Las Vegas Ups The Ante As The Most Expensive U.S. City For Room Service According To TripAdvisor TripIndex

   Las Vegas Ups The Ante As The Most Expensive U.S. City For Room Service
                      According To TripAdvisor TripIndex

Nearly 40 Percent of Travelers Report Ordering Room Service in the Past Year,
But Only 13 Percent Use the Mini Bar

PR Newswire

NEWTON, Mass., March 26, 2014

NEWTON, Mass., March 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --TripAdvisor^®, the world's
largest travel site*, today announced the results of the 2014 TripIndex^TM
Room Service,a cost-comparison of common incidental items and services that
many travelers will encounter when staying in a hotel. The study reveals Las
Vegas is the priciest U.S. city for in-room amenities at an average of $68,
while Denver is the least expensive with an average of $41.

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TripAdvisor announced its 2014 TripIndex Room Service. (A TripAdvisor traveler
photo)

The second annual TripAdvisor TripIndex Room Service compares the cost of
in-room amenities in 62 popular cities around the world, including 15 in the
U.S. The study takes into account the price of a club sandwich ordered through
room service, the dry cleaning of one shirt, and the following items from the
mini bar: a bottle of water, peanuts, a mini bottle of vodka, and a can of
soda.

"With a wide range of in-room amenities available to travelers, the TripIndex
Room Service provides a useful snapshot of what guests can expect to pay for
hotel incidentals in cities around the world," said Brooke Ferencsik, director
of communications at TripAdvisor. "While 39 percent of U.S. travelers report
ordering room service in the last 12 months, only 13 percent said they made a
mini bar purchase*, so it's not surprising that some hotel brands have
recently announced plans to phase out the mini bar."

Expect to Pay More for Room Service in America

  oTravelers can expect to spend about 22 percent more in the U.S. for these
    common incidental hotel costs than in popular cities around the world.
  o$55 is the average total cost for room service in U.S. cities, $3 more
    expensive than in 2013.
  o$45 is the average TripIndex Room Service total cost for international
    cities, representing no change from 2013.

Most Affordable Areas for In-Room Amenities

  oAt $41, Denver is the best value U.S. city for room service, narrowly
    edging out Seattle ($42) and Minneapolis ($46).
  oComing in at $18, Tunis, Tunisia is the least expensive international city
    for room service and is less than half the price of the least expensive
    U.S. city.
  oTravelers will find the biggest international room service bargain in
    Africa, where three of the continent's destinations are featured in the
    top five places offering the best value abroad: Tunis (#1); Cape Town,
    South Africa (#2); and Marrakech, Morocco (#5).

Spendy Spots for Hotel Services

  oAmong the featured U.S. cities, Las Vegas is the most expensive
    destination ($68). New York City is a close second at just under $68,
    followed by Washington, D.C. at $62.
  oHelsinki, Finland is the most expensive international spot for room
    service. At $89, it is nearly five times as expensive as the least
    expensive destination.
  oScandinavia represents the priciest global region for room service, with
    Nordic cities claiming four of the 10 most expensive spots: Helsinki (#1);
    Oslo, Norway (#2); Stockholm, Sweden (#5); and Copenhagen, Denmark (#10).

No Tie Between Room Service and Hotel Prices in the U.S.

While expensive room service and pricey hotel room rates go hand-in-hand
internationally, the TripIndex shows no correlation between the two travel
expenses in U.S. cities.

  oAlthough travelers will pay the most in Las Vegas for room service, those
    looking for value may still be able to wager savings on a Vegas trip, as
    it boasts the least expensive hotel rates among the featured U.S. cities
    ($140 per night), and is actually the least expensive U.S. destination
    when the two costs are combined.
  oWith the most expensive nightly rate ($381), San Francisco demonstrates
    that hotel prices are still the biggest indicator of total expense. By
    factoring in the cost of the nightly rate, the "City by the Bay" jumps
    from middle of the pack in the U.S. (#8) to the most expensive
    destination.

TripIndex Room Service

U.S. Cities (ranked from least expensive to most expensive for total room
service cost):

                                                                Total   Hotel
    Destination      Club     Water Peanuts Soda Vodka Dry      Room    Room
                     sandwich                          Cleaning Service Rate
                                                                Cost
1.  Denver, Colorado 11.65    4.44  6.34    3.25 7.17  8.58     41.43   265.33
2.  Seattle,         13.00    4.08  5.92    3.08 8.33  7.17     41.58   364.63
    Washington
3.  Minneapolis,     12.00    3.50  8.35    3.62 9.17  9.08     45.72   245.49
    Minnesota
4.  Dallas, Texas    12.33    4.17  8.90    3.17 10.73 9.42     48.72   218.99
5.  Orlando, Florida 14.00    4.25  9.53    3.75 9.68  8.17     49.38   203.41
6.  Chicago,         14.33    4.75  9.83    3.83 9.83  9.08     51.67   300.20
    Illinois
7.  New Orleans,     16.25    5.17  10.17   4.33 9.17  7.67     52.76   210.75
    Louisiana
8.  San Francisco,   17.00    4.83  6.00    4.50 8.83  12.00    53.16   381.23
    California
9.  Boston,          14.67    5.34  12.78   4.36 11.11 10.25    58.51   361.97
    Massachusetts
10. Atlanta, Georgia 14.00    4.66  10.16   4.87 15.20 10.67    59.56   208.32
11. Honolulu, Hawaii 18.33    6.00  11.50   4.00 10.67 9.42     59.92   322.42
12. Los Angeles,     17.33    6.75  10.75   4.17 10.67 11.00    60.67   277.97
    California
13. Washington, D.C. 19.00    5.00  7.33    7.33 9.33  13.67    61.66   268.48
14. New York City,   24.15    3.93  7.13    3.86 16.76 12.00    67.83   363.74
    New York
15. Las Vegas,       16.67    6.67  12.00   5.33 12.67 14.67    68.01   139.51
    Nevada



