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A unicorn, alpacas and an Aston Martin: Bizarre items lost in hotels
Where would you find a five-foot floral unicorn, a treasured Persian Chinchilla cat, a Tiffany engagement ring, a gingerbread village complete with residents, and a pair of alpacas?
The answer is Travelodge's lost and found office.
The budget hotel chain has revealed a list of some of the strangest items left behind by its 19 million guests at its 571 properties in 2019 - and it also includes a brand new Aston Martin.
A Tiffany engagement ring was left behind by a guest in London who had placed it inside a pillowcase (stock image)
Interestingly, the hotel group has seen a growing trend in wedding props and attire left behind.
The housekeeping team at Leamington Spa Travelodge got a beautiful surprise when they found a five-foot floral unicorn in one of the bridal rooms, while at Liverpool John Lennon Airport Travelodge, a huge full silver moon - a photograph backdrop used at a guest's wedding the night before - was left on the bed.
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One forgetful guest forgot to pack a Tiffany engagement ring he had made a special journey to London from the Hebrides to buy. Luckily the hotel manager at London City Travelodge found the ring box soon after the guest had checked out and made a speedy trip to Heathrow airport and returned it to the man before his flight.
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.
Cat-astrophe nearly struck when a couple left their beloved Persian Chinchilla cat behind in a Travelodge in Stirling (stock image)
The manager had less than an hour to arrange a sea tractor and get the guest to Burgh Island in time for his brother's wedding - which luckily he did.
While an autograph hunter had to make a return journey from the Netherlands to pick up a precious 30-year-old book filled with celebrities' signatures they accidentally left behind when staying at Manchester Central Arena Travelodge for a concert.
During the past 12 months, Travelodge hotel staff has also seen a growing trend in forgetful pet owners.
One guest staying at the Stratford Upon Avon branch managed to leave behind a pair of alpacas, while a cat show enthusiast staying at Stirling Travelodge thought her husband studybay had placed her treasured Persian Chinchilla cat in the car and only realised she was still in the room 50 miles into their journey.
The budget hotel chain hosts 19 million customers per year and has compiled a list of the weirdest items in its lost and found
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