There’s something about room service that makes a hotel stay incredibly enjoyable. Sure, people can have food delivered to their homes on any given day, but something about dining in a big comfy robe in a different city is just gratifying. At upscale hotels across the world dedicated concierges and top-tier chefs are on call day and night to make sure guests have anything they’re craving at any moment… and we mean anything.
They weren’t on NYC’s Plaza Hotel‘s room service menu, but when a guest requested live tarantulas in order to roast then eat them, concierge Raphael Pallais made the guests weird dining wish his command. He hunted high and low for the spiders and eventually found a farm in South America to ship them.
A more reasonable food request is chocolate — who wouldn’t want to have some decadent sweets in their suite? A pair of newlyweds staying at New York’s Waldorf Towers wanted the hotel to make life-sized chocolate figures of themselves for their stay. Luckily the pair planned ahead of time for their sweet tooth: the molds took hotel chefs weeks to make.
Though some people may not have spiders or mass quantities of chocolate in their meal plans, they may have strict guidelines to follow whether it’s for allergies, dietary preferences or diets. One famous singer drank raw milk as a part of her diet, and when she was staying at Montreal’s boutique hotel St. Sulpice, the hotel’s concierge had to regularly travel to a farm hours outside of the city to make sure the songstress had milk straight from a cow every morning.
The eccentric Spanish painter Salvador Dali traveled regularly with his pet ocelot, and in his days it probably seemed a bit strange that he asked workers at Le Meurice in Paris to catch flies in the nearby Tuileries Garden for the cat’s snacks. Nowadays it comes as no shock that concierges are bending over backwards not only for their human guests but their furry ones as well. The Waldorf Astoria in New York City was the first hotel to offer room service, and their 24-hour service now extends to animals. Their “Canine Culinary” menu has numerous dining options for people’s dogs. The animal cuisine is probably better quality than the food some of us eat on a regular basis.
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