A pantomime horse suit is among the list of bizarre items guests left behind following their stays at Britain’s Travelodge hotel chain during 2012.
The horse suit was found in a vacated room at the Leeds Central Travelodge. One of the cast members from Cinderella left the horse behind after staying whilst the pantomime was playing at the City Varieties Music Hall.
Other forgotten items included the original Harry Potter’s wand, breast implants, a bucket of live crabs, a diamond-encrusted iPhone, a script for a well-known soap opera and a python.
The budget hotel chain has marked the new year by releasing a list of the strangest items left behind in its 527 hotels during the last year, during which it provided accommodation for more than 13 million people.
Other items included:
- A winning EuroMillions ticket.
- Keys to a Bugatti.
- A pair of breast implants (The guest was en-route to London for a cosmetic operation. She had purchased the implants from the USA ).
- The original Harry Potter wand (The wand was worth in excess of £2000 so it was locked away in a drawer until the owner could come back to collect it).
- A stamp album worth a quarter of a million pounds.
- A pet python called Monty.
- A set of four adult-size Power Ranger costumes in red, black, blue and yellow.
- A box of 200 Queen Elizabeth masks.
- A valuable set of Olympic tickets.
- A trunk of chocolate bars.
- A Wonder Woman outfit.
- A diamond-encrusted wedding ring.
- A Persian Chinchilla kitten worth £600.
- A suitcase of vinyl records.
- A set of false teeth with diamonds.
- A Rolex watch worth £50,000.
- A tiffany engagement ring.
- A pilot’s training manual.
- Joseph’s Dream Coat.
- 7000 copies of “Fifty Shades of Grey” across all its rooms.
- 76,500 teddy bears.
Travelodge spokeswoman Shakila Ahmed said: “Each year our lost and found departments provide plenty of revelations. our customers’ left-behinds demonstrate what a cross section of people stay in our 527 hotels.
“What is becoming evident after speaking to customers is that the pace of life has become so fast and we are so eager to get from A to B that priceless processions are easily being forgotten.”
Travelodge reported that during the last 12 months, over 20,000 books were left behind in 38,000 of its hotel rooms; 7000 of which were “Fifty Shades of Grey”.
The top ten most popular items left behind in Travelodge’s 500 hotels in 2012 are:
- Phone/laptop chargers
- Pyjamas / clothes
- Teddy bears
- Toiletry bags with contents
- Laptops/iPads/ kindles
- Mobile phones
- Electric toothbrushes
In the last 12 months Travelodge staff has reunited 76,500 forgotten cuddly bears with their owners.
Since January 2012 all items left behind at Travelodge hotels that have not been claimed within three months have been donated to Cancer Research UK charity shops across the UK.