March 1, 2024

And finally… Travelodge’s unusual leftovers

A pair of alpacas called Ant & Dec, a 5ft floral unicorn and a 65-year-old lucky Bonsai tree were among the unusual items left behind at Travelodge hotels in 2019.

The group’s annual review of the quirky objects neglected at its hotels over the last year also included a complete gingerbread village, an Aston Martin, a Persian cat, an urn containing ashes, and an autograph book full of celebrity signatures.

Numerous items of jewellery and clothing were also left behind including a Tiffany engagement ring, a diamond Chopard watch, a jewelled wedding spree and bridal Louboutin Swarovski shoes.

The hotel group also notes a growing trend in wedding props, wedding attire and even a Best Man being left behind at its hotels.

“This included a 5ft floral unicorn, a huge full moon, a flower wall, palm trees, a Tiffany engagement ring and even a best man,” says Travelodge Spokeswoman, Shakila Ahmed.

Staff at its hotels went to great lengths to return some of the items. The manager of the London City Travelodge dashed to Heathrow Airport to return an engagement ring to a departing guest who had flown to the capital specifically to buy the ring, while another hotel manager had to arrange a sea tractor to get a Best Man who had overslept to his brother’s wedding on Burgh Island.

Meanwhile, the top ten most commonly forgotten items in 2019 were, in descending order: mobile phone chargers, phones/tablets/kindles, business papers/notebooks, books, teddy bears, toiletries, jewellery, clothing, toys and gifts.