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From the weird to the wonderful: You’ll never believe what people have been leaving in Swansea Bay Travelodge hotels

A light up Disney Princess Castle, a box of 50 fresh oysters and a photo of a New Year’s kiss from 1974 make the 2022 Travelodge Lost & Found audit for Swansea.

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Where would you find a 3 ft tall wooden hand-carved Welsh love spoon, a duffel bag containing 50 portions of lava bread and a box of 100 Queen Elizabeth II Cypher Platinum Jubilee crowns?

Where else but the Travelodge’s Lost & Found offices in South Wales?

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Today, the UK’s first budget hotel chain, Travelodge, has revealed some of the interesting items left behind in its 582 hotels including its 17 hotels in South Wales over the last 12 months.

With millions of 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 behind at the company’s hotels in South Wales:

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Lost and Found ItemTravelodge 
A photo of a New Year’s kiss from 1974  Swansea Central Travelodge
An anatomical model life size skeleton  Swansea M4 Travelodge
A grooms Paul Smith wedding suit  Llanelli Central Travelodge  
A gold and diamond Rolex watchSt Clears Carmarthen Travelodge
A collection of love letters spanning 50 yearsLlanelli Cross Hands Travelodge
An Olaf costume  Swansea M4 Travelodge  
A vintage Singer sewing machine  Llanelli Central Travelodge  
Two jeroboams of Moet & Chandon champagne  Swansea Central Travelodge  
A 3ft sequin butterfly  Swansea M4 Travelodge  
A 60 year old hand-written Welsh cake recipeSt Clears Carmarthen Travelodge
A galaxy projector  Swansea Central Travelodge  
A light up Disney Princess Castle  Llanelli Central Travelodge  
A box of 50 fresh oystersSwansea Central Travelodge
A signed gold framed photo of Sir Tom JonesBridgend Coed Travelodge
A box of 100 Queen Elizabeth II Cypher Platinum Jubilee crownsPembroke Dock Travelodge

Shakila Ahmed, Travelodge Spokeswoman said: “With nearly 19 million customers annually staying at our 580 UK Travelodge hotels, including our three hotels near Swansea, for thousands of different reasons, we do get a range of interesting items left behind. During 2022, this included a light up Disney Princess Castle, a box of 50 fresh oysters and a photo of a New Year’s kiss from 1974.”

“Interestingly the 2022 lost and found audit also revealed that we are a nation striving for a healthy lifestyle as we have seen a significant rise in smart watches being left behind in our Travelodge hotels during the last 12 months. 

“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.”

The top ten most popular items left behind in Travelodge hotels during 2022:

  • Chargers for mobile phones and electronic devices such as laptops
  • Mobile phones, tablets and Kindles 
  • Smart watches
  • 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.  

(Lead image: Travelodge)

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