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Spring is in the air!!

Monday, March 7th, 2011

Happy St David’s Day everyone, the daffodils are blooming and the sun is shining!!

Tracey and I have been enjoying the 6 nations, we won’t talk about the team’s one defeat! We are preparing for the descent of our friends across the water – the Irish.  They definitely know how to party in style.  We love our Celtic visitors they are all so much fun!

“…Have I told you lately that I love you?” (The dulcet tones of our Reservations Manager fill the Front office and dogs everywhere start to howl!!)

Calling all Rod Stewart fans out there, we are already very busy for the 1st June so don’t leave it too late to reserve your room..  I am in great preparation learning all of his songs and I love to sing – badly as Tracey would say!! That should be a very good day/night so get your hair coiffed and your ‘Handbags & Gladrags’ at the ready!

Swansea Wedding

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

The Dragon Hotel is Swansea’s premier 4-star, hotel located in the heart of the city centre. Over £3.5 million has been spent on this top Swansea hotel to offer guests excellent hotel accommodation, superb leisure facilities and free on-site parking (subject to availability) in the heart of Swansea City. Indeed, The Dragon Hotel was recognised as The Best Hotel in Swansea by the city’s Swansea Life Awards 2010.

The 106 en-suite bedrooms at the Dragon Hotel have been refurbished to a high standard and are fully air-conditioned. All rooms feature WiFi high-speed internet access and flat screen digital TVs. The Dragon Hotel is a Swansea landmark, centrally located and within walking distance of the city’s key amenities, attractions, shops, theatre, restaurants, marina and vibrant night-life.

Our leisure facilities are the best available of any of the central Swansea hotels. The hotel leisure club features an 18-metre indoor swimming pool, male and female saunas, a state-of-the-art gymnasium with plasma screen TVs and a beauty treatment room. Holistic therapy and Sports Massage Therapy are also available.

Our Brasserie is an excellent place to dine in Swansea city centre and we are the proud recipients of an AA Rosette in recognition of the delicious modern European-style cuisine served in the hotel.

The Dragon Hotel is ideally situated for visiting theatres, galleries and sporting events, for shopping and for sight-seeing in and around beautiful Swansea Bay. Renowned for its friendly, helpful team, we are here to help you make the most of your visit and look forward to welcoming you during your stay in Swansea, Wales.

A big heart on Valentine’s Day

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

Evening Post CuttingAs detailed in The South Wales Evening Post on Wednesday, 16th February 2011(right), February 14th saw The Dragon Health & Fitness Club staff and members take part in an organised event celebrating 50 years of the British Heart Foundation. Along with other gyms and health clubs in the Swansea area, The Dragon had to promote an event with the 50 theme in mind. Some discarded ideas included 50km on the treadmill, bike and rower but we finally set the challenge of swimming a combined effort of 50km in one day, it took a lot of hard effort and some long hours in the pool, in fact 2,777 lengths in total, but we managed to hit the target at 9.30pm! We would like to thank everyone who took part and sponsored the team for this great cause, the final sum of money raised is still unknown but appears to be over £350.

Completing this challenge now frees up the team to put their heart and soul into celebrating 50 years of The Dragon Hotel – I somehow don’t think that 50km on the treadmill is going to be included in those celebrations either!

Team Member of the Month – January 2011

Friday, February 11th, 2011

Justin WilliamsWell folks, it’s time again for us to look back on the previous month and choose a member of the Team who has stood out amongst colleagues and run that extra mile. A person who puts the happiness of others before themselves and strives to be the best of the best! I am delighted to announce that Justin Williams is that very person!

 

Justin works in the Brasserie and Restaurant at the Hotel and is well thought of by fellow employees and guests, due to his infectious sense of humour and camaraderie within the team.

A few interesting facts to know about Justin are:

  • His favourite colour is black (because it’s slimming)
  • He describes himself as ‘outgoing, energetic and trustworthy’.
  • His favourite food is steak and chips (Man food) washed down with a good Rioja
  • At the age of ten he nearly drowned after panicking whilst snorkelling, His best mate John rescued him in a selfless act of heroism

On the 30th of April this year Justin will be relinquishing his Bachelorhood in order to join the “Under the Thumb” brigade. He is rather peeved with Prince William and Kate Middleton for stealing both his lime light and his magazine deal with ‘Hello’ but refuses to hold a grudge!

