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Midlands hotel asked to fill bath with Cadbury’s chocolate, and it’s not the strangest request | Central

A staff member at a Birmingham hotel was asked to fill up a guests bath up with Cadbury’s chocolate, it’s been revealed.

And it’s just one of the weird requests that customers at Birmingham Travelodge hotels have asked in the past year, the company says. One customer at the Fort Dunlop site also asked a member of staff to get them a role on Peaky Blinders.Another customer asked staff if they could sort a gondola ride from the city centre to the Black Country, so they could propose to their girlfriend. Another extraordinary request took place at Travelodge’s Birmingham Airport hotel where one customer asked if staff could arrange for them to walk straight onto the runway from the hotel so they could have a lie-in.

Imagine being asked…

  • Can you get me a role in Peaky Blinders?

  • Can you sort a gondola ride from the city centre to the Black Country?

  • Can you arrange for me to walk right onto the airport runway so I can have a lie in?

  • Can you stop the seagulls from squealing?

  • Can you switch off the Severn Bridge fog horn?

  • Can you identify the UFO hotspots?

  • Can you get my grandma an honorary Oxford University degree?

Travelodge spokesperson Shakila Ahmed said: “Annually we welcome millions of customers from all corners of the UK at our 575 hotels which includes 13 properties in Birmingham.

Throughout the year, our hotel teams receive thousands of interesting requests from business and leisure guests. Where possible, our hotel teams will go above and beyond to help customers as they relish a good challenge.

Travelodge Spokesperson

“Interestingly the requests change regionally, seasonally and this year we have even received interesting requests around social distancing. However, there are some requests beyond their control such as: stopping the seagulls from squealing, switching off the Severn Bridge fog horn, identifying UFO hotspots and getting a grandmother an honorary degree from Oxford University.”

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The Bath Arms in Horningsham, Wiltshire

  • The Bath Arms in Wiltshire underwent a transformation during lockdown with its ivy facade stripped away
  • The Inspector was shown to a room at the top of the house, ‘reached via various fire doors’
  • He was impressed by the room’s ‘character, romance and a sense of calm’ along with the ‘huge bathroom’ 
  • The service was ‘a little haphazard’ in the main dining room but the convivial atmosphere got a thumbs up
  • Remember… The Inspector pays his way – and tells it like it is… 

The Bath Arms has been through some changes (haven’t we all?) over the past ten years or so. 

It’s always been part of Lord Bath’s Longleat estate (the current Duke inherited on the death of his father in April), but various management teams have come and gone. 

The current lot has a considerable pedigree in the form of The Beckford Arms, The Talbot Inn and the Lord Poulett Arms — all in rolling countryside in Wiltshire and Somerset. 

The Bath Arms in Wiltshire underwent a transformation during lockdown, with much of its ivy facade stripped away
One of the bedrooms at The Bath Arms. The Inspector stayed in a room at the top of the house with a huge bathroom
The Bath Arms has always been part of Lord Bath’s Longleat estate, but various management teams have come and gone

It helps, of course, when you take over a classically beautiful, 18th-century coaching inn surrounded by woods and Capability Brown parkland — and just so we get the idyllic rural message, a hooting owl greets us on arrival. 

The big transformation took place during lockdown, with much of the ivy-clad building stripped back to reveal its original features in all their glory. 

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That means flagstones, oak floorboards and mantelpieces that would have architectural salvage companies salivating. A bright young man with impeccable manners shows us to our room at the top of the house. 

‘It’s my favourite, actually,’ he says. I can see why, albeit reached via various fire doors that could do with a lick of paint. 

A cosy lounge area within The Bath Arms, with dogs welcome to relax too

Character, romance and a sense of calm are writ large, with the huge bathroom (Bramley products) reached via a low Alice In Wonderland door. 

Downstairs, there’s a charming bar with a snug next to it where one wall is covered in Vanity Fair prints. This is a classy place, accessible to all. 

While we sit on comfy chairs near the front door and enjoy a pre-­dinner drink, a family of five, plus a greyhound, step in. 

They look as if they’ve been walking for hours. I can think of few better places to recuperate. 

The Inspector said the main dining room at The Bath Arms was ‘beautifully lit, moody, tasteful’
Some of the food on offer at The Bath Arms. The Inspector said that service was a little haphazard and that his wine was forgotten
The Inspector said
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