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The Club Sandwich Index (CSI) Examines the Cost of a Club Sandwich in the 10 Most Popular U.S. Cities and 25 Global Cities

May, 2012 – Paris, often thought of as the world’s most romantic city, has just been deemed the most expensive city in the world to order a club sandwich by But if $33 seems like too much to shell out for lunch, stick to the 10 most popular United States destinations – according to the 2011 Hotel Price Index (HPI®) – where the most expensive club sandwich can be found in New York City, for an average price of nearly $17.

Why choose the club sandwich? The classic chicken, bacon, egg, lettuce and mayo sandwich, a standard lunch available in hotels worldwide, was used as a universal measure of affordability in the Club Sandwich Index (CSI). The CSI average price has been calculated by taking the real prices paid by guests for a club sandwich within 1,000 five, four and three-star hotels located in popular travel destinations across 26 countries, with 10 U.S. cities measured.

Average Club Sandwich Price for Top U.S. Domestic Destinations for U.S. Citizens
(ranked from most expensive to least expensive, and rounded to the nearest dollar)




Club Sandwich Average Price


New York City
San Francisco
Las Vegas
New Orleans
Los Angeles
San Diego

New York


This standard lunch fare is known for its popularity among hotel restaurants worldwide where it has been a staple since the 1800s. Although the exact origin of the club sandwich has not been proven, popular myths point it to an exclusive – wait for it – gambling club – in Saratoga Springs, New York, where it became popular before spreading to the rest of the world.

See: Club Sandwich Recipe & Video

“The CSI is a quirky way for travelers to estimate the cost of living in the destinations they are visiting for their vacations,” said Taylor L. Cole, director public relations and social media, North America at “ customers already know how to snag great hotel deals. The CSI is a fun metric which provides an average cost travelers can use to estimate lunch budgets for daily expenses away from home.”


*Club sandwiches were very hard to find on New Orleans hotel restaurant menus, this price represents the average price of a Po’Boy.
** HPI: Hotel Price Index

Within the U.S., it is no surprise that New York City is home to the most expensive club sandwich prices due to the city’s reputation for an expensive cost of living. Although affordable lunch can be found in San Diego, visitors can assume while traveling in the U.S. lunch will set them back around an average of $12 – $14. An interesting regional difference travelers should note is that many restaurants in New Orleans do not serve club sandwiches, but rather the Big Easy favorite, Po’ Boy, which can consist of a variety of seafood or meats and condiments served on French bread.

In London, the top overseas destination for Americans according to the HPI, a club costs an average of $19, making the city ninth on the CSI. The least expensive cities for a club sandwich from all 30 global cities surveyed are New Delhi, India and Mexico City, Mexico, with the average price coming in at just $10.

Club Sandwich Index (CSI) of Top Cities Around the World
(ranked from most expensive to least expensive and rounded to the nearest dollar)

Country & City

Club Sandwich Average Price

Country & City

Club Sandwich Average Price

France – Paris
Switzerland – Geneva
Norway – Oslo
Japan – Tokyo
Italy – Rome
Finland – Helsinki
Sweden – Stockholm
Australia – Canberra
Denmark – Copenhagen
UK – London
Hong Kong
South Korea – Seoul
Germany – Berlin


 Brazil – Brasília
 USA – New York City
 Holland – Amsterdam
 Russia – Moscow
 Spain – Madrid
 Canada – Toronto
 Ireland – Dublin
 Malaysia – Singapore
 China – Beijing
 Colombia – Bogota
 Argentina – Buenos Aires
 Mexico – Mexico City
 India – New Delhi



Editors Notes:
The Club Sandwich Index ‘average Club Sandwich price’ is the average price of 30 Club Sandwiches as sold in 30 hotels in the city of each country measured. The prices were taken from 10 Five Star, 10 Four Star, and 10 Three Star hotels from each city. In total, 1,000 prices of a club sandwich were measured across 1,000 hotels, in 26 countries. European prices were converted to $USD, exchange rate correct as of April 25, 2012.

To book, visit, call 1-800-2-hotels, use our mobile apps, or book with a friend through our Facebook app Hotels WithMe. is a leading online accommodation booking website with over 150,000 properties around the world, ranging from international chains and all-inclusive resorts to local favorites and bed & breakfasts, together with all the information needed to book the perfect stay. benefits from one of the largest hotel contracting teams in the industry, negotiating the best rates for its customers, and offers frequent sales, special deals and promotions. There are more than 6.5 million Guest Reviews on the site from users who have actually stayed in the hotels to ensure customers can make an informed choice when booking. Through its industry-leading loyalty program Welcome Rewards, customers can earn a free night for every 10 nights stayed at more than 65,000 hotels. Under its Price Match Guarantee, if a customer can find the same deal for less on a prepaid hotel, will refund the difference. publishes an award-winning twice-yearly review of international hotel room price trends called the Hotel Price Index™, which is now produced in 31 individual country editions. is part of Expedia Inc., the largest online travel company in the world with an extensive portfolio that includes some of the world's best-known brands.


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