A cockatoo called Brexit, a replica of Meghan Markle’s wedding dress and a five-foot bear made from popcorn: Hotel chain reveals the most bizarre items left in its rooms in 2018
- Travelodge has published a list of the weirdest items in its lost and found offices
- Two award-winning Persian cats were left behind at the Swindon Central hotel
- A cheerleading squad left a case full of poms poms at Manchester Arena branch
A hotel chain has revealed some of the most bizarre items that have been left behind in its rooms – and they include a blue-eyed cockatoo called Brexit, a replica of Meghan Markle’s wedding dressing and a five-foot bear made from popcorn.
But that’s not all, other lost and found items in 2018 were a chest full of semi-precious stones, an amazing Technicolour Dream Coat and even an ice cream van.
Budget chain Travelodge, which has 542 properties across the UK, today published its list of the weirdest items that have ended up in its lost and found offices over the past 12 months.
Hotel chain Travelodge has revealed some of the most bizarre items that have been left behind in its rooms over the past 12 months
Interestingly in 2018, the hotel chain saw a growing trend in forgetful pet owners.
One fashionista forgot her three butterfly tail fish called Kim, Kourtney and Khloe – they travel with her as they inspire her fashion designs – at London Covent Garden Travelodge.
Also, a cat show enthusiast was seemingly so overjoyed that her two Persian cats called Moet and Chandon won best of show at the Fantastica cat show event in Swindon that she left them behind at the town’s Central Travelodge.
Meanwhile, the hotel manager at Cambridge Orchard Park Travelodge got quite a shock when he found a jilted groom sobbing in his room on his wedding night.
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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 van and had to wait for a week for the replacement keys to be produced.
Elsewhere, a royal enthusiast from Houston, USA, who had been staying at the company’s new Travelodge Plus hotel, London City Travelodge, had to fly back from America when she left behind her much treasured Megan Markle replica wedding dress.
Another trend the hotel chain saw was a number of items left behind by forgetful performers.
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
THE MOST COMMON ITEMS LEFT IN TRAVELODGE ROOMS IN 2018
Chargers for mobile phones and electronic devices such as laptops
Business papers /notepads /presentations
Toiletry bags with contents
Socks and ties
Joseph’s Amazing Technicolour Dream Coat was discovered at Bath City Centre Travelodge by an actor, but luckily the hotel manager came to his rescue and personally took the coat to the theatre in time for the curtain call.
Meanwhile 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 wow the crowd.
Travelodge has also seen a year-on-year rise in more business customers staying at its hotels across the UK, meaning the chain has seen a rise in more valuable items being left.
This includes a chest of valuable semi-precious stones at London Bank Travelodge.
A Chinese businesswoman sent her PA 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 while staying at London Waterloo Travelodge.
And 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 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.
‘When it comes to why so many customers forget their treasured items, there is one common theme, and that’s living in a fast and furious world.
‘Therefore valuable possessions are easily being forgotten.’
THE BIZARRE ITEMS LEFT IN TRAVELODGE ROOMS (AND CAR PARKS) IN 2018
Bath City Centre – A technicolour dream coat
Beaconsfield Central – A 5ft handmade chocolate Easter bunny
Birmingham Bull Ring – A bag of scratch cards to be used as wedding favours
Brighton Seafront – A blue eyed cockatoo called Brexit
Bristol Central – A flat pack greenhouse and a life size Scarecrow
Cambridge Orchard Park – A jilted groom
Crewe – A brand new ice cream van
Edinburgh Queen Street – A gallon of water from the Loch Ness
Glasgow Central – A Louis Vuitton man bag containing designs for a new product launch
High Wycombe Central – A suitcase full of business books
Lincoln City Centre – A 5ft teddy bear made of popcorn
Liverpool Central Exchange Street – A ‘ TOTT3NH4M’ personalised number plate
London Bank – A chest full of semi-precious stones
London Covent Garden -Three butterfly tail fish in a decorated tank called Kim, Kourtney and Khloe
London City – A replica of Meghan Markle’s wedding dress
London Farringdon – A Coutts cheque Book and account card
London Waterloo – A vintage bottle (1943) of Champagne worth over £1,000
Manchester Arena – A case of cheerleading pom poms
Manchester Central – A mobile cocktail bar
Manchester Trafford Park – A glass eye
Newcastle Quayside – A 30lbs ball and chain
Oxford Abingdon Road – A 21-year-old lucky penny belonging to a CEO
Portsmouth – A business plan for a pop up shop
Sheffield Central – A traffic lollipop stick
Swindon Central – Two Persian cats called Moet and Chandon
Telford Shawbirch – A doggy throne
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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