When going on a holiday, there are many activities to choose from. You can go on a hiking adventure, visit a museum or go look for a speakeasy. In a city it’s easy to spend a few days shopping, you could book a cycling tour or spend the afternoon at the pool. There’s diving, climbing, massaging, reading, concert going, dining… The list is almost endless and even though those are all pretty great things to do, sometimes, when you’re on vacation, all you want to do is to do nothing at all. Which can be challenging.
Many of us tend to suffer from FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out, in case you’re wondering). When we’re at home, missing out on a bar night with friends, but also when we’re in a new country and not doing all the things which are listed in the 500 pages counting travel guide we just bought. That’s a normal thing but every now and then, it can be great to go against that instinct. And instead of returning from your holiday and needing another one to recover, your batteries are fully loaded for another trimester filled with deadlines and duties.
When it comes to doing nothing on your vacation, there’s nothing quite like room service. If you’re staying in a nice hotel that means you can spend all day in your bathrobe, take a long bath, spend some time reading on the balcony and take a little nap when needed. And then, when you’re feeling a little peckish or when you’re in need of a drink, you just look at the menu and order in whatever you fancy. And every now and then, people do order quite strange things for room service…
Hotels.com has compiled for the first time a so-called Room Service Report. In order to make that list, they work together with respondents from all over the globe, looking for the strangest room service requests. This year, they also found out that according to 40% of hotels, room service is on the rise. No less than 30% of travellers reportedly spend £100 or more per night on room service, which frankly is quite a lot.
“Whether it’s a treat-yourself moment or must-have after a long day of sightseeing, there’s a certain satisfaction in having someone else foot the bill”, according to Melanie Fish from Hotels.com, who explained that the platform is “covering up to $30,000 in room service bills this summer, so guests can go all-in on their favorite in-room experience.”
10 strangest room service requests
Curious about those strange requests? Here you go.
- Diet water
- Melted ice cream
- Boiled bottled water
- A cooked fish that the guest brought with them
- Cockle popcorn
- No egg white omelette
- Rice bowl for dogs
- Eggless shakshuka