Getting to know: Adam Smith at Ockenden Manor


Name: Adam Smith

Job title: General Manager of Ockenden Manor Sussex

Highlight of your career so far?

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The launch of the spa here at the hotel – there is nothing like it in the area

If you could choose three guests, dead or alive, to dinner, who would you choose?

Elizabeth the 1st / Einstein / Disraeli

Last hotel you stayed at?

Fairmont Beijing

Best piece of advice you ever received?

Cleanliness is next to godliness (for a hotel)

Biggest service bugbear?

Stupidity …

If you went on Stars in their Eyes, who would you portray?

You would never get me on stars in their eyes!!!

Which other company (inside or outside the industry) do you most admire and why?

Apple – because they are innovative and have changed are lives in every way possible

What’s the first thing you do when you get to work in the morning?

Have a coffee and check my breakfast guests

Your first job?

Kitchen porter

If you weren’t a hotelier what would you be doing?

A chemist

Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?

At Ockenden still re-developing the offering and bringing the next phase of rooms to life for our guests

Your dream job?


Something you wish you knew before joining the industry:

That guest would never seize to surprise me

In one word…

Favourite food? Mac and cheese

Favourite UK city? Edinburgh

Favourite request on the jukebox? Vogue

Favourite drink? Martini

Favourite holiday destination? Cape Town

Favourite film? First Wives Club

Favourite gadget? Iphone

Favourite thing you own? Currently my spider arbarth 124

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