Dallas-based Hotels.com released its inaugural Room Service Report—revealing that demand for the in-room amenity is rising, according to 45% of U.S. hotels. But with that increased demand has come some increasingly strange requests to the front desk.
The report surveyed hotel partners around the world to see “what’s ‘in’ when dining in,” from the trendiest to the most eccentric orders. One thing it found: A trend for “over-the-top” room service options, including a $1,600 burger and a $300 ice cream sundae.
The weird stuff? Hang on, we’ll get to it.
First, burgers are the most popular room service order—and not just in the U.S., where 49% of responses picked it. Worldwide, burgers still beat out pizza, club sandwiches, tacos, and fries.
While hotel restaurants may serve fancy sushi and lobster tails, 43% of U.S. hotels surveyed said their guests prefer more casual cuisine in their rooms.
Over 27% of U.S. hotels said their guests break out the dough when ordering in, spending more than $100 on room service on average.
Now, the 10 Most Unusual Room Service Requests
- Diet water
- Melted ice cream
- Boiled bottled water
- A cooked fish that the guest brought with them
- Cockle popcorn
- No-egg-white omelet
- Rice bowl for a dog
- Eggless eggs in hell (shakshuka)
You can see more about the report and find out how to enter for a chance to win $100 toward room service this summer by going here.
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