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Visitors to Wales wanted to meet Welsh dragon and thought Wales had its own currency, hotel team reveals

07 Dec 2021 3 minute read
Not a real dragon. Picture by Senedd Cymru (CC BY 2.0)

A hotel chain has revealed some of the most bizarre requests made by visitors to Wales – including asking whether they could meet the actual Welsh dragon and how they could transfer English pounds into Welsh ones.

Travelodge, which has 26 hotels in Wales, said that visitors had also requested a champagne picnic on the summit of Snowdon and whether they could organise a Welsh choir to come and sing to them over breakfast.

Cardiff Atlantic Wharf Travelodge welcomed a customer who wanted to know when it was feeding time at the capital city’s Animal Wall. A visitor to Caernarfon Travelodge wanted to be woken up by a staff member imitating Tom Jones’ voice.

The hotel chain said that staff collected the most bizarre requests over the last 12 months and the company had compiled them into a final list of the top 25.

They included:

  • Can you arrange for a framed picture of Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney to be put into my friend’s room as it is her birthday and she is a massive fan?
  • Can you take me to visit the house of Gavin and Stacey please?
  • Can you put sheep outside my window so I can count them to help me sleep?
  • Can you teach my pet parrot to say a Welsh phrase?
  • Can you teach me to say Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch?

Shakila Ahmed, Travelodge Spokeswoman said: “Following the lifting of all Covid-19 restrictions earlier this year we have experienced a significant increase in bookings across our 582 UK Travelodge hotels including our 26 hotels in Wales.

“With more Britons holidaying on British shores than ever before, our hotel teams have also received a high volume of interesting requests and questions especially around place names, local dishes, customs and traditions across the British regions. Where possible, our hotel teams will go above and beyond to help customers as they relish a good challenge.

“However, there are some requests beyond their control such as the customer in Cardiff Central Travelodge, who asked if the team could arrange for a Welsh Choir to come and sing at breakfast as a surprise for their Grandad’s 70th Birthday.

“We even did our best to help a customer staying at Holyhead Travelodge, who asked the team if they could ‘create Christmas in my room in July as a surprise for my husband who has been away and missed it last year’!”


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Grayham Jones
9 months ago

Wales should have its own currency 💴 we in wales have got to stop being little Englanders and be proud to be welsh start fighting for your children and grandchildren future in wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 it’s time for a new wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿

Andrew Thomas
Andrew Thomas
9 months ago
Reply to  Grayham Jones

Grayhame please stop!

Richard
Richard
9 months ago
Reply to  Andrew Thomas

😂😂😂 oh no – we need a campaign the keep Grayhame – national treasure:)

Last edited 9 months ago by Richard
John Brooks
John Brooks
9 months ago
Reply to  Grayham Jones

Perhaps you could change your name to a Welsh spelling.

R W
R W
9 months ago
Reply to  John Brooks

What’s the Welsh spelling of Grayham?

Mmorris
Mmorris
9 months ago
Reply to  R W

Hamllwyd

Mmorris
Mmorris
9 months ago
Reply to  Mmorris

Or morddwydd hwch llwyd
Depending on how pedantic you would like to be

BobSnail
BobSnail
9 months ago

I know Travelodge are good at what they aim to do i.e. a clean budget hotel with minimal facilities to keep the price low. Do these fantasists really expert Claridges’ care for a budget price? get real…

GW Atkinson
GW Atkinson
9 months ago

Our neighbours education system really is in the gutter. You have to be a special kind of entitled and stupid to think of these requests.

Mic
Mic
9 months ago

I was working in hospitality in Porthcawl years ago and somebody asked me about the strange dark cloud formation off the coast. They were concerned because it hadn’t moved for three days. I had to explain the the dark cloud was in fact a land mass called Southern England and the bit they were pointing at was Devon. Some mothers really do have them.

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