Staying in a hotel is a luxury for many people, but some people take the idea of being taken care of to a whole new level with extra requests. While extra towels, more shampoo, or maybe even a coffee maker don’t seem too crazy, some people take it a little too far. What are some of the more unusual requests hotel concierges have seen in their days?
Marriage Related Favors
It’s no secret that some couples get engaged while on vacation. It’s not uncommon for people to request a bottle of champagne or some roses to be in their hotel rooms, but some guests take things to the extreme. At the Principe di Savoia in Milan, one guest requested that the entire floor of the room be covered in roses—not petals, but the entire flower. For this reason, the roses had to have the thorns removed, which cost the guest roughly $13 per flower, totaling around $13,000 for the thousand-rose request. The guest wanted the offer his fiancée the gift of walking on roses. Another bizarre request had a matrimony theme, but the guest requested the wedding package for two collies rather than a couple. How much does a doggie wedding cost? Around $15,000, in that guest’s case.
Strange Dinner Guests
We can understand guests not wanting alcohol or non-diet-friendly snacks available in minibars in their rooms, but at the hotel that inspired Stephen King to write The Shining, guests often report odd things happen. That’s not all too surprising, but what is was one guest requesting to have dinner with the ghosts of the founders of the hotel. The concierge couldn’t oblige them, however.
Salvador Dali, a 20th century surrealist painter, was known for being rather off-kilter. He spent a lot of time at Le Meurice in Paris—at least a month a year—and made strange requests frequently, including asking for a horse for his room, asking for staff to catch flies for him, and perhaps most alarming, asking for a herd of sheep to be delivered to his room. When the sheep arrived, he began shooting at them with his pistol; thankfully, according to the hotel, the bullets were blanks.
If you’ve been looking to book a hotel in Albuquerque and you have a penchant for asking for an extra pillow or two, you can rest easy now knowing there are people out there asking for far weirder accommodations.