A hotel celebrating its 50th anniversary year has recently received the “Best Venue” award from the UK’s largest hotel consortia, Best Western.
Best Western Premier Blunsdon house hotel, which has been owned and run by the Clifford family since 1960, scooped the award at the Best Western National conference which was held at the Celtic Manor resort earlier this month.
Best Western is a collective marketing organisation that represents over 280 independently owned hotels throughout the UK. Blunsdon House was nominated for “Best Venue” based on the feedback received from local customers and corporate clients.
The final decision was made by Best Western’s board of directors, many of whom are captains of industry, themselves experienced hoteliers. The AA’s national hotel service manager, Simon Numphurd, also described the award as “a great achievement”.
Commenting on the awards, Keith Pope, Director of Best Western UK, said, ‘We are delighted for the hotel. The team there embodies the true qualities and vision of the Best Western brand. The hotel has its own individual personality and character, but their truly outstanding standards of quality and service are universally appreciated by customers and fellow hoteliers alike.’
Chris Clifford, a member of the family said “It’s great to receive such a prestigious national award, in what have proven to be difficult times for the hotel industry – the whole team can be very proud.”
Blunsdon House has recently refurbished its bars & public areas and constructed a brand new conference centre. The hotel which has 11 conference rooms can cater for a huge variety of occasions, from small family gatherings to full blown blue-chip corporate events.
He added “It may seem counter intuitive to some to be investing large sums in refurbishment during an economic downturn, however our customers deserve quality – it’s what they have come to expect from Blunsdon. Whilst this award and the recognition we receive from it is nice, we are constantly chasing the real prize – satisfied customers.”
Pictured above, right to left: Keith Pope Director, Chris Clifford, Mandy Clifford, Rhys Roberts, at the Best Western National Conference hosted at the Celtic Manor Resort.