Travelodge hotels in Edinburgh have revealed some of the most bizarre items left behind by guests in 2020
The UK’s first budget hotel brand, Travelodge, has revealed some of the most interesting items left behind in its 563 hotels, including nine Edinburgh properties, during the last 12 months.
Millions of people stay at Travelodge accommodation across Scotland throughout the year and despite coronavirus restricting the number of people able to travel in 2020, there was no shortage of bizarre items left behind by guests.
There are nine Travelodge hotels in Edinburgh and some of the most unique forgotten items found in them include a 6ft stuffed Polar Bear, a model of Edinburgh Castle and a degree in History from the University of Edinburgh.
The 6ft bear belonged to a groom staying at Edinburgh Central Travelodge. He had to send a courier to pick up the giant teddy as it was a surprise wedding present for his wife that he had forgotten to pack.
Other items left behind in Edinburgh include a bespoke tartan saree encrusted with Swarovski crystals, a barristers cloak and wig, a 100 year-old map of Edinburgh and a pair of Jimmy Choo shoes.
Shakila Ahmed, a Travelodge Spokeswoman said: "This year, as we kept some of our hotels open in Scotland during both lockdowns to support local communities and provide accommodation for key workers, local authorities and for businesses that could travel for work, we have seen a rise in items being left behind by medical professionals.
“This includes a doctor’s bag filled with diagnostic equipment, scrubs and crocs, plus lots of personalised face masks."
She added: “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.
"In the rush, valuable possessions are easily forgotten.”
Other items left in various Travelodge hotels across Scotland include the deeds to land and a title in the Scottish Highlands, a Scottish Terrier called Braveheart and a tapestry wall art detailing wedding vows made 40 years ago.
A bottle of Single Malt Whisky worth £2,000 was also found in the Stirling City Centre Travelodge.