Budget hotel brand Travelodge has today announced the most bizarre items left behind by guests in 2019.
A pet tortoise, a 65-year-old bonsai tree, a vintage bottle of 1943 champagne, a 75 inch TV and a case of wedding dresses were among just some of the items left behind across its 571 UK sites.
An inventory report conducted by Travelodge revealed a “growing trend” in leaving behind wedding props and attire, whilst a trend in “forgetful pet owners” also saw guests leave behind pet alpacas and cats, among other animals.
Shakila Ahmed, a spokeswoman for Travelodge, said: “With nearly 19 million customers annually staying at our 571 UK hotels, including 77 in London, for thousands of different reasons, we do get a range of interesting items left behind.
“This year’s audit includes: a pair of Alpacas called Ant & Dec, a 65 year old luck Bonsai tree, an Aston Martin, a dissertation, a gingerbread village with residents and a precious 20 year old celebrity autograph book.”
“Interestingly our hotel teams have reported a rise in wedding and proposal props being left behind in our hotels in 2019. This included a 5ft floral unicorn, a huge full moon, a flower wall, palm trees, a Tiffany engagement ring and even a best man.”
She added: “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.”
All items left behind, if not claimed within three months, are donated to the local British Heart Foundation Charity Shops .