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jul 30 2010

Minibar madness: A snack would be nice, but a 300 percent markup?

(Courtesy Mint.com)

Just how much extra do you pay for the convenience of drinks and snacks in a hotel minibar?

A neat new infographic from Mint.com shows you how much, using the minibar prices in rooms at The Standard NYC compared to what someone would pay for the same items in a grocery store near the hotel. In many cases, hotel guests pay three times more for the minibar goods. See the screen grab (shown in this post). The supermarket prices are in white and the hotel minibar prices are in red.

Goes without saying: You'll save quite a bit by keeping your hands off the minibar and taking a stroll to the grocery store. It's a good idea to get out of the hotel from time to time too.

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Note:This story was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.


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