We’ve all rushed out of a hotel to catch our flight or train back home, and most of us will have forgotten some vital item - our phone, or a pair of socks, or perhaps the papers for that presentation that your business trip was all about.
These are among the most ‘popular’ items left behind in Travelodges across the UK, along with laptop and phone chargers, toiletry bags, other items of clothing such as pyjamas and ties, and high on the list, teddy bears.
However, some rather more unusual items left in the chain’s 525 UK hotels during the last 12 months included a stained glass window, a necklace made from £50 notes, and a wedding cake in the shape of a Disney castle.
One customer staying at Harrogate Travelodge forgot to pack their beloved Shitsu called Harold - only realising after driving for 40 minutes down the M62.
Meanwhile, the housekeeper at Dundee Strathmore Travelodge got a pleasant surprise when she found a family of three generations of gnomes.
And one fashion-conscious customer left behind a trio of prosthetic legs at Manchester Piccadilly Travelodge. Each leg wore a different designer shoe - by Valentino, Gucci and Mui Mui, in case you were wondering. Shakila Ahmed, Travelodge spokeswoman said: “As more business customers are now staying with Travelodge than ever before, this year’s inventory list includes some interesting items such as: a set of annual corporate accounts, a suitcase of invoices, new Mercedes AMG car, a Swarovski encrusted waving lucky cat charm belonging to a successful businessman and a forty year old teddy bear whose owner is a CEO.
“Our customers tell us that the pace of modern life is fast and furious and time is off the essence especially when getting from A to B therefore valuable possessions are easily being forgotten.”
All items left behind in Travelodge hotels which have not been claimed within three months, are donated to local charity shops.
Listed below are the top ten most popular items left behind in Travelodge hotels during 2016:
• Chargers for mobile phones and electronic devices such as laptops
• Mobile phones
• Business papers / notepads / presentations
• Teddy Bears
• Toiletry bags with contents
• Sat nav
• Socks and ties
The full list of items left behind by Travelodge’s leisure and business customers across the country are listed below:
Sikh ceremonial helmet and shield
British Blue Shorthair cat called Yoda
Antique stained glass window
Necklace made from £50 notes
Brass octagonal gramophone which had just been repaired to its full glory
London Covent Garden
Barrister’s wig & gown
Shitsu called Harold
Heathrow Terminal 5
Keys to a haveli (mansion) in Delhi, India
A large vintage cuckoo clock
Swarovski encrusted waving cat – good luck charm
London Aldgate East
Gold portrait of Elvis Presley
A forty year old teddy bear belonging to a CEO
Oxford Abingdon Road
Mercedes AMG car
Annual set of company accounts
3ft Cheetah ornament
Birmingham Newhall Street
Suitcase of rupees
Monkey puzzle tree
Film footage from a documentary TV programme
A family of three generations of garden gnomes
Three piece Tom Ford suit
Three prosthetic legs
(Each leg wore a different designer shoe. This included a Valentino, Gucci and Mui Mui shoe)
Wedding cake in the design of a Disney castle
A pair of 4ft pillars covered in fresh white roses
Blackpool South Shore
4ft stick of rock
Wedding vows from the 1950s
Scrapbook of Coronation Streetmemorabilia
Suitcase of invoices that need to be posted
Round the world cruise ticket