False teeth and wedding dress top hotel’s bizarre list of forgotten items


A ruby necklace, a vintage wedding dress and a set of false teeth are just some of the most bizarre items left behind at Travelodge hotels in Eastbourne last year.

Every year, Travelodge takes a look at the thousands of entries into its ‘Lost and Found’ office and every year, there are a whole host of strange surprises.

In 2014, the Eastbourne Hellingly Travelodge hotel saw guests leave behind valuable items including a ruby necklace and a vintage wedding dress.

A Babolat Pure Drive tennis racket, plans for a house extension, a collection of coins and a suitcase full of jeans were also among the most unusual items found in rooms after guests had checked out of the Boship Roundabout branch.

Across town, at the Eastbourne Willingdon Drove Travelodge hotel, staff found a number of weird and wonderful things that had been left behind, including a lucky charm bracelet, a children’s electronic BMW car and a set of false teeth.

Unsurprisingly, the list of the top ten most popular items left behind in Travelodge hotels in Eastbourne during 2014 includes mobile phones, books and chargers for electronic devices. Laptops, tablets and e-readers are also some of the most forgotten belongings, while clothing, toiletries, teddy bears, electronic toothbrushes, Sat Navs and suitcases are also commonly left behind. All items left behind in Travelodge hotels that have not been claimed by their owners within three months, are donated to local charity shops.

Bizarre items are left in Travelodge hotel rooms across the country. Elsewhere in the UK, hotel staff were shocked to find things such as a prosthetic hand, a husband, a love letter written 40 years ago and a pug called Dancer all left behind.

Shakila Ahmed, Travelodge spokeswoman, said, “This year’s lost and found inventory list has revealed some new and unique items being left behind, such as a Coutts cheque book, a business contract for an online company, an antique dolls house, a child’s Porsche car, a Star Wars Storm Trooper outfit and a feng shui aquarium.

“Our 2014 left behind register also revealed how much smart technology has become a part of our everyday lives, as we have had 12,000 tablets and smartphones left behind in our hotels in the last 12 months. This is a significant increase from previous years.

“What is becoming evident is that the pace of life has become so fast and we are so eager to get from A to B that valuable possessions are easily being forgotten.”