QuickCheck: Are room service menu prices the same as those in the hotel's restaurant?


AFTER a long flight you might be feeling peckish but too tired to go down to the restaurant, and the thought might come to you give room service a call.

Is it true that the dishes on the menu cost the same as at the hotel's restaurants?

Verdict:
FALSE

Well, you might want to think twice because room service can be an expensive affair.

The truth is room service menu prices are not the same as those in the hotel's restaurants. In fact, room service is more expensive.

According to data-driven content platform Priceonomics, the price difference essentially boils down to the separate additional fees included on the bill.

These include service charge, delivery fee and taxes on top of your food price.

"Typically, a 15% service fee and an “in-room dining” charge ranging from US$5 to US$12 (RM21.08 to RM50.60) will be added automatically to the bill. Add in tax, you’re suddenly looking at a US$25+ (RM105.41+) sandwich," said Priceonomics.

Convenience also played a role in room service pricing, says SuitePad marketing manager Gregor Hertz.

"Room service is the epitome of hotel luxury. The novelty of being able to dine in your own room, lounging around to your heart's content while being waited upon by hotel staff appeals to many people, and they're willing to pay for it," Hertz wrote in an opinion piece.

He added that the "opportunity to live like a movie star" really appeals to people.

So unless you're making a movie star's salary, you might want to think twice about calling for room service.

References:

1. https://priceonomics.com/why-is-hotel-room-service-so-expensive/

2. https://www.hospitalitynet.org/opinion/4099515.html

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