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Get served by comedian in Edinburgh hotel

Edinburgh has a well-earned reputation for comedy brilliance, not least thanks to the annual Edinburgh Festival and Fringe, the largest cultural festival in the world, of which comedy is a big part.

travel Updated: Apr 24, 2012 15:34 IST
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Edinburgh has a well-earned reputation for comedy brilliance, not least thanks to the annual Edinburgh Festival and Fringe, the largest cultural festival in the world, of which comedy is a big part.

Most visitors, though, would probably draw the line at being served breakfast by a comedian, but that's exactly what one hotel in the city has started to offer, in a unique twist on room service.

The Hotel Indigo Edinburgh, which opened earlier this month, employed a comedian to deliver meals last week, accompanied by a ten-minute stand-up routine guaranteed to have even the most sour-faced guest in stitches.

Sadly, Janey Godley was only in residence for one week at the property, although management says that it's considering reprising the offering when the Festival arrives in town later this year.

As room service options go, it's a pretty unique idea that has garnered plenty of attention for the boutique property, situated right in the heart of Edinburgh's lively comedy district.

But while it may be the funniest, it's not the only unique room service option out there courtesy of the world's hotels who are ever-keen to increase guests satisfaction (and drum up headlines).

The Surrey hotel in Manhattan, for instance, will dispatch a whitejacketed mixologist to your room on request, for instance, on hand to provide a level of service far exceeding your average minibar.

And last month, Swissotel announced that it was adding gym equipment to its in-room offerings, allowing guests to order a Swiss ball, Aero Step, yoga mats, Thera-Bands, or Pilates rings to the room.

On the wackier (and seemingly less sustainable) side, Hyatt-owned Andaz in London employed a room storyteller for a brief period a few years back, while one Holiday Inn hotel even offered 'human bed warmers' to help ensure guests were cozy for the night.