Fairmont Scottsdale Princess should be ashamed of its $7 glass of orange juice
The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess is a nice high end hotel. If you’re going to drop $400 a night in Scottsdale high season - and there’s a good dozen resorts in town where you can do that easily (winter golf paradise isn’t cheap) - it’s hard to find a better option. I wrote about all this in a review last winter.
And none of that excuses a $7 glass of orange juice.
That’s what Fairmont Scottsdale Princess charges unsuspecting patrons at their casual tapas bar. And this is no fresh-squeezed, exotic glass of OJ. It’s Tropicana from a plastic bottle. I watched the bartender pour it twice.
Into a small wine glass packed with enough ice to sink the Titanic. That’s $7. Twice. Cha-ching. It’s a wonder she (the bartender) could even keep a straight face. (She didn’t feel the need to mention the $7 charge before the first pour or on her ask for a refill - a $7 refill).
I met someone for lunch at the Fairmont Scottsdale and ended up spending more on a few sips of OJ than I did on all my food.
Listen, it’s one thing to gouge resort guests on alcohol. I laughed when TravelGolf.com’s Tim McDonald whined about a $10 shot of scotch at the Westin Innisbrook. Ridiculous markups for booze are almost expected.
But on orange juice? The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess’ guests are dropping more than $300 a night. And they’re getting ticky tacked on OJ on top of that.
A AAA Five-Diamond Award winner - one of only five hotels so honored in Arizona - should have much more respect for its guests than that.
Who’d ever think you had to give out travel warnings on orange juice?
Here it is: Don’t order orange juice at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess unless you’re prepared to take out an extra line of credit.
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While I agree with your assertion that they have a lot of chutzpah, I have to place the onus mainly on the market. If people refused to pay these exorbitant prices, they would come down. The fact is, though, that we've become so fat, lazy, effete, rich and undisciplined that we spoil ourselves the way we do our children. There's no self-control: if we want something now, we have to have it now.
I often refrain from buying items that are too highly priced. And it's not that I can't afford it, it's the principle of the matter. Alas, though, just as people get the government they deserve, they also get the market they deserve.
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