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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.

Dymanic Dragon Reservations Duo!

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

tracey animalssquireMy name is Louise and I have been at The Dragon Hotel, Swansea for 5 years, but I have worked in the hotel industry for nearly 9 years. I started as a Receptionist and then moved into the Reservations Office as a Co-Ordinator and then was successfully promoted to Reservations Manager.
In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my beloved boy (Squire the dog! See Left!) and I am a keen D-I-Y-er. I am very partial to animal print in every aspect of my life!

My colleague Tracey who is the Reservations Co-Ordinator has been part of the team for nearly 2 years and has never worked in the hotel industry before,  but wishes she had started earlier. Tracey loves to sit opposite me and listen to me singing when I am not on the telephone!
Tracey enjoys spending her spare time with her family and has recently had a new addition, Jewel the Siamese cat (Top Right with Gemma the Dog).

Swansea’s Dragon Health Club are gearing up for their challenges!!

Friday, May 21st, 2010

This week the health club staff have been practicing what they preach and putting their knowledge and fitness to the test!!

Rob (our Deputy Manager) will be taking part in the Llanelli Waterside Triathlon on Sunday. He’s been working hard on his training (and we’ve been laughing at his tight outfits!), so we wish him the best of luck with his challenge and will keep you posted on his success.

Andrew (Senior Lifestyle Consultant) has been covering the whole of Swansea and Gower on his bike, clocking up his mileage for the 6 phases of the Tour de France in July. His hamstrings have been a bit tight recently, but Tara has been working her Sports Massage Magic on him and he’s keeping in tip top shape (Yeah, he’s also wearing tight outfits!!)

Dan is off to Chester this weekend to add to his Sports Science knowledge and is completing his final part of the Personal Training Qualification. Dan has been working hard on his qualification for the last 18 months and is looking forward to completing the course and getting even more people in Swansea fit and fabulous!

Tara has been back outside pounding the pavements with her clients and is back up and running after a knee injury so will be working hard ready for the 1/2 Marathon in Cardiff in October. Tara’s also been busy in the gym with her Personal Training clients and congratulations to Hugh for losing 6lbs in a week!

Michelle and Harley are looking forward to completing training with Jessica Nails on the brand new natural everlasting polish and have been busy with lots of Manicures and Pedicures this week as Jessica have launched their Spring Daydream collection! So call in to the club for discounts and offers on our manicures and pedicures!

Introducing the Conference Team at Swansea’s Dragon Hotel…

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

Suzanne Spiller has been Conference Sales Manager at The Dragon Hotel for the past 3 years. Suzanne’s background has always been within the Hotel Industry and since joining an independent hotel in 2007 has found Swansea a very friendly and rewarding place to work. Outside of work Suzanne’s keen interest is running and raising money for some fantastic charities.

Let’s now introduce you to Suzanne’s team:

Sian Owen, Conference Sales Co-ordinator, also joined the team in 2007 and is the Wedding Co-ordinator. Sian herself got engaged in New York in January and has a sparkling rock on her left hand. But the love of her life is her beloved dog Lottie!

Last but certainly not least, Gethyn John, Conference Sales Co-ordinator, has worked at The Dragon Hotel for the past 5 years, where he began his role as Operations Manager. He then made the transition to the Conference Sales Office in 2008. Gethyn is the most green fingered amongst us and when he isn’t working he is in the garden.

36 Hours in Swansea

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

Check out this article from Visit Wales giving tips on what to do if you’re in Swansea for a couple of days: – how great to be included in this glowing report of the city by the sea!

The Dragon Hotel, Swansea: Team Member Of The Month – April 2010

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

Dorota Banecka from our Housekeeping department is Team Member Of The Month at The Dragon Hotel, Swansea for April 2010.

Dorota has been a member of the Housekeeping team at The Dragon for over a year now and has been committed to her position with us from day one.

She is always happy to come to work and will always greet you with a smile and a “Hello” to all of our guests and colleagues alike.

Her work is top-notch and is classed as one of the best Housekeepers in the hotel, leaving her bedrooms spotless and ready for the next guests. She will go out of her way to assist you in anyway needed and sets a great example for the rest of the Housekeeping Team. Upon receiving her prize Dorota was quite taken aback and says that she is “over the moon” to be the recipient of the award from the management of the hotel.

“Congratulations on winning your prize, Dorota, and keep up the excellent work.” – Gwenno Priestland, Housekeeping Manager

Celebrities Love The Dragon!

Friday, April 30th, 2010

Eddie Izzard,  Sophie-Ellis Bextor and 90’s Band Snap have all stayed with us this week.  When you look at all the celebs at The Wave Local Heroes Awards as well – Paul Potts, Ruth Madoc, Lee Trundle, Ryan Jones, Shaheen Jafargholi – even Dave Coaches! (actor Steffan Rhodri), The Dragon has turned into quite a ‘Celebrity Hang-Out’! Eddie was an absolute gentleman and Paul Potts couldn’t have been nicer. Let’s see what exciting guests next week brings…

The Wave Local Hero Awards!

Friday, April 30th, 2010

WOW! What a night we all had at The Local Hero Awards 2010! It was an emotional awards ceremony, great company and compliments to The WAVE for organising such a tremendous event. We can’t wait to do it again!