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Tracey’s Holiday Time!

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

IOTSIt has been a busy time in reservations as myself and Louise have been enjoying our well deserved 2 weeks holidays.

I have just returned from a fab 2 week cruise with Royal Caribbean which took us around France, Spain, Italy and Portugal. What a ship it had a rock climbing wall, ice skating rink, surf rider and for the shopaholics a promenade the length of the ship with shops, bars and cafes plus too much more to list.

Myself and my husband Peter were treated like VIP’s for the whole 2 weeks and could really get used to living like that.

Our stay was in a balcony cabin and the view certainly is not the same from my office window!

We have already booked again for next June and have set the countdown on our computer at home (I think this is what is classed as wishing your life away)

Louise is currently on leave for 2 weeks but is not going away just enjoying her days off and is no doubt missing me loads.

Bedrooms have been busy at the Hotel over the last couple of months including some celeb guests. We have seen Victor Spinetti, Sandra Dickinson and Norman Pace stay with us while they starred in a show at the Grand Theatre. We also had Rolf Harris stay while in Swansea overnight.

We will keep an eye out for anymore celebs and keep you updated in future blogs.

Andrew Conquers the Tour De France

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

Andrew CyclePlease join us in giving Andrew Morrisey, Senior Lifestyle Consultant at The Dragon Health and Fitness Club a big round of applause as he returns from his endeavours at this year’s Tour De France.  In his own words, this is how he fared:

 My cycling adventure consisted of cycling 7 stages of the 2010 Tour de France, the biggest cycling event in the world. In total I cycled 1092km over 7 days. The stages that I completed involved the Prynennes Mountains. These are home to some of the most gruelling mountain climbs including the Col Du Tourmalet which I climbed twice. Each day I was cycling for a minimum of 7 hours and covering distances over 180km with hills that would take from 1 hour to 3 hours. I also took part in the etape the biggest amateur event, this year 10,000 people took part with only 6,000 finishing, I managed to complete this day after already doing 3 days cycling. I enjoyed doing this and now I am aiming to complete the whole tour de france next year!

Back to Reality at the Conference Sales Office

Friday, August 20th, 2010

Big changes have occurred in the Conference Sales Office with Suzanne leaving for pastures new. Cath is now spending more time with the team and slowly but surely is getting used to working a desk job! We wish Suzanne the best of luck in her new job and are confident that she will never forget The Dragon Hotel!Maya after completing Race for Life

Meanwhile, we’ve all been busy enjoying our Summer Holidays here, with Sian starting the ball rolling back in May when she went with fiancé Russell to Cyprus for a friend’s wedding. The hotel was lovely, right on the beach, the weather was boiling and the wedding was a great opportunity to catch up with old friends.

Cath, Antonio and Maya went to Croatia with some of the extended family the very next day after the ladies of the family completed The Race for Life. Maya took a dislike to the sea after falling in on the first day and Cath managed to get a legful of sea urchin needles having challenged her nephews to jump off a pier…

gethyn's hairGethyn was altogether more sensible and stayed in the UK. However he made up his mileage by visiting Manchester to party with friends, Builth Wells for The Royal Welsh Show – where he is a cattle steward, and London to catch Priscilla Queen of the Desert. He also managed to find time to dye his hair (both orange and blonde), pierce his ear and organise his next adventure!

Having had a great summer we are now all back in the office fastening our seatbelts for the forthcoming Christmas season, yes folks, it starts now! Our feet won’t touch the ground again until January when we’ll all be ready for another round of holidays!

Daniel Bevan is Employee of the Month!

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010
Team Member of the Month - July

Team Member of the Month - July

Congratulations to Daniel Bevan – Lifestyle Consultant at the Dragon Health Club! Daniel has won Employee of the Month for his hard work and effort in the health club in July. Dan particularly excelled whilst the swimming pool was closed for essential maintenance. He successfully re-filled and commissioned the pool on his own with no previous experience (but with thorough and relevant training!!) Well Done Dan – We hope you’ll enjoy your prize!

Introducing The Accounts & Administration Department.

Friday, August 6th, 2010

Hi Everyone!

My name is Helen and I am the Finance Manager of The Dragon Hotel. I’ve been here now for 4 years, coping with the demands that are involved with a busy four star hotel. I didn’t have a single grey hair before I started working here – and now my roots get done every four weeks!!! I am also the treasurer of Port Talbot Operatic Society, and our next production is Guys & Dolls – Auditions take place in September! In my spare time I enjoy going to different restaurants, and have recently dined at Casamia in Bristol, which has a Michelin Star, and Jamie Oliver’s newly opened restaurant in Cardiff. I would highly recommend both restaurants, but obviously not above our very own Brasserie!!!

My first Accounts Assistant is Kelly, originally from Grimsby has only recently started with me, having previously been at Comyn Ching & Co (Solray) Ltd . She has a very busy role within the business, including making sure everyone gets their pay packet,  but has taken it all in her stride. When she is not in work she is playing mum to ten year old Louise and wife to Mark, and when she can she enjoys going to the cinema and socializing with friends.

My second Accounts Assistant is Hazel. Hazel is originally from Dublin on the Emerald Isle. She has lived in Wales for nine years and has been at The Dragon Hotel for five years. Hazel is mum to five year old Kacey and also is glowing with pride as she is six months pregnant. She’s chosen not to find out if it’s a boy or a girl, and doesn’t mind which one it is, but currently likes Cillian for a boy or if it’s a girl she likes Kiera – two strong irish names!

