TikTok is angry after luxury hotel charges guest $ 14 for 2 small bowls of steamed white rice


  • TikTokers are excited by a room service receipt from Singapore luxury hotel Marina Bay Sands.

  • Receipt details a purchase of two bowls of steamed white rice for S $ 18.83

  • For context, an 11-pound bag of rice at a local Singaporean supermarket is cheaper than a bowl of rice at the hotel.

A TikTok video showing how much a bowl of rice can cost at one of Singapore’s luxury hotels got people excited.

The clip, posted by TikTok account “richlife1688”, shared a receipt for the purchase of two small bowls of steamed white rice at Singapore’s ultra-luxury Marina Bay Sands, an iconic property that overlooks the The island state’s glittering business district.

According to the receipt, the rice bowls, purchased during a stay in August, cost S $ 8 each, or $ 5.90. After taxes, the guest ended up paying S $ 18.83, or $ 13.88, all for two bowls of steamed cereal.

Comments on the TikTok clip did not like the price, with one user saying, “MBS rice made of gold.”

Another TikTok user wrote: “I would rather (eat) grass than pay this price for rice.”

The Insider has verified that the Marina Bay Sands Hotel, which serves a variety of Southeast Asian and Asian dishes on its in-room dining menu, does indeed charge guests S $ 8 for a bowl of rice . For context, an 11-pound bag of rice in Singapore sells for S $ 7.30 at local supermarket chain Fairprice, 70 cents less than the hotel price for a small bowl.

Singapore luxury hotels are not known to offer the cheapest rates. Capella Singapore, a five-star hotel on Singapore’s gentle Sentosa Island, serves local Hainan chicken rice for $ 26.54 before tax at its restaurant The Knolls. A similar dish of chicken rice sold at Hawker Chan, once known as the world’s cheapest Michelin-starred meal, costs around $ 2.25 a plate.

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