Where would you find a Starchaser space rocket, a WW2 bravery medal, a diamond Indian bridal necklace called a Mangala sutra, a pilot’s licence, tickets for the Orient Express, land deeds, a mother-in-law, and a Lionhead rabbit called Bugs Bunny - where else but Travelodge’s Lost & Found office.
Today, the UK’s first budget hotel brand, Travelodge, has revealed some of the more interesting items left behind in its 542 UK hotels during the last 12 months.
With nearly 19 million people annually staying in a Travelodge hotel, some of the other unusual treasures that have been left behind include:
· A 50 year old teddy bear called Rupert (Aberdeen)
· Land Deed & Title to land in Scottish Highlands (Edinburgh Central Princes Street)
· Script for a movie (Heathrow T5)
· Antique urn containing ashes of a beloved husband (Dudley Town Centre)
· A bath full of jersey potatoes (Eastleigh Central)
· A vintage Louis Vuitton Trunk filled with ball gowns (Manchester Central)
· A winning Euro Millions lottery ticket (Newcastle Central)
· A black Range Rover Sport and keys (Redhill Town Centre)
· A silver tabby cat called Baskin and a Yorkshire Terrier called Robbins (Weston-Super-Mare)
Interesting the hotel chain has seen a growing trend in forgetful brides. One new bride staying at York Central Travelodge left behind her Mother-in- law, she only realised when she got home that she forgot her most important new family member. Whilst another bride staying at Birmingham Bullring left the hotel without her diamond Mangala Sutra which is an Indian wedding necklace with the same significance as a wedding ring.
The hotel manager at Manchester Trafford Park Travelodge got quite a shock when they found a 27ft ‘Starchaser’ space rocket at their hotel.
A pilot, from a well-known airline, was in quite a rush to get to the airport that he left his pilot’s licence at Gatwick Airport Travelodge. Luckily the hotel manager flew to his rescue and personally took the licence to the airport.
With more business customers staying at Travelodge than ever before, the hotel chain has also seen a number of precious items being left behind such as one executive who left behind his 50 year old teddy bear called Rupert at Aberdeen Travelodge. The destressed gentleman sent his PA to personally collect the vintage bear from London as he could not sleep without him.
One superstitious business man had to take a day’s holiday to come back from the Netherlands to collect his rare Montblanc, Meisterstück Solitaire Skeleton Fountain Pen worth £8,000 as he said he could not sign any paper work without his lucky pen.
An American stockbroker left London Liverpool Street Travelodge without his briefcase which contained over £500,000 worth of share certificates for a client.
One female businesswoman sent a car to pick up her 24ct gold, lucky laughing Buddha necklace which she forgot at Bicester Travelodge after an extensive shopping spree.
Shakila Ahmed, Travelodge Spokeswoman said: “With nearly 19 million customers annually staying at our 542 UK Travelodge hotels, for a wide variety of reasons, we do get some interesting items being left behind. This year’s inventory list includes a Starchaser space rocket, a WW2 bravery medal, deeds to land in the Scottish Highlands, a pilot’s licence, a mother-in-law and a Lionhead rabbit called Bugs Bunny.”
“Also as more business customers are staying with us than ever before, we have had some precious items being left behind such as a 50 year old teddy bear called Rupert belonging to a high flying executive, a movie script, a rare Mont Blanc pen, share certificates worth £500k and a 24-ct lucky laughing Buddha necklace.
The running theme our customers do tell us, is that the pace of modern life is so fast & furious that time is off the essence especially when getting from A to B and therefore valuable possessions are easily being forgotten.”
Listed below are some of the bizarre items left behind at some of the 542 UK Travelodge hotels throughout 2017.
Lost and Found Item
A fifty year old Teddy Bear called Rupert
24ct Gold Buddha necklace
Birmingham Broadway Plaza
Twenty Bob the Builder Costumes including work belts and hard hats
Birmingham Bull ring
A diamond Mangala sutra (A wedding necklace worn by Indian brides)
Eighty four pairs of builders boots – which meant that many builders left our hotel barefoot
Blackpool South Promenade
Swarovski encrusted wedding coat worth £5K
A degree in Engineering
A personal diary spanning over forty years
A 100 year old alarm clock
A bath full of jersey potatoes
Edinburgh Central Princes Street
Land Deed & Title to land in the Scottish Highlands
Tickets for the Orient Express
Harrogate West Park
Life size cut outs of Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt
Script for a movie
Pet Lionhead rabbit called Bugs Bunny
Liverpool Exchange Street
Set of Hermes Tarot Cards
Montblanc - Meisterstück UNICEF Solitaire Skeleton 149 Fountain Pen worth £8K
A Hublot Watch
Eight baskets of wooden spoons
London Kings Cross
Moncler ski suit
London Liverpool Street
£500,000 Share Certificates
A vintage Louis Vuitton trunk with ball gowns
Manchester Trafford Park
A large space rocket
Milton Keynes at the Hub
A Mixologist priceless book of cocktail recipes
A winning Euro Lottery ticket
A statue made from screws
Redhill Town Centre
A black Red Range Rover Sport and keys
A gold WW2 Bravery Medal
Eight suitcases of designer clothing and shoes from Bond Street
(A customer living overseas left behind eight suitcases of clothes after a shopping spree on Bond Street)
Six 6ft Christmas trees fully decorated
A Belgian Malinois dog called Betsy
Weston Super Mare
A Silver Tabby cat called Baskin and a Yorkshire Terrier dog called Robbins
Dudley Town Centre
Antique urn containing ashes of a beloved husband
A pair of Oranda fish called Gin & Tonic
Listed below are the top ten most popular items left behind in Travelodge hotels during 2017:
· Chargers for mobile phones and electronic devices such as laptops
· Mobile phones
· Business papers / notepads / presentations
· Teddy Bears
· Toiletry bags with contents
· Socks and ties
All items left behind in Travelodge hotels which have not been claimed within three months, are donated to local British Heart Foundation Charity Shops, Travelodge’s Charity Partner.
For further information, please contact:
Travelodge Press Office on 01844 358 703 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org