A minibar is a small refrigerator that is generally used to store drinks and / or snacks .
Minibars are mainly used in hotel rooms to provide guests with cool drinks around the clock. The small refrigerators require little space and are generally relatively expensive compared to large refrigerators. Modern devices are equipped with diffusion absorption chillers , which allows cooling without noise by a compressor .
With an average of around 60 watts, the device's performance is quite high for the cooling volume. Well-known manufacturers of minibars are Siemens , Dometic , Sibra , Indel B, Minibar Systems and PamiBar. In hotels, the food and drinks consumed from the minibar are paid for with the room bill depending on consumption, rarely also in a flat rate. Flat-rate billing is more likely to be found at hotels in holiday areas, the use of which is arranged as a package tour by the major tourism groups. With such offers as part of the all-inclusive catering, especially in warm countries, the minibar is refilled every day with mineral water or with other non-alcoholic, occasionally alcoholic beverages at no extra charge.
There are also minibars with built-in sensors that determine which content has been removed and when. These data are electronically forwarded to the hotel's IT system.