The World’s Most Expensive Club Sandwiches!

| May 11, 2012

The® Club Sandwich Index (CSI) examines the cost of a club sandwich in the 10 most popular U.S. cities

DALLAS –  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.

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.

To help hotel guests and users learn how to prepare the perfect club sandwich on their own, John Torode, chef, restaurateur and TV presenter reveals in this video how kitchen skills can result in lunch that tastes just right.


Top U.S. Domestic Destinations for U.S. Citizens and Those Cities’ Average Club Sandwich Price

(ranked from most expensive to least expensive, and rounded to the nearest dollar.)

HPI Rank



Club Sandwich

Average Price


New York City








San Francisco








Las Vegas












New Orleans




Los Angeles




San Diego



“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.”

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.)


Average Club Sandwich 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




China – Beijing


Colombia – Bogota


Argentina – Buenos Aires


Mexico – Mexico City


India – New Delhi



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