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The Dragon team go on the sales offensive!

Friday, November 29th, 2013

“Whose silly idea was this” text Colonel Whitticase at 6.30am while sipping a latte waiting for the troops to arrive at the three Swansea Park & Ride depots.

Our mission was to spread the word about The Dragon Hotel to the good people of Swansea so we filled our tanks with mince pies and targeted commuters on their way to work by attacking them while they were half asleep!

We operated in three teams:

  • Team 1 – Tara & Justin dubbed themselves ‘Team Misbehave’ and were the first to finish sharing their mince pies (we can’t decide if they were at the busiest park & ride or if they simply ate them all themselves!)
  • Team 2 – General Garcia and Beautician Byrony AKA Beauty & the Beast had a splendid time with the help of Scott and team at the Fforestfach Park & Ride despite not many takers for mince pies. They boarded the buses for their campaign which resulted in General Garcia joining the conference call late………………whoops!!!
  • Team 3 – Rudolph & Prancer, fortified with lattes along with their mince pies, force-fed their targets by getting them in a head lock as they mounted the buses. It was a pretty effective tactic.

The word was certainly spread and we have a number of new BFFs in all the Park & Rides. Our mission was completed with a few visits to some car dealerships on the way home to spread the Christmas Cheer.

At the time of writing, we are sitting at 4,319 covers for Christmas and hope this campaign will boost our enquiries for those last few spaces remaining. If you’re looking to book somewhere to stay over Christmas give us a call on (0)1792 657 100 and find out what deals we can sort for you.

Cheryl as Rudolph Bryony in the Park & Ride Depot

Beaujolais Nouveau Day at the Dragon Hotel

Friday, November 29th, 2013

The Dragon Hotel welcomed over 300 guests again this year to celebrate Beaujolais Nouveau Day on Thursday 21st November. We can’t believe how quickly this day seems to come around each year.  The whole event was sponsored by Fine Wines Direct, who supply The Dragon Hotel all year round with all sorts of vineyard delights, and Flags and Bunting Galore who have a huge collection of traditional sewn flags all made locally.

The Brasserie and Restaurant was bursting at the seams with 200 guests booking individual tables to entertain friends, colleagues and clients.

The event in our Pembrey suite enjoyed a 3 course lunch and guests were entertained at their tables by Sean Heydon, one of Britain’s top illusionists!  Sean brought the afternoon to a Pembreyclose with his grand finale that saw some guests floating from the furniture!  A lucky dip took place and the winning table enjoyed a complementary bottle of champagne – certainly a good finish to a great afternoon.

Beaujolais Day is on Thursday 20th November in 2014…book now to avoid disappointment!

Firstly though, back by popular demand, we will be celebrating St David’s Day, albeit a day early, on Friday 28th February 2014 with a 3 course Welsh lunch menu complete with Dewi Sant ale tasting courtesy of Tomos Watkin Brewery, all for £19.95 per head.

To book Beaujolais Day or Saint David’s Day please call our Events team on 01792 657100.

SWIMMING POOL OPEN!

Friday, November 29th, 2013

We are glad to announce that the swimming pool has now reopened and that full operations are restored at The Dragon Health & Fitness Club.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we ensured that all was safe following the incident on Thursday.

The Protein Works Supplements & Food Arrives at the Dragon Hotel

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

We’re excited to announce that the Dragon Hotel will be offering the innovative sports nutrition brand, The Protein Works™.

TPW™ embodies the way we believe sports nutrition should be. It has invested heavily in doing things the right way and listens to customers on a daily basis to develop its product offering. Like us at The Dragon Hotel, they are passionate about what they do and care deeply about not only meeting customers’ expectations, but exceeding them.

When it comes to the products, their philosophy comes down to three key principles:

  • PURE
  • PROVEN
  • PERSONAL

The TPW™ products we’re now offering at our health club are excellent for improving nutrition and aiding people in their workout. Along with protein shakes, we are also offering coconut oil, nut butters, vitamins, fish oils as well as high protein snacks.

If you’re unsure which TPW™ products are suitable for you, all of our health club team are on hand to offer the best advice. They can tell you what the products are, why you should be taking them and how best to get the most from them to help you with your health & fitness goals.

Call in to the health club or call us on 01792 65721 for more information.

SWANSEA CHRISTMAS PARADE & LIGHTS SWITCH ON

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

 

Santa returns on Sunday 17 November from 5pm to switch on the Christmas Lights in Swansea. Come along with the kids and cheer on Father Christmas as he passes in the Christmas Parade.

The parade will begin at the Dylan Thomas Centre in Somerset Place, before continuing onto Wind St, up onto College St, along the Kingsway, St Helen’s Road

This year’s parade has a great range of floats including:

  • Community floats and theatre floats supporting a Christmas Pantomime theme
  • A Dylan Thomas themed float
  • A Waterfront Winterland float
  • A float provided by The Wave and Swansea Sound
  • A Bumbles of Mumbles float

The floats will be complemented by walking processions, marching bands and street entertainers.

 

In order to stage the Parade safely, a number of road closures will be put in place on the evening of the event. Road closures will be kept to a minimum in order to limit inconvenience to people living, visiting or working in the areas concerned. Closures will be implemented on a rolling basis between approximately 4.30pm and 7.00pm, except for ‘Guildhall Road North’ which will be closed from 2.00 pm on the day of the event. Alternative routes will be signposted and access for residents will be maintained as long as it is safe to do so. Access for emergency services will be maintained at all times.

