuilder

This story originally appeared on Quartz, a Skift content partner.

Additional links from Quartz:

Tags: ,

Next Up

More on Skift

Up to 53% of Airline Passengers May Suffer From NoMoPhobia
Hilton Sees Filling Rooms on Weekends as New Trend
Pegasus Solutions Restructuring and Layoffs Under Way
Becoming Guest-Centric: Why Hotel Marketing Needs to Change