Handwritten book of cake recipes and collection of bespoke perfumes found at Travelodge Alwalton, near A1, in 2021
A handwritten book of cake recipes was among the items left behind at a Travelodge hotel.
The budget hotel chain Travelodge has revealed some of the interesting items left behind in its 582 hotels including its hotel at Alwalton, just off the A1, over the last 12 months.
A handwritten book of cake recipes was left there, as was a collection of bespoke perfumes.
Further afield, at the Spalding branch of Travelodge at Springfields, a large Pikachu figurine was left behind, while a five tier wedding cake was left at Peterborough Central Travelodge in New Road.
With the Staycation being a top holiday choice in 2021, Travelodge hotel staff have reported a significant rise in items being left behind in their hotels over the last 12 months.
Some of the most interesting finds include a suitcase full of Blackpool rock, left behind by a guest from the Scottish Highlands at Blackpool South Promenade Travelodge, a large jar labelled ‘Brighton Sea Air’ at Brighton Seafront Travelodge and a dress made out of postcards at Norwich Seafront Travelodge.
The housekeeping team at Rhyl Seafront Travelodge were also pleasantly surprised when they entered room 13 to be greeted by a huge inflatable unicorn pool float sitting on the bed, while a Newcastle customer had to arrange for a courier to pick up his inflatable banana boat that he forgot to pack whilst staying at Newquay Seafront Travelodge.
Shakila Ahmed, Travelodge spokeswoman said: “In 2021, following Freedom Day, we welcomed back millions of customers to our 582 UK Travelodge hotels including our hotels in Peterborough, and we saw a significant increase in bookings. This has led to a range of interesting items being left behind by our customers across our UK hotels.
"This year’s lost and found audit includes a rise in holiday themed items, wedding props, precious sentimental items, smart gadgets and beloved pets. This includes a 6ft flower arch made from white roses, a Chewbacca costume, a collection of Roald Dahl books and even a groom!
“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.”