 

The designated route of the Parade will be as follows:- East Burrows Road, Somerset Place, Wind Street, Caer Street, Castle Bailey Street, Castle Street, College Street, The Kingsway, St Helens Road, St Helens Crescent, The Guildhall.

The Dragon Hotel does not anticipate much disruption for car park access, but please consider the event’s impact on travelling times when making travel arrangements.

The South Wales Derby – Disappointment for Swansea

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

It’s been a busy week or two for me recently, kicking off with the local derby between Swansea City and Cardiff City on Sunday 3rd November. I’ve never been to a derby game before so I approached the match in Cardiff with a little trepidation I must admit.

The bubble match concept certainly makes you feel like a flock of sheep – no matter how amazing it was to travel in convoy along the M4 with a police escort and with every junction closed as you passed!

However, by all accounts the system worked as there was no trouble between the rival fans – which was good news to South Wales as a whole given that the eyes of the world were upon us.

The Jack Army was corralled into our section of the Cardiff City Stadium where the atmosphere immediately notched up anther level.  Some of the chants made me laugh out loud, my favourite possibly being “Who do you think you are?  Wrexham in disguise?”!  Some however were a bit more hostile, harking back to darker days and I was more than happy to focus on the more humorous banter. We sang: “We’ll always be White, We’ll always be White, We’re Swansea City, We’ll always be White!”

With the play all happening at the other end of the pitch during the first half we looked forward to seeing some close up action after the restart.  Alas it was not to be and Swansea were not at their best in wet conditions.  To add insult to injury, ex-Swansea player Steven Caulker was the man to break the deadlock and win the match. Sullenly we made our way back home down the M4 to lick our wounds.

We’re already thinking of the return match on February 8th – a chance to impart some much-needed revenge. After all, no team has ever done the ‘double’ over the other in over 100 years of South Wales derbies.

Michael Laudrup, meanwhile, said that: “We have a long way to go before the return visit on February 8th. It is crucial we put the disappointment behind us…”  Hmm, easier said than done Michael!

Murder on the Menu at The Dragon Hotel

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

Murder was on the menu on Friday 25th October at The Dragon Hotel as we hosted our very first Murder Mystery dinner. All those attending had been invited to ‘The Writers Guild Romance Novelist of the Year Award’ and found themselves performing some detective work after one of the nominees was found horrifically poisoned.

Guests arrived to a drinks reception of Poisonous Punch in our Margam Lounge before going through to the Pembrey Suite where the story of the murder mystery dinner unfolded. As everyone sat down to their table, the host for the evening stood up to announce the winner of the illustrious accolade. However, it then transpired that an altercation had broken out and screams could be heard from the corridor. Then a limp, lifeless body was found.

All of the main suspects were present at the evening and the gaggle of extroverted characters – including the British Prime Minister and his mistress – all argued amongst each other as participants enjoyed their tasty 3-course meal.

Throughout the dinner, secrets were revealed as careless suspects argued amongst each other, giving clues as to who could be the culprit. It transpired that all five suspects had a motive for killing the victim – and it was up to those attending the awards ceremony to solve the mystery.

Guests were given the opportunity to question all potential suspects and examine the evidence in order to come to a conclusion and we’re pleased to say that the killer was correctly identified – so we could all relax and enjoy the rest of the murder mystery evening!

Christmas build up!

Monday, October 21st, 2013

Well it’s the end of October already and our thoughts at The Dragon Hotel turn to December and Christmas. Being our busiest time of the year, there is much to prepare for, ensuring that we have everything in place and ready to go, though judging by the fact that my neighbour put his Christmas lights up last week, we are not the only ones planning ahead!

This will be my fourth Christmas at The Dragon, and I hope it will be the best yet. The long days are made all the worth while, when the good people of Swansea and its environs have been for their Christmas parties, and leave with a smile and a hiccup!! So, if you haven’t booked your party yet for the festive period, get on to our Conference and Banqueting team, book your table, and come and enjoy the fun Yuletide.

Merry Christmas to you all (it will be here before you know it)!

 

Thank You for Macmillan Support

Friday, October 18th, 2013

Coffee MorningJust a quick word of thanks to all who supported the Macmillan Coffee Morning at The Dragon Hotel at the end of September, with special thanks to Denise Rees for coordinating the event as she does each year.  Over £250 was raised in the name of this worthy cause this year, bringing the total sum raised in eight years to over £2,000.

Fix up and look sharp…. There is a song in there somewhere!

Friday, October 11th, 2013

New UniformsNew uniforms 2Finally, the day has arrived where we can abandon our old uniforms (thankfully) and start afresh!  There was a buzz in the hotel yesterday as all of us were patiently waiting for the personalised delivery of our new uniforms by Cath our GM who had the pleasure of humping boxes, sorting through skirts, waistcoats, tunics, shorts, aprons… – you get the drift!

Sticking with the red and black Dragon colours the new uniform appears a reverse of its predecessor – no more redcoats for us! And barring a few sighs of ‘it’s too tight!’ and ‘it fitted me when I tried it on before’ we’re all ready to look dapper and better than ever.  Impromptu fashion shows were taking place all over Swansea last night and the local upturn in shoe sales is singularly down to Dragon staff!