Hotel keeps lonely guests company with fish rentals

Hotel keeps lonely guests company with fish rentals”

Traveling solo can be a little lonely at times, but one hotel has found a way to give their guests a little companionship, while making money at the same time!

The fish were initially meant to keep guests entertained while they waited to check in, but the critters became so popular that the hotel started renting them to lonely lodgers.

The fish friend programme caught the imagination of the internet after Michelle Cook, a radio producer, posted a picture of the fishbowl and sign on Twitter. "Rent-a-fish for just 3.50 euros (£3.22) per night".

The note has been re-tweeted more than 10,000 times with commenters divided on the offer.

The manager of the Van der Valk Hotel Charleroi, about 70km south of Brussels, said the idea to lend out the establishment's three goldfish came to him a few years back when he noticed guests getting bored at the reception desk. The idea was to surprise our guests, as we always try to do. "It's brilliant to see how people react to it".

However, some Twitter users did have concerns over the small size of the bowl the fish were kept in when they were rented out. He says the "gimmick", as he called it, gets a lot of attention on social media.

But while a lot of people responding to Cooke's tweet did find the idea amusing, there were also some concerns raised about the wellbeing of fish.

Once guests have checked out, the goldfish are then returned to a big fish tank with other goldfish in the housekeeping department where they have access to shelter and plants. "When we think it's necessary, we put them there for a few days".

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