Poll: A picture of a kingfisher and a pair of Prada glasses just some of the stranger items left in Ipswich’s Travelodge hotels

Travelodge in Duke Street, Ipswich. Travelodge in Duke Street, Ipswich.

Matt Bunn matthew.bunn@archant.co.uk
Thursday, January 9, 2014
9:12 PM

A framed picture of a kingfisher and a Kevin Keegan-inpired tracksuit top were among the stranger items left behind at Travelodge hotels in Ipswich last year, according to the firm.

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A pair of Prada glasses and three unused cooking pans also made the list as the budget hotel chain announced the more mysterious objects being brought into its lost and found offices.

Nationally, the items people staying in the hotels have left behind include deeds to a £2million house, a £5,000 Vera Wang dress and a pet tarantula called Hercules.

Shakila Ahmed, a spokeswoman for Travelodge, said: “It (the list) is evidence of what a cross section of people stay in our 500 hotels.

“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.

“What is becoming evident after speaking to our customers 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.”

The most popular items which were forgotten in 2013 include chargers, mobile phones, books and teddy bears.

All items left in Travelodge hotels are donated to local charity shops if they are
not claimed within three months.

8 comments

  • Wow, Prada Glasses… thats ridiculous, no way, i don't believe it. Photo or it never happened!

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    You What

    Thursday, January 9, 2014

  • Perhaps they should have got a designer and an architect involved for their new hotel... a new build hotel is good as it generally means everything should be fit for purpose, but the external appearance doesn't exactly make people want to stay there. In case anyone wonders, I am referring to the hotel not the area lol

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    Ipswich Entrepreneur

    Thursday, January 9, 2014

  • These papers are becoming so sad .... main story is an 'advert' for an hotel based on a list of items said to have been left there. So what? Don't we have local charities who could do with some free publicity? Or are there no rewards involved?

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    Johnthebap

    Friday, January 10, 2014

  • And that 'POLL'! Is it a bit pointless or not? Are there not more important issues?

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    Johnthebap

    Friday, January 10, 2014

  • Sorry, i needed to come back and double check, but no, it really did say prada glasses. this is so exciting, i really don't know how I'm going to get to sleep now!

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    You What

    Thursday, January 9, 2014

  • Nothing like a press release to get a free advert in the local media!

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    Mister Cynical

    Thursday, January 9, 2014

  • The poll last night said toiletries were 100% now it says 40%!!! I did think Travel Lodge must think there ipswich customers were a careful lot!

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    Midi

    Friday, January 10, 2014

  • Travelodge get their free publicity and the journos don't have to do any work. Everyone's a winner!

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    BigGeoff

    Thursday, January 9, 2014

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