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‘Can you deliver my baby?’ Travelodge staff reveal this year’s strangest guest requests

Unicorn food and a train to Hogwarts were among the requests

Travelodge has revealed the most bizarre requests that some of its 18 million customers have asked whilst staying in one of its 552 hotels during the last 12 months.
The Travelodge hotel teams across the UK receive thousands of strange requests every year, and the oddities range from:

· Can you please deliver my baby?
· What unicorn food do you serve?
· Am I able to bring Spyro my 7ft Komodo dragon to stay with me?
· Can you come and help me find Pikachu?
· Which train from Kings Cross station goes to Hogwarts?
· What is the best location to see wild Haggis?
· Does your pet policy cover my monkey Marcel?
· Will you be my bridesmaid?
· Can we use your hotel for our school nativity play?
· Can you move my hotel room onto the beach so I can sleep by the ocean?

Some of the guests’ requests have been met, as in October, receptionist Karen Dyas from Doncaster M18 Travelodge helped to deliver a baby in the hotel’s car park. Dyas delivered the baby and unblocked the newborn’s airwaves when she realised the infant wasn’t crying.

During the last 12 months, Travelodge has seen a significant growth in more business customers staying at its hotels and detailed below are examples of some of the requests that Travelodge hotel teams have received from its business customers:

· Can I dock my yacht in your car park?
· Can we put a marquee in your cark park to host our corporate event?
· Could you meet a business client on my behalf? I have double booked myself.
· Can you teach me Spanish in an hour? I have a meeting with our Spanish investors.
· Can you do my VAT returns?
· Could you act as my chauffeur for the day? I have an important meeting with some clients.
· Can you answer my work phone and take messages today please?
· Where is the hotel helipad? My boss is flying in this evening and needs somewhere to land.
· Can I book out the hotel manager’s office for a meeting?
· Are you able to do my work expenses?
· Can you write a blog on the local area for me as I need to need to meet another deadline

Shakila Ahmed, Travelodge spokeswoman said: “Our hotel teams at our 552 Travelodge’s annually look after 18 million business and leisure customers. Every day they go above and beyond to help customers. Just recently, our receptionist at Doncaster M18 Travelodge, Karen Dyas was asked to deliver a baby, which she did.
“However, there are some requests that our hotel teams cannot help with, such as: finding a train to take a customer to Hogwarts, building a helipad on top of Edinburgh Central Travelodge hotel and directing an American couple to where they can see wild haggis.”

In addition to the examples already listed above a customer staying at York Layerthorpe Travelodge loved the bed runner on the king-size Travelodge Dreamer bed so much, that she asked the hotel manager if she could make a hat using the bed runner for her to wear to the races.

The hotel receptionist at London Tower Bridge was asked by a customer’s PA if he could dock his yacht in the hotel’s car-park as the hotel is close to the Thames.

Listed below are details of the most bizarre requests asked at Travelodge hotels throughout the last 12 months.

 

Customer Request Travelodge Hotel
Where can we see wild Haggis? Fort William
Can we put a marquee in your carpark for our corporate event? Birmingham Central Moor Street
Can you please deliver my baby in the car park? Doncaster M18 and Nottingham
Can you take the contents of my room to the beach? Blackpool South Shore
Which train goes to Hogwarts? London Kings Cross
Will you be my Bridesmaid? Glasgow Central
Can I dock my yacht in your car park? London Tower Bridge
Do you have direct access to the underground station via your reception? London Vauxhall
Please can you stop the wind from blowing? Aberdeen Central
Can you do my VAT returns? Bristol Filton
Can you make sure that deers walk past my room at 8:30am? Bishop Stortford
Are you able to stop the rain? London Ealing
Can you make a hat out of the bed runner for me to wear to the races? York Layerthorpe
Could you sing me to sleep with the Welsh National Anthem? Cardiff Central
Can you add 12 spotlights into my room to help me do my make up? Liverpool Exchange St
Where is the zebra crossing on the M25? Thurrock M25
Am I able to bring Spyro my 7ft Komodo Dragon’s to stay with me as part of your pet policy? Lowestoft
Would you meet a business client on my behalf? Leamington Spa
Can you pretend to be my chauffeur for the day? I have an important meeting and want to impress my clients? Halifax
Can you teach me Spanish in one hour? I have a meeting with our Spanish investors. Aberdeen Central
Which volcano does the lava in lava bread come from? Cardiff Central Queen Street
Where is ‘The Office’ I want to meet David Brent? Slough
Have you seen Pikachu anywhere? Liverpool Central
Can you make sure everyone in the hotel stays still so we can do the Mannequin Challenge?   Oxford Peartree
What unicorn food do you serve here? Brighton Beachfront
Does your pet policy cover my Monkey Marcel?   Manchester Central
Can you catch me a horse for my daughter’s birthday? Stoney Cross
Can you arrange for me to get married in St Paul’s Cathedral? London Covent Garden
Can you get your team to stay up and put swarovski crystals on my wedding dress? Hull Central
Can we use your hotel for our nativity play? Torquay
Can you help me find my long lost cousin Joe Junior? Cambridge Central
Please can you fill my room with pink inflatable flamingos? Newcastle Central
Could you answer my work phone and take messages for the day please? Sheffield Central
Can you build a helipad on top of roof as my boss is flying straight to the hotel? Edinburgh Central
Can I book out the hotel manager’s office for a meeting? Birmingham Central Bullring
Are you able to do my expenses? Thurrock Lakeside
Can you write a blog on the local area for me as I need to meet another deadline? Bath Waterside

 

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Shekina Tuahene

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