You won’t BELIEVE what people leave behind at Travelodge Bournemouth

Plans for a new home, seven dwarfs outfits, a sequin wedding gown and a racing bike make the 2019 Travelodge list of bizarre left behinds in Bournemouth

We’ve all left the odd book, t-shirt or carrier bag at hotels over the years. But the diverse nature of Travelodge in Bournemouth’s customers – be they families, stags or professionals – have left a plethora of unusual items over the years. Travelodge’s Lost & Found office in Bournemouth have contributed to a nationwide list of bizarre items left by guests probably preoccupied with breakfast and departure.

With nearly 19 million people annually staying in a Travelodge hotel across the length and breadth of the UK – detailed below are some of the unusual treasures that have been left at the company’s three hotels in the Bournemouth area.

  • A vintage Hermes scarf
  • Seven Dwarfs outfits
  • A racing bike
  • Message in a bottle
  • Sequin wedding gown
  • His & Hers designer watches
  • Plans for a new house build
  • A bottle of 50 year old whisky
  • A family of teddy bears
  • A vintage camera

The hotel manager at Torquay Travelodge was put through his paces when he found a Best Man who had overslept and been left behind by the wedding party. The manager literally had less than an hour to arrange a sea tractor and get the Best Man to Burgh Island for his brother’s wedding – which he successfully did.

A guest dedicated to philography – collecting celebrity autographs – had to make a return journey from the Netherlands to pick up their precious 30 year old autograph book that they forgot to pack when staying at Manchester Central Arena Travelodge for a concert.

During the last 12 months, Travelodge hotel staff has seen a growing trend in forgetful pet owners. One guest staying at Stratford Upon Avon Travelodge forgot her pair of Alpacas called Ant & Dec. Whilst one cat show enthusiast staying at Stirling Travelodge thought her husband, John had placed her treasured Persian Chinchilla cat, Angel, into the car and only realised Angel was still in the room, 50 miles into their journey.

Shakila Ahmed, Travelodge spokesperson said: “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”

“As we have more business customers staying in our hotels than ever before, we are seeing a continuous rise in important business papers, valuable items and lucky charms being left behind in our hotels. This includes a 65 year old lucky Bonsai tree that has been passed down three generations, important business documentation and a brand new identity artwork.”

“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.”




Item Travelodge Hotel
A 5ft unicorn made from flowers Leamington Spa
A huge full moon Liverpool John Lennon Airport
Tiffany Engagement Ring London Central Travelodge
Best Man Torquay
A gingerbread village with residents Cardiff Atlantic Wharf
A 6ft flower wall Rugby
A 3ft long lucky heather wedding bouquet Edinburgh Central
Artwork / presentation for a new brand identity Edinburgh Park
A pair of Alpacas called Ant & Dec Stratford Upon Avon
A pair of artificial palm trees Cambridge Central
A jewelled wedding saree Wolverhampton
Vertu Phone Aberdeen Central
A 65 year old good luck Bonsai tree London Waterloo
A dissertation Leeds Central
A 30 year old autograph book Manchester Central Arena
A diamond Chopard watch Manchester Central
Blood pressure Monitor Loughborough
A Persian Chinchilla cat called Angel Stirling
A urn with father’s ashes Stowmarket
A Gibson Guitar Welwyn Garden
A 75 inch TV Brent Cross
Bridal Louboutin Swarovski shoes Harrow
An Aston Martin Marlow
Deeds to a shop Harrogate
A set of 4ft angel wings artwork Windsor

Listed below are the top ten most popular items left behind in Travelodge hotels during 2019:

  • Chargers for mobile phones and electronic devices such as laptops
  • Mobile phones, tablets and Kindles
  • Business papers / notepads / presentations
  • Books
  • Teddy Bears
  • Toiletry bags with contents
  • Jewellery
  • Clothing
  • Toys
  • Gifts / presents

All items left behind in Travelodge hotels which have not been claimed within three months, are donated to the local British Heart Foundation Charity Shops, Travelodge’s nominated charity partner.



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