Posts Tagged ‘accommodation’

The Calm Before The Storm

Thursday, July 4th, 2013

Sean (Reservations co-ordinator) is on countdown and has been since the beginning of the year! His holidays are fast approaching where he will be found sunning his well earned pecks after working hard in the hotels Healthclub on the White Island they call ‘IBIZA’ Lucky him…!!!Ibiza

Sean will be found in his Mankini doing the funky chicken on Bora Bora beach if you should see him say Hi!

Louise will be crying into her Coffee cup in his absence.  Hopefully we will have a heat wave here and we will see some Sun too.

Let’s hope time will fly by (for Louise at least) and Sean will be back in the office with Louise’s BIG duty free gift!!

Swansea Lifestyle Awards Shortlist

Monday, June 24th, 2013

We are delighted to share the news that The Dragon Hotel has been shortlisted in the Best Hotel / Accommodation category of the Swansea Lifestyle Awards 2013!

Event organisers Swansea Life and Swansea Sound have been collating nominations and votes for months and the winners will be announced at the Swansea Lifestyle Awards at Fulton House, Swansea on July 19th.

We’d like to thank everyone for their votes – to be shortlisted to the top 3 of accommodation providers in our area is very humbling and a huge privilege. We all now have our fingers crossed for the grand finale!

Bonny Scotland for Macdonald Fam Trip

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

Red Fiat 500

It started early on Thursday 23rd May with an 8.55am Flybe flight from Cardiff to Edinburgh and after a bumpy ride we finally landed at 10.30am, ready to start our road trip.

The bright red Fiat 500 was there waiting for us and when we eventually found our way out of the car park, we headed off to Macdonald Hotels & Resorts Head Office. We were welcomed by Joan Adams and given the grand tour meeting staff along the way, starting with account and working our way up the ladder to the call centre. All staff were busy on calls taking bookings for the group and it was a great opportunity to put faces to names.

The road trip continued on to Macdonald Houstoun House Hotel where we enjoyed lunch in the bar of this fabulous venue, set in lovely grounds – a perfect venue for weddings. It’s a shame we couldn’t stay any longer but the Macdonald Inchyra Hotel & Spa was calling and our beauty treatments were waiting.

We quickly checked in, changed into our robes and made our way to the health club and spa. Sarah and Cheryl enjoyed a Decleor Aroma Back Relief massage while Louise enjoyed a Decleor Vital Eyes facial. We felt so relaxed afterwards that we needed to sample the scones, jam and cream whilst watching everyone work out in the gym!


Steak at The Scottish Steak Club

After slipping out of our robes, the evening was spent in the Scottish Steak Club where we all enjoyed the famous Scottish heritage.

The next morning saw the Fiat 500 race up the motorway to the Macdonald Holyrood Hotel in Edinburgh city centre. Susan Minto was very welcoming and showed us around including a peek at the newly refurbished bedrooms. The day was finished with a wee bit of retail therapy and a makeover in Harvey Nichols before taking the flight back to sunny Wales!

If anyone is looking for a holiday in Scotland, check out the various hotels with Macdonald Hotels & Resorts. Click here to view them!

Until the next trip………….

Sarah, Cheryl and Louise

Introducing the NEW Dragon Mini!

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013


Can you believe that I actually agreed to a number plate with the number 13????

The Dragon Hotel Mini was delivered to the hotel on the 1st March so I was very excited to drive home that evening with only 5 miles on the mileage counter.

I am keeping my fingers crossed that this new mini does not attract the speeding cameras and police cars on the M4 like the old one did!!!photo (2) (2)

Last week the Mini and I were busy playing the Easter bunny when we delivered Dragon Easter Eggs to companies in and around Swansea.  I thought it was nice to break the engine in slowly before the long journeys up to Derby and Manchester this month to drum business up for the hotel.

So if you see me at the traffic lights in the morning doing my lipstick give me a beep.

Question:- How many people can you fit in a Mini?

Answer:- If it’s a new BMW Mini and those people happen to be very flexible then the answer is 28 (5 if they’re all like me), as confirmed for a new Guiness World Record at Potters Field Park, London in 2012.

