Snails, swords and even spouses are among things left behind in hotels, according to a survey.

The snails were left behind at a hotel in Budapest while a startled guest in a hotel in Washington DC found a snake in his room, the survey by lastminute.com found.

The left-behind spouse was at a hotel in Prague when a businessman went straight to the airport leaving his wife at the hotel.

A guest staying in a hotel in Dublin forgot his mother was with him and left without her.

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  • No 1: Marrol's Boutique Hotel, Bratislava

  • No 1: Marrol's Boutique Hotel, Bratislava

  • No 2: Hotel Al Codega, Venice, Italy

  • No 2: Hotel Al Codega, Venice, Italy

  • No 3: Hotel Royal Corin, La Fortuna, Costa Rica

  • No 3: Hotel Royal Corin, La Fortuna, Costa Rica

  • No 4: Hilton Garden Inn Aberdeen, Scotland

  • No 4: Hilton Garden Inn Aberdeen, Scotland

  • No 5: Four Seasons, Miami, USA

  • No 5: Four Seasons, Miami, USA

  • No 6: Madison Hotel Hamburg, Germany

  • No 6: Madison Hotel Hamburg, Germany

  • No 7: Element Omaha Midtown Crossing, USA

  • No 7: Element Omaha Midtown Crossing, USA

  • No 8: Sonnenalp Resort of Vail, USA

  • No 8: Sonnenalp Resort of Vail, USA

  • No 9: Taj Lands End, Mumbai, India

  • No 9: Taj Lands End, Mumbai, India

  • No 10: Mr. C Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, USA

  • No 10: Mr. C Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, USA

Other instances included 10,000 dollars in cash left hidden around a hotel room in Washington DC, a dog left behind by an owner in a hotel in Milan, a police officer leaving his gun and badge in a Las Vegas hotel and wedding dress left behind in a New York hotel.

The survey found that 23% of hotels reported an increase in the number of forgotten iPads, laptops and smartphones and 11% of European hoteliers said there had been an increase in the number of abandoned sex toys and performance-enhancing drugs.

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Kathy Dover, head of brand and public relations for lastminute.com UK and Ireland, said: "For this survey hundreds of hotels pulled back the curtains to share some very insightful stories into hotel life.

"It comes as no surprise that hotel guests sometimes forget to pack all of their belongings; however we were incredibly surprised by some of the items - and in some cases people - left behind."