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Travelodge

October 16, 2013 09:01 ET

Where Can I Find the Best Manchester Tart? Do You Have a Doggie Creche? Can You Get Me a Real Stag for the Night? Do You Offer a Sleep Sitting Service?

These Are Just Some of the Bizarre Requests Travelodge Staff Have Been Asked by Customers

LONDON, ENGLAND--(Marketwired - Oct. 16, 2013) - Travelodge, the UK's first budget hotel chain, has today revealed the most bizarre requests that some of its 16.5 million customers have asked whilst staying in one of the Company's 513 hotels during the last 12 months.

On average, Travelodge hotel staff members receive around 200,000 strange requests during the year, which translates as roughly one request per hotel every day, and the oddities include everything from: How do I cross Spaghetti Junction to get to the Balti Triangle? Can you get me a real stag for my friend's stag night? and Do you offer a sleep sitting service, so that someone can watch over me as I tend to sleep walk?

Interestingly, this year's list of revelations has revealed the continuing trend for Britons wanting to travel with their pets - despite how strange their travelling companion may be.

A couple visiting the Gloucestershire area rang the Gloucester Travelodge hotel in advance of their stay and asked if their pet hen Gladys could stay with them - as they will only eat fresh eggs (for breakfast) laid by her and for that reason she always travels with them.

One customer who was staying at Birmingham Airport Travelodge asked the reception team if they could find a local hairdresser who could come out to style her Afghan hound (Betsy's) hair.

A guest at Perth Travelodge asked if the hotel's pet policy included a pair of Llamas.

Other strange customer requests have included one guest staying at Chelmsford Travelodge hotel asking the housekeeper if she could arrange for her bath to be filled with fresh milk - so that she could bath in it, like Cleopatra.

At Birmingham Bullring Travelodge hotel, the reception team received a call late one evening from a business customer asking if it was possible for someone to go into his room and lay in his bed in order to warm it up for him.

The hotel manager at Oxford Peartree Travelodge was put on the spot when he was asked by a male customer if he could borrow his wedding ring as his best man has lost his rings and he was getting married within the hour.

Listed below are Travelodge's top 30 most bizarre requests for 2013

Bizarre Customer Request Travelodge
An elderly woman asked Where can I find the best Manchester tart for my husband? Manchester Central
Can I have your best sun facing room as I have to soak in the sunbeams first thing in the morning to boost my aura for the day? Kendal
Can you get me a real stag for my friend's stag night? Newcastle
Can you transfer my room outside as I want to treat my wife to a night under the stars? Cockermouth
Do you offer a sleep sitting service, as I need someone to watch over me whilst I am sleeping as I tend to sleep walk? Cardiff
Where is the square at Trafalgar Square? London Covent Garden
How do I cross Spaghetti junction to get to the Balti triangle? Birmingham Central
How are the seven rivers joined together that run under the Severn Bridge? Bristol
Can you book me a gondola so that I can experience the Birmingham canal? Birmingham Newhall Street
Does your pet policy include my two pet Llamas? Perth
Can you send someone to warm my bed up? Birmingham Bullring
Can I borrow your wedding ring, as my best man has lost the rings and I am getting married this morning? Oxford Peartree
Can you fill my bath with milk? Chelmsford
Can my hen Gladys stay with us - as we will only eat fresh eggs laid by her and for that reason she always travels with us? Gloucester
Can you arrange for a local hairdresser to come to the hotel and style my Afghan Hound's hair? Birmingham Airport
Can you direct me to the Rovers Return? Manchester MEN Arena
Do you offer a doggie crèche service? Chelmsford
Can we trick and treat in the hotel? Sheffield
Do you have a spare room, where I can charge my car? Harrogate
How do I close the curtains in my room? Rugby
My dog has got married, so can I book him a doggie-moon? Leamington Spa
How can I get a signal on this phone? (the customer was holding a TV remote control) Torquay
Can you stop the snow as I need to get to the hotel? Bradford
Before I book a room, can you let me know which way you have to turn your key to unlock the door? Leicester Central
Do you have a blanket for my car as it is cold outside? Fort William
Where does Paddington bear live? Wimbledon Morden
Where do I go to meet a footballer? Liverpool
What tube will take me to the Eiffel Tower? London Waterloo
My boyfriend has stood me up can you escort me to my friend's wedding? Leeds Central
Can you do my son's maths homework? Northampton Central

Shakila Ahmed, Travelodge Spokeswoman said: "Annually our hotel teams receive around 200,000 bizarre requests. Our staff will always try their utmost to accommodate all customer requests but occasionally there are just some requests that we just can't help with, such as stopping it snowing and finding a stag."

Notes to editors:

The Travelodge survey of bizarre requests was conducted in October 2013 with the Company's 513 hotel managers.

About Travelodge:

The first budget hotel brand to launch in the UK in 1985, Travelodge now operates over 500 hotels and 37,000 rooms across the UK, Ireland and Spain. More than 16.5 million people stayed with Travelodge last year and 90% of reservations are currently made online at www.travelodge.co.uk, which is the UK's most visited hotel website, attracting over 1.1 million visits each week.

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