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.
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
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.
‘Family’ is at the heart of everything we do. We are not only a family of hotels but we are also a family-run business. We have a passion for hotels and this extends to every part of what we do…from the stunning period architecture, which is being lovingly restored and refurbished, to our individually-appointed bedrooms, award-winning food and our commitment to providing excellent service to our guests.
At Richardson Hotels, our team is a family too and we look forward to welcoming you, your family and friends – and to ensuring your stay with us is one where memories are made…
Keith and Fiona Richardson
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