He’s a little bit nervous about his upcoming nuptials due to the fact that his Fiancée is an avid fan of the television show ‘My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding’ so he doesn’t know if she will arrive in a caravan or on a horse swamped in pink taffeta! Although he doesn’t care what she wears because he thinks that she looks gorgeous in anything (aww he’s a keeper!)

So huge congratulations to Justin for achieving the wonderful accolade that is Team Member of the Month, an award well deserved and all our best wishes for his pending marriage! We will keep all you avid blog readers posted on the wedding preparations!!

50th Birthday Media Spotlight

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

Light show marks 50 years of the Dragon
South Wales Evening Post – January 8th 2011

What are your best memories of hotel?
South Wales Evening Post – January 24th 2011

Golden time at your service
South Wales Evening Post – February 12th 2011

Wedding Day Excitement as New Life started with New Landmark
South Wales Evening Post – March 28th 2011

Hotel’s ‘gift’ to tired rugby club
South Wales Evening Post – April 11th 2011

Birthday celebration as hotel hits a landmark
South Wales Evening Post – April 30th 2011

Dragon Hotel 50th Birthday

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

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“This house will belong, in a sense, to the people of Swansea. We hope you will use it and we hope this will become in its truest sense a house for the public of Swansea.” Sir Geoffrey Crowther, Chairman of Trust House Limited, 12th May 1961

Throughout 2011 we will be celebrating our 50th birthday and as Swansea’s longest established hotel we know The Dragon has played a large part in thousands of people’s special events and memories.

As the doors opened to the public on our opening night back in 1961 The Dragon Hotel was heralded as “Belonging to the people of Swansea”. Now fifty years on those words continue to ring true for every person born and bred in Swansea who can remember the happy events in their life that have taken place at The Dragon Hotel.

As part of our yearlong 50th birthday celebrations we will be creating The Dragon Memories Exhibition, which will look back and capture the role the Hotel has played in the lives of the people of Swansea over the last 50 years.

Since the Hotel first opened its doors in May 1961, we have regularly received pictures, letters and emails from our guests and former staff recalling their fondness for The Dragon and now we are extending the invitation and asking you to send in your memories, tales and photographs of The Dragon Hotel which will be included in The Dragon Memories Exhibition.

All photos and memories that are sent in will be looked after carefully and will then be returned to their owners following the exhibition, so please include details of your name and postal address on all pieces of the items that you kindly send in. Memories should be marked for the attention of The Dragon Memories Exhibition, The Dragon Hotel, The Kingsway, Swansea, SA1 5LS

View what’s being said in the media about our 50th Birthday Celebrations.

Roll up… Roll up…!

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

Last Sunday the big tent was bustling with revellers in their circus themed costumes for The Dragon’s Staff Christmas Party – traditionally held on the last Sunday of January as we’re all too busy with Christmas itself to party in December.Tara, Lou, Tracey, Sian, Peter

With plenty of bunting, popcorn and colourful balloons (courtesy of Balloon Occasions – thanks Denise and team) the ring was set for a night of fun.  

 Local band Silver kick started the evening as everyone enjoyed the dubiously coloured yet delicious welcome cocktail before the buffet was served.  A big thanks to the Kitchen team for supplying much needed sustenance.

Nisha and Jaidon: Fancy Dress Winners

Nisha and Jaidon: Fancy Dress Winners

 After a second set from Silver came the announcement that brother and sister team Tanisha and Jaidon were victorious in the fancy dress competition in their colourful home-made ‘jack in the box’ outfits.   A big congratulations to them!

