Calling the hotel concierge desk to politely ask for a toothbrush when you’ve forgotten to pack one is a regular occurrence. So is asking for extra pillows or clean towels, but what about when the demands from guests get really crazy? Some travellers have the most ludicrous desires you’ve ever heard. U.K. publication dailymail.co.uk and travel website travel+leisure.com both recently published some outrageous demands from guests. Here’s our list of 15 weird, wonderful and downright wacky requests that hotel staff around the world have tried their very best to meet without laughing out loud!
Carpeted cinema built on the beach to avoid annoying sand
A team from the Ritz-Carlton, Cancun, Mexico spent hours transforming a section of beach at the oceanfront hotel into a private outdoor cinema so a wealthy family could watch a movie under the stars. But there was another big problem; the guests didn’t want sand in their toes! Metres of white carpet were laid so the guests could walk to their makeshift movie theatre without getting wet or dirty.
Luxurious bath of Welsh goat’s milk
The head butler of London’s Savoy Hotel once ordered pints and pints of wild goat’s milk from Wales to fulfil the demands of one guest who wanted to take a bath in the white stuff. Buying the authentic milk cost around £50. No problem for butler Sean Davoren. But add on another £600 for the private taxi to transport the moo juice from Wales to London, plus 30 bottles of fresh Evian water to rinse it off afterwards.
Three red M&Ms to share and some bacon art
When Dustin Wray was online booking the Woodlands Resort Houston, he wanted to have a laugh and see just how silly his requests could get. Tempted by the booking form’s special “request” section he couldn’t resist the temptation to get a little crazy and asked for three red M&Ms in the room. On top of this he wanted a portrait of bacon rashers, oddly enough. Not real bacon itself, but a picture. Weird. Hey presto, when the couple checked in, the peculiar demand had been met with best wishes from the staff.
How many penguins can fit in a hotel room?
The Four Seasons Hualalai resort on beautiful Hawaii had a shock when a guest wanted to be greeted by a colony of penguins to be waiting patiently in the room alongside actor Morgan Freeman who could just be there on-hand to narrate proceedings. This guest obviously like the sound of his voice and has a penchant for penguins.Sadly, the concierge had to let the client down gently and explain that the sun-kissed tropical island was a bit too far away from Antarctica for this peculiar wish to be met and I guess Morgan Freeman was busy!
Nicolas Cage (photo) on my bed please
Nicolas Cage obsessed hotel guest Sarah Kovacs Grywacz made a fun request to the Hotel Indigo, San Antonio, Texas, during business trip. She wanted to put the hotel’s offer of “assistance at any time” to test and requested a signed picture of her favourite actor when he starred in Con Air and several other of his movies. So be it. The staff left one for her on the bed upon arrival and several more throughout her stay.
Planning a big surprise and in need of a llama
The Grand Del Mar in San Diego, California, managed to get hold of a llama at short notice when a guest needed one to surprise a friend. The pair were staying in San Diego but going on somewhere else and the llama was a big clue to the mystery destination. Where were they off too? Peru of course. The friends made their way to Cusco but the llama wasn’t invited.
Glamorous gastronomy above the clouds
Enlisting the help of Jerome, a top-class concierge from Jeannest InterContinental, Los Angeles, an American fashion designer cried “help” even after he had left for the airport. Not content with the ordinary cuisine served on-board his flight, the guest enlisted the help of the hotel’s chef who arranged his own menu including smoked salmon pizza from Beverly Hills. The gastronomic delights, as well as expensive silverware to serve them, were delivered just in time for take-off.
Request for rare language translation
Macao’s ancient Patuá, a Portuguese-based Creole language, is so rare that finding English translations is like finding a needle in a haystack. But that didn’t stop Four Seasons, Macao, concierge Tristan Huang from helping a guest who was fascinated with the vernacular and wanted to learn more about a famous local poet, José dos Santos Ferreira. Huang tracked down a language expert who spent six hours lost in translation and the lady was finally presented with the poet’s famous work lovingly transcribed into English. How do you say “impressive” in Patuá?
A licence to frill
On the theme of weddings, Four Seasons Hotel, New York, concierge Jennifer Bennett once helped get a custom-made James Bond tuxedo to fulfil one groom’s dream. The secret agent suit had to be like 007’s tux which is made by Brioni of Rome and takes weeks to make. Brioni was closed for the summer. An impossible mission perhaps? A replica tuxedo was put together by a team of sewers outside Rome to make a portion of the garment each and expertly stitch it all together in a staggering 36 hours. It even came complete with secret pockets for Bond’s weapons and gadgets.
Help! There’s a poisonous fish in the ocean
One Russian guest at the Four Seasons Resort in the Seychelles insisted a fish be removed from the ocean because it was getting in the way of his swimming. The venomous lionfish is usually admired by guests here because it’s so rare to see them. But not for this chap. Concierge Abdul Manaf ordered a team of snorkelers to take to the water took to seek out the unassuming sea creature. They made sure it was nowhere to be seen to satisfy this fishy request and get the guest back in the water.
Transporting a pet tiger across the Atlantic
A guest of the South Beach hotel in Miami was persuading his girlfriend to relocate to London when she agreed on the condition her cat could come along too. Except, her pet cat was a tiger. Concierge Maite Foriasky was left to deal with the details and brilliantly figured out how to transport the furry feline to the U.K. With the help of Miami Zoo and officials from Orlando airport she pulled it off and the big cat soon caught up with his owners at their new home.
A royal appointment
Concierge of The Stafford, London, Frank Laino was tasked with setting up a private viewing of the infamous Vermeer masterpiece, The Music Lesson, housed in Queen Elizabeth’s residence Buckingham Palace. A Hawaiian guest wanted to see the exquisite artwork in all its glory so had to go through high-level background security checks to get through the royal gates. Good job Laino was so well connected and he pulled it off.
I’m travelling with my 6ft monitor lizard, is that okay?
Travelodge hotels have dealt with many oddball requests over the years. These include permission to bring along a 6ft pet monitor lizard, a businessman requesting to rehearse his board presentation speech, in Mandarin, to the hotel staff and a plea from a guest to borrow the hotel manager’s suit for the morning because he had a job interview. Other peculiar questions include ‘Can you store my lobster in the freezer?’, and ‘Can you tell me how many stars are in the sky tonight?’
One hump or two?
Staff at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, Arizona, helped a guest track down an unusual souvenir. He wanted not one, but two camels. The concierge was new to the job and struggling to stifle her giggles set about helping the guest’s dromedary discovery. Turns out that after finding the camels, making a dealer a good offer, the guest pulled out of the exchange because he wanted a two-humped Bactrian breed and not a one-humped dromedary.
Rickshaw as a momentum of India
On the last day of his New Delhi vacation Micato Safaris suddenly decided he wanted to give his 12-year-old son an authentic rickshaw so enlisted tour guide Hem Singh for the Taj Mahal hotel. Picking out the perfect rickshaw he offered the driver $300 and the deal was done. But the vehicle had to be dismantled piece by piece, cleaned, packed and rushed to the airport before Safaris departed. I hope his son was grateful!
Funny right? These hilarious demands are humorous but must have been a real nightmare for hotel workers to pull off. If you’d like to steer clear of these kinds of crazy requests and the people who make them consider apartment rentals. There are loads of well-priced holiday accommodations in Los Angeles where you’re guaranteed great lodgings and not a crazy hotel request in sight!