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Ramada

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Singlidge Lane

Whitfield

01304 821230

http://www.ramadadover.co.uk/

Ramada Hotel 2007

Ramada Hotel 2007. And below showing the conference room in the outside marquee.

Both photo by Leonardo Media Services B.V.

Ramada Hotel Conference Room
Ramada 2016

Above photo, 2016.

Ramada Hotel 2017

Above photo 2017.

 

Originally called the "Poste House Forte". Later the Dover Court Hotel.

 

From the Dover Express 23 October 2003 by Nadine Miller.

Whitfield Gets Ramada

Bleriot's restaurant to stay.

THE international hotel chain Ramada has officially taken over the running of the old Poste House Forte in Whitfield and the building has been totally transformed.

The refurbishment creates a great impact as you walk into the foyer which boasts clean, modern designs with three dominating paintings on the wall.

In a few weeks there will be a coffee lounge, where the temporary bar now stands, to encourage local people to go along to the hotel for a relaxing drink and see what will be on offer. Ramada sales and marketing manager Jaime Jukes, 26, has been in her new role in Dover for seven weeks.

She said: "The hotel has undergone a complete transformation and we're just adding the finishing touches to the bar and coffee lounge.

"Our popular restaurant Bleriot's will continue under the same name because it is very well established and has built up an excellent reputation.

"We have also recently appointed a new head chef who has more than 30 years' international experience. We are continuing to build our reputation in the area and promote the high standards of Ramada International.

"I believe that the standard of our hotel cannot be matched anywhere in Dover."

The hotel now has three room standards double, twin and executive.

A '60s and '70s night is planned at the Ramada in November and at the end of this month there will be a children's Halloween barbecue to entertain the youngsters, while parents enjoy the refurbished-bar area.

For more information about upcoming events at the Ramada, please call 01304 821230.

 

From the Dover Mercury 15 January 2004.

Glasses raised to hotel's opening.

THE Ramada Hotel at Whitfield has been officially opened by Tory Party leader Michael Howard.

Ramada opening

CHAMPAGNE RECEPTION: Mr K. Rajamenon, Mlchael Howard MP, Mrs Sandra Howard and Mr K. Rajaseelan at the official opening of the Ramada Hotel at Whitfleld on Friday.

 

Known formerly as the Dover Court Hotel and before that the Dover Post House, the hotel is now part of the worldwide Ramada chain, under a franchise agreement.

A 2million refurbishment has led to 10 more jobs being created at the hotel and work on a new suite to expand its conference and banqueting facilities - due to be completed by the summer - will lead to more jobs.

The hotel, in Singledge Lane, now employs 30 people, under manager Rohan Karunaratne.

Mr Howard, MP for Dover's neighbouring constituency of Folkestone and Hythe, opened the hotel at a champagne reception, attended by 120 guests. Among them were members of the Ramada organisation, Dover Mayor George Allt. Sandwich Mayor and speaker of the Confederation of the Cinque Ports Joe Trussler, and district council leader, Paul Watkins.

At the reception, Mr Howard told guests: "If anyone is surprised that the MP for Folkestone should open a hotel in Dover, my answer is that Dover and Folkestone are dependent on each other and we are more effective by working together."

Referring to the recent job losses announced by P&O Ferries, Mr Howard added: "The east Kent economy has had some recent difficulties but there are also tremendous opportunities."

He continued by commenting that Ramada's investment in the hotel would benefit the entire area and was "great news" for east Kent.

The hotel was bought by businessmen K. Rajamenon and K. Rajaseelan two years ago.

The massive refurbishment started last January and the hotel has been trading as the Ramada since October.

The hotel has 68 bedrooms, a coffee lounge and restaurant. Services offered now include a licence to hold civil weddings.

Ben Ancher, vice-president of Ramada's operations in Europe, Middle East and Africa, told guests at the reception: "Dover is a very important location to Ramada.

"The port links continental Europe with the UK and, of course, Dover's white cliffs are known worldwide.

"This is a magnificent hotel, and we at Ramada are very excited by it."

At the ceremony, Mrs Ahusa RajameIion and Mrs Nanthini Rajaseelan - the two wives of the hotel's owners - presented bouquets to Mr Howard's wife Sandra and Sandwich Mayoress Sandra Scott.

 

From the Dover Mercury, 17 July, 2008.

HOTEL STAFF VOTED NUMBER ONE

THE "Ramada Hotel" at Whitfield has been named as the best hotel in promoting and selling memberships to the new Wyndham Rewards programme.

Taking part in a worldwide contest within the Wyndham Hotel Group in the category of 100 rooms or less, the "Ramada Hotel" Dover front office team came first. “This is a great achievement for our hotel to be the number one in the world in our category,” said general manager Gehan Dias-Bandaranaike.

“It is a recognition of the fine efforts of our dedicated and hard working staff in reception.”

