It’s a New Year favourite from Travelodge – a bizarre list of items people have left in their rooms. And it never ceases to amaze me that anyone actually owns things like a 6ft polar bear, let alone take it away with them.
And then there was the R2-D2 robot, William Shakespeare outfit and skull, money tree bearing £50 notes, stethoscope, Union Jack face masks and a Siberian Husky puppy called Saskia.
Have a laugh at the other items left behind in Travelodge’s 563 hotels during the last 12 months. They include a…
50-year-old football sticker book belonging to a devoted Liverpool FC fan
Message in a bottle which was a wedding proposal
Cartier engagement ring
Suitcase full of board games
Keys to a new Bentley car
DJI Inspire Drone
Personalised Hilti drill
60-year-old marriage certificate
Valuable stamp collection
MOVA metallic globe
Two first class tickets to the Maldives
3ft diffuser with Italian orange fragrance
Philosophy, politics and economics degree from Oxford University
Swarovski wedding crown
Diary belonging to a nurse
Small army of 6ft tall Nutcracker soldiers
3ft Italian designer diffuser
Shakila Ahmed of Travelodge: “With millions of customers staying at our hotels for thousands of different reasons, we do get a range of interesting items left behind.
“This year, as we kept some of our hotels open during both lockdowns to support local communities and provide accommodation for key workers, local authorities and for businesses that could travel for work we have seen a rise in items being left behind by medical professionals. This includes a stethoscope, scrubs, crocs and a nurse’s personal diary documenting their experience of working through the pandemic plus lots of personalised face masks.
“When it comes to why so many of our customers forget their treasured items, it’s basically due to us all being time poor, juggling multiple tasks and being in a hurry to get from A to B. In the rush, valuable possessions are easily forgotten.”
Weddings played a part in the “left-behind” items. A groom staying at Edinburgh Central Travelodge had to send a courier to pick up his wife’s surprise wedding present that he had forgotten to pack – a 6ft tall cuddly polar bear. Whilst the hotel manager from Gatwick Airport Central Travelodge PLUS had to literally jump queues, to reunite newlyweds with their first class tickets to the Maldives.
A couple staying at Cardiff Atlantic Wharf Travelodge, who were celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary, forgot their framed marriage certificate.