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Sunday, 30 September 2012

Cloud Hotel 80 years old

I didn't realise how long it had been since I wrote my last Blog! The only excuse I have is I have been so busy at the hotel there just hasn't been time. The hotel has been fully booked for most of September and bookings are coming in thick and fast for October before the winter sets in. The New Forest is lovely in the Autumn with the trees turning a golden colour and can be quite stunning on a sunny day and there can still be warm sunny days in October. Take advantage of our special mid-week offers stay 3 nights and get 4th night free.

The Cloud Hotel is celebrating it's 80th birthday today. Lady Reid of Hyde Park Gardens in London was the first guest to sign the visitors book on September 30th 1932. All the visitors books are available to view at the hotel and guests love looking up the names of their parents or grandparents when they come to stay.

I attended the AA Hospitality Awards 2012 last week at the London Hilton Hotel Park Lane. These awards are amongst the most prestigious national awards of their kind and is the event for everyone in the hospitality industry to attend, this year 850 guests attended. The presenter for the evening was Kate Silverton probably best known for presenting the TV news and the entertainment was provided by Siren. The Sirens are graduates from the world's leading conservatoires and are very talented musicians as well as very entertaining. Hospitality is very male dominated and the winners are selected in recognition of excellence and success within their chosen category I would love to see a woman be recognised and receive an individual award one year!

The Cloud Hotel always takes part in the World's Biggest Coffee Morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support and this year was no exception. We managed to raise £425-00 thanks to the people who came and supported us. Numbers were well down this year probably because so many people in the area hold a coffee morning now but every penny that we can raise allows the charity to provide patients and their families with the help and support they need.

Tea at The Cloud Hotel has become a popular event and is ideal for those special family occasions. More and more people are coming to enjoy our dainty sandwiches, homemade cakes and scones with clotted cream and jam served in one of our cosy lounges or the conservatory. Booking is essential for our high tea menu but you can call in any time for cream tea or morning coffee. We now serve cappuccino, latte and espresso coffee, I look forward to welcoming you.

The clocks go back at the end of October and it will soon be time to light our log fire, where does the time go?

Til the next time.