TripAdvisor releases TripIndex Room Service

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.

Apr 04, 2015 01:04 IST India Infoline News Service

Sofia, Bulgaria offers the best value for Indian travellers this summer 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.
 
“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 hence using the price comparison tool on TripAdvisor can be a great way to find and book a good deal,” commented Nikhil Ganju, Country Manager, TripAdvisor India.
 
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 INR 6068.36more than four times cheaper than at the costliest destination, New York, where the average hotel price on TripAdvisor, plus room service amenities, totals INR 26317.03.
 
Head to 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, Europe 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 dominating in particular.
 
London revealed as third priciest destination in the world
 
Despite the fact that many London hotels offer bottled water complimentary to guests, the 2015 TripIndex Room Service report places the capital third place in the most expensive destinations league table, after New York and Zurich.
 
In London, on average a club sandwich will set travellers back INR 1497.83, a mini bottle of vodka costs INR 805.12, a can of cola is INR 263.54, a packet of peanuts is INR 380.56 and it will cost INR 601.29 to dry clean a shirt. However, it’s the cost of the room itself that makes London such an expensive destination compared to its global rivals. One night’s stay in a four-star hotel costs an average of INR 17541.97 in London – the second most expensive destination in the world for hotel rates after New York City.
 
How does India fare on the global scale?
 
Our very own Mumbai ranks 19th among the least expensive cities with the combined cost of a night in a hotel, along with room service coming to an average of INR 9919.90. Beijing, Cape Town, Istanbul turn out to be less expensive than Mumbai where the cost of a room night would be INR 7975.25.

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):
 
Cheapest*:
Rank Country City Club sandwich (INR) Water (INR) Vodka (INR) Cola (INR) Peanuts (INR) Dry cleaning (INR) Hotel room rate (INR) Total (INR)
1 Bulgaria Sofia 385.28 110.18 237.06 125.97 229.59 353.00 4627.28 6068.36
2 Ukraine Kiev 292.11 77.85 126.29 58.47 96.47 230.54 5729.62 6611.35
3 Indonesia Jakarta 490.68 143.93 317.04 187.34 146.99 194.17 5355.48 6835.63
4 Poland Warsaw 691.30 247.09 339.82 202.67 203.23 563.03 5025.16 7272.30
5 Egypt Sharm el Sheik 507.02 103.43 208.89 135.88 158.19 204.84 6212.89 7531.14
6 Malaysia Kuala Lumpur 689.14 703.15 136.48 153.54 285.76 5608.27 7576.34
7 Hungary Budapest 609.87 114.61 315.26 132.77 146.98 301.24 5978.41 7599.14
8 Vietnam Hanoi 786.26 298.50 641.75 190.05 187.60 388.01 5440.83 7933.00
9 Czech Republic Prague 740.15 159.90 289.53 157.28 152.91 388.39 6635.38 8523.54
10 Russia Moscow 759.96 209.00 376.94 223.93 201.53 456.15 6311.28 8538.79
Most expensive*:
Rank Country City Club sandwich (INR) Water (INR) Vodka (INR) Cola (INR) Peanuts (INR) Dry cleaning (INR) Hotel room rate (INR) Total (INR)
1 USA New York 1415.05 342.57 972.53 280.00 403.29 680.81 22222.78 26317.03
2 Switzerland Zurich 2067.29 400.31 1026.09 333.10 283.52 842.47 17383.41 22336.19
3 UK London 1497.83 805.12 263.54 380.56 601.29 17541.97 21090.31
4 Canada Toronto 1158.92 276.67 1654.81 213.88 513.30 676.19 14949.31 19443.08
5 France Paris 1218.90 346.28 605.99 398.22 467.48 669.47 15606.11 19312.45
6 Japan Tokyo 1339.21 264.42 473.28 212.07 262.19 445.78 14495.77 17492.72
7 Norway Oslo 1949.88 358.62 1149.82 351.11 272.04 1263.73 11538.44 16883.64
8 Hong Kong Hong Kong 1464.38 313.92 881.39 312.59 391.06 693.14 12779.57 16836.05
9 Sweden Stockholm 2024.74 290.31 778.75 252.17 253.40 641.01 11984.23 16224.61
10 Denmark Copenhagen 1521.38 281.52 639.07 272.23 252.53 656.89 12468.28 16091.90
* Prices are based on averages amongst ten hotels selected within each destination listed above

TripIndex Room Service 2015 best value and most expensive destinations:
 
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 summer period (1 June – 31 August 2015)*:
 
TripIndex Room Service 2015 best value destinations:
 
Sofia – Average nightly rate on TripAdvisor for hotels in Sofia, summer 2015: INR 4627.28
Highly rated hotel currently available to book on TripAdvisor:
Suite Hotel Sofia, 4.5 bubble rating - bookable on TripAdvisor for INR 4167.14 per night.
 
Kiev – Average nightly rate on TripAdvisor for hotels in Kiev, summer 2015: INR 5729.62
Highly rated hotel currently available to book on TripAdvisor:
Oselya Kiev, 4.5 bubble rating - bookable on TripAdvisor for INR 5778.82 per night.
 
Jakarta – Average nightly rate on TripAdvisor for hotels in Jakarta, summer 2015: INR 5355.48
Highly rated hotel currently available to book on TripAdvisor:
Kosenda Hotel, 4.5 bubble rating - bookable on TripAdvisor for INR 4757.96 per night.
 
Warsaw  – Average nightly rate on TripAdvisor for hotels in Warsaw, summer 2015: INR 5025.16
Highly rated hotel currently available to book on TripAdvisor:
Regent Warsaw Hotel, 4.5 bubble rating - bookable on TripAdvisor for INR 6245.96 per night.
 
Sharm el Sheikh  – Average nightly rate on TripAdvisor for hotels in Sharm el Sheikh, summer 2015: INR 6212.89
Highly rated hotel currently available to book on TripAdvisor:
Domina Coral Bay Prestige Hotel, 4.5 bubble rating - bookable on TripAdvisor for INR 7267.76 per night.
 
TripIndex Room Service 2015 most expensive destinations:
 
New York – Average nightly rate on TripAdvisor for hotels in New York, summer 2015: INR 22222.78
Highly rated hotel currently available to book on TripAdvisor:
Casablanca Hotel Times Square, 5 bubble rating - bookable on TripAdvisor for INR 23516.77 per night.
 
Zurich – Average nightly rate on TripAdvisor for hotels in Zurich, summer 2015: INR 17383.41
Highly rated hotel currently available to book on TripAdvisor:
Hotel Europe, 4.5 bubble rating - bookable on TripAdvisor for INR 19243.07 per night.
 
London – Average nightly rate on TripAdvisor for hotels in London, summer 2015: INR 17541.97
Highly rated hotel currently available to book on TripAdvisor:
Artist Residence London, 5 bubble rating - bookable on TripAdvisor for INR 21546.42 per night.
 
Toronto  – Average nightly rate on TripAdvisor for hotels in Toronto, summer 2015: INR 14949.31
Highly rated hotel currently available to book on TripAdvisor:
Drake Hotel Toronto, 4.5 bubble rating - bookable on TripAdvisor for INR 13977.06 per night.
 
Paris  – Average nightly rate on TripAdvisor for hotels in Paris, summer 2015: INR 15606.11
Highly rated hotel currently available to book on TripAdvisor:
Le 123 Sebastopol – Astotel, 5 bubble rating - bookable on TripAdvisor for INR 17627.59 per night.
 

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