Sofia cheapest place to stay

April 2, 2015 by  
Filed under News, Southeast Asia

SINGAPORE, 2 April 2015: Four Southeast Asian cities figured in the top rankings for best value according to the latest cost comparison report released Wednesday by TripAdvisor.

However the top spot went to Sofia, Bulgaria, for best overall value when common incidental costs were combined with a stay in a hotel.

The results are taken from the third annual TripAdvisor TripIndex Room Service report, which compares the cost of hotel room service items in 48 popular destinations around the world.

The study takes into account the cost of a one-night stay in a four-star hotel, a club sandwich ordered through room service, the dry cleaning of one shirt as well as refreshments from the mini bar.

inside no 7In Sofia, the combined cost of a night in a hotel, based on availability on TripAdvisor, along with room service comes to an average of THB3,171.22. This was more than four times cheaper than at the costliest destination, New York, where the average hotel price on TripAdvisor, plus room service amenities, totals THB13,752.63.

The 2015 TripIndex Room Service report placed Bangkok in 12th place in the best value destinations league table, with Sofia, Kiev and Jakarta taking the top three spots.

In Bangkok, on average a club sandwich will set travellers back THB414.82, a bottle of water is THB142.38, a mini bottle of vodka costs THB677.55, a can of cola is THB98.55, a packet of peanuts is THB117.51 and it will cost THB188.34 to dry clean a shirt. Taking into consideration the cost of a night’s stay in Bangkok which costs an average of THB2,914.65, the total cost for the Thai capital city amounts to THB4,553.81.

“Hotel prices can vary a great deal across destinations – even when comparing like for like amenities – so it pays to shop around to find the best deal. Hotel room rates, for example, can vary between travel agents, so using the price comparison tool on TripAdvisor can be a great way to find and book a good deal,” commented TripAdvisor spokesperson, Jean Ow-Yeong.

Southeast Asia boasts four of the world’s best value destinations with Jakarta (TH3,571.59); Kuala Lumpur (TH3,959.17), Hanoi (THB4,145.38) and Bangkok (THB4,553.81) placed 3rd, 6th, 8th and 12th respectively.

Eastern Europe also boasts six of the world’s 10 best value destinations (Sofia, Kiev, Warsaw, Budapest, Prague and Moscow), yet Europe is also home to six of the world’s 10 most expensive, with Scandinavian cities in particular dominating.

TripIndex Room Service at a glance (costs in THB)

From the least expensive to the most expensive (green and orange indicate least and most expensive destinations for each item respectively): inside-no-7.1

For those planning to take a trip to any of the top five best value or most expensive destinations here are some of the best rated hotels that are available to book on TripAdvisor during the upcoming peak travel season (1 June to 31 August 2015).

TripIndex Room Service 2015 best value destinations:

  1. Sofia – Average nightly rate on TripAdvisor for hotels in Sofia : THB2,418.10

Highly rated hotel currently available to book on TripAdvisor:

Suite Hotel Sofia, 4.5 bubble rating – bookable on TripAdvisor for THB2,177.64 per night.

  1. Kiev – Average nightly rate on TripAdvisor for hotels in Kiev: THB2,994.02

Highly rated hotel currently available to book on TripAdvisor:

Oselya Kiev, 4.5 bubble rating – bookable on TripAdvisor for THB3,019.84 per night.

  1. Jakarta – Average nightly rate on TripAdvisor for hotels in Jakarta: THB2,798.57

Highly rated hotel currently available to book on TripAdvisor:

Kosenda Hotel, 4.5 bubble rating – bookable on TripAdvisor for THB2,486.33 per night.

  1. Warsaw – Average nightly rate on TripAdvisor for hotels in Warsaw: THB2,625.87

Highly rated hotel currently available to book on TripAdvisor:

Regent Warsaw Hotel, 4.5 bubble rating – bookable on TripAdvisor for THB3,263.85 per night.

  1. Sharm el Sheikh – Average nightly rate on TripAdvisor for hotels in Sharm el Sheikh: THB3,246.56

Highly rated hotel currently available to book on TripAdvisor:

Domina Coral Bay Prestige Hotel, 4.5 bubble rating – bookable on TripAdvisor for THB3,797.84 per night.

TripIndex Room Service 2015 most expensive destinations:

  1. New York – Average nightly rate on TripAdvisor for hotels in New York: THB11,612.90

Highly rated hotel currently available to book on TripAdvisor:

Casablanca Hotel Times Square, 5 bubble rating – bookable on TripAdvisor for THB12,289.02 per night.

  1. Zurich – Average nightly rate on TripAdvisor for hotels in Zurich: THB9,083.92

Highly rated hotel currently available to book on TripAdvisor:

Hotel Europe, 4.5 bubble rating – bookable on TripAdvisor for THB10,055.71 per night.

  1. London – Average nightly rate on TripAdvisor for hotels in London: THB9,166.84

Highly rated hotel currently available to book on TripAdvisor:

Artist Residence London, 5 bubble rating – bookable on TripAdvisor for THB11,259.43 per night.

  1. Toronto – Average nightly rate on TripAdvisor for hotels in Toronto: THB7,811.98

Highly rated hotel currently available to book on TripAdvisor:

Drake Hotel Toronto, 4.5 bubble rating – bookable on TripAdvisor for THB7,304.05 per night.

  1. Paris – Average nightly rate on TripAdvisor for hotels in Paris: THB8,155.25

Highly rated hotel currently available to book on TripAdvisor:

Le 123 Sebastopol – Astotel, 5 bubble rating – bookable on TripAdvisor for THB9,211.62 per night.

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