This past year Travelodge has seen a treasure trove of weird and wonderful items left behind by guests. Where else would you find a gallon of water from Loch Ness, a Persian Chinchilla cat named Angel, and a Tiffany engagement ring but in the UK’s first budget hotel brand.
With nearly 19 million guests staying at 571 Travelodges across the country in 2019, it’s no wonder our lost and found boxes are stuffed full of bizarre and unexpected things. Like the time two alpacas named Ant and Dec were left behind at Travelodge Stratford Upon Avon. This year we’ve seen a lot more wedding related items being left behind in rooms up and down the country. A 5ft tall unicorn made of flowers was left behind by a bridal party at Travelodge Leamington Spa, whilst an enormous, glitter covered silver moon – the backdrop for wedding photos from the previous day – was found tucked up in bed at Travelodge Liverpool John Lennon Airport.
One man left his Tiffany engagement ring behind at Travelodge London City, stashed in the pillow case. Having travelled all the way to London from the Hebrides in order to purchase the ring for his bride to be, it was very fortunate that the groom’s ring was found by housekeeping soon after he’d checked out. The Hotel Manager speedily (but within legal limits, of course) rushed down to Heathrow Airport to reunite the much relieved guest with his ring.
As well as some unusual items being forgotten, a Best Man who’d overslept was left behind by the wedding party at Travelodge Torquay. With under an hour to go before the wedding, the Hotel Manager was hard pushed to arrange a sea tractor to transport the abandoned Best Man to nearby Burgh Island for his brother’s wedding. Fortunately, he made it in the nick of time.
Have a look below at the weirdest things guests have left behind in Travelodge hotels this year.
|A 5ft unicorn made from flowers||Travelodge Leamington Spa|
|A huge full moon||Travelodge Liverpool John Lennon Airport|
|Tiffany Engagement Ring||Travelodge London Central|
|Best Man||Travelodge Torquay|
|A gingerbread village with residents||Travelodge Cardiff Atlantic Wharf|
|A 6ft flower wall||Travelodge Rugby|
|A 3ft long lucky heather wedding bouquet||Travelodge Edinburgh Central|
|Artwork / presentation for a new brand identity||Travelodge Edinburgh Park|
|A pair of Alpacas called Ant and Dec||Travelodge Stratford Upon Avon|
|A pair of artificial palm trees||Travelodge Cambridge Central|
|A jewelled wedding saree||Travelodge Dudley Town Centre|
|Vertu Phone||Travelodge Aberdeen Central|
|A 65 year old good luck Bonsai tree||Travelodge London Waterloo|
|A dissertation||Travelodge Leeds Central|
|A 30 year old autograph book||Travelodge Manchester Central Arena|
|A diamond Chopard watch||Travelodge Manchester Central|
|Blood pressure monitor||Travelodge Loughborough|
|A Persian Chinchilla cat called Angel||Travelodge Stirling|
|A urn with father’s ashes||Travelodge Stowmarket|
|A Gibson Guitar||Travelodge Welwyn Garden|
|A 75 inch TV||Travelodge Brent Cross|
|Bridal Louboutin Swarovski shoes||Travelodge Harrow|
|An Aston Martin||Travelodge Marlow|
|Deeds to a shop||Travelodge Harrogate|
|A set of 4ft angel wings artwork||Travelodge Windsor|
As well as the many peculiar and odd items that get left behind, there are some belongings that commonly get forgotten by guests. So, if you’ve been wondering what the most frequently left behind items are, then look no further. Here’s our list of the top 10 most common items left in Travelodges during 2019. Have you forgotten any of these on your travels last year?
- Chargers for mobile phones and electronic devices such as laptops
- Mobile phones, tablets and kindles
- Business papers/ notepads/ presentations
- Teddy Bears
- Toiletry bags with contents
- Gifts/ presents
For those of you wondering what happens to these lost treasures left in Travelodges, whilst it might be nice for a hotel manager to get their hands on a brand new Aston Martin or a 75 inch TV, every effort is made to reunite lost items with their rightful owners. But, if after three months the items have not been claimed they are donated to the local British Heart Foundation Charity Shops, our nominated charity partner.