 

From the Dover Mercury, 4 September, 2008.

HOTEL INVESTS IN ITS STAFF

A DOVER hotel has been recognised for its high standards.

The four star "Ramada Hotel" has been awarded recognition as an Investor in People by the local accreditation authority.

General manager Gehan Dias-Bandaranaik said: "This is great news as it recognises our efforts in looking after our dedicated staff and in providing them with regular training to ensure our customer service is of the highest standard."

The award follows the hotel's success in winning an international competition in the Wyndham hotel group for the promotion of the Wyndham rewards programme.

 

From the Dover Express, Thursday, 11 September, 2011.

HOTEL ACHIEVEMENT

THE "Ramada Hotel," Whitfield, has gained Investor in People status.

Celebrating the award, general manager Gehan Dias-Bandaranaike said: “It recognises our efforts in looking after our staff and in providing them with regular training to ensure our customer service is of the highest standard.

“This would not have been achieved without the excellent communication between all the staff at the hotel.”

 

From the Dover Mercury, 30 December, 2010.

HOTEL GOES GREEN

THE "Ramada Hotel" at Whitfield has achieved a silver grading for its green credentials.

It was the first time the hotel had been inspected by Green Business UK and the owners are delighted with their success.

"This is a great achievement for the staff at the hotel who have conscientiously worked hard on implementing our strong environmental policy," said general manager Gehan Dias-Bandaranaike.

To achieve a grading an organisation must have a strong environmental policy together with procedures and a plan-in place to minimise energy consumption. Part of this plan includes buying locally wherever possible.

 

From the Dover Mercury, 7 April, 2011.

HOTEL TO GET 500,000 FACELIFT

By Graham Tutthill

Artists impression of Ramada reception

AFTER opening the "Best Western Dover Marina Hotel" following a massive refurbishment. Leaf Hotels are now giving their "Ramada Hotel" at Whitfield a new look too.

The upgrade is costing half a million pounds and is being undertaken by one of the UK's top interior designers.

The improvements include a new restaurant, bar and lobby, together with the fiat-screen television sets and a new guest information system in all 68 bedrooms.

The fine dining restaurant called "The Olive Tree" - will reopen on Friday, April 15 and is large enough to cater for weddings and other events for up to 130 guests. It will continue to offer its popular themed evenings.

Artists impression of Ramada restaurant

General manager Gehan Dias-Bandaranaike said the investment would help the hotel to meet its long-term objective of gaining two to three dining rosettes.

"This refurbishment will enhance our reputation as one of the only prestigious branded four star hotels in East Kent."

The refurbishment work is being undertaken by Nicholas Hollinshead Interiors, which Leaf Hotels also used for the renovation of the "Best Western Dover Marina Hotel and Spa." The "Ramada" has 68 bedrooms, including 19 family and 12 executive rooms, a Costa Coffee lounge, two meeting rooms, free wifi Internet access, free guest car and coach parking, a business centre and mini gym.

• For more Information, call 01304 821230, email reservations@ramadadover.co.uk or visit www.ramadadover.co.uk

 

From the Dover Express, Thursday, 7 April, 2011. 60p

HOTEL TO GET 500,000 MAKEOVER

A MAJOR refurbishment Is planned fur The "Ramada" Hotel in Whitfield.

Owner Leaf Hotels is to plough 500,000 into the makeover, which will include a new restaurant, bar and lobby, net-screen TVs and a new guest information system in the 68 bedrooms.

The new restaurant, to be called The Olive Tree, will open on April 15 and be able to eater for up 130 guests.

General manager Gehan Dias-Bandaranaike said the investment will help the hotel to meet its long-term objective of gaining two to three dining rosettes and give local people and visitors to Dover the opportunity to enjoy a fine-dining venue.

He said: "This refurbishment will enhance our reputation as one of the only prestigious branded four star hotels in east Kent and will enable the "Ramada Hotel" Dover to continue serving local, corporate and leisure clients alike.

 

From the Dover Express, Thursday, 11 August, 2011. 60p

HOTEL GONG

A HOTEL bas been given an award in recognition of the support it offers young people on work experience.

The "Ramada Hotel" in Singledge Lane, Whitfield, has received a special outstanding employer contribution certificate from the Education Business Partnership in Kent group for its work during the last academic year.

General manager Gehan Dias-Bandaranaike said: "We are delighted to receive this award and to have played an important role in the local community."

 

From the Dover Express, Thursday, 29 March, 2012. 65p.

HOTEL PICKS RNLI AS CHOSEN CHARITY

Ramada staff 2012

HELPING DOVER LIFEBOAT:

From left, Ramada staff Gehan Dias-Bandaranaike, Andreea Constantin and Kanagaratnam Rajamenon (known as Menon)

 

STAFF at the Ramada hotel at Whitfield have adopted Dover lifeboat as their favoured charity for 2012.

