When Calgary resident Gordon Relph stays at hotels, he knows precisely what he wants. During his stay at Winnipeg’s Fairmont Hotel, Relph was given the opportunity to provide special instructions to the staff. Instead of asking for extra towels and toiletries, Relph gave employees a very specific request, one that I feel should be offered at every single hotel across the globe.
According to the Sun News, Relph really wanted a pillow fort and a Vanilla Coke. Much to the guest’s surprise, the staff stepped up to the challenge, providing their lodger with ten extra pillows for his project. He was also supplied their patron with two Vanilla Cokes to help sweeten the experience.
“I consider myself a man of action, so when I saw the tools before me, I knew I had to make it happen,” Relph explained to the newspaper. “As a kid, I used to make them all the time with my twin brother, Cliff. We didn’t really have any toys growing up, so we had to make the best out of everything we had.”
The cherry on top, of course, was the “No Girls Allowed” sign he fashioned for his creation, an addition which seemed to amuse his girlfriend. In order to properly document the process, Relph took pictures and uploaded them to an online photo gallery. His creation received over 300,000 hits in only 18 hours.
Jacques Lavergne, sales and marketing director for The Fairmont Hotel, claims that this sort of personal attention is just part of the experience. “As I’m sure you can imagine, with the clientele we have, we have all sorts of odds and ends-type requests. This is one of the more original ones,” she explained.
Although I wouldn’t expect every single hotel on the planet to go above and beyond in this fashion, other companies should definitely start offering pillow forts. If the response to Gordon Relph’s creation is any indication, there is certainly a market for such a thing.