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Is the hotel minibar going extinct?

Should We Say Goodbye To The Hotel Mini-Bar?

According to a recent survey by TripAdvisor.com, the hotel minibar was ranked the least important amenity for travelers in the U.S.

Only 21 percent of travelers ranked the minibar as an important amenity. What matters most to people? Free in-room wifi. Free Internet was ranked most important by 89 percent of people who were surveyed.

As KTLA hosts point out, the minibar can often be more trouble than it's worth. 'With four kids, what's the first thing I say when we walk in? 'See that? Don't touch it! Everything costs money,' one reported laughed.

Though the minibars seem wildly overpriced, the hotels aren't making much off of them.

'There is little financial reason to keep minibars,' Hugo Martin of the LA Times writes. 'Hotel consulting firms estimate that minibars generate no more than 0.24% of total hotel revenue, with much of that eaten up by the cost to check and restock the bars.'

Similarly, hotel staffers are tired of fighting with guests about whether or not they took anything from the bar.

Will you miss the minibar if it vanishes? Tell us in the comments below.

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Sekinu2 January 03 2014 at 12:39 PM

The mini bars way over priced items make it a no need even though if it was resonablly priced it would be used. It shouldnt be looked at as a money maker just a nice amenity for customers. Free wifi and free hotel parking are the most important things.

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usorryuask January 03 2014 at 1:11 PM

Remove the snacks, leave the fridge....

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Jezeski January 03 2014 at 1:11 PM

NO, it was always too expensive.

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fhalmonte January 03 2014 at 1:15 PM

I don't really care for it. All I need from that is bottled water.

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leilahome1 January 03 2014 at 1:17 PM

No I wouldnt miss it at all. We do not drink alcoholic beverages and would prefer spring water or sodas....those of which we generally bring on our own. Please do leave a fridge, microwave, coffee/teas. Those things matter the most to many, many travelers....my family included.

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ppm906 January 03 2014 at 1:21 PM

Get rid of the Minibar but keep the refrigerator

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Andrea ppm906 January 03 2014 at 1:36 PM

excellent suggestion

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Cherry Sells January 03 2014 at 1:24 PM

Hotels haven't figured out how to make a profit from mini-bars, and it's actually quite simple. Make the prices of the items in the mini-bars reflect a reasonable profit, not a gouging of the guests.

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Christopher January 03 2014 at 1:24 PM

Like most people that commented, I agree, get rid of those expensive snacks and keep the fridge and microwave. Most people can go to the nearest Wal-Mart and buy their own groceries and bring them in.

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prawn259 Christopher January 03 2014 at 2:25 PM

People shopping at Wal-Mart don't stay in hotels with mini bars.

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Joanell January 03 2014 at 1:24 PM

Not a bit!!! When we rent a room with a mini bar, we ask someone on the staff to come & witness how much there is so that we cannot be accused of drinking it.

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randallh0914 January 03 2014 at 1:31 PM

I always hang a sign on my minibar that says "out of order, do not open"

Does that answer your question?

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