Okay, not quite the 12 days of Christmas… but in the last 12 months, Travelodge guests have left:

Blue eyed Cockatoo named Brexit
2 Persian Cats – Moet & Chandon
3 Butterfly Tail Fish – Kim, Kourtney & Khloe
Life sized cut out of Gemma Collins
Flat pack greenhouse and life size scarecrow
Chest full of semi-precious stones
Bottle of 1943 vintage champagne worth £1,000
Meghan Markle replica wedding dress
5ft Teddy bear made of popcorn
5ft Handmade Chocolate Easter Bunny
Garden table & chairs

You can understand leaving a life size cut out of Gemma Collins after a wild night out but forgetting some of the other items??

Today, the UK’s first budget hotel brand, Travelodge, has revealed some of the interesting items left behind in its 557 UK hotels during the last 12 months.

With nearly 19 million people annually staying in a Travelodge hotel with half of customers being business travellers customers detailed below are some of the other unusual treasures that have been left in Kent.

  • A life size cardboard cut-out of Gemma Collins (Ashford)
  • A trumpet (Medway)
  • A garden table and chairs (Maidstone)
  • A room full of vases of different coloured roses (Whitstable)
  • A business agreement between two companies (Chatham)

Interestingly, the hotel chain has seen a growing trend in forgetful pet owners. One animal lover staying at Brighton Seafront Travelodge for a summer break left behind their Blue Eyed Cockatoo called Brexit. One fashionista forgot her three Butterfly Tail Fish called Kim, Kourtney and Khloe who travel with her as they inspire her fashion designs at London Covent Garden Travelodge. Also a cat show enthusiast was so over joyed that her two Persian cats called Moet and Chandon won best of show that she forgot them at Swindon Central Travelodge.

The hotel manager at Cambridge Orchard Park Travelodge got quite a shock when they found a jilted groom in his room sobbing on his wedding night. Whilst the hotel team at Crewe Travelodge were delighted to find a brand new ice cream parked in their car park for a week. Unfortunately the owner had lost the keys to his new ice-cream and had to wait for a week for the replacement keys to be produced.

A royal enthusiast from Houston, USA staying at the company’s new Travelodge Plus hotel, London City Travelodge had to make a return journey from Heathrow airport and purchase a new airline ticket when she left behind her much treasured Megan Markle replica wedding dress.

During the last 12 months, Travelodge hotel staff has also found a number of items belonging to forgetful performers. Joseph’s Amazing Technicolour Dream Coat was discovered at Bath City Centre Travelodge. Luckily the hotel manager danced to the actor’s rescue and personally took the coat to the theatre in time for the curtain call. It was touch and go when a cheerleading team forgot their case of pom poms at Manchester Arena Travelodge ahead of competing at the UK National Cheerleading Championships. The hotel reception team managed to save the day and ensure the team had their pom poms in time to attack the crowd.

With a year on year rise in more business customers staying at Travelodge hotels across the UK, the hotel chain has seen a rise in more valuable items being left behind at its hotels. This includes a chest of valuable semi-precious stones at London Bank Travelodge. A Chinese businesswoman sent her PA midway from her Europe trip to pick up a rare bottle of vintage champagne worth over £1,000 that she had recently won at auction that she forgot to pack whilst staying at London Waterloo Travelodge

One forgetful fund manager left behind his new Coutts Cheque Book and his prestigious Silk Coutts account card after a night of celebrating in the Bar Café at London Farringdon Travelodge. He realised a few days later and then sent his assistant to pick it up.

Shakila Ahmed, Travelodge Spokeswoman said: “With nearly 19 million customers annually staying at our 557 UK hotels for a variety of reasons, we do get a range of fascinating items left behind. This year’s audit includes: a brand new ice-cream van, a jilted groom, an amazing Technicolour Dream Coat, a 5ft teddy bear made of popcorn. a blue eyed Cockatoo called Brexit and even a replica of Megan Markel’s wedding dress.

“Interestingly as we have more business customers staying with us than ever before, we have seen a rise this year in important business papers, valuable items and lucky charms being left behind in our hotels. This includes a chest of semi-precious jewels, a rare bottle of vintage champagne, a Coutts cheque book and a 21 year old lucky penny belonging to a CEO. When it comes to why so many customers forget their treasured items, there is one common theme, and that’s living in a fast & furious world. Where time is off the essence especially when getting from A to B and therefore valuable possessions are easily being forgotten.”

Listed below are some of the bizarre items left behind at Travelodge’s 557 UK hotels in 2018

HotelLost and Found Item
Bath City CentreTechnicolour Dream Coat
Beaconsfield Central5ft handmade chocolate Easter bunny
Birmingham Bull RingBag of scratch cards to be used as wedding favours
Brighton SeafrontBlue Eyed Cockatoo called Brexit
Bristol CentralFlat pack greenhouse and a life size Scarecrow
Cambridge Orchard ParkJilted groom
CreweBrand new ice cream van
Edinburgh Queen StreetGallon of water from the Loch Ness
Glasgow Central Louis Vuitton Man Bag containing designs for a new a new product launch
High Wycombe CentralSuitcase full of business books
Lincoln City Centre5ft Teddy Bear Made Of Popcorn
Liverpool Central Exchange Street‘ TOTT3NH4M’ personalised number plate
London BankChest full of semi-precious stones
London Covent GardenThree Butterfly Tail fish in a decorated tank called Kim, Kourtney and Khloe
London CityReplica of Meghan Markle’s wedding dress
London FarringdonCoutts Cheque Book and account card
London WaterlooVintage bottle (1943) of Champagne worth over £1,000
Manchester ArenaCase of cheerleading pom poms
Manchester CentralMobile cocktail bar
Manchester Trafford ParkGlass eye
Newcastle Quayside30lbs Ball and Chain
Oxford Abingdon Road21 year old lucky penny belonging to a CEO
PortsmouthBusiness plan for a pop up shop
Sheffield CentralTraffic Lollipop Stick
Swindon CentralTwo Persian cats called Moet and Chandon
Telford ShawbirchDoggy throne

Listed below are the top ten most popular items left behind in Travelodge hotels during 2018:

  • Chargers for  mobile phones and electronic devices such as laptops
  • Tablets
  • Mobile phones
  • Business papers / notepads / presentations  
  • Teddy Bears
  • Toiletry bags with contents
  • Drones
  • Pyjamas
  • Socks and ties
  • Books

All items left behind in Travelodge hotels which have not been claimed within three months, are donated to local British Heart Foundation Charity Shops, Travelodge’s Charity Partner.


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