As I write this blog there are only 3 more days left until Christmas day, like myself I'm sure you are wondering where this year has gone? Maybe it's because we have been so busy at the Cloud Hotel that the time has just flown by or is it a sign that I'm getting older? Whatever is the reason I'm delighted to report that the Cloud Hotel has been very busy with accommodation, lunches, morning coffees and afternoon teas. We have welcomed many or our regular customers back as well as having the pleasure of meeting new customers during the year.
The main highlights of the year were being awarded 3 stars by the AA and being a finalist in Business South Excellence Awards 'small hotel of the year' category. Nine members of staff attended the award ceremony and we were delighted to receive the Highly Commended award.
On Friday December 13th we held our annual Christmas dinner in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support and raised £1160-00. We have raised well over £30,000-00 over the last 30 years when I first started the event. A few members of the Highcliffe Junior Choir started the evening with Christmas carols and a good time was had by everyone.
Our pre-Christmas lunches and dinners have been very busy and my staff have worked really hard to make every day a success and create a happy and festive atmosphere.
Our Christmas guests arrive on Monday to enjoy a traditional 4 day Christmas break and eat, drink and be merry!
The hotel closes on Friday 27th December and re-opens on Sunday 12th January 2014. The staff have a 2 week well deserved holiday and I stay and supervise the decorating, maintenance and refurbishment.
My staff join me in wishing you a very happy Christmas and a healthy and prosperous New Year, we look forward to welcoming you back to the Cloud Hotel next year.