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About The Hotel

  • About The Hotel


    Building of The Metropole Hotel started in 1900 and was completed by 1904, the building cost £12,000 to complete including fittings.  It was constructed and owned by John Cory and Sons, a ship-owning company, the hotel was built at the same time as the railways extended into Cornwall.

    The hotel has had some interesting and famous guests during it’s history.  The Prince of Wales, a keen golfer, stayed at The Metropole, occupying room 6, whilst his valet and detective had adjoining rooms. He even used the hotel boat – ‘The Rosalie’ – to cross the river and play a round of golf at St Enedoc. It is rumoured that Mrs Simpson stayed there with him on a number of occasions, but the hotel naturally holds no records of this.

    Trust House brought The Metropole in 1936 after the death of the founders and, later, it became part of the Forte Group. During the Second World War, it was requisitioned by the Admiralty and became an operational base for the WRAS. During 1960, the hotel was extended to its present size.

    Keith Richardson purchased the hotel in 2002 and has since carried out an ongoing refurbishment programme to modernise the hotel but also to highlight its period features.

    The Metropole is an AA four star hotel and also holds an AA Rosette for Fine Dining.

    Hotel facilities

    We have 58 individually and comfortably furnished bedrooms, spread over 5 floors – many with wonderful views.

    We offer a variety of room categories, including standard double and twin rooms, family rooms and premier rooms.  All have en-suite bathrooms and offer tea and coffee-making facilities, hairdryer, TV and toiletries as standard.  Our premier rooms, which include 2 rooms with beautiful 4-poster beds, offer some extra special touches to make your stay even more comfortable. WIFI is available in all public areas of the hotel.

    Rooms on our garden level open straight out onto a sunny terrace and overlook our gardens and the Camel Estuary.

    Check in and check out times

    Your room will be available from 3pm on the day of arrival.  Check out is 11am, if you would like to extend your check out time it would be charged at £10 per hour after 11am

    Disabled Access

    The hotel is wheelchair-accessible and the lounge, restaurant, and bar are all on one level.  We also have a wheelchair-accessible lift which goes to all floors.

    A number of our rooms feature walk-in showers, and shower stools can be provided for your use.  Some bathrooms have slightly narrower doorways, so please let us know all your requirements when booking so we can ensure you are allocated a suitable room.

    Car parking is available but disabled parking cannot be reserved.


    We welcome well-behaved dogs and have specially-allocated dog-friendly rooms charged at £15 per dog per night. Please ask about these when making your booking.

  • Special Offers

    • Dogs Go Free In March

      Dogs Go Free In March

    • Spring Break

      Spring Break

    • Christmas And New Years Breaks

      Christmas And New Years Breaks


    What's on

    • Cornish Arms Beer & Mussel Festival

      Cornish Arms Beer & Mussel Festival

    • 7 Course Spring Gourmet Menu – Saturday 28th March

      7 Course Spring Gourmet Menu – Saturday 28th March