Cape Town was found to have the second lowest room service prices across 62 popular cities around the world according to the TripIndex Room Service 2014 survey.
The survey compared the cost of common hotel amenities such as dry cleaning, a club sandwich and a bottle of water. These costs were collected from Tripadvisor’s Top Ten four-star hotels in each city.
Only Tunis came out ahead of Cape Town, demonstrating that the best international room service bargains are in Africa. Three of the continent’s destinations are featured on the list of TripIndex Best Value International Cities: Tunis, Cape Town and Marrakech; beating the likes of Paris, New York City and many other popular European and American destinations. The survey found a bottle of water in Cape Town to be US$2.37 but US$6.44 in Helsinki, Finland and US$6.67 in Las Vegas, USA – the world’s most expensive International and American destinations for room service respectively.
Two of the Lonely Planet’s top three Best-Value Hotels in the World were listed in South Africa; with Cape Town’s The Backpack in top spot.
CEO of Cape Town Tourism, Enver Duminy, remarked: “It is important to be consistent with our pricing and to sustain the perception of offering value-for-money products and services to locals and travelers alike, even when our own currency favors the pockets of many of our visitors. These recent ‘best value’ accolades substantiate our message that Cape Town is affordable for travelers both in terms of accommodation and in many of the added extras.”
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