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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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