The world’s first minibar was reportedly put in all the rooms at the Hilton in Hong Kong back in 1974, which skyrocketed drink sales by 500%.
Over the years though, the number of guests willing to overpay for a soda or chocolate bar has steadily dwindled. A study earlier this year by Go Airport Express and The Go Group showed that 70 percent of travelers say they never use the hotel minibar. Never.
Less than 4% of those surveyed said they always get something from the minibar.
I can’t stand weighted minibars, those with sensors that charge automatically if something is removed or even jostled hard enough. I simply leave those minibars alone.
One of the perks of being Platinum (or even just a Preferred Guest) with Starwood gets me free bottled water in the room. I can’t always stay at a Starwood property though, and if I’m in staying somewhere else and get thirsty I’ll take a bottle of water from the minibar as a last resort, such as when I’ve arrived late and am too tired to go anywhere else.
If I arrive at a decent hour I’ll push any items in the minibar to the side and add in my own bottled waters bought at a nearby convenience store. If there isn’t a separate empty fridge I’ll tuck food in amongst the minibar items to keep it cold as well.
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