08 April 2014 by Andrea Weiss

Pay 'peanuts' for room service in Cape Town

The good news is that when it comes to raiding the minibar, Cape Town offers some of the best value in the world according to a recent survey of top tourist destinations.

Cape Town's room-service rates are among most affordable in the world for a top tourist attraction. Image courtesy of Daniella Segura

One might ask why you'd want to stay indoors when views like this (below) are waiting for you on your visit to Cape Town. 

Table Mountain seen from the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town. All images South African Tourism

But there are times, especially when you're recovering from a long-haul flight, when you'll want to hunker down in your hotel room.

The good news is that if you're in Cape Town, you can rest assured that you won't be charged an arm and a leg for your in-room nibbles, according to  a survey that has just been released by online travel advisory site TripAdvisor.

The results of the second TripIndex Room Service Survey found that Cape Town is the second most affordable city out of 62 popular cities around the world, including 15 in the United States. Tunis in North Africa was rated the most affordable overall.

The survey looked at common items from the minibar such as bottled water, a mini bottle of vodka, a can of soda and peanuts in 10 top hotels in each city. It also compared items ordered off the room-service menu, such as a club sandwich, or dry cleaning for a single shirt. 

Cape Town's average cost for all the items in the survey came to $23, while $55 was the average for all the American cities and $45 for all the international cities. The Mother City, as Cape Town is affectionately known, was pipped to the post only by Tunis, where the average room service cost was $18.

While some might argue that these room-service rates aren't really 'peanuts', it just proves that everything is relative and that South Africa's favourable exchange rate makes this country a great destination.

And with views like these, we're sure you'd agree that there's really very little reason to stay indoors when you are visiting the Mother City.

Boulder's Beach, home to African penguins, is a must stop on a trip around the Cape Peninsula

Colourful houses of the Bo-Kaap, a historic district on the doorstep of Cape Town's CBD. All images South African Tourism

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