Ice cream is melting on the cone. Photo: Flickr.
Watermelons, ice cream melts and blowfish are among the 10 most unusual room requests, according to a new report.
Hotels.com published the list after researching nearly 500 hotel affiliates around the world, including here in Canada.
Despite the popularity of food assistance programs, the report found that 75 percent of hotels report that room demand has remained the same or increased over the past year.
Top 10 unusual bedroom requests:
- Drink water
- Melted ice cream
- Boiled bottled water
- The raw fish that the guest brought to cook
- Omelet without egg-white
- Rice bowl for dogs
- Eggs without eggs in hell (shakshuka)
An online survey was conducted from April 5 to April 23, 2023, among 473 hotels in the US, UK, France, Canada, Mexico, South Korea, Japan, Norway, Sweden and Denmark, among hotels with in-room dining. .
Globally, burgers are the most popular item (40 percent) and can remain on the menu all year round, from the highest quality burgers to the 24K gold brioche bun burger with a price tag of $1,600 USD.
Canadian hotels listed for the best food
Canadian hotels, meanwhile, said champagne or sparkling wine was the most expensive item on their room service lists. The report found that the most popular time to eat in Canada is in the morning, between 7-10 am.
The Hotels.com report also revealed that almost half of travelers prefer to choose a restaurant for special occasions such as birthdays and anniversaries.
In terms of “external room service,” two Canadian hotels were named. Montreal’s Hotel Monville became known as the first hotel in Canada to offer rooms operated by robots.
“With no communication at all, guests can expect a smartphone notification when their meal is delivered to your door. Rooms start at $297 per night.
Merrill House in Picton, Ont. it is best known for its beautiful surroundings, staff who prepare “healthy meals, fluffy blankets and sparkling wine or champagne” upon arrival.