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What's a bar in a hotel room?

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Kenny同志

I am sure it's not a 酒吧. What is it?

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anonymoose

Well, it is, kind of. Often it's called a minibar. Basically, it is a few drinks, and possibly other snacks, inside a fridge in a hotel room. You can consume what you like, and then the charge is added to your hotel bill when you leave. The prices are usually exorbitant, though.

 

See this.

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Kenny同志

Got it. Thanks. I've seen it in hotels too, but I didn't know what it was called.

 

Anyway, it's not a 酒吧 - a business where many people have alcohol drinks for pleasure and fun.

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renzhe

Right. It's the tiny fridge with expensive tiny drinks.

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Kenny同志

Thanks for confirming this, renzhe. : )

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abcdefg

小冰箱 = minibar (In a hotel context)

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Kenny同志

I guess both bar and minibar refer to the same thing in a hotel context, though they are different in size?

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realmayo

If someone says 'hotel bar' with no other context, I'd assume a regular bar that is in a hotel, i.e. 酒吧, a place with seats and tables and a bar and someone selling you drinks.

 

For me, if someone meant 'minibar', they'd say 'minibar', the small fridge in your room that has drinks.

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edelweis

What about those hotel rooms that are like studios with a tiny kitchen separated from the main area by a "bar" ?

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abcdefg

Minibar is in the room. 小冰箱

"I just drank a beer from the minibar in my room because I was tired and didn't want to go out."

 

The hotel may have a bar, KTV, gym, sauna, etc. outside the room. 酒店的酒吧

"Let's meet in the hotel bar at 8 pm. It's on the 5th floor."

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Kenny同志

The document says the bar is in a hotel room so I tend to think it's something like a minibar.

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li3wei1

A very high-end hotel room, like the Presidential Suite, may have a bar in it, but I've never stayed in one so I wouldn't know. I suppose someone staying in such a room would either use room service for small needs or, if they were entertaining larger numbers, would arrange for the bar to send up a mobile bar and bartender.

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Kenny同志

Interesting. I forgot to mention that the bar went with refrigerator so it may not be a bar with tables and seats. 

 

The document says the hotel's deluxe king rooms feature a personal bar and refrigerator, for which additional fees apply.

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roddy

It'll be something like a shelf unit with various bottles. Like this

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Kenny同志
It'll be something like a shelf unit with various bottles. Like this

Thanks Roddy. So still it's a minibar.

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liuzhou

It's usually a total rip-off.

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Demonic_Duck

Bear in mind that "bar" can also mean 吧台.

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