Helsinki leaps up in price, Copenhagen drops down
Geneva has kept the top spot as the most expensive city in the world to order a club sandwich, at an average of $32.60, according to research released this week by Hotels.com.
Using the classic hotel staple of a chicken, bacon, egg, lettuce and mayonnaise sandwich as a barometer of affordability, the Club Sandwich Index is designed to give travellers an indication of costs associated with the world’s travel destinations.
Now in its third year, the index also reflects the effects of currency fluctuations between cities. The average price is calculated from real prices paid by guests for a club sandwich in 30 hotels in either the capital or an important tourist city in 28 countries surveyed, across five, four and three-star categories. In total, 840 hotels were canvassed globally.
Oslo was knocked out of the top three this year following an increase in the Finnish capital. Copenhagen dropped five places to 10th.
Gastronomic hub Paris held on to the number two spot. New Delhi remains the cheapest destination for a club sandwich, with other holiday favourites within the $10 threshold including Mexico City and Buenos Aires. Sydney experienced the greatest decrease in its price, falling from $20.53 in 2013 to $16.93 in 2014.
The Hotels.com Club Sandwich Index, top 10 (last year’s position in brackets)
Geneva $32.60 (1)
Paris $29.36 (2)
Helsinki $24.35 (11)
Stockholm $24.05 (4)
Oslo $23.80 (3)
London $22.66 (8)
Tokyo $22.11 (7)
Hong Kong $21.26 (10)
Rome $21.24 (6)
Copenhagen $20.95 (5)
[pictured: Club sandwich, by Jessica Spengler / Creative Commons]