World's top value hotel stays

World's top value hotel stays

This year's index on where you will go 'cheap, cheap' when you stay in a hotel or when you will faint at the high-cost.

Kuala Lumpur has fallen outside the Top 10 most affordable destinations for room service items, coming in 15th. But here's the good news for travellers both local and foreign: KL is fifth best value destination for combined costs of room service and hotel room rate.

This is according to results from the second annual TripAdvisor TripIndex Room Service report, which compares the cost of room service items in 48 popular destinations around the world. The study takes into account the cost of a club sandwich ordered through room service, the dry cleaning of one shirt and from the mini bar: a bottle of water, peanuts, a mini bottle of vodka and a can of cola.

In KL, a club sandwich is RM35.01 (S$13.47), a bottle of water is RM11.21, a can of Coke is RM10.18, a mini bottle of vodka is RM18.93, a packet of peanuts is RM9.54, and to dry clean a shirt is RM18.40. Altogether, the basket of items costs RM103.27.

So KL is a more affordable option than cities such as Budapest, Cape Town and Beijing. The average cost of one night's stay in KL is RM334.58, making it a total cost of RM437.85 for the hotel room and room service items.

Tunis offers the best value for Malaysian travellers this year when it comes to the common incidental costs while staying in a hotel.

The combined cost of these room service items will set you back RM60.65 in Tunis - almost five times less than at the costliest destination, Helsinki, where the price totals RM293.07. South Africa's Cape Town follows closely as the second best value destination for room service at RM75.66, while Oslo, is revealed as the second most expensive at RM288.59.

This year's results show that if you're heading to northern Europe, you're likely to pay a lot more as four Scandinavian cities make it into the world's top ten most expensive destinations.

Europe as a whole dominates the most expensive list laying claim to six of the top 10. Helsinki in Finland and Oslo in Norway take first and second place respectively, while Zurich, Stockholm and Paris are placed fourth, fifth and sixth. Seoul is the only non-European city to be ranked within the top five most expensive destinations. Malaysian travellers looking to bag a bargain should head to Africa where three of the continent's destinations feature in the top five places offering the best value - Tunis in Tunisia, Cape Town in South Africa and Marrakech in Morocco. In Asia, the least expensive city destination for room service is Jakarta, where a full set of basket items (RM91.74) will cost almost a third of the price of the equivalent items' cost in Helsinki (RM293.07).

While Tunis is No. 1 for best value room service, when you consider the combined costs, at RM615.64, the North African destination drops down to 18th place in the league table. With a total combined cost of RM390.92, Jakarta replaces Tunis as No. 1 destination for value overall.

In the most expensive list, it seems that pricey room service and pricey hotel room rates go hand-in-hand as eight of the costliest destinations remain in the top 10. This time, however, New York City replaces Helsinki as the most expensive with a total cost of RM1,421.90 compared with Helsinki's RM953.53, taking it down to eighth place in the league table.

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