 The raffle was next with a mixture of prizes including kind donations from Castell Howell; Donnington Valley Hotel, Newbury; Howells Butchers; SA3 Bistro, Mumbles; Abbey Hotel, Birmingham; Virgin Atlantic; Monks Health Club and Spa, Machynys and Fine Wines.  Many thanks to all who contributed and to Lou who co-ordinated not only the raffle but the entire party (although failing to sell me a winning raffle ticket…).  It is with regret however that I must stress that there wasn’t a ticket to Australia in the Virgin Atlantic bag Beth – maybe next time?Lion tamer, Lion and Popcorn

 Finally the dance floor was open to resident DJ Steve to work his magic.  A huge thanks to you Steve for being, as always, willing to give of your time and talent to entertain us.  I am also eternally grateful to you for not bringing the karaoke machine into action as previously offered!!Claire and Karly

For more photos click here

Wedding Special Offers

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

All Inclusive Wedding Package 2014

For the first time, we are delighted to offer an all inclusive wedding package where everything has been put together for you for a total cost of £3,500 !!!

View our ‘All Inclusive Wedding Offer for 2014’

 

Evening Celebration Package

Have you got something to celebrate? The Dragon Hotel, Swansea’s premier city centre hotel is ready & waiting to make your event an occasion to remember! Evening Party Package from £16.95 per person. 

View our ‘Evening Party Package’

Congratulations Lee Langley!

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

Congratulations to Lee Langley who was awarded The Dragon Hotel’s prestigeous Team Member of the Month award for December! 

Lee is a member of our reception night’s team, who has over the Christmas season put in numerous extra hours, including time spent within other departments helping at festive events, as well as spending the best part of the snow week in house to ensure he was present for work as usual.      

Lee joined the team at The Dragon Hotel in September 2010, bringing with him work experience from various bars and nightclubs within the Swansea area.  During his short time here Lee has become a valued member of the reception team and we would like to take this opportunity to welcome him to The Dragon Hotel. 

Some interesting get to know you facts about Lee:

  1. Lee has been in a relationship with his partner Dom for 2 years.
  2. Lee is a second Dan in Wado Ryu karate.
  3. His favorite film of all time is Seven.  
  4. His worst fear is spiders (apparently snakes and rats are not an issue).
  5. Lee’s friends and colleges describe him as bubbly and friendly. 
  6. Lee has described himself as spurious. 

 Well done Lee and thank you for your continuous hard work!

Catching up with the Culinary Team!

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

The whole team at The Dragon wish Chef Sam Thomas, who’s served us well for the last 6 years, the best of luck and success with his new venture – the kitchen certainly won’t be the same without him! But there’s no fear as long suffering Chef Steve Williams is stepping up to spearhead the culinary operations with support from Chefs Kevin Wingrave and Hayley James.

Local lad Chef Steve is no stranger to life at The Dragon Hotel having been here for well over a decade masterminding thousands of Christmas Parties, Weddings and Dinner Dances. Not easily flustered, Steve takes everything in his stride and likes nothing better than to unwind with a few cans of cider over a fishing rod.

Kevin Wingrave could easily have been lost to the culinary world if he had stuck to his first career choice of carpentry. A few too many splinters made Kevlar decide to swap his wood chips for potato chips and Swansea Bay has now sampled his cooking at both Morgans Hotel and 698 prior to his arrival at The Dragon in 2005.

Chef Hayley James is by far the prettiest of The Dragon Hotel’s culinary team and has known Kevin since they attended Neath Port Talbot College together. Deserving a medal for working alongside him for so many years, Hayley is not only our Desserts and Pastry specialist but also manages to stay on top of the dreaded paperwork – a skill seldom found in chefs!

The motley crew that makes up the rest of the team includes:

James Hallett, who also worked with Kevin and Hayley at Morgans and 698, and has once been told he’s a young Heston, a fact that is often repeated…

Adam ‘Ducky’ Harris who waddles around the kitchen busy being Kev’s Golden Boy

Ben Kerward, the wittiest member of the team who knows exactly how to press Chef Steve’s buttons!

There are, of course, a few others who do not wish to be mentioned in this blog and shall therefore remain faceless: Liam, Mark, Bernard, Chris, Ashley, Roy and Liam – you know who you are!