The Lalit, Mumbai.
A friend of mine from Australia is currently visiting Mumbai and she got a great last minute deal from Agoda.com staying at The Lalit near Mumbai international airport ($80 per night including breakfast, not bad at all!). Yesterday, she invited me over for a swim and while we were in her room, she happened to take a look at the mini bar.
"Guess how much this miniature bottle of Absolute vodka costs?' she asked me, as she held it up. "I don't know. Maybe around 600 rupees." In fact, I wasn't even close. The price was 1,330 rupees (approximately $25)! Both our jaws dropped.
The food offerings on the room service menu were just as expensive -- 850 rupees ($16) for a burger. Tax was extra. Without a doubt it was amongst the costliest room service we'd ever come across in India. It's not like The Lalit is a super luxury hotel either. It's actually quite dated. Of course, being a Mumbai airport hotel, there aren't many options for eating elsewhere (apart from at other luxury hotels in the area). And, I guess, that's the catch.
Which luxury hotels have you found to have the most expensive food and drinks in India? Do you think the prices are justifiable?
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