TripAdvisor Reveals Denver The Top U.S. City For Hotel Room Service Value

  TripAdvisor Reveals Denver The Top U.S. City For Hotel Room Service Value

TripIndex Room Service Compares the Price of Common Hotel Room Amenities in
Popular Cities throughout the U.S. and World

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NEWTON, Mass., March 20, 2013

NEWTON, Mass., March 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- TripAdvisor^®, the world's
largest travel site*, today announced its inaugural TripIndex™ Room Service, a
cost-comparison of common incidental items and services that many travelers
will purchase when staying in a hotel, across 60 popular global destinations.

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The TripAdvisor TripIndex Room Service is based on the combined cost of a club
sandwich ordered from room service, a bottle of water, a mini bottle of vodka,
peanuts, a can of soda from the mini bar, and dry cleaning for one shirt.
Prices were quoted from top-rated, 4-star hotels on TripAdvisor in the
featured destinations.

Worldly Ways to Save

  oAmong the featured cities, Denver is the most affordable spot in the
    United States, coming in with a total TripIndex Room Service cost of $40.
  oCape Town, South Africa rang up as the most affordable city in the world
    for U.S. travelers, with a TripIndex Room Service total of $20.
  oU.S. travelers looking for an affordable international excursion can head
    south of the border to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, which has a TripIndex
    price tag of $28.
  oClaiming three of the top 10 value destinations worldwide, Asia offers
    significant savings with Mumbai (#3), Jakarta (#8), and Taipei (#10).

Pricey Places

  oHonolulu is the priciest U.S. city, with a TripIndex cost of nearly $65.
    Las Vegas was a close second at just over $64.
  oMoscow ($83) is the priciest global city for travelers, followed by Paris
    ($69).
  oEurope bends budgets with seven of the 10 costliest destinations: Moscow
    takes the top spot, followed by Paris (#2), Stockholm (#3), Oslo (#4),
    Zurich (#5), Helsinki (#6), and Brussels (#10).

Travel for Peanuts in New York City

New York City is often perceived as one of America's most expensive
destinations, but when it comes to common costs while staying at a hotel,
TripIndex Room Service reveals there is at least one item travelers can take
home on the cheap. At $5.64, travelers will shell out less for peanuts in the
Big Apple than in any other U.S. city measured on the TripIndex. However, with
the highest dry cleaning price ($11.58) for a shirt, travelers should try to
avoid any spills in the city that never sleeps.

"While travelers are well aware of the wide range in prices for
accommodations, they may be surprised to know that in-room amenity charges can
also vary significantly from city to city," said Brooke Ferenscik, director of
communications for TripAdvisor. "By comparing the cost of popular hotel items
and amenities, TripIndex Room Service gives travelers an inside look at
destinations where their money will go the farthest."

TripIndex Room Service

U.S. Cities:

                                                  Mini
   Destination   Club     Bottle   Peanuts Can of bottle Dry cleaning   TOTAL
                 sandwich of water         coke   of     for one shirt
                                                  vodka
1  Denver        $14.60   $3.60    $5.86   $3.23  $7.50  $5.67          $40.46
2  Dallas        $11.80   $4.60    $6.24   $3.20  $8.10  $8.55          $42.49
3  Seattle       $14.27   $5.06    $5.80   $2.81  $9.25  $7.00          $44.19
4  Minneapolis   $12.60   $5.97    $7.67   $3.99  $9.16  $8.70          $48.09
5  Boston        $13.59   $5.03    $9.04   $4.44  $9.83  $8.50          $50.43
6  Los Angeles   $13.40   $6.45    $7.65   $4.10  $8.95  $10.05         $50.60
7  Orlando       $14.66   $5.00    $10.55  $3.98  $9.58  $7.42          $51.19
8  Chicago       $15.61   $4.94    $8.75   $3.66  $10.11 $8.30          $51.37
9  New Orleans   $15.87   $5.71    $9.52   $4.02  $8.92  $7.70          $51.74
10 San Francisco $17.31   $5.30    $6.50   $4.20  $9.13  $9.80          $52.24
11 New York City $21.75   $4.38    $5.65   $4.63  $8.67  $11.58         $56.66
12 Washington,   $17.35   $5.70    $8.00   $4.60  $11.20 $11.25         $58.10
   D.C.
13 Atlanta       $15.01   $4.85    $10.52  $3.48  $14.38 $9.90          $58.14
14 Las Vegas     $16.33   $6.77    $9.33   $4.33  $19.33 $8.33          $64.42
15 Honolulu      $23.65   $8.33    $8.00   $5.92  $9.33  $9.67          $64.90

