My wife and I had a good laugh over it last night, so I figured I’d share it with you.
We are in the Frankfurt area for a couple days in a little hotel we like north of the city center. It is a budget hotel called Relexa without a loyalty program, but I like for several reasons. First, it is convenient to the friends we are visiting. Two, it is cheap — about 70EUR/night. Three, the internet is fast. Four, the free breakfast is nice (even includes fresh-squeezed orange juice). Five, it has a nice sauna. Six, it offer complimentary cribs.
Last night we arrived late and opted to have a quick dinner downstairs. Prices are not exactly cheap, but 21€ for a 200g ribeye is certainly acceptable. Heidi had a salad for 10€. Water prices were not listed on the menu, but as is customary we ordered a bottle of sparkling water. The waiter brought over a 0.75 liter bottle of San Pellegrino.
If you are not familiar with traveling in Continental Europe, particularly Germany, expect to pay for water wherever you are. Ask for a glass of Leitungswasser (tap water) and you’ll usually be met with an incredulous stare and empathic Nein! Ironically, the tap water in Germany is delicious: pure and rich in minerals.
The meal was nice. I didn’t intend to write about it so I didn’t take any pictures, but the food was beautifully presented and tasted great. Then came the bill.
8€ for a (relatively small) bottle of water?!
I have been to some beautiful restaurants and never paid that much for water. Even at the Park Hyatt Maldives, a bottle of San Pellegrino was not that much!
Just a small rant. We didn’t let it spoil it the evening, but really…talk about markup.
Have much have you paid for a bottle of water?