Travelodge reveals business traveller bizarre requests

Today, Travelodge has revealed the top 20 most interesting and bizarre requests that the company’s 575 UK hotels teams have been asked by some of its business customers during the last 12 months.

With a rising number of business travellers staying at Travelodge hotels throughout the country, the range of requests varies across the regions. This year the hotel teams have even encountered a few interesting requests around social distancing.

The Travelodge hotel teams across the length and breadth of the UK receive thousands of interesting requests from business travellers throughout the year and detailed below are some of the more fascinating requests asked by the hotelier’s business customers during the last 12 months:

· Can you wake me up 45 minutes before sun rise as I need to open up my chakras with an empowering meditation?
· Can I borrow your 5ft Travelodge Protect+ Covid-19 social distance stand as a backdrop for my business zoom calls throughout my stay?
· Can I have half a pillow as it helps with my creative thinking?
· Can you babysit my work phone today and take messages whilst I meet clients?
· Can you be a host on my Zoom meeting calls today?
· Can you be a translator on my business call to India?
· Can you do a 30 minute plank with me and listen to a TED Talk?
· Can you place a bed on the beach for a session of blue sky thinking?
· Can you write 500 name cards for an awards dinner tonight?
· Can you arrange for a printer to print my logo onto 1,000 face masks?

With social distancing dominating our lives in 2020, interestingly Travelodge hotel teams have also experienced a range of customer requests around this requirement. This included one business customer staying at Leeds Central Travelodge was so taken by the hotel’s 5ft TravelodgeProtect+ Covid-19 safety programme stand that he asked if he could use it as a back drop for all of his business zoom calls throughout his stay.

Whilst an entrepreneur staying at Sunderland Travelodge asked the hotel team if they could get a local printer to print his company logo onto 1,000 face masks and a business customer at Brighton Central Travelodge asked the receptionist if she could stop the seagulls from squealing while they were on a conference call.

Shakila Ahmed, Travelodge Spokeswoman, said, “Annually we welcome millions of customers from all corners of the UK at our 575 hotels which are dotted across the country.

'Throughout the year, our hotel teams receive thousands of interesting requests from business and leisure guests. Where possible, our hotel teams will go above and beyond to help customers as they relish a good challenge.

'Interestingly the requests change regionally, seasonally and this year we have even received interesting requests around social distancing.

'However, there are some requests beyond their control such as: stopping the seagulls from squealing, switching off the Severn Bridge fog horn, identifying UFO hotspots and getting a boss an honorary degree from Oxford University.”