One of the ways staff will raise money for the Dover lifeboat station is a charity dinner, with dancing, at the hotel on September 15. Tickets cost 29.95.

Barbara Stapleton, chairman of the lifeboat station's fundraisers, said: “The decision by Ramada will help ensure our lifeboat with its volunteer crew is able to keep saving lives at sea.”

"Ramada" director Kanagaratnam Rajamenon said: “We intend to always work, promote and coordinate with local organisations in all spheres.”

 

From the Dover Express, Thursday, 5 July, 2012. 65p. Report by Adam Westgarth

BUSINESSMAN TO BUY OLD PETROL STATION

Whitfield revamp to include 24-hour shop

Kanagaratnam Rajaseelan

DEAL: Above, Kanagaratnam Rajaseelan (inset) and the derelict Esso garage at Whitfield.

AN ABANDONED petrol station is to reopen after a group of businessmen completed a deal -worth a massive 15 million - to buy the site.

Viswanathan Srikrishna, Kanagaratnam Rajamenon and Kanagaratnam Rajaseelan will reopen the former Esso station near the Whitfield Roundabout.

It will operate as Dover Service Stations Ltd with Esso petrol and a 24/7 Spar convenience shop. The site next to the McDonald's restaurant is to undergo a major overhaul having been derelict for at least seven years but the pumps are set to flow again after a new canopy is installed.

Experience

The proposed shop will sell fresh and frozen food, alcohol, motor accessories, hot and cold snacks and feature a coffee bar.

The new owners have a huge amount of experience in local businesses, with Mr Rajamenon and Mr Rajaseelan running the nearby "Ramada hotel." Mr Srikrishna already runs two other petrol stations and has more than 25 years', experience in the industry. The site is expected to be fully operational by the end of July.

Mr Rajaseelan, director and owner of Dover Service Stations said: “This is in an excellent location.

“Our experience told us this would be a good investment. Having worked with Esso previously, we were in a perfect position to bid and we're delighted with the five-year agreement we have secured.”

The project is being funded by a high street bank.

The businessmen hope to cash in on motorists heading along the A2 into the Port of Dover as well as provide food services to residents living in Whitfield.

Mr Rajaseelan added: “The team at Santander recognised our knowledge of the market place and our ambitions to refurbish this local site, and offered the right financial package for us to be able to do so.

“We're excited about the changes being made and are looking forward to seeing the business develop.”

 

From the Dover Mercury, 4 April, 2013. 80p. By Graham Tutthill

HOTEL'S GRAND BALL WILL HELP CHILDREN AND HONOUR NURSE

Susan's dream was to create hospital garden

A BALL is being held at the Ramada at Whitfield to raise funds to help children with a rare disease, and to make a Dover nurse's dream become a reality.

Ethan's MPS Ball is being held on May 11, four days before MPS Awareness Day which will highlight the problems caused by this and other multi-organ diseases.

They cause progressive physical and mental disability, often leading to in death in childhood.

Ethan is the four-year-old son of one of the hotel's suppliers, and he is one of only 23 children in the UK affected by the MPS syndrome.

Worldwide, one baby born every eight days will be diagnosed with an MPS, or related disease, for which there is no cure.

Most of the money raised at the ball will go to the MPS Society to help fund research and crucial clinical trials.

Susan Heppell

But 20% of the money raised will be donated to the Kent and Canterbury Hospital in memory of Sue Heppell, a “truly inspirational” nurse who died in January aged 58.

She had been the ward manager at the Carousel children's ward at Buckland Hospital and at Dolphin ward at Kent and Canterbury Hospital where her special gift was helping those with a fear of needles to overcome their phobia.

Mrs Heppell, who lived at Whitfield, was known and loved by the many children and their families she had helped over her 35 years in children's nursing.

She had also worked with the Martha Trust, working with children with profound and multiple disability.

After Ethan underwent many months of weekly infusions at Great Ormond Street Hospital, Ms Heppell and her team set up the required treatment at Canterbury making life less of a struggle for Ethan and his mum.

Her dream was to create an outside treatment area for the children at Canterbury and the organisers of the ball say they aim to make her dream a reality.

The evening will consist of a champagne reception, a four-course meal with entertainment and dancing until midnight, incorporating an auction, raffle, fundraising games and the opportunity for those attending to have their photo taken.

“We hope groups of friends will get together to reserve a table -each one seats 12,” said Pat Milligan from the Ramada.

“We would also welcome donations for the raffle or auction, or cash donations. And we hope people will tell others about Ethan, MPS and this event.”

Tickets cost 39.95 and must be paid for prior to the event. The dress code is black tie and all those attending are asked to wear something blue for MPS, even if it is just a pocket handkerchief or a ribbon.

 

 

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