A Guest at a Singaporean Luxury Hotel Paid $14 for Two Bowls of Rice

  • TikTokers is activated due to the room service receipt from the luxurious Marina Bay Sands Hotel in Singapore.
  • The receipt details the purchase of two bowls of white steamed rice for S$18.83
  • For context, an 11-pound bag of rice at a local supermarket in Singapore is cheaper than a single bowl of rice at a hotel.

A TikTok video showing how much a bowl of rice costs in a luxury hotel in Singapore has angered people.

The clip, shared by the TikTok account “richlife1688,” features a receipt for the purchase of two small bowls of steamed white rice at Singapore’s luxury Marina Bay Sands Hotel, a historic building overlooking the island state’s glittering business district.

According to the receipt, the bowls of rice purchased during the stay in August cost S$8 each, which equates to $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 were unaffected by the price, with one user saying: “MBS rice is made of gold.”

Another user on TikTok wrote: “I’d rather eat grass than pay that price for rice.”

Insider verified that Marina Bay Sands, which serves a variety of Southeast and Asian cuisines on its in-room dining menu, actually charges S$8 for a bowl of rice. For context, an 11-pound bag of rice in Singapore retails for S$7.30 at local chain Fairprice — 70 cents less than the hotel price for one small bowl.

Luxury hotels in Singapore are not known for offering the cheapest rates. Capella Singapore, a five-star hotel on Singapore’s refreshing Sentosa Island, serves local Hainanese chicken rice for $26.54 before taxes at The Knolls. A similar dish of chicken rice sold at Hooker Chan’s, formerly the world’s cheapest Michelin-starred meal, costs about $2.25 a plate.

Show us your receipts: What’s the most mysterious element in the price you’ve ever paid in a hotel? Email cteh@insider.com to participate.

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