Retirement after 45 years at The Grand

Joseph Dantas, Grand Hotel SUS-161208-105351001
Joseph Dantas, Grand Hotel SUS-161208-105351001

The Grand Hotel has said goodbye to the one of its longest serving members of staff.

Joseph Dantas, who has worked in a number of areas of the Grand Hotel during his 45 year career in hospitality, retired from his role at the five-star hotel on Eastbourne seafront on Thursday (August 11).

Jonathon Webley, general manager at The Grand Hotel, paid congratulated Joseph and thanked him for all his decades of ‘hard work, focus and passion’.

Joseph has been on quite a remarkable journey after staring as a casula member of staff at the age of 15 and speaking very little English.

Joseph began his career at The Grand as a member of room service staff in March 1971.

He following in his father’s footsteps who had already been working at the hotel for two years prior to Joseph’s employment.

After being offered a four-year kitchen apprenticeship, Joseph went from being a casual worker speaking little to no English to a key member of the team able to interact with staff and guests alike.

Joseph attributes his impressive career at The Grand to a passion and love for his role, his colleagues and the hotel.

Before retiring he spoke about his years at the hotel and the highlights of his career. He said he counted serving the Queen of Spain, who visited the hotel regularly, as one of the shining moments during his time at The Grand.

Working in the industry for more than four decades, Joseph is undoubtedly an authority on changing trends and consumer behaviours and says the biggest change he has seen is the increasing demands of guests and the growing expectations placed on the hotel as a five-star destination.

Joseph leaves The Grand with a sense of sadness as he looks back on his career with fondness and pride but is looking forward to taking some time to relax, go travelling and spend quality time with his family.

When asked what his advice would be to any young people looking to begin a career in the hospitality industry said, “Anybody looking for a career in catering and hospitality needs to be determined, focused and have a real passion for the industry.

“This industry demands hard work but also gives back so much to its staff so in order to get the most out of your career you need to really love what you do and where you do it.”

Speaking on Joseph’s retirement Jonathan Webley, general manager at The Grand, said, “As a team we say goodbye to Joseph with a sense of sadness as he has become such an integral part of the team over his impressive career here with us.

“That being said we wish him every happiness in his retirement and thank him immensely for his decades of hard work, dedication, focus and passion.”

Joseph was taken on 45 years ago, but The Grand Hotel has a good reputation for training staff and offering apprenticeships to young people.

It has recently won awards for its work in theses area.

For more information about careers at The Grand Hotel, visit

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