London (ots/PRNewswire) - The world's most romantic city, Paris, has been named the most expensive city in the world for a Club Sandwich, according to research released today by Hotels.com. The classic chicken, bacon, egg, lettuce and mayo sandwich, available in hotels the world over, has been used as a measure of affordability by the hotel expert. The Club Sandwich Index (CSI) will give holiday-makers an indication of the costs associated with their holiday destination, using one of the most common items on any hotel menu around the world as a barometer.
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The CSI average price has been calculated by taking the real prices paid by guests for a Club Sandwich in 30 hotels in the capital city of each country measured. In total Hotels.com surveyed the Club Sandwich prices in more than 750 hotels in the five, four and three star category across 26 countries.
In the French capital, the CSI showed prices ranged from an extraordinary GBP33.44 ($54.10) for a 'Club' in a five-star hotel to a more reasonable GBP13.72 ($22.20) in a two star establishment, with the Paris average cost of a Club coming in at GBP20.43 ($33.10). The second most expensive city was found to be the Swiss city Geneva, where the sandwich costs an average of GBP20.10 ($32.56), followed by GBP18.83 ($30.50) for a Club in Oslo. The cheapest city of those surveyed was New Delhi with a cost of just GBP5.91 ($9.57).
Alison Couper from Hotels.com said; "When planning a trip away, many holidaymakers don't always factor the everyday costs of items including food and drink into their decision making process. By providing people with a Club Sandwich Index it is the perfect way for holidaymakers to assess a destination's real cost! Paris may well be the gastronomic capital of the world but at an average GBP20.43 ($33.10) per Club, travellers may be better off sticking to a Croque-Monsieur..."
The Hotels.com Club Sandwich Index:
Country / City Average Club Sandwich Price (GBP) ($)
France - Paris GBP20.43 $33.10
Switzerland - Geneva GBP20.10 $32.56
Norway - Oslo GBP18.83 $30.50
Japan - Tokyo GBP17.07 $27.65
Italy - Rome GBP14.95 $24.22
Finland - Helsinki GBP13.99 $22.66
Sweden - Stockholm GBP13.67 $22.14
Australia - Canberra GBP12.20 $19.76
Denmark - Copenhagen GBP11.65 $18.87
UK - London GBP11.55 $18.71
Hong Kong GBP11.33 $18.35
South Korea - Seoul GBP11.15 $18.06
Germany - Berlin GBP10.97 $17.77
Brazil - Brasília GBP10.97 $17.77
USA - New York GBP10.45 $16.93
Holland - Amsterdam GBP10.27 $16.64
Russia - Moscow GBP10.11 $16.38
Spain - Madrid GBP10.00 $16.20
Canada - Toronto GBP9.91 $16.05
Ireland - Dublin GBP9.61 $15.57
Singapore GBP9.13 $14.79
China - Beijing GBP8.94 $14.48
Colombia - Bogota GBP8.70 $14.09
Argentina - Buenos Aires GBP6.61 $10.71
Mexico - Mexico City GBP6.29 $10.19
India - New Delhi GBP5.91 $9.57
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The Club Sandwich Index 'average Club Sandwich price' has been worked out as the average price of 30 Club Sandwiches as sold in 30 hotels in the Capital City of each country measured. The prices were taken from 10 five-star, 10 four-star, and 10 three-star hotels from each city. In total 750 prices of a Club Sandwich were measured across more than 750 hotels in 26 countries. Local currency was converted to GBP, exchange rate correct as of 25th April 2012.
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