A new list of inquiries from visitors to Devon and Cornwall reveals some of the bizarre – and hard to answer – questions posed to hotel staff.
Travelodge, a budget hotel chain in the UK, has published a list of the 25 most unusual requests the company has received in the past 12 months, as well as a separate list of the top 10 requests only for Devon and Cornwall.
The Travelodge team said they have received hundreds of inquiries from customers at their 582 UK locations over the past year.
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A visitor to Torquay, who may have mistaken the area for an entirely different seaside town in Cornwall, asked “Can you arrange us to meet the Penzance Pirates?”
The company said that with the travel boom following the lifting of Covid-19 restrictions, there had been demands that were difficult to meet.
Travelodge spokesperson Shakila Ahmed said: “Following the lifting of all Covid-19 restrictions earlier this year, we have seen a significant increase in bookings at our 582 Travelodge hotels in the UK, including our 17 hotels in Cornwall and the South West.
“With more Britons vacationing on the UK shores than ever before, our hotel teams have also received a high volume of interesting inquiries and questions, particularly regarding place names, local dishes, customs and traditions of the regions British. Where possible, our hotel teams will go above and beyond to help guests as they relish a good challenge.
“However, there are requests beyond their control, such as a customer checking in at St Austell Travelodge who requested a room with a large south-facing window so that they could be flooded with light at dawn to recharge. their aura. ”
How many stars do you need to make a Stargazy Pie? St Austell Travelodge
Can you arrange a meeting with Poldark? Travelodge Hayle
Can you fill my chamber with crystals so that I can recharge my energy levels? Bodmin Roche Travelodge
Can you get a shooting star to pass over the hotel tonight at 10 p.m. so I can surprise my wife? St. Ives Travelodge
Can you watch an item on Ebay and place a bid for me while I’m at breakfast? St Austell Travelodge
Do you have a dream reader on hand to interpret my dreams? St. Ives Travelodge
Where is the best place to see Bodmin’s Beast? Bodmin Roche Travelodge
Can you take my room to the beach so that I can relax comfortably? Beachfront Travelodge in Newquay
When is the best time to see dinosaurs on the Jurassic Coast? Travelodge Saltash
Can you arrange a meeting with the Penzance Pirates? Torquay Travelodge
But it wasn’t just the chain’s southwestern sites that responded to unusual requests.
A visitor to London would have liked an arranged outing with a fictional bear.
“Can you arrange for my wife to meet Paddington Bear when we catch our train back home tonight at Paddington Station?” She’s loved Paddington since she was a kid, ”asked a guest at the chain’s Central Marylebone Travelodge.
A common theme among the request was for phone calls and special messages.
A guest from Nottingham Wollaton Park wanted a member of staff to call their daughter posing as the tooth fairy. Hotel teams have also been asked to call children as Santa Claus “to make sure their children do their homework”.
The hotel chain’s annual audit of claims showed a “growing trend” of customers wanting voicemail messages recorded on their phones.
While a visitor from Liverpool wanted his voicemail to be re-recorded with a Scouse accent, other guests requested voicemail messages that sounded like famous artists. One in the style of Sean Connery (a visitor to Edinburgh) and another in the style of Tom Jones (a guest to Cardiff).