Finally, I share my office with The Hotel Administrative Manager.  Owen has been with us for three years but has recently secured a position within The Civil Service, which he joins next week. His replacement is Sarah, who has only been here for three days coming directly from Bassetts Citroen in Landore, but is picking everything up very quickly. Unusually, both Owen and Sarah lived oppposite each other in the small village of Penclawdd when they were just little children, have both moved around the entire country between the them and have been joined together for one last time at The Dragon. Penclawdd, of course, is world famous for it’s production of Cockles, Laverbread and Donkeys.

We are all going to miss Owen when he leaves next week. He has brought invaluable knowledge and assistance to the hotel, both operationally and in the back office departments. You can see the pictures of Owen as Santa Claus for our Christmas In July party on our Facebook page.

Gel Nails coming soon and Andrew does the Tour De France!!

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

This week we’re all excited for the launch of the Brand New Jessica Gel Nails! Gel nails are proving very popular for those ladies that like to keep well maintained nails, but lead a busy ‘hands on’ lifestyle as they last longer and resist chipping!

Michelle and Harley are looking forward to the new colours arriving soon and we’ll keep you posted on when they arrive!

Also, Andrew (our Senior Lifestyle Consultant) is in France cycling hard on the Tour De France. He left on Wednesday 14th July and we’ve heard back that the weather is hot and the route is hard…but we’re proud to learn that he came first amoungst his group in the first part!

Good Luck Andrew..we’ll keep you posted on the rest of his incredible journey!!

Christmas in July

Monday, July 12th, 2010

2 cropped1 cropped 2The Dragon Hotel entertained guests to an early Christmas last Thursday when we hosted our Christmas in July party.

Guests were invited to celebrate the festive season early where they were greeted by Santa and the falling of snow! A mulled wine drinks reception was hosted in the lounge followed by Turkey Dinner with all the trimmings and our resident DJ with his tunes.

Magician Phil Jay had us all hooked with his magic including the amazing trick of making money out of scraps of paper…he must come out with me on a Saturday night! 

The Wave hosted a music quiz to ensure we were all on our toes and introduced Kayla Mackenzie who took the Christmas theme in her stride and made sure we were all on our toes in a different sense!  …….A big thank you also to Alberto Culver for supplying the Christmas presents, my hair has never been in such good condition. I hope everyone is wearing their Dragon Hotel socks!6 cropped

5 croppedThe event was organised to promote our Christmas parties so if you would like further information please contact our events team on 01792 657125/126 or view our Christmas page. Don’t forget we have extended our superb offer ‘Organiser goes free’ if you book you party before 31st July 2010 – as long as there’s still availability of course!
Check out the rest of the pictures on our Facebook page!

Thank you all once again for a great night.
See you all soon Sarah and the team – Ho Ho Ho ?

The Dragon Hotel’s Ladies Day at Ffos Las

Monday, June 28th, 2010

Races June 004What a fantastic day out was had on Thursday 17th June, at Ffos Las Racecourse.
It’s was Ladies Day! Everybody had their party frocks out for this glamorous event which started at the hotel with a Pimms drinks reception & buffet where best dressed lady & gent was judged.
The winner of best dressed lady was Ms Heather Cooper from hchr and best dressed gent was Mr Brian Brown of Brian Brown Salon.  This hotly contested yet all in the name of fun competition was judged by the fantastic  James, who is the visual merchandiser for River Island.

Photos of the event have been uploaded to our facebook page  – these are not to be missed, please join and upload your own!

60 seconds with F&B Supervisor Andrew Roberts

Sunday, June 13th, 2010

Originally from Pantyscallen, nr. Merthyr (but we don’t hold that against him), Food & Beverage Supervisor Andrew Roberts has been working at The Dragon Hotel since July 2005.  He recently married his childhood sweetheart, the beautiful Rachel and they share their home with Indie the dog.  Here is 60 seconds in his company:

TDH: Tea or Coffee?

AR: Coffee

TDH: Rugby or Football?

AR: Rugby

TDH: Early Bird or Night Owl?

AR: Night Owl

TDH: Electric or Manual? (toothbrush that is)

AR: Manual (current colour: green)

TDH: Ski or Surf?

AR: Ski

TDH: Red or White?

AR: Red

TDH: Is the glass half full or half empty?

AR: Half Full

TDH: Cat or Dog?

AR: Dog

TDH: James Bond or Indiana Jones?

AR: Indiana Jones

TDH: Daddy or Chips?

AR: Chips!


Team Member of The Month (May 2010) – Mark Edwards

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

untitledMark Edwards, Dragon Hotel Swansea’s Breakfast Chef has been awarded the Team Member Of The Month for his efforts in May 2010.

Being able to accomodate up to 250 residents at the Dragon, and also being open to non-residents, Breakfast is the time of day when things need to run with precision control. It is often the first contact that many guests have with the dining experiences that we have to offer, so nothing but the best is acceptable!

May 2010 was extremely busy for the hotel, with almost 100% Occupancy for the entire month. With this in mind, Mark took to the occupancy with delight and revelled in being constantly under more pressure than usual. Almost single-handedly he managed to cook for and feed up to 160 guests on a daily basis, without problem or delay. The feedback from the guests staying at the Hotel has been phenomenal, with every one saying that it is possibly the best Breakfast they have ever had!

Mark Edwards, 33, started working at the Holiday Inn in Swansea in 1997 as a Kitchen Porter and quickly climbed the ranks to Commis Chef. From there, Holiday Inn appointed him as Breakfast Chef, a role in which he continued as Hoilday Inn departed and The Dragon Hotel returned, and has now been in the position for 8 years. It’s a tough role, working 6 days a week, starting at 5am everyday.

When Mark isn’t feeding the masses ready for their day ahead he thoroughly enjoys his role as Dad to Jack and Shona and utilising his mechanical skills to buy, improve and sell-on cars and motorbikes. His refurbished vehicles have been in Ripspeed Car Shows and he has previously been the proud owner of a Kowasaki Ninja ZX-6R.