New Continental Hotel, Millbay Road, Plymouth, PL1 3LD

Tel: 01752 276798

Simon Say’s …

Back To School…

Next week sees the first full week of school after the Summer Holidays! There is nothing like a busy summer holiday in our sector. As parents ourselves though, we also know there is nothing quite like getting back to some sort of routine too!

Plymouth is a remarkable city to visit with your family.  With so much to see and do there are no limits to the memories you can make. It’s not surprising that so many families choose our city as their destination. It makes the perfect choice for a family UK Summer break.

Little ones all packed up and back to school this week. The obligatory ‘Back To School’ photo is posted. That means the busy Summer months are almost behind us.  Up next will be Christmas! However, before then we take the chance to sit down with our Operations Manager.

We do our own little summer de-brief!

Summer In Plymouth

Summer In The City 2019…

Summer is one of our busiest seasons at the hotel. Even though we love nothing more than welcoming all of our guests, all of the year, seeing families arrive in the summer is amazing. Knowing and seeing how precious their time is together, being united without work or life, it’s truly magical. With our family rooms and suites; central location; leisure complex; great Wi-Fi  and amazing food offer, we know that we can offer the perfect family holiday. Where everyone can really enjoy every precious moment together.

We also know that the needs of travelling families are a little different, different that is from the wants, wishes and desires of those who travel without the little ones in tow!

Simon Say’s…

Today we talk to our Operations Manager, Simon. We ask him: ‘What are the main differences when you have the next generation along for the ride?

Simon is a highly experienced manager within the hotel. A role that is challenging by nature as it involves constantly developing, redesigning and aligning with the needs of all of our guests. Operations Managers have a wide variety of tasks that they’re assigned, and even they can vary depending on the day! More than just his role on site; he connects his staff with the city. Through great mentoring and leadership he is always the first person to ensure that the New Continental Hotel is a business that is well rooted in city wide events. Always the first person to but an idea into action!

Simon and his teams work tirelessly to ensure all guests have the best possible experiences. Be that through our food and beverage offer; having adequate staffing at any one time; developing strategies for an overall better service … it’s honestly endless!

It’s an Operations Manager’s job to oversee the entirety of the hotel; making sure everything is running as smoothly as possible. As you can imagine, this is a constantly changing and challenging job, because our needs as guests are always changing and shifting shape.

Not only an Operations Manager, but also a devoted Dad of two, Simon understands the needs of our families all too well. Of course all guests have overlapping needs such as a desire for comfortable beds, good service, great food, happy staff … but there are some differences unique to our family travellers.

Family Travels…

What would you say is the biggest difference with a Family staying at the hotel opposed to a say a couple?

Generally speaking, families really do need more usable space. So they can all spread out! There is nothing worse for a family than a tight spot, with everyone getting ready on top of each other, with no room for toys or play!

Having on-site breakfast is always a bonus. You can slip out of your room, children still in PJs if they want, and have a leisurely breakfast to start the day right!

An activity within the hotel also helps. Our leisure club is perfect, we have a really nice warm pool for them to splash about in and some play equipment. This offers great and free entertainment for all the family to enjoy. It’s especially handy on those grey summer days, a great indoor activity to hide from the elements!   

What about the food offer for families?

As well as a bright breakfast room, we have Steve’s Brasserie. This is our in-house restaurant. We have a fabulously simple children’s menu with some great healthy choices as well as the classics like Chicken Nuggets. We take as much care in our children’s menu as we do our regular menus. The ingredients used is all of the same calibre, and our kitchen teams LOVE adding a little extra to the plate – a smiley pea face is a firm favourite!

What do you think makes us different to other hotels?

Our sector is fiercely competitive, more so than ever before given the current social and economic landscape. This is a big bonus for our guests.

Many hotels are all striving to offer the best experiences, best prices, best value, best service, best everything! What I think truly gives us our uniqueness, and perhaps helps us stand, is that we are  a family run business and we really  understand the needs of families.

PLYMOUTH…Britain’s Ocean City

With summer being busier, and rates slightly higher during this time of year, when would you advice families who want to travel to visit Plymouth?

 Like with any hotel, booking with them direct is always the best option. Checking their websites for special offers is always a great way to start. Not only to save money, but gain really tangible added value too.

Plymouth is a remarkable city, not only due to the sensational vista but also the rich history, cultural offer, amazing events and of course the sensational people that are so proud and passionate. Visiting Plymouth at any time of the year will offer a platform to grow great memories from.

Special Offers…

If Simon hasn’t got your fingers clicking on Plymouth yet, for your next holiday destination, maybe this will! We work tirelessly to ensure that we are offering great value all of the time. That is why our Offers page is constantly updated…

Christmas 2019…

Christmas is a great time to explore the city; especially with little ones. Here at the hotel we really want people to benefit from the offering that Plymouth has during this time of year; not only the beautiful lights and the amazing Christmas Market, but also the activities and events, mostly free, that are scheduled during this time of year.

Our Winter Break offer gives guests the opportunity to enjoy not only a winter break in Plymouth but also 15% OFF their entire stay! Guests can choose any of our rooms between 28th October  and the 23rd December and use the promotional code WB19 to get 15% off.

The Christmas Shopper promotion is also a great way to have more money for shopping with 20% Off your stay! Book any nights between Monday 16th and Friday 20th December and enjoy the festivities that Britain’s Ocean City offer. The promotional code for this is XMAS19

If you are thinking about planning ahead, then our Early Bird Offer will help you spring into 2020.  Book any rooms and any nights throughout January 2020 and receive 20% OFF your stay. Although this is a non-refundable and non-transferable rate, once booked and looking forward to your stay in Plymouth there wouldn’t be a reason to not check-in!

