I’d previously thought that I’d found the world’s most expensive local beer in Singapore but my recent visit to Perth had me dumbstruck!
I was staying at the Four Points by Sheraton and decided to have a beer in the hotel bar on the Wednesday evening. Now this hotel is by no means 5 star but its comfortable and this is Perth!
So, down I trundle to the bar for a pint of local Pale Ale… and when I heard the price I thought I’d misheard and had to ask again… but no, I’d heard right the first time, $18, yes, that’s a one and an eight together. EIGHTEEN, $2 less than $20 for one pint of beer!
Now I know that all hotels put a humungous markup on everything they sell, but this would have been an $8 pint anywhere else in Australia and I can’t work out how they could justify an extra $10 on top.
Only saving grace is that they do specials on some nights like a pint of beer and a pie for $12, and Starwood Preferred Guests get a half price drink but that’s not enough to justify the price gouging if you don’t get those specials.
This is one of the reasons I’ll be looking to stay in another hotel next time.