Hungry in your Oslo hotel? You might want to avoid room service. Hotels in the Norwegian capital host some of the world's most costly grub, according to the third annual "Club Sandwich Index" released on Monday.
The index, based on research by Hotels.com, was calculated from prices for a Club Sandwich at 30 different hotels within each of the 28 cities examined. Prices from three, four, and five-star hotels were included.
While spending that much time and energy researching the price of a sandwich may seem more trivial than enlightening, the CSI (Club Sandwich Index, that is) revealed a fair amount about currency fluctuations and value as well.
"The Club Sandwich Index offers travellers a simple price comparison to show how far their money may stretch in each country, using the most common item on any hotel menu," stated Hotels.com communications director Alison Couper.
Oslo ranked third last year, but has now sunk behind Stockholm and Helsinki after the price of a sandwich dropped by 65c.
The news will come as a sigh of relief to Norwegians weary of their country regularly topping the rival Big Mac index, which compares the price of the McDonalds staple across the world. Norway this year toppled Switzerland as the most expensive place in the world to chomp on the burger in The Economist magazine survey.
The club sandwich is a flavoursome fortification of turkey, bacon, lettuce, tomato, and mayonnaise snuggled between two or three slices of toast.
Rumour has it the sandwich, which made its debut on restaurant menus over a century ago, has its origins in New York. Today the city charges about $18 for the creation.
Switzerland's Geneva took the cake for the world's most expensive club sandwich, costing nearly $33, with Paris and Helsinki next in line.
If you're looking for the most bang for your buck, the cheapest clubs can be found in New Delhi and Mexico City.
"The next time you're tucking into a Club in Geneva," Couper remarked, "remember you could have three more for your money in New Delhi."
A similar study by TripAdvisor in March compared room service prices in 48 countries. The results concurred largely with those of Hotels.com, ranking Stockholm fifth and Zurich fourth. The most expensive club sandwiches in the world, they noted, were in Helsinki.