Fresh Prince fan amazed as hotel puts Uncle Phil in his room

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A DEMANDING hotel guest was amazed when staff met his joke request for a framed portrait of a US TV star next to his bed.

Adam Cleland told the Glasgow hotel that his special request was a picture of Philip Banks from The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.

The 25-year-old posted shortly after his arrival at the £145-a-night hotel: “They actually did it.”

Mr Cleland, a revenue protection officer with Southern Rail, was booked into the Radisson Blu in Argyle Street.

Uncle Phil from the Fresh Prince watching over Adam Cleland's room at the Radisson
Uncle Phil from the Fresh Prince watching over Adam Cleland’s room at the Radisson

Mr Cleland, from Eastbourne, East Sussex, said: “I come up to Glasgow a few times a year to spend the weekend drinking in the city centre with friends.

“I’ve never stayed in a five star hotel before. When I was booking my room online, I noticed a box at the bottom of the page where I could list any special requests.

“I was watching The Fresh Prince at the time I thought ‘bingo’’, a framed picture of Uncle Phil by my bed is the perfect request.

“I thought they’d just dismiss my request as ridiculous but, nope, they delivered and the several minutes of laughter it gave me when I entered the room set my mood perfectly.”

Adam Cleland - who thinks  the Fresh Prince is one of the best sitcoms to come out of America.
Adam Cleland – who thinks the Fresh Prince is one of the best sitcoms to come out of America.

A hotel spokeswoman said: “This is definitely one of the most unusual requests we have received.

“Our front office team found a picture online and printed it out and put it the frame and had it in the room for the guest arriving.”

Philip Banks was the overbearing and easily riled uncle of Will Smith in the ’90s hit sitcom, which ran for six series. He was played by James Avery, who died on December 31 last year.

Mr Cleland said: “Obviously the man himself is sadly no longer with us but I feel that he was with me in spirit, guiding me through the worst hangover of my life. I don’t know if he ever visited Glasgow but I bet he would have loved it.”

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