Signed Hearts shirt and stained glass window among valuables left behind at Edinburgh Travelodge hotels

2019 list of lost and found also includes a three-foot long lucky heather wedding bouquet, a set of bagpipes and artwork for a new brand logo

Thursday, 2nd January 2020, 10:19 am
Updated Thursday, 2nd January 2020, 10:22 am
A forgetful bride left behind her three-foot lucky heather bouquet at Edinburgh Central Travelodge in St Mary's Street

FORGETFUL guests left behind a bizarre list of belongings in Capital hotels last year - including a signed Hearts shirt and a stained glass window.

Bosses released the list of lost and found treasures at their ten Travelodges across the city during 2019.

It also includes a three-foot long lucky heather wedding bouquet, a set of bagpipes, a dissertation, a designer wedding dress and artwork for a new brand logo.

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“When it comes to why so many of our customers forget their treasured items, it’s basically due to us all being time poor, juggling multiple tasks and being in a hurry to get from A to B,” said Shakila Ahmed of Travelodge.

“In the rush, valuable possessions are easily forgotten.”

A pair of Toby jugs and a large suitcase of different flavours of shortbread were also among the items left behind in Edinburgh.

One frantic forgetful bride staying at Edinburgh Princes Street Travelodge got quite a shock when she got to the airport for her honeymoon only to realise she had left her Cartier wedding ring and engagement ring under the pillow.

Luckily the hotel manager speedily got to the airport in time to reunite the bride with her matrimonial bands.

The hotel chain has seen a growing trend in wedding props, wedding attire and even a mother in law being left behind at its Scottish hotels.

Another forgetful bride left behind her three-foot lucky heather bouquet at Edinburgh Central Travelodge Plus and had to make a 100-mile return journey to pick it up.

The housekeeping team at Glasgow Central Travelodge got quite a surprise to find a necklace made from £50 notes that the groom forgot to pack after his big Asian wedding.

At Perth Travelodge, the hotel team had the challenge to reunite a left behind mother-in-law with her new daughter-in-law.

A breakdown in communication between the newlyweds ended up with the groom’s mother being left behind.

And in Dundee Travelodge the hotel team were pleasantly surprised to find a large wedding flower arch dominating the room.

During the last 12 months, Travelodge hotel staff has seen a growing trend in forgetful pet owners.

A cat show enthusiast staying at Stirling Travelodge thought her husband, John had placed her treasured Persian Chinchilla cat, Angel, into the car.

She only realised Angel was still in the room, 50 miles into their journey

One forgetful pet owner was staying at Fort William Travelodge with his Panda Oranda fish called Gin & Tonic.

He went into town for a walk before his drive home and decided to pack Gin & Tonic on his return - but forgot and came back a few days later to pick them up.

Business guests are no less forgetful - one leaving a brand new Range Rover behind at Inverness Travelodge.

A corporate guest from a well-known company left behind an entire folder of designs for a new brand logo behind and had to send a courier to pick it up ahead of his presentation.

Other strange finds include an antique pair of stuffed pheasants, a case of rare red wine and a dozen of bottles of Highland air.

Any items left behind in Travelodge hotels and not claimed within three months are donated to British Heart Foundation charity shops.

Ms Ahmed said: “With nearly 19 million customers annually staying at our 571 UK Travelodge hotels, including our 46 properties in Scotland, for thousands of different reasons, we do get a range of interesting items left behind.”