If you think you’ve seen it all, wait until you travel to these 11 hotels around the world. Each of them has a job to satisfy the needs of their clients and achieve the ultimate in luxury for guests. Until you have visited some of the finest hotels in the world, the word concierge does not have the same meaning as it might have always had. Here are 11 of the craziest hotel jobs that have existed, many of which you’ll have to see to believe.
Families and puzzle buffs can summon up a LEGO butler to bring their favorite game pieces to the room on a silver tray at Ashford Castle, near Shannon, Ireland. While the hard work is left to your own prowess, the butler can make sure that you have all the tools you need to have a good time during your stay.
At the Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino, the resident bird whisperer helps guests communicate with the resident parrots and understand how these birds view humans. Not only is it an educational experience for guests of all ages, but it is also a fun treat for families on vacation and looking to add a bit of education to their time with sun, sand and sea.
Need help stoking the logs and getting the best crackle and pop from your fire? The fireplace butler at The Lowell in New York, a member of The Leading Hotels of the World, can help. They will bring a pile of freshly chopped wood to the room along with all the tools necessary to keep the flames glowing and warm.
Sound familiar? No, it’s completely different. The barbecue butler at Dream Nashville is responsible for organizing the ideal get together around the fireplace with meat (or veggies) on the skewers. Soon to be part of the World of Hyatt family, Dream Nashville is one of the many properties to offer this service for those that like to cook out and are looking for a little help to get just the right flavor and burn angle.
Puerto Ricans know doubt recall the game of dominoes played by groups of friends on the street and in homes around the island. The Dominoes Master at the Hyatt Regency Grand Reserve Puerto Rico can help guests rekindle this pastime while introducing travelers to an island tradition that goes back decades.
At Nayara Springs in Costa Rica, another member of The Leading Hotels of the World, guests can meet a dedicated sloth concierge who makes it his business to lead guests on hikes through the rain forest to meet these furry, friendly and sedentary animals. It’s an experience that guests of all ages love.
When you stare up at the night sky, it’s hard to imagine the entire world of planets and starts that exist beyond reach. With the help of incredibly powerful telescopes and a guide to walk you through a Champagne-led adventure, the sky guru at Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas can help guests spot the most familiar and rare constellations in the unpolluted night sky over this Indian Ocean nation. From the first overwater observatory in the Maldives, guests can see the sky like they never have before.
If you want to tipple on your preferred H2O, but don’t know which one to select, the water sommelier at Switzerland’s Grand Resort Bad Ragaz can help. Their duty is to understand the complexities of different types of bottled water and explain that to guests. Whether you prefer the Alpine flavors of the local water or the distant island water from oceans afar, the water sommelier knows the ins and outs of what each type can offer. For example, the sommelier can help guests overcome hangovers or change the taste of certain meals just by choosing a particular type of water.
Travelers to Budapest can get their best Beethoven (or Led Zeppelin if they prefer) on at Aria Hotel Budapest. The hotel’s dedicated music concierge is in charge of a library of music albums ranging from opera to rock. Guests can request rooms that carry the theme of their own preferred tunes or ask to have their own musical style recreated for them in their room. The hotel itself is divided into four themed categories of rooms (jazz, classical, contemporary, and opera). Choose one you prefer or get assigned on that may just surprise you.
If you want to meet the ultimate challenge with your family, the sandcastle concierge at the Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island in Florida is ready to help. Their job is to help you build the most epic architecture using beach sand while also fueling guests’ creativity to win the hearts and minds of their kids, loved ones and fellow sandcastle builders.
If you want to delve into your own family history, the genealogy butler at The Shelbourne, an Autograph Collection Hotel, in Dublin is ready to help. Said to be the only one of its kind in the world, this position can help trace guests roots back for centuries. Initially created to help people discover their Irish roots, it has transitioned into something greater and become something of a boon to those looking to discover their roots.
No matter where you venture this year, there are people out there that are willing and excited to enhance your trip in new ways. Of course, it all depends on where you stay. These 11 hotels offer something special that truly outshines the competition. If these hotels seem out of your price range, don’t forget that you can always earn additional cash by doing nothing more than scanning the purchase receipts of things that you buy at supermarkets, restaurants and other stores that you regularly visit. With Fetch, it is an easy way to accumulate points to redeem for gift cards for popular places that you already frequent. And, who doesn’t like free cash?