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Room service is most expensive in Moscow

Published 20/03/2013 | 11:30

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Hotel extras, such as food, drinks and dry cleaning, cost more in Moscow than in any other major city, new research has shown.

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The survey, carried out by the website TripAdvisor, compared the total cost of several items – a club sandwich, peanuts, water and a cocktail ordered on room service, and the dry cleaning of a single shirt – in four-star hotels around the world.

In Moscow, a city already renowned for lacking good-value accommodation, the total bill was £53.05, making it the priciest destination to feature in the study.

Paris, where the five items were found to cost £44.17, on average, was the second most expensive city, followed by Stockholm (£43.97), Oslo (£43.15) and Zurich (£42.90). A club sandwich in the Swiss city was shown to cost the most, on average – £18.67.

London, where the total bill came to £34.36, was the 11th costliest destination.

Cape Town’s hotels were found to offer the best value for travellers, followed by Sharm el Sheikh, Mumbai, Istanbul and Puerto Vallarta in Mexico.

A recent study into the average cost of hotel rooms during 2012, carried out by the website Hotels.com, found that Monte Carlo was the world’s costliest destination, with a double room priced at £200 per night on average. It was followed by Muscat (£188), New York (£179), Rio de Janeiro (£177) and Moscow (£160).

Room rates in London were priced at £110 per night, on average, last year.

The cheapest accommodation was to be found in southeast Asia, with Phnom Penh (£40), Pattaya (£48), Hanoi (£49), Siem Reap (£51) and Chiang Mai (£53) all providing excellent value.

The biggest price rises were seen in Sharm El Sheikh, where average rates rose 34 per cent to £92 per night, a trend that can be attributed to its recovery from the fall in visitors that followed the Arab Spring in 2011. Rates also rose sharply in Perth, Australia, thanks to a recent mining boom.

Significant falls in hotel rates were seen in Bogota (-17% to £92), Athens (-10% to £81) and Alicante (-10% to £71).

Most expensive        Cheapest

Moscow
£53.05
Cape Town
£12.61
Paris
£44.17
Sharm El Sheikh
£15.27
Stockholm
£43.97
Mumbai
£16.27
Oslo
£43.15
Istanbul
£17.51
Zurich
£42.90
Puerto Vallarta
£18.07
Helsinki
£41.08
Budapest
£18.25
Tokyo
£38.07
Sofia
£18.40
Singapore
£37.52
Jakarta
£18.44
New York
£36.17
Marrakech
£19.03
Brussels
£34.56
Taipei
£19.41

 

Oliver Smith Telegraph.co.uk

 

 

 

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