Best Value International Cities:

                                                                Total   Hotel
    Destination      Club     Water Peanuts Soda Vodka Dry      Room    Room
                     sandwich                          Cleaning Service Rate
                                                                Cost
1.  Tunis, Tunisia   6.95     1.83  2.56    2.02 1.58  3.47     18.41   168.45
2.  Cape Town, South 7.25     2.37  2.31    1.66 2.31  7.07     22.97   119.54
    Africa
3.  Budapest,        7.82     2.41  5.59    2.48 1.56  5.60     25.46   109.58
    Hungary
4.  Prague, Czech    8.11     2.46  4.20    2.54 2.54  5.92     25.77   125.31
    Republic
5.  Marrakech,       10.63    1.89  6.42    2.20 0.00  5.81     26.95   143.32
    Morocco
6.  Puerto Vallarta, 10.24    2.46  5.69    1.86 2.12  4.65     27.02   130.47
    Mexico
7.  Istanbul, Turkey 6.62     2.30  6.71    2.94 4.05  5.06     27.68   165.00
8.  Jakarta,         8.59     2.86  4.40    3.23 2.77  5.99     27.84   90.81
    Indonesia
9.  Dubrovnik,       9.10     3.40  6.18    3.67 1.76  3.73     27.84   242.45
    Croatia
10. Hanoi, Vietnam   9.48     2.25  6.88    2.86 2.01  4.42     27.90   98.98



Most Expensive International Cities:

                                                                Total   Hotel
    Destination      Club     Water Peanuts Soda Vodka Dry      Room    Room
                     sandwich                          Cleaning Service Rate
                                                                Cost
1.  Helsinki,        38.16    6.44  12.13   6.37 5.51  20.33    88.94   200.46
    Finland
2.  Oslo, Norway     29.42    7.43  15.75   7.12 5.12  22.75    87.59   199.53
3.  Seoul, South     27.35    7.40  6.13    7.86 9.90  14.67    73.31   154.59
    Korea
4.  Zurich,          31.29    5.94  10.84   5.56 4.32  14.39    72.34   296.52
    Switzerland
5.  Stockholm,       28.40    4.13  11.31   4.93 5.03  15.36    69.16   236.75
    Sweden
6.  Paris, France    23.58    6.81  12.58   6.79 6.97  11.16    67.89   327.60
7.  New York City,   24.15    3.93  16.76   3.86 7.13  12.00    67.83   363.74
    New York
8.  Toronto, Canada  20.81    5.35  18.23   3.39 8.04  9.88     65.70   230.32
9.  Singapore        19.38    5.21  14.83   6.56 6.20  10.16    62.34   203.41
10. Copenhagen,      24.27    2.76  10.76   5.01 3.70  13.38    59.88   242.31
    Denmark



Full list of destinations included in the study is available upon request.

*According to two TripAdvisor.com site polls. The mini bar poll was carried
out between March 21 –22, 2014 to more than 1,700 respondents; the room
service poll was carried out between March 23 –24, 2014 to more 1,300
respondents.

Notes to Editors:

The international TripIndex destination list is comprised of key destinations
from 48 of the 50 countries which receive the largest number of international
visitor arrivals (data compiled by the UNWTO, 2013). The U.S. TripIndex list
consists of 15 popular editorially selected cities, focused on large and
popular tourism markets.

TripIndex Room Service prices out the following items in each destination to
represent the cost of common incidental items and services that travelers may
incur during a stay at a hotel:

Room service:

  oClub sandwich

Mini bar:

  oBottle of water
  oPeanuts
  oMini bottle of vodka
  oCan of soda

Dry cleaning:

  oOne shirt

Prices shown specify the average cost collected from the top 10 rated four
star hotels in each featured destination. The top 10 hotels were ranked
according to the TripAdvisor Popularity Index. Hotels were selected from the
Popularity Index between January 27 – February 20, 2014.

Prices of all basket items were sourced from the same hotel, whenever
possible, before average prices were calculated. Costs include sales tax and
service charge, where applicable.

Prices for international destinations were taken in local currencies between
February 3 – 20, 2014 and currency conversion rates were taken on February 17,
2014. Prices for U.S. destinations were taken between March 5 –18, 2014.

Room service: Room service prices specify the average cost of a club sandwich
or the closest substitute item.

Mini bar: Mini bar prices specify the average cost of one 500ml bottle of
water (if not available pro rata costs were calculated), one packet of peanuts
or the closest substitute item, one regular can of soda or closest substitute
and one mini bottle of vodka or closest substitute (pro rata costs were
calculated if mini vodka was not available).

Dry cleaning: Dry cleaning prices specify the average cost to dry clean one
shirt or the closest substitute (such as wash/iron shirt).

Hotel room rates: Room rates specify the average cost of one night's stay in 4
and 4.5 star hotels in each destination between June 1 – August 31, 2014.

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The 2014 TripAdvisor TripIndex Room Service reveals Denver, Colorado is the
most affordable U.S. city for room service. (A TripAdvisor traveler photo)



Helsinki, Finland is the most expensive international city for room service,
according to the 2014 TripAdvisor TripIndex Room Service. (A TripAdvisor
traveler photo)



The 2014 TripAdvisor TripIndex Room Service reveals Las Vegas, Nevada is the
priciest U.S. city for room service. (A TripAdvisor traveler photo)



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