Delhi becomes costlier, moves up 4 spots in affordabilty index

According to the Hotels.com Club Sandwich Index, Delhi ranked 20th in terms of affordability of hotel dining, as against 24th rank in 2014


The ranking of a city on the CSI is calulated on the basis of average price of four items - burger meal, cup of coffee, glass of house red wine and a club sandwich. Photo: Ramesh Pathania/Mint
The ranking of a city on the CSI is calulated on the basis of average price of four items - burger meal, cup of coffee, glass of house red wine and a club sandwich. Photo: Ramesh Pathania/Mint

Mumbai: The capital of India has become costlier for hotel dining with its rank moving four spots up in a global index which measures affordability. According to the Hotels.com Club Sandwich Index (CSI), Delhi ranked 20th in terms of affordability of hotel dining, as against 24th rank in 2014.

The ranking of a city on the CSI is calculated on the basis of average price of four items—burger meal, cup of coffee, glass of house red wine and a club sandwich. The average price of such an experience in Delhi costs Rs.2,702.2, it added. During the last two years, the capital was the cheapest destination for a club sandwich globally, the title which it lost to Mexico City this year, according to the index.

“The findings of CSI 2.0, coupled with the wide range of hotel options available on our website allow travellers to easily locate a hotel that suits their budget – while some may indulge in a burger meal at a hotel in Geneva, other guests may opt to kick back with a glass of house red wine at around three times the price in New Delhi,” Hotels.com senior marketing manager, India, Amit Agarwal said.

Based on findings by Hotels.com, Geneva has topped as the as the most expensive destination to enjoy a full-day hotel dining experience. The average prices are calculated from real prices (including taxes and fees) paid by guests for all four items in 30 hotels, in the capital or an important tourist city of the 28 countries surveyed, across 5, 4 and 3 star hotel categories.

This year, the report by Hotels.com—the CSI 2.0—added three more hotel dining items apart from the club sandwich to make the index a more comprehensive indicator for guests to understand the costs associated with a full day of hotel dining in hotels worldwide. Meanwhile, hungry travellers can get the most bang for their buck in Bogota, which clocked an average dining cost of Rs.1,909.9, and bagged the 28th spot.

Interestingly, the report found that patrons of a 5-star hotel in Paris found it more expensive to indulge in a glass of house red wine (Rs.813.63) than club sandwiches in 19 other cities, including New Delhi, New York City, Dublin, Sydney and Berlin.

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