 

Win Wine This Christmas Time …

A VERY Special Christmas…

We are celebrating a VERY special Christmas this year; it is our 35th Christmas here at the New Continental Hotel.

We have been opening our doors each Christmas in style, since 1984. Offering all of our guests not only a warm family welcome, but traditional festive food; party nights with our in-house DJ; Christmas Lunches and of course a central location to rest your head (and feet) after a spot of Christmas Shopping!

On Christmas Day itself, the magic really sparkles. We serve traditional and delicious Christmas Day lunch; prepared by our Head Chef and his talented team, using the finest of  ingredients. Our guests not only enjoy delicious food, but also live entertainment as well as a special visit from Father Christmas – with a gift for each child, making it a truly memorable Christmas Day.

To celebrate our 35th Christmas this year, we are sharing two great offers; one for those who haven’t booked yet, and one for those who have! No one misses out on this celebration!

Haven’t Booked Yet..?

If you haven’t yet booked, but want to join us for THE best Christmas party, we still have some dates available, so call us today!

If you haven’t got a date in mind, then we have the PERFECT offer…

For all new Party Night bookings made between now and Monday 30th September for Thursday 19th December we are offering TWO BOTTLES OF WINE!

Bring your party to the best party in town with this special offer. If you have a group of 10 or more guests and want to join us for great food and an amazing atmosphere look no further! Book for Thursday 19th December and have two red or two white bottles of house wine (or one of each!) on your table for when you arrive. Fancy something non-alcoholic? We have that covered too!

Call our amazing events team today on 01752 276783 to book your table of 10 or more on Thursday 19th December and just QUOTE: 35 Christmas’s to get TWO FREE bottles added to your table!

Already booked your Christmas Party Night with us..?

We have a great game that could see you winning TWO BOTTLES of wine too. Waiting on your table for your Christmas Party Night here at the hotel!

Simply guess how many LITRES of Festive Gravy our chefs used throughout Christmas 2018 here at the New Continental Hotel.

All winning entries will be put together and the winner will be drawn at random and then, as if by Christmas Magic, TWO bottles of wine (or a non-alcoholic substitute) will be on the winners table when they arrive for their PARTY NIGHT!

Email how many litres of gravy you think were used to: elinor.eaton@newcontinental.co.uk with the subject heading: 35 Christmas’s!

Happy Guessing! 

Here's a hint..!

It’s more than 100 but less than two;  you can’t use chop-SIX to enjoy your Jus!

See below for Terms & Conditions or, simply call today to find out more!

T&Cs | Thursday 19th December

All regular Christmas Terms & Conditions will apply to your booking, these can be found in our Christmas 2019 brochure. This offer is for new bookings only. Only available to bookings made up of a minimum of 10 guests. For every 10 guests, two bottles of wine (or non-alcoholic substitutes) will be given with our compliments to the table. The offer is only valid in groups of 10. For example,  if you have 20 guests you will receive 4 bottles of wine, if you have 15 guests you will receive two bottles of wine. Offer is subject to availability and valid until Monday 30th September, unless there are no places available beforehand. The offer is on a first come, first served basis.

T&C's | Win Wine!

To be entered into the prize draw you must: a) be part of a Christmas booking at the New continental Hotel this Christmas 2019. b) guess the correct number of liters of gravy used during Christmas 2018. If you are 18 or under the two bottles of wine will be substituted for a non-alcoholic choice, even if others at your table are over 18.  Incorrectly guessed entries will be disqualified. Repeat entries will also be discounted. One winner will be drawn at random on Monday 18th November 2019. Only the winner will be informed on this day via email.

Celebrating 25 years of Heritage Open Days…

25 years of extraordinary…

Twenty-five years ago, England made an amazing contribution to European Heritage Days. It created the perfect platform to take stock; to appreciate and most importantly enjoy all the riches on offer in England…to everyone.

2019 brings us the SILVER anniversary of Heritage Open Days, so we though what better time to take a look into why these amazing events, each September, are so important to us all…

Heritage Open Days…

Established in 1994, every September each year over 40,000 volunteers across England all contribute to over 5,000 events!

These events celebrate and showcase our fantastic, rich and diverse history and culture. They give everyone amazing opportunities to see hidden places and try out new experiences – all of which are FREE to explore.

It’s part of a national campaign that encompassing a huge range of heritage events and attractions. The open days are growing year on year, and combined they already make the country’s largest heritage festival.

Heritage Open Days have not only highlighted hidden gems, but they also celebrate England’s amazing riches. All of the open days give individuals and groups the opportunity to come together and to share the stories and history that matter the most to us all.

 

Exploring The Region…

There are 100’s of events planned across Devon & Cornwall this September and the New Continental Hotel is at the heart of all of them. Making us the perfect central location to explore, learn, enjoy and get involved!

We have so much history on our doorstep. Heritage Open Days is the perfect platform to explore the plethora of history and culture that we are all so proud of. It gives everyone a free way to learn and to get involved. There is so much that is meaningful about our region; and of course our yesteryear’s!

Find Out more…

To find out more visit their website: Heritage Open Days and to stay with us whilst you explore our history check our availability here.

Have fun delving into yesterday, whilst making memories that will last a lifetime.

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