Posts Tagged ‘Dining’

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)!


Tanisha wins Team Member of the Month for August

Monday, September 16th, 2013

Forget about the Oscars, Ballon D’Or or the BAFTAs, the winner of this month’s most sought after prize, The Dragon Hotel’s Team member of the Month, goes to Tanisha Williams of the Conference and Banqueting Team. The award goes to Tanisha in recognition of the work she put in recently, not only in our department, but also the shifts she has happily covered in the Housekeeping Department.

We have had a busy month in the Conference Department, where we had the pleasure of hosting the English and Finnish National Under 19’s Ladies Football Teams. Both team were in Wales competing in the UEFA organised tournament, and the conference team were tasked with ensuring all of their dietary requirements were met. So as you can imagine, with 35 hungry members in each squad, with breakfast, lunch and dinner to serve, we were kept on our feet, but with Tanisha’s help, all went well.

As the tournament progressed, both teams did well in their individual groups, gaining the results needed to progress though to the semi final, where by a quirk of the gods, the two teams were drawn to play one another. Having got to know both of the squads quite well during their time in the hotel, the C&B team decided it would be a good idea to go to the semi final and cheer both teams on. We must have looked quiet strange in the crowd cheering for both teams! England won the game, but Finland gained many admirers for their unending determination.

So once again, a massive thank you to Tanisha, from both the C&B, and Housekeeping departments, for ensuring that all went well during the tournament. The only down side to the story is that England were beaten in the final by France!

Mr and Mrs Events win Team Member of the Month for July!

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

It was a hard decision to make for this month so it was decided that Gethyn and Ellie from the Events team would be joint winners! photo (2)

Gethyn has been with the hotel for nearly 8 years and he is always willing to help out other departments when needed. In fact, he is affectionately known as Mr IT within the hotel!

Sadly we say goodbye to Ellie this month as she was only here for a 6 month placement but she has fitted in very well within the Events team. Although don’t bother asking her to make tea as it is not one of her strongest points (we think this may have been deliberate so that she didn’t have to make it so often!). Ellie has plans to see the world with her first point of call to test out the après ski so we wish her all the best.

Sadly we have still got to put up with Gethyn but at least he does make a great cup of coffee so I guess he can stay for now!

All around the world Staff Party

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

Staff PartyWe had our biannual staff party on Sunday, the theme was all around the world and boy did the staff put the effort into their costumes!

The room was perfectly decorated with themes and national flags from all around the world.  We had a double bungee run, so the competition was fierce we had chefs to the hotel fitness guru taking part and somebody nearly broke it (not mentioning any names!).

The staff danced the night away with our resident DJ; we played some party games and had a limbo dance off!

All in all everyone had a fab evening and there were plenty of sore heads on Monday morning!

Swansea Lifestyle Awards

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

Friday the 19th July was Party night for the managers at The Dragon as we all attended the Swansea Life and The Wave Lifestyle Awards.

AwardsAs ever the professionals, we attended the event representing the hard work and awarddedication of the whole Dragon Hotel Team, which resulted in us being shortlisted for the Best Hotel Category.

The night was full of Glitz and Glamour!

We had a delicious meal, lots of fantastic entertainment and very importantly plenty of wine!

The Dragon Hotel was also included in a really fun Flash Mob, with a few lines of the song dedicated just to us. Tara also managed to get a part singing about fitness and waving her dumbbells in the air!

Needless to say, we were out beyond midnight and there were a few sore heads the next day, but it was all worth it!

Here’s a few piccys of the night……..

Edd wins Team Member of the Month for June

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013


Join us in congratulating Ed on his recent achievement of winning a second Team Memeber of the Month award for his excellent work during the month of June when he stepped up and undertook a number of Food & Beverage supervisor shifts.

Like a duck to water, Ed quietly took the new responsibilities in his stride and didn’t make a big splash of things.  Having successfully supervised busy breakfast, lunch and dinner shifts, Ed acknowledges that the experience has provided him with a different insight into the workings of the F&B department – and remarkably he’s coming back for more!

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!!

Join The Club!

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

A pleasant afternoon was had by all who were able to attend The Dragon Loyalty Club Afternoon Tea on Friday 21st June.

With some important changes afoot with the introduction of Macdonald Hotels & Resorts’ The Club it proved a convival gathering of familiar faces.

The Club will now replace The Dragon Loyalty Club for accommodation rewards so although any Dragon points you may have collected may still be redeemed against accommodation at the hotel, from July 2013 Dragon points may only be collected on Brasserie and Beauty purchases.

For more information on The Club visit .

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.