Hotel guests are throwing away money while they sleep

The cost-conscious traveller should look at the money they waste on hours they spend asleep in their hotel room according to low cost hotel chain easyHotel.

In a review of the costs involved, the budget hotel chain has found that sleeping guests in posh hotels can be paying up to £38 per minute while they’re asleep, whereas an easyHotel guest pays as little as 3p per minute for a stay on a mattress that easyHotels claims is as comfortable as those found in some five star hotels.

“The fact is that if you have a decent bed and the hotel is secure, there is no advantage to paying for a luxury room while you’re asleep,” said Jorge Rodriguez from easyHotel. “When a guest is asleep in a reputable, secure hotel, there is no material difference to the quality of the experience.”

A recent study found that the average hotel guest spends just three hours and 22 minutes awake in their room.  The remainder of the time is spent asleep, with no discernible benefit from the premium cost of accommodation.

Looking at a range of hotel charges, easyHotel, found the following… based on 3 hours and 22 minutes of conscious room occupancy and 8 hours’ sleep:


Cost of conscious time (based on 3 hours 22 mins)

Cost of sleep time (based on 8 hours)

Cost per minute of sleep (based on 8 hours)

Shard Hotel Shangri La suite




Lanesborough premium suite




Based on average London hotel room price (PwC 2017 estimate: £142 per night))








This is obviously an extreme example – most of us would compare the costs with a hotel in our own price range, whereas those suites are for people for whom spending money is no different to turning on a tap. But it’s a point worth considering. There’s no reason to snore away your money, especially if that money can buy you a terrific meal in a local restaurant.

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