Travelodge reveals left-behind items

Last month saw Travelodge, the budget hotel chain, bring out a list of things people had left at its UK hotel locations in 2013.

Selecting some of the stand-out items to share with the public, the chain revealed that a premarital agreement had been left by a customer at one of its 500 UK locations last year.

Someone else left a tarantula behind, while another didn't take a £5,000 Vera Wang wedding dress with them when they left their room.

A life-sized cardboard cut-out of The Only Way is Essex star Joey Essex was another item left behind, as was a Sleeping Beauty panto script and a set of property deeds.

Another customer left a piece of snake skin measuring six feet in length.

"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," said Travelodge spokesperson Shakila Ahmed.

"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."

She also said that evidence was emerging from speaking to Travelodge customers that valuable items are being forgotten easily as a result of the fast pace of people's lives and their eagerness to get from one place to another.

The chain has also revealed the top ten most left-behind possessions in its hotels last year. Chargers topped the list, followed by mobile phones and books.

It seems that 22,648 books were left at its hotels during 2013, with Fifty Shades Freed, the conclusion of the Fifty Shades series, the most-left book.

Berkeley Scott is a specialist hospitality recruitment agency