Geneva crowned world’s most expensive city because the humble Club Sandwich there costs $44

Ever had that feeling- a sandwich is expensive? I didn’t. Not unless we’re talking last month’s $100 grilled cheese with gold flakes. Because no matter how many ‘gourmet’ like adjectives you add to it, a sandwich is a chicken sandwich is a “could I get some bacon along with that?” chicken and egg sandwich. Salad on the side. Not in Geneva though, no. The Swiss city topped the latest Club Sandwich Index (CSI), which ranks affordability based on the price of the modest dish. Thus becoming, the world’s most expensive city. For the second year running!

For the last three years, Hotels.com has been using the classic hotel staple of a chicken, bacon, egg, lettuce and mayonnaise sandwich as a barometer for affordability. According to Alison Couper, representative of the brand, “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.” Fair enough. But what is a bit hard to stomach is that at one five-star hotel in Geneva, the price for a sarnie was a wallet-busting £25.82 ($44).

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In total, 840 hotels globally were canvassed across five, four and three star categories. And yes, even the Geneva average beat Paris’ $29.48. Helsinki came in third taking down Oslo, with $24.45. Although, they’re saying the prices have witnessed a drop from last year. “The majority of countries continued to display a decline in the price of a Club Sandwich, which is great news for travellers who will get more for their money abroad.” Yes, it is. Otherwise, at this rate (or on those holidays) we’re going to need a piggy bank marked ‘sandwich’.

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[Via – Telegraph]