Hotel bills to give you indigestion

Hotel bills to give you indigestion
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Hotel Bills To Give You Indigestion. After the continuing hike in vegetable and commodity prices severely impacting the budgets of average households, not to speak of LPG cylinder hike announced on Wednesday, now comes the next shock: rise in price of hotel food items.

Popular eateries hike price of tiffins, claim it was overdue for a long time

After the continuing hike in vegetable and commodity prices severely impacting the budgets of average households, not to speak of LPG cylinder hike announced on Wednesday, now comes the next shock: rise in price of hotel food items. Popular eateries in the city have either already started hiking their rates or propose to do so, after holding the priceline for more than two months now.

Other than hotels like Central Court which have an annual price hike schedule, due to rising input costs and municipal taxes, big hotel chains are not shying away from mid-year price increases too. The Kamat Group Hotel rates have already spiralled upwards, with a hike between Rs 5 and Rs 10 per tiffin item, excluding that of their popular serving -- thali food or meals.

The customers obviously exhibited mixed reaction to this development. Abhishek, a regular at one of the popular darshini hotels near his home in Malkajgiri echoes the hotel industry viewpoint. “Everything is costly these days. So how can the price of poor idli be cheap,” he queries.

At best, as his friend says, they would have to frequent the street food vendors even more to keep their budgets in check. A fact, given the increasing number of pushcarts seen everywhere in the city, doing brisk business despite questions raised about hygiene and quality of raw material used.

GV Krishnaiah, president, AP Hotels Association, agrees that a hike is overdue and justifies the upward climb of prices saying that, “Even today, there are food items available from Rs 5 to Rs 50.”

Sham Rao, manager, Taj Mahal Hotel, Narayanguda, says, “Overheads and service tax have already increased. The proposed increase is likely to be in the range of seven to 10 per cent, which translates to Rs 2 and Rs 5 rupees per item.”

For the hotel food lovers, it is surely a Hobson’s choice as Hyderabad is known to be a city where people love to eat food outside their homes very frequently. Already, many reputed restaurants have put up display boards announcing the impending hike. It is an open secret, however, that whatever happens, the fun-loving crowd will continue to throng the popular restaurants for their favourite dishes.

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