Best Value International Cities:

                                                   Mini
   Destination    Club     Bottle   Peanuts Can of bottle Dry cleaning  TOTAL
                  sandwich of water         coke   of     for one shirt
                                                   vodka
1  Cape Town,     $6.44    $1.87    $2.43   $1.87  $3.18  $3.95         $19.74
   South Africa
2  Sharm el       $6.72    $1.60    $3.06   $2.25  $7.47  $2.84         $23.94
   Sheikh, Egypt
3  Mumbai, India  $7.43    $2.11    $2.72   $2.33  $7.67  $3.20         $25.46
4  Istanbul,      $11.49   $1.25    $2.34   $2.14  $5.78  $4.40         $27.40
   Turkey
   Puerto
5  Vallarta,      $9.91    $3.00    $1.60   $2.71  $8.04  $3.07         $28.33
   Mexico
6  Budapest,      $7.27    $2.61    $2.62   $2.34  $7.42  $6.33         $28.59
   Hungary
7  Sofia,         $5.52    $2.00    $5.14   $2.62  $5.24  $8.28         $28.80
   Bulgaria
8  Jakarta,       $9.42    $3.55    $2.47   $3.48  $5.15  $4.80         $28.87
   Indonesia
9  Marrakech,     $10.48   $2.08    $2.03   $2.43  $9.47  $3.31         $29.80
   Morocco
10 Taipei, Taiwan $10.33   $1.89    $3.95   $1.96  $5.74  $6.55         $30.42

Most Expensive International Cities:

                                                  Mini
   Destination   Club     Bottle   Peanuts Can of bottle Dry cleaning   TOTAL
                 sandwich of water         coke   of     for one shirt
                                                  vodka
1  Moscow,       $21.85   $6.65    $12.46  $7.15  $17.28 $17.70         $83.09
   Russia
2  Paris, France $21.64   $6.76    $7.66   $7.10  $13.52 $12.51         $69.19
3  Stockholm,    $21.22   $5.50    $5.76   $5.50  $18.07 $12.84         $68.89
   Sweden
4  Oslo, Norway  $17.46   $8.18    $7.38   $7.93  $13.17 $13.46         $67.58
5  Zurich,       $29.19   $5.28    $4.09   $5.01  $11.08 $12.41         $67.06
   Switzerland
6  Helsinki,     $17.58   $6.22    $5.41   $6.49  $11.36 $17.31         $64.37
   Finland
7  Tokyo, Japan  $24.46   $4.02    $4.73   $4.15  $12.74 $8.66          $58.76
8  Singapore     $18.37   $3.80    $5.54   $6.34  $13.62 $11.09         $58.76
9  New York      $21.75   $4.38    $5.65   $4.63  $8.67  $11.58         $56.66
   City, U.S.
10 Brussels,     $19.89   $5.07    $3.22   $5.80  $7.98  $12.17         $54.13
   Belgium

The full TripIndex list of U.S. cities is available at:
http://www.tripadvisor.com/InfoCenter-a_ctr.RoomServiceUSlocal

The full TripIndex list of international cities is available at:
http://www.tripadvisor.com/InfoCenter-a_ctr.RoomServiceUS

Notes to Editors:

The international TripIndex Room Service destination list is comprised of key
cities which receive the largest number of international visitor arrivals
(data compiled by the UNWTO). The U.S. TripIndex list consists of 15 popular
editorially selected cities, focused on large and popular tourism markets.

Prices shown specify the average cost (taken from three to five hotels),
collected from the top 10 four-star hotels in that city. The top 10 hotels
were ranked according to the TripAdvisor Popularity Index between January 21
and January 23, 2013.

Prices were taken between January 21 and February 5, 2013 and converted to
local currencies on February 6, 2013.

Where one of the specified items was not available, the nearest equivalent was
used as an alternative (e.g. cashews were used when peanuts were not
available).

Room service: Room service prices specify the average cost of a club sandwich.

Mini bar: Mini bar prices specify the average cost of a bottle of water,
peanuts, can of soda and a mini bottle of vodka. Size/volume of items may
vary, but are the standard option as sold by each hotel used in the study.

Dry cleaning: Dry cleaning prices specify the average cost to dry clean one
shirt.

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