Edward Heaton had a surprise during his visit to a luxury hotel in London when he received a $135 bill for three bottles of water.
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ALL that Edward Heaton ordered during his visit to a luxury hotel in London was three bottles of sparkling water for himself and a client.
So imagine his surprise when he was handed a bill for £75 ($A135).
Mr Heaton, 44, had ordered the 500ml bottles of San Pellegrino at the Wellesley Hotel's Crystal Bar, the UK's Independent reported.
But what he didn't realise was that the bar has a minimum charge of £25 ($45) per person after 4pm, so that totalled $90 for both of them, plus a £8.33 ($15) service charge.
By comparison, a six-pack of 500ml San Pellegrino sparkling water costs $12.64 at Coles.
Mr Heaton says he wasn't informed of the extra charges, and will never visit the hotel again.
"For £75, we probably could have had a nice glass of wine each or maybe even a bottle of champagne," Mr Heaton told the Independent. "But three bottles of water? I wasn't angry. I was just totally bemused.
"I spend a lot of time in central London and I have a lot of meetings in the top hotels. I am pretty well versed in how these places work but I have never had this before. I will never set foot in that hotel again."
The hotel issued this response to Mr Heaton via Twitter:
The hotel Tweeted further on the issue on its own account:
But social media users still weren't impressed:
news.com.au has contacted the Wellesley for further comment.
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