WHERE would you find animal dung, a winning lottery ticket, car keys and a Roman Gladiator suit all in one place?
Answer: In the lost and found offices of Travelodge hotels across Flintshire, Wrexham and Chester!
The hotel chain has released a list of the most bizarre items found in rooms of their 500 UK sites during 2013.
And the chain’s five hotels across Flintshire, Wrexham and Chester areas provided some interesting finds.
In the Chester Central hotel, someone kindly left behind some elephant dung from the zoo, a telescope, a Roman Gladiator’s outfit, a diamond ring, a photo album with four generations of pictures and a winning lottery ticket worth £5,000.
The city’s Warrington Road hotel haul included a two feet tall chocolate penguin and a suitcase full of bridesmaids dresses.
In Halkyn, one customer left behind a oversized pillow after a stay.
A Big Bertha golf club driver, a sunflower and a hearing aid – which was never actually claimed – appeared in the Wrexham hotel.
Travelodge spokeswoman, Shakila Ahmed, said: “Each year our ‘lost and found’ inventory report provides plenty of revelations.
“From deeds to a £2m 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.”
Among the stranger items found in hotel rooms across the UK in 2013 was a six-foot wooden cross, a life-size chocolate man and a suitcase of Prince George memorabilia.
Nearly 10,000 smartphones and tablets were left behind by customers last year with chargers and mobile phones topping the list of 10 most forgotten items.
A total of 22,648 books were left behind in 38,000 rooms with the third book in the Fifty Shades trilogy, Fifty Shades Freed by EL James, proving to be the most popular.
All items left behind in Travelodge hotels which have not been claimed within three months are donated to local charity shops.