Hotel Pillows (in German)

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Speicher, 21 Jan 2008.

  1. Speicher

    Speicher Vice Admiral Moderator

    How do I ask a hotel in Austria to put pillows in my room next week that do not have feathers in them. I have tried in the past asking for "pillows without feathers", synthetic pillows, etc. Is it non-allergenic, or non-allergy. My spoken German is OK, but does not stretch to the details of the contents of pillows.

    Any help would be appreciated. (It does not matter about feathers in the quilt, I can cope with that.)
  2. alecstilleyedye

    alecstilleyedye nothing in moderation Moderator

    synthetisches pilow, keine Federn

    (according to the mac's translator, synthetic pillow, no feathers)
  3. Fab Foodie

    Fab Foodie hanging-on in quiet desperation ...

    Nicht goosenfeatheren in der pillowcushionbolsteren danke...surely?
  4. Noodley

    Noodley Guest

    According to google translate;

    Ich möchte nicht, dass Federn in meinem Kissen.
  5. Noodley

    Noodley Guest


  6. sheddy

    sheddy Guru

    Take yer own (travel) pillow ?
  7. alecstilleyedye

    alecstilleyedye nothing in moderation Moderator

  8. punkypossum

    punkypossum Donut Devil

    "Ich bin allergisch, deshalb bitte keine Feder- oder Daunenkissen"

    That should sort me, I'm a native :smile:
  9. mr_hippo

    mr_hippo Living Legend & Old Fart

    You are almost right - you have to add an 'O' onto every word and speak more slowly (or is that only for Spanish?).
  10. Keith Oates

    Keith Oates Janner

    Penarth, Wales
    Maybe you could find a warm alternative to the pillow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  11. OP

    Speicher Vice Admiral Moderator

    I have taken the precaution of looking this up in my German dictionary.
    Synthetisches seems OK, but pilow does not exist in German, I know that should be Kopfkissen. Bearing in mind this request will be by phone, it is difficult to make sure you dont say something that sounds like Pferde (horses). Which I where I think I may have gone wrong before.:smile:
  12. Dave5N

    Dave5N Über Member

    :angry: Keith! You old smoothie!
  13. OP

    Speicher Vice Admiral Moderator

    Thanky Punkypossum for your reply. I have now contacted the hotel and they knew what I was talking about.:blush:

    Sheddy, I find that instead of a travel pillow, the alternative that works for me is to wrap the feather pillow in one of the bathroom towels, and then put it back in the pillowcase. This provides a thick barrier between my nose and the feathers. Taking a travel pillow means that there is one more thing that I could leave behind in a foreign hotel. :blush:
  14. Johnny Thin

    Johnny Thin New Member

    So what you're effectively after is a vegan pillow?

    Not surprisingly, German doesn't have an adjective for vegan, only noun (der Veganer) What's suggested for the adj is "jemand, der keine Tierprodukte verwendet".

    So what you need to ask for is "Ein Kopfkissen fuer jemanden, der keine Tierprodukte verwendet, ohne Inhalt von Gans- oder Entefeder, bitte. Und auch keine Sahne mit dem Kaffee"

    Mind you, if you're not careful you might find the pillow's been filled with the pubic hair of long-deceased Jewry ...
  15. Fnaar

    Fnaar Smutmaster General

    Simply march into the next room and take their pillows! :tongue:
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