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THE expense necessarily attendant upon travelling, must be admitted to be a considerable drawback from its pleasures. Still the evil is inevitable; and it may be satisfactory to tourists to be enabled to estimate the price to be paid for their enjoyment.
The following scale shows the average charge for the several items which enter into the traveller's bill. The prices in the first division of the scale are rarely exceeded in any of the Inns in the smaller towns, while, in some villages, charges even more moderate may sometimes be met with. The prices in the second division show the charges in Hotels of the highest class in the principal cities, &c.
Breakfast, ls. 6d. to 2s.
Port or Sherry, per bottle, 5s. to 6s. ...
Brandy, per gill, 1s. 6d.
Whisky, per gill. 9d.
2s. to 8s.
3s. to 4s.
2s. to 3s.
According to what is ordered.
3s. 6d. to 4s.
If the Traveller requires his table to be furnished beyond the ordinary scale of comfort, he must be prepared for a proportionate increase of charge.
The payment of the gratuities to servants at Inns is a source of great annoyance to travellers. It would very largely contribute to the tourist's comfort, were the charges under this head included among the other items of the landlord's bill. Although this practice has been adopted by a few Hotel-keepers, it is to be regretted that their example has not as yet been generally followed.
To enable them to furnish tourists with some information on this subject, the Publishers have applied to two hotel-keepers of the first respectability (the one in Liverpool, the other in Dublin,) by whom the practice of charging for servants is adopted, and the following are averaged from the rates charged in their establishments:
GRATUITIES TO SERVANTS.
A single gentleman, taking the general accommodation of the Hotel for one or two meals as a passing traveller, Waiter. 6d; Chambermaid, 6d.; Porter or Boots, 6d. This includes the removal of any reasonable weight of luggage; but extra messages and parcels are charged separately.
A single gentleman, staying a day and night, and taking his meals in the hotel, ls. 6d. or 2s. for servants, and if he stays several days, ls. or 1s. 6d. per day.
A gentleman and his wife, occupying a sitting room and bed-room, 2s. 6d. to 3s. 6d. per night for servants. If accompanied by sons or daughters, or other relatives, half this rate from each; but no charge for children under nine years of age.
A party of four or six for one night about ls. 6d. each.
Upon submitting this scale to several of the most respectable hotel-keepers in Edinburgh, they consider the rates to be a fair average. In country and village inns, even the lowest of the payments above quoted may be unnecessarily liberal, while in some of the fashionable hotels in London, the highest may be considerably under par.
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