The thought of spending £10 on a tiny beer, fizzy drink or packet of nuts from the hotel minibar might fill you with horror — but you’re not alone.
Rich Hall, an American comedian, hit the nail on the head when he said: ‘A hotel minibar allows you to see what a can of Pepsi will cost in 20 years’ time.’
Some guests have taken matters into their own hands.
Last year, hotels on the Costa Blanca banned minibars in rooms after one in three visitors to the Spanish coastline admitted refilling the dinky bottles with water and other liquids (including urine) to avoid paying for them. Apparently, strong tea is a dead ringer for whisky.
From Manchester to the Maldives, we’ve rustled up a guide to the very best hotel minibars
It was not always thus.
The very first minibar was installed in the Hong Kong Hilton in 1974, boosting in-room drink sales by 500 per cent.
Loved by bored businessmen and drunk rock stars, over-priced crisps and miniature spirits have been tempting us ever since then. Not so long ago, Britons were spending a staggering £526 million on minibar contents each year.
Former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher did his bit to boost minibar sales — although on one occasion it nearly finished him off.
The singer only discovered a life-threatening nut allergy after choking on a peanut-flavoured M&M in his room one night.
Gallagher said: ‘I’ve done some stuff over the years but never, never did I think a blue M&M would be the thing that could have killed me.’
These days most major hotel chains have called time on the humble minibar, fed up with guests’ dishonesty and restocking costs.
Yet some of the world’s chicest hotels have taken a different approach, turning the minibar into a selling point to showcase local, lavish or quirky products you won’t find anywhere else.
From Manchester to the Maldives, here’s our guide.
And not a Toblerone in sight…
The Gourmet One
All 54 bedrooms at Fauchon L’Hotel Paris boast a baby-pink armoire stuffed with complimentary delicacies worth £135
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