Oyster’s Fact or Fakeout: Behemoth Hotels, Personal Picnic Butlers, and More

by Carolina on May 15, 2012

The Grand Junior Suite at the Langham Hotel London; London, UK The Grand Junior Suite at the Langham Hotel London is pretty grand, don’t you think?

1. FACT OR FAKEOUT? The 378-room Langham Hotel London was the largest hotel in the city when it opened in 1865.

2. FACT OR FAKEOUT? The Surfcomber Hotel has bought its own herd of sheep, asking guests to name members of the flock.

3. FACT OR FAKEOUT? The Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls is offering a free night’s stay in exchange for playing innkeeper for the day — like checking in guests, taking calls and other administrative duties.

4. FACT OR FAKEOUT? The Andaz Fifth Avenue has added a Picnic Butler to its list of obscene (but awesome) services just in time for the summer season.

5. FACT OR FAKEOUT? The No. 1 complaint of guests at the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers was the steep daily fee for Wi-Fi. Now, the hotel now offers free Internet access.

Check out the answers after the jump!

1. FACT! The Langham is also one of the most exclusive properties in London, but the largest hotel is now the Royal National Hotel, with a whopping 1,630 rooms.

2. FAKEOUT! The hotel does have sheep and cows, but they’re all statues. The hotel has launched a Facebook contest to come up with a cool name for the last of the nameless sheep.

3. FACT! Innkeeper/guests won’t have to do housekeeping, though. Applications are still being accepted for the June 3rd slot.

4. FACT! The Picnic Butler will save a spot in Central Park, set up a blanket, and place all the yummy contents of a hand-woven basket on it. Picnic basket prices range from $60 to $2,000.

5. FAKEOUT! The No. 1 guest complaint was the lack of in-room heating and A/C controls, but after the latest renovations every guest room has its own temperature control. The hotel still charges for Internet access.

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