Belgium airport hotel floats rent a fish as a roommate service

Hotel FishAn airport hotel in Belgium has come up with a unique solution for lonely guests. For the small sum of €3.50 (£3.20), guests staying at the Hotel Charleroi Airport near Brussels are able to enjoy the exciting company of a goldfish for the night.

The goldfish hire service was originally born out of an alcohol induced haze. Hotel manager David Dillen told reporters he was enjoying a couple of beers at the onsite bar when he spotted a long line of guests waiting to check in.

Instead of going and lending the receptionists a helping hand, Mr Dillen said he came up with the brainwave of providing entertainment for the waiting guests. After buying the goldfish and their tanks, they proved to be a smash hit with guests.

Once guests started asking if they could hire the fish as company in their rooms, rent-a-fish was born. Guests get to view their prospective roommates before taking the plunge as some are kept in fishbowls in the Hotel Charleroi Airport’s reception zone.

Mr Dillen scotched rumours that the fish were being kept captive in small bowls without access to sustenance and goldfish goodies. He explained that the goldfish are periodically transferred to a behind-the-scenes aquarium where they can munch on all the food and plants they need and can also take a well-earned rest behind a stone.

Mr Dillen also noted that business travellers loved the novelty of going back to their workplaces and submitting expenses claims for the hire of goldfish. Rent-a-fish has turned into a social media sensation and gone viral on the likes of Twitter and Facebook.



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