Is the Hotel Minibar Going Extinct?

Many hotel chains are starting to phase out the small over-priced booze-filled ice box.
3:00 | 01/04/14

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Finally tonight, a fixture for every hotel traveler, the minibar. The end may be near for this expensive amenity. Here is nick watt with a soon of the times. It is the lonely business traveler's best friend. Home of the $9 mouthful of scotch and the $3.50 sugar rush. But for how much longer? Some say this once little box of booze is going the way of the dinosaurs. The hotel minibar is a dying amenity. The men knee bar invented in THE 50s BY THE GERMANS AND Conquered the world. But a recent trip adviser survey discovered 21% of guests now care if there is a minibar. But the dictator summed up how many people feel. 10 a day for internet. What the . And they accuse me of being an international criminal? Nobody touch the minibar! Marriott is phasing them out. Hilton, hyatt doing something similar. Some are using an empty fridge you can stock yourself. Losing a lot of money from the minibar. Not only expensive to have the minibar. People are stealing things. Reporter: The old drink the vodka, fill the bottle with water. Pop it in the minibar trick. The there is more to it than that. Apparently hotel guests are becoming more sociable. The days of really eating room service and attacking your minibar in your guest room are slowly evolving. People really want to spend more time out in public areas and feel comfortable. Reporter: Here at lowes in hollywood they're upgrading the lobby. Sofas, candles, brand new bar. People want to be seen when they go to the hotels. Like wearing a brand label. All about being social now. And thanks to social media. Reporter: The poor minibar has one potential life line. Lowes and luxury brand are keeping them for now. Do you have the little pads you can tell if somebody lifted the whisky. We do. Reporter: They're updating the minibar for modern pallets. For example, we have such, such a gummy, gummy -- gummy bears. Reporter: Gummy bears. 100% organic. 100% made of fresh juice. Reporter: Muse tubing my eic to my ears. I feel self-conscious hanging around in the bar or lobby on my own. Have another glass of wine. Loosen up. Because I think that's exactly what you need. Reporter: Whatever, jimmy. As long as there are minibars on this earth, I will be in my room, gown on. Eating $9 cash tos, watching "maury the following is a paid advertisement

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