The Dragon Hotel Gift Cards

Saturday, March 16th, 2013

Looking for that unique gift for someone special who has everything?

Well look no further; The Dragon Hotel Gift Card is the perfect answer! (more…)

The Dragon Hotel’s Team Member of the Month: February

Friday, March 15th, 2013

It’s once again that time where we proudly announce the member of staff who has stood out amongst all.  Our team member of the month for February goes to Jaidon Williams from Housekeeping who stands out amongst us all in more ways than one!

This is a photo of the many talented Williams family.

This is a photo of the many talented Williams family.

He was awarded employee of the month for 3 main reasons:

Reason 1: Organising the best Christmas party for our staff along with the help of sister Tanisha
Reason 2: Making our Valentine’s Package extra special by making the swans for our bedrooms
Reason 3: St David’s day event was a huge success and to make it even more special Jaidon was our photographer for the day.
Is there no end to his talents?

Karly Williams’ week away at Macdonald Berystede Hotel & Spa, Ascot

Thursday, February 21st, 2013



An opportunity to manage the housekeeping department in Ascot came my way, what a fantastic chance to further my career.

This was my first time working away from home which was an amazing experience, the hotel was more rural than what I’m used to, being in the city centre at The Dragon Hotel.

I looked after the housekeeping team for a week to make sure standards of cleanliness were high in the 126 bedroom hotel. I would like to thank all the staff at Macdonald Berystede Hotel & Spa, for welcoming me as  part of their team and look forward to working with them again should the opportunity arise.

(Also, on a lighter note I would welcome the opportunity of working at any of our sister hotels in Portugal or Spain too!)

The Dragon Hotel’s Team Member of the Month: December

Saturday, February 2nd, 2013

It’s once again that time where we proudly announce the member of staff who has stood out amongst all.  Our team member of the month goes to our ‘Kitchen Porter’ Christopher Brown!

Chris has worked for the Hotel since July 2009, since his time at the hotel he has clearly demonstrated that his commitment and determination to his job shines through! From washing dishes to helping to prepare for some of our large events, Chris has been a big support to Steve and his team of chefs!

Chris has now decided to move departments within the hotel and will be joining our night’s team later this month. I am sure that he will continue to show great enthusiasm within his new role and be an asset to Kelly and her team!

Please join me in saying ‘Congratulations’ Chris on your well deserved award and good luck in your new position!

Company Announcement

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

Mac Donald Image

We are pleased to announce that The Dragon Hotel has become an Associate Hotel with Macdonald Hotels & Resorts.

This marks a really exciting chapter for the hotel. Macdonald Hotels & Resorts has over 45 hotels across the UK and 6 resorts in Spain and Portugal.  One of the UK’s largest privately-owned hotel groups, with its roots in Scotland, we’re looking forward to being part of a family that also includes famous hotels such as the five-star Macdonald Bath Spa Hotel and Macdonald Compleat Angler on the banks of the River Thames. 

The hotel will continue to be owned by asset management and property development firm London Devonshire Trust and The Dragon Hotel brand will not be changing. This is yet another new chapter in the hotel’s colourful history – we thank you for your continued support during this exciting time.

Dragon Memories Exhibition Launched

Monday, April 11th, 2011
Louise Howells, Tim Priestlamd and Cath Garcia

Louise Howells, Tim Priestland and Cath Garcia

It was a pleasure to see so many enjoying afternoon tea on Monday, 11th April 2011 when The Dragon Memories Exhibition was officially opened by the Lord Mayor of Swansea, Councillor Richard Lewis.  With a trip down memory lane conducted by historian Professor Peter Stead, memories were flowing as swiftly as the tea and coffee!

With a delightful mixture of those who used to work at the hotel, those who celebrated their weddings here and those who simply came to enjoy the afternoon teas of a Saturday, there were plenty of tales captured live on air as Shanny broadcasted live for The Wave.

Ex Dragon staff take a trip down memory lane

Ex Dragon staff take a trip down memory lane

The exhibition runs throughout the public areas of the hotel until May 12th 2011 and all are welcome to visit at their leisure to view the memorabilia on display.