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  • About The Hotel

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    Pride of Padstow

    Located in one of the most enviable positions on the north Cornwall coast, the Metropole offers stunning sea and harbour views, traditional style bedrooms and delicious AA rosette dining in the Harbour Restaurant. Complete with an outdoor pool and spa treatments, enjoy a truly Cornish welcome.

    Hotel History

    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 bought 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 on-going 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, and superior 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.

    Spa and Leisure

    The Metropole has a lovely outdoor heated swimming pool that is open throughout the summer months.  The hotel boasts a SPA treatment room. A comprehensive list of treatments and therapies is available on the website. Booking ahead of your stay is recommended.


    No additional charge is made for children 0-2 years of age sharing a room with parent. However, a charge, based on one child sharing a room with two adults is £25.00 bed and breakfast or £35.00 dinner, bed and breakfast. Children aged 16 and over are charged as an adult.  Please pre-book children.


    We welcome well behaved dogs and have specifically allocated dog friendly rooms for which we charge £15 per dog per night. These must be pre-booked. For more information on this please ask when making your booking.


    Free parking is available for guests.

    General Information

    Check-in is from 3pm, check out is from 11am although for a small fee, you can extend your check out time.  Guests should note that Reception closes at 11pm so please advise us if you anticipate arriving late. There is free wi-fi available throughout the public areas and in all the bedrooms. Please note that The Metropole Hotel is a non-smoking hotel.

    Our Family

    ‘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 Richardson


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