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Dragon Hotel 50th Birthday

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011


“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.

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

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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!

Winter Beauty, it’s ‘Snow’ joke!!

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

Well this week it’s all snow, snow and more snow!! But that hasn’t bothered any of our beauty clients. Whether it’s party glamour or beauty maintenance, it is not something that the snow can get in the way of, OH NO!! It is essential and whether our clients have had to walk, hike, ski or slide their way to us, they’ve made it!!

We also know there will be some very special gifts underneath the Christmas tree. Husbands and boyfriends have done well this year buying gift vouchers for their loved ones. A real luxurious treat and perfect Christmas surprise.

Michelle’s top tip for your beauty regime in this harsh cold weather is:

Make sure you moisturise daily, use a heavier moisturiser at night and use a gentle exfoliator once a week. Also, when inside with the heating on, keep skin well hydrated by drinking plenty of hot or cold drinks!

For more information on your skin care or for FREE Dermalogica face mapping call us now to book your appointment!

Merry Christmas and a Happy & Beautiful New Year

Michelle & Harley

Team Member of the Month – November

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

Tanisha Williams team member of the month for November

It gives us great pleasure to award the prestigious Team Member of the Month award for November to the lovely Tanisha, who has elf-lessly gone above and beyond to ensure that the Hotel was trimmed up to perfection ready for Christmas!

Like a shining star she tirelessly ‘Decked the Halls’ and made sure that every tree was worthy of ‘Rockin’ around’ in preparation for the seasonal festivities and with five trees to trim it was ‘snow’ mean feat!

With all the effort she has put in whilst continuing to deliver excellent customer service and high standards it’s no surprise to learn that this year Tanisha can be found on Santa’s NICE list (and we’ve checked it twice!) and her one Christmas wish this year is to find Taylor Lauter in her stocking!!

 Some interesting facts that you never knew about Tanisha:

  1. Her most favourite food is Chicken Fried Rice (Turkey for Christmas Day!)
  2. She is a big fan of the TV show Glee!
  3. Her most embarrassing moment ever was when she went to school and discovered that she was wearing odd shoes!! Talk about having two left feet or the boot being on the other foot!!
  4. She has worked at the Dragon Hotel for six and a half years and still loves her job.

 Well done Tanisha and thank you for all your hard work!

‘Tis the season to be jolly…

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

That time of year is here again!! (Too quickly may I add)…. The Reservations department tends to be quieter this time of year, but the hotel is buzzing with people for their Christmas Parties, the sound of crackers and blowers and the good old Christmas songs…(Which I love to sing badly too!) We have been very busy preparing for the descent of the Irish fans for the Rugby match of Ospreys V Munster, we will show the Irish how to have a good Welsh Christmas!! Tracey and I have managed to stay injury free during the Baltic conditions that we have all been experiencing, although we have been Dancing on Ice most mornings. We have been very good girls this year and we have asked Santa for: A British Bulldog – for me (Squire may disapprove!) and enough bling to sink the Cruise ships that she resides on every summer for Tracey!! We would like to wish everybody a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Tara in 50 Questions

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

This is your opportunity to learn random things about The Dragon Health & Fitness Club Manager Tara Hammett – FAB! (As Tara would say…)

1.Coke or Pepsi?

Pepsi (Diet!!)

2.Desk: messy or organized?


3.Are you always early or terminally late?

4.Who would you want to play you in the movie about your life?
Meryl Streep

5.What is your favourite word?

Fab! (or amazing..say that a lot too)
6.What is your least favourite word?


7.What sound or noise do you love?
My Voice
8.What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?

Interior Designer
9.What profession would you not like to do?

10.If Heaven exists, what would God say to you when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?
You haven’t shut up all your life, now get in and be quiet or you’re going back!!

11.On a scale of 1-5 how organized are you?

12. Do you exercise regularly?


13. Have any nick names?
TTP, Princess

14.Do you have tattoos?
Yes, one.

 15. What is/was your worst subject in school?

Worst at History and Geography

16.Do you like to dance?


17. Name your favourite colour


18. Do people tell you that you act older, younger, or your age?

Act younger

19. Ever had an imaginary friend as a child?
Still got one.

20.Do you drink?
I do drink but can’t handle it at all.

21. What annoys you?

Robert Crabtree – Mega mind!

22.Do you wear pajamas to places other than at your house?

I have standards thank you!

23. Have you ever stolen anything from a store or from someone?

I once stole a melon
24. Ever cheated on a test?
Never – I’m a complete nerd and I love studying!

25. Name 5 of the most important things in your life?

Husband, Family & Friends, Love my job, Food (lots of it), Socialising

26. How many languages can you speak and what are they?

Just English but I speak so fast you could count it as my own language
27. Are you a touchy feely person?

28. Do you have any phobias?

The Dark!


29. Are you a heavy or light sleeper?

Um, don’t really know?!? But I’m good at it!
30.Are you a morning person?
I don’t look great but I like to think I am a morning person

31. Ever broken any bones?
Yep, both wrists and my nose.

32. Do you play any instruments?
33. Have you been told you can sing well more than once?
No, I haven’t got a good talking voice, so you can imagine what my singing voice is like!

34. Name your least favourite feature?
My bum
35. Name the clothing store you shop at the most?


36. Pecs or Abs?


37. Name someone you can tell just about anything to?

My imaginary friend
38. Where were you born?
Neath General Hospital
39. Do you live in a street or in the middle of nowhere?

A street with a fab view.


40. If money were not an object, what would you do with your life?

Train people

41. What would be your last meal on earth?

Sushi followed by seriously chocolate fudge cake!!!


42. What is your favourite film?

Oceans Eleven and  ATime to Kill


43. What possession do you love the most?

My slanket!!

 44. Apart from your husband, who is your number one man?

Jason Statham


45. What is your favourite TV show?

Don’t watch TV much, bit I do like Hustle.


46. Who is your biggest inspiration?

Daniel Bevan


47. If you could have dinner with 3 people in the world, who would they be?

Rob Crabtree, Daniel Bevan and Andrew Morrissey


48. If you were an animal what would you be and why?

A cheetah, because I use to think I was Cheetara from Thundercats when I was young


49. If you were prime minister, what would you change, or impose?

Make a law that everyone had to do some form of exercise everyday


50. If you were deserted on a desert island what one item would you want with you?


Swansea Bay Tourism Awards Success

Friday, November 19th, 2010

The tag line reads ‘The Best of The Best’ and staff and management at The Dragon Hotel are indeed delighted to be included within this elite group once again. (more…)