Odd ball concierge requests

2013-10-30 14:33
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Slavery has never been more fashionable. Seriously. The life of a concierge is never dull as their service ups the ante at establishments across the globe - perfecting the art of waiting hand and foot on those taking some time out for a bit of rest and relaxation.

"Can I get you anything?" is a question we've all put out there at one point or another. But for a concierge it's more a case of "Your wish is my command".

And some of these wishes would have many of us doing a double-take, if not rolling around on the floor in a fit of laughter. But if you're a true concierge, not even TS Elliot's levitating Macavity could get you to raise an eyebrow.

Here are a few unusual concierge requests the staff at Peermont have been privy to:

- Imagine being handed a packet along with the request to have its contents arranged out on the bed beforehand. What was inside the bag? Lingerie with bells on it. Awkward!

- Medical tourism certainly is thriving, with traditional medicine and interactions with sangoma's forming part of many an overseas visitor's itinerary. But what do you say to a guest desperately searching for "an exotic fruit growing from a tree in the middle of Africa" said to be a fantastic slimming product? Uhm, head straight past the dessert section on the buffet table perhaps?

- When a guest attaches sentiment to an item, even if it happens to be an insignificant old shirt. The champion of concierges does what is expected and couriers it across the sea even if it costs more than the shirt itself.

- Beauty truly is in the eye of the beholder. When a guest purchases old embroidered art pieces bought at the corner supermarket, you make sure you dismantle and wrap it up safely for its private jet flight back home.

- If guests have an acquired taste for something, even if it's authentic foie gras (duck liver especially fattened) then you have it brought in especially from France.

We also scoured the web for a few other requests that might tweak your interest, whether they were made by well-known individuals or not will have to remain a mystery:

According to one concierge on Forbes Traveller a guest requested a private screening of a movie on a beach. As if that wasn't enough, sand between the toes was a no-no. The solution - order in reams of white carpet to cover a neat section of the alcove.

When a guest asks you to arrange for his dry cleaning to be done as well as order him a Lamborghini, apparently the correct response is, "In what colour would you like that sir?"

A hotel was hosting a big meeting, with one woman in attendance informing the concierge that she had recently had a baby and since she wasn't bringing her child and could not breastfeed she didn't want to waste the milk. Her request included private room for her to be able to pump out the excess milk. But things didn't end there. The Concierge had to freeze the milk and FedEx it to her home.

Also the same vein as the exotic weight loss fruit, this woman called one particular concierge requiring a hypnotist to help her lose weight. But she first wanted him to call a psychic to see if it would work.

Concierge will rarely turn down a client's request unless it is illegal or unethical as this tale reveals. Four guys came into the hotel lobby in need of some sexual favours. This concierge drew the proverbial line by handing them a copy of a local publication that had relevant phone numbers in it and told them to call for themselves, stating "I'm not a pimp".

If you know of anything more outrageous, why not post a comment below or email us on info@News24travel.com
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