Minibar bill format and posting procedure
The minibar bill can often be a surprise expense for travelers who are not aware of the high prices charged for the items. It is important to take a look at the prices listed in the minibar menu before consuming any items. Some hotels also offer the option to have the minibar emptied upon check-in, which can prevent any accidental charges.
Additionally, some travelers opt to bring their own snacks and drinks to avoid the high prices altogether. Whatever the choice may be, it is always a good idea to be aware of any potential expenses during a hotel stay.
The Minibar bill should contain details of the articles placed inside the minibar with the price and quantity of the items. Studies show that placing Minibar bills or cards in the room will speed up the guest check-out procedures because, at the time of guest departure, guests can fill this up and hand it over to the cashier for posting the charges to their bills quickly.
As compared to the normal process where the cashier informs the IRD or housekeeping department to check the minibar consumption. Nowadays there are automated Minibar systems in the market which has inbuilt sensors on to them, So once the items are removed from the minibar the charges are automatically posted to the guest folio.
Even with all these automated systems in place still minibar charges are the most disputed charges by the hotel guests, usually, the front desk staff are allowed to post allowance for minibar charges if there is a guest dispute.