The Dragon Hotel
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Dragon Hotel Swansea
Not at weekends
My wife and I stayed one night in this hotel. Unfortunately it was saturday night and the noise in the hotel and outside was horrendous until 2.30 am. The traffic outside was racing along the dual carriage way making as much noise as possible. The double glazing gave no protection against the sound level. There was also a party of local oarsmen and their partners staying who had no consideration for other guests. Doors banging and shouted conversation lasted until 3 am.
Otherwise the hotel was very good and we would use it again but not at weekends!
Compact rooms to say the least.......
Stayed here for a couple of nights in January. Found the rooms to be very small and could not work out why there were no doors on the wardrobe!
When I ordered room service it arrived soon enough but since the passageway between the front door and the room was so narrow, and by the way this is where the doorless wardbobe was, the staff member had great difficulty carrying the tray. Needless to say, he bumped a wall and the glass of red wine I had ordered with my meal had nowhere to go but all over my clothes hanging up in the doorless wardrobe.....aahhhhhh!
No offer to clean the items was made!
There are better hotels in the area, even ones with doors on the wardrobes!
Why did I stay here?
Stayed here for one night on business in late October. Aware that refurbishment work was going on. Room was recently refurbished and nicely done, shame about the rest of the hotel!
Was kept awake for agood part of the night by hoards of kids staying there running out of control, Hotel Management didn't want to know.
Breakfast was impossible thatnks to the unsupervised kids and theire equally unsupervised teachers hogging the entire restaurant. Checked out early in disgust. Hotel has offered me a 50% discount on my next visit - they are certainly being optimistic!
Room - OK, Hotel - dire, Management - You're joking!
Booked two rooms for business meetings in Swansea. Finished early on the Monday booked in at 2.30pm thought I would have a knap before a further meeting in the evening. No such luck the noise of builders knocking down walls was constant could not get any rest at all, was not warned of this when booking in. Rooms incredibly shabby (maybe because we booked the deal through the internet)with paint peeling off the ceiling, bath was dirty. Breakfast was not included in the price. Staff were unfriendly would not recommend to anyone.
Just stayed at the Dragon with my husband for 2 nights. Great location. The hotel is undergoing some renovations, luckily not at weekends. On arrival they made a few mistakes, they only had our reservation down for 1 night not 2 but this was quickly rectified. We also booked a smoking room but were put in a non smoking room and told we could smoke! We stayed in room 504, the room was a let down, very tatty and worn. The chairs were dirty and ripped, the furniture had seen better days, the bathroom sink had visible cracks and was held to wall with lots of silicone. The bed however was spotless, thankfully. Hopefully they will update the rooms during the renovations, they need it!! We did had a good room rate including breakfast. Breakfast was fine, the usual but nice and fresh. The brasserie in which it was served was very nice and the staff attentive. I don't know if I would stay again, no great complaints just lacked something maybe if the rooms are updated I would consider.
Not Too Bad !!!
I only stayed one night but I was happy with the room and location of this Hotel.
There is an internet cafe' accross the road and a stack of good Indian Resteraunts in the area.
There is no bar fridge or Air-Conditioning which was a bit of a let down but apart from that I have no complaints.
My wife and I stayed in this hotel with a small baby and the staff were amazingly helpful, the food was also excellent. Thanks!
Central location but rooms need updating
This is formerly the Holiday Inn Swansea and is slap in the middle of the city opposite a roundabout with lots of traffic. It is an uninspiring matchbox of a building, probably built in the 1970s as a Forte Post House. It has been under new private ownership since January 2005. The new owners have obviously spent some money improving the public areas of the hotel.
I would think that a room at the front would be rather noisy; luckily we were placed at the back of the hotel though the view was pretty dismal consisting of air conditioning ducts and appliances and the rather pinched car park.
Our room (316) was rather cramped. It contained a television, table and chair, an armchair, phone and tea/coffee making facilities and a bed side table. The bed was well sprung and comfortable but there was not sufficient room to get out of bed on both sides, the bed being pushed up against a wall! The lighting was adequate for reading; too many hotels let themselves down in this area. Room heating was adequate but there were no obvious controls or air conditioning. The temperature in the corridors was rather warm.
The bathroom was a reasonable size but there were only soap dispensers which I found difficult to extract the soap from (my wife liked the quality of the soap). We were a little miffed to find that it had been made up with a single bath towel (fuelling our suspicions that we had been sold a single room). The décor and fittings were rather tired and need of refurbishment.
Breakfast is buffet style and a wide range of food is available, however the hot food plate was only refilled intermittently and you had to hang around sometime to fill your plate when stocks ran low.
The reception staff cannot be faulted They were friendly and efficient. Foolishly I left an electric razor in the bathroom. This was returned promptly after I contacted them.
The Dragon is convenient for the centre of Swansea and its shopping centre, the railway station (5 minutes) and it is only a 10 minutes stroll downhill to the marina. Nearby the Adam and Eve Pub offers decent beer and music but it is very smoky. We had a very pleasant meal at Bella Napoli on Wind St. Be warned though that this street becomes rather lively in the evening!
Excellent staff with very good health club facilities and a true city centre location, function facilities also outstanding.
Decent business accommodation
Decent, serviceable accommodation. Centrally placed, but car parking rather limited. Food very good - above the run of the mill.
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