Solo travel is a wonderful soul-searching experience where you have the freedom to do what you want, whenever you want. But, for those of us who have travelled alone for an extended period of time, we know it can at some times be a lonely experience, heightened when you retreat from a day out on the town to your empty hotel room.
Just a stone’s throw from the Belgian capital of Brussels is a hotel with a difference, that has the solo traveller in mind. Recognising the fact that travel can sometimes be a lonesome experience, Hotel Charleroi Airport has a unique program to help alleviate some of the feeling.
For just €3.50 per night, travellers can rent a goldfish to keep them company in their hotel room. It’s a very unusual service, but studies have revealed that pets can help with feelings of depression.
In the hotel’s lobby a goldfish sits in his bowl with a sign next to it saying: “Alone in your room and want company? RENT-A-FISH”
Just in case you’re worried about the goldfish getting lonely, there’s also an aquarium in the hotel’s housekeeping department with more goldfish, oxygen bubbles and plenty of plants.
The hotel has a four-star rating, out of five, on TripAdvisor, with many reviewers stating it’s a comfortable, clean stay for jetsetters who want to remain close to the airport.
This article originally appeared on Starts at 60.