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Sea too blue, waiter too handsome: oddest hotel complaints

  • Deck chairs are lined up on a beach as a ship navigates in the distance during final preparations for the 67th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, May 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

LONDON: An overly handsome waiter, a snoring girlfriend and the sea being too blue are among some of the bizarre complaints made to hotel staff, according to a survey published Monday.

Travel search engine Skyscanner quizzed 400 international hotel workers to draw up a list of the top 10 unusual grumbles and divalike demands made.

Other complaints included sheets being too white, ice cream being too cold, the bath being too big and no steak on a vegetarian menu.

One customer asked for a discount after his sleep was disturbed by his snoring girlfriend, while another asked for a refund as his dog had had an unhappy stay.

Staff at a hotel in London’s Mayfair were taken aback when a client bemoaned the lack of an ocean view from his room.

Equally eyebrow raising are some of the requests, including one for a dead mouse.

One guest asked for a bowl of crocodile soup, another for a bath of honey while one hungry punter demanded 15 cucumbers a day.MOST UNUSUAL COMPLAINTS:o The sheets are too white

The sea was too blue

The ice cream was too cold

The bath was too big

The guest’s girlfriend’s snoring kept guest awake

The guest’s dog didn’t enjoy his stay

Hotel had no ocean view (in the Mayfair area of London)

There was no steak on the vegetarian menu

The waiter was too handsome

The mother of the groom wasn’t given the honeymoon suite

MOST UNUSUAL REQUESTS:o One glass of water on the hour every hour, throughout the night

Fifteen cucumbers a day

The toilet should be filled with mineral water

A bath of honey

The sound of goat bells to aid sleep

Only the right legs of a chicken

A dead mouse

A bath of chocolate milk

16 pillows (for a single guest)

Crocodile soup

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on May 14, 2014, on page 13.
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