TRAVELODGE, the UK’s first budget hotel chain, has announced the mysterious objects left behind in its 500 UK hotels during 2013.
With over 16 million people staying with Travelodge each year, things inevitably get left behind.
At the Roche branch of Travelodge near St Austell, somebody left behind a Hornby ‘The Cornishman’ Digital Train Set worth a staggering £250, and still in its packaging.
All items left behind in Travelodge hotels which have not been claimed within three months are donated to local charity shops.
Shakila Ahmed, Travelodge Spokeswoman said: “Each year our lost and found inventory report provides plenty of revelations.
“From deeds to a £2 million house, a set of 24 carat gold Indian Gods and a Vertu mobile phone right through to a pet tarantula and even exclusive yoghurt flavours which have not even been launched to the public, it’s evident what a cross section of people stay in our 500 hotels.
“Our 2013 left behind register also reveals how much smart technology has become a part of our everyday lives, as we have had nearly 10,000 tablets and smartphones left behind in our hotels in the last 12 months. This is a significant increase from previous years.
“What is becoming evident after speaking to our customers is that the pace of life has become so fast and we are so eager to get from A to B that valuable possessions are easily being forgotten.”
Other items left behind across the country include a premarital agreement, a six foot piece of snake skin, a brand new Vera Wang wedding dress worth £5,000, a five foot Buddha, a life size cardboard cut-out of Joey Essex and a suitcase of Prince George memorabilia.
Travelodge has also reported that during the last 12 months, 22,648 books have been left behind in 38,000 of its hotel rooms. The most popular book left behind was the third in the Fifty Shades trilogy, Fifty Shades Freed.