Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 1 October 2014

Ferret plea among odd hotel demands

Ferrets and fake tan removers are among the more bizarre requests made by hotel guests

Ferrets and fake tan removers are among the more bizarre requests made by hotel guests.

A place at breakfast for a religious statue and a demand for a ghost to be sent to a room are also among the strange demands received by staff at Best Western hotels.

The request for ferrets came from a guest who was attending a nearby small animals show and did not want to go unaccompanied.

At another hotel, a guest wanted a sea salt scrub to remove her fake tan that had gone wrong, while the religious statue request was made by a nun who also asked for the statue to be carried to her room.

As well as having a guest who asked for a ghost to be provided, the hotel chain also had a request for an extra bed for a doll and a request for a meeting room for four people that had to have a bed in it.

At one hotel, staff were asked to assist in a guest's hair combing, while another guest asked for a large room on the ground floor so he could leave his motorbike there.

At a Birmingham hotel a guest asked for a room with a sea view, while at another establishment a guest asked if her deal included breakfast for her dog.

Apart from room service, the most common requests made to hotel staff were for toothpaste, razors, spare towels and dressing gowns.

On average, 25% of hotel guests regularly asked for room service, with this figure rising to 65% for those aged between 31 and 45.

Some 65% of guests requesting room service were solo business travellers. Room service was more likely to be ordered by women than men (54% versus 46%).

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