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Paris named most expensive city for a Club Sandwich, according to the Hotels.com Club Sandwich Index (CSI)

The world’s most romantic city, Paris, has been named the most expensive city in the world to order a Club Sandwich, according to research released today by Hotels.com. The classic chicken, bacon, egg, lettuce and mayo sandwich, available in hotels the world over, has been used as a measure of affordability by the hotel expert. The Club Sandwich Index (CSI) will give holiday-makers an indication of the costs associated with their holiday destination, using one of the most common items on any hotel menu around the world as a barometer. 

The CSI average price has been calculated by taking the real prices paid by guests for a Club Sandwich in 30 hotels in the capital and major city of each country measured. In total Hotels.com surveyed the Club Sandwich prices in 750 hotels in the five, four and three star category across 26 countries. In the French capital, the CSI showed prices ranged from an extraordinary £33.44 for a ‘Club’ in a five-star hotel to a more reasonable £13.72 in a two star establishment, with the Paris average cost of a Club coming in at £20.43. The second most expensive city was found to be the Swiss city Geneva, where the sandwich costs an average of £20.10, followed closely by £18.83 for a Club in Oslo.  The UK took tenth position with an average Club coming in at just under twelve pounds (£11.55) and the cheapest sandwich available for just £6.50. In Spain, a favourite with British holidaymakers, a Club cost an average of £10 exactly, whilst in India, New Delhi (the cheapest city of those surveyed) one would set you back just £5.91 on average.  Alison Couper from Hotels.com said; “When planning a trip away, many holidaymakers don’t always factor the everyday costs of items including food and drink into their decision making process. By providing people with a Club Sandwich Index it is the perfect way for holidaymakers to assess a destination’s real cost! Paris may well be the gastronomic capital of the world but at an average £20.43 per Club, travellers may be better off sticking to a Croque-Monsieur…” The Hotels.com Club Sandwich Index (CSI):
Country / City Average Club Sandwich Price (£)
France – Paris £20.43
Switzerland – Geneva £20.10
Norway – Oslo £18.83
Japan – Tokyo £17.07
Italy – Rome £14.95
Finland – Helsinki £13.99
Sweden – Stockholm £13.67
Australia – Canberra £12.20
Denmark – Copenhagen £11.65
UK – London £11.55
Hong Kong £11.33
South Korea – Seoul £11.15
Germany – Berlin £10.97
Brazil – Brasília £10.97
USA – New York £10.45
Holland – Amsterdam £10.27
Russia – Moscow £10.11
Spain – Madrid £10.00
Canada – Toronto £9.91
Ireland – Dublin £9.61
Singapore £9.13
China – Beijing £8.94
Colombia – Bogota £8.70
Argentina – Buenos Aires £6.61
Mexico – Mexico City £6.29
India – New Delhi £5.91
                            Use this link to view chef, restaurateur and TV host John Torode demonstrating how to make the perfect Club Sandwich – http://youtu.be/S45AYGYIDL4  Editors Notes:  The Club Sandwich Index ‘average Club Sandwich price’ has been worked out as the average price of 30 Club Sandwiches as sold in 30 hotels in the Capital City of each country measured. The prices were taken from 10 Five Star, 10 Four Star, and 10 Three Star hotels from each city. In total 750 prices of a Club Sandwich were measured across 750 hotels, in 26 countries. Local currency was converted to GBP, exchange rate correct as of 25th April 2012.