Where would you find an artist’s drawing book, a business proposal and a magnum of Moet and Chandon Champagne – where else but Travelodge’s Lost & Found office in Andover.
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 in Andover include:
· An artist’s drawing book
· A business proposal
· A magnum of Moet and Chandon
· A brand new office chair
· A trunk of newspapers
Interestingly 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 27 ft ‘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 distressed gentleman sent his PA to personally collect the vintage bear 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.”
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.