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Room Service Breakfast at the Shangri-La Sydney is Pricey In Any Language

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June 15, 2010 at 1:45 PM | by | ()

While shacked up at the Shangri-La Sydney recently, we could barely tear ourselves away from the gorgeous views. But then we decided to flick through the room service menu and off came our rose-colored glasses... We all know that hotel food is expensive, and room service items even more so. But seriously who pays $44—plus delivery charges—for bacon and eggs?

Now, we love love love an Aussie breakfast—the bacon there is out of this world and we may have eaten a whole pig's worth of the stuff in two weeks. But we could most definitely not drop a bright yellow Aussie fifty dollar note on a few strips, even if it did come with fruit, toast, hash browns, sausages, tomatoes, mushrooms, eggs, juice and Darjeeling.

It's not just the Aussie brekkie that's pricey, either. The Japanese and Chinese Breakfasts on the room service menu were also up there in the $40-range.

Thankfully, we don't have to tell you to run down to the McDonald's at nearby Circular Quay to remedy this breakfast quandry. The Shangri-La actually has its own built-in solution—you just have to know about it. Simply pop down to the hotel's Café Mix where you can enjoy the breakfast buffet and your own pot of coffee or tea.

On the menu, this is listed at $38 per person, but in many cases breakfast is included in the room rate. The Sydney Package, for example, is currently available until the end of 2010 and includes your room, a newspaper, and breakfast for two at Café Mix. It starts at AUD $290 a night. (And the best available rate usually starts at AUD $270 a night, without the breakfast.)

So don't forget to ask about breakfast when you're booking your room, and save yourself a fright when opening the room service menu. And if you simply can't leave your room and must order up your bacon and eggs, just remember that the Shangri-La is one of the few Sydney hotels to offer free WiFi throughout the hotel, including in the guest rooms.

Hmm, free WiFi. Doesn't that make $44 eggs that much easier to stomach?

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