So, OK, made it to Lisbon, hours after connecting flight gone. But some things have changed for the better. When bounced like this it appears that you get a Marriott, not some fleapit.
And what gets better again is that there’s no such thing as the mini-bar here. There’s a 24 hour shop in the lobby instead. Bottly of perfectly drinkable (not quite what I’d serve at home but at 2 am quite drinkable) Vin Verdhe for €5.00. Err, yes, that’s five euros.
Whcih to anyone who remembers mini-bar rices is absurd.
I’ve been trying to work out why they’ve stopped trying to make vast profits out of thirsty guests. The room service hamburger is still €17, so they do like the idea of decent margins. I’m sorta assuming that the old system, while it had very high margins, might not have had good profits.
Firstly there’s your stock. Every room has to have a selection. Then it’s got to be checked and restocked after every guest. I can imagine that being expensive. It might be a great deal cheaper to have a much smaller stock, at much lower margins, in one place in the lobby. The bird watching over it was obviously sorting something else out on her computer while she waited for thirsty Englishmen to turn up waving cash.
That’s the best I can come up with. That despite eyewatering prices mini-bars really didn’t make all that much money. Thus they no longer have them.