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  • About The Hotel

    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 2 AA rosette dining in the Harbour Restaurant. Complete with an outdoor pool, massage and beauty treatments, enjoy a truly Cornish welcome.

    Hotel History

    The 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 its 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.

    Time to Relax

    As a four star property, the Metropole has the only heated outdoor pool in Padstow.  Relax in the beautifully manicured gardens, sit on the sun terrace and take in the stunning views of the Harbour, or why not walk into the picturesque town of Padstow?

    With 58 spacious bedrooms, a choice of dining options, massage & beauty treatments with our Caudalie range, there is no better place to enjoy a luxurious breakaway.


    We do not make an accommodation or meal charge for children under the age of 4 years old.  There is a £25 supplement charge for children of 4 years and over which includes an overnight stay ad breakfast.  Children aged 4 and over are not included in the dinner rates and so will be charged individually for the food they order.


    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. Please note dogs are not permitted in the formal dining area, but are given access to the communal areas such as the bar / brasserie.



    Please note that the Metropole Hotel has limited parking. Guests can pre-book parking (subject to availability) at an additional cost of £5  per day. Reserved parking is not available until 2.30pm onwards on the day of arrival and it must be vacated by 11.00am on the day of departure. If you do not have a reserved space, you are welcome to come to Reception on arrival and we will assist with your luggage and direct you to the main pay and display car park.

    Nearby Car Parks

    Town Car Park
    Padstow. PL28 8DW
    350 spaces.
    Less than a 5 minutes walk
    £8.90 per day.

    Link Road Car Park
    Padstow. PL28 8AY
    312 spaces.
    Less than half a mile or about an 8 minute walk to the hotel
    £6 per day session. £42 per week.

    Padstow Harbour Car Park
    Padstow. PL28 8BY
    160 spaces.
    Only a 5 minute walk up from the harbour
    £8per day session. £45 per week.

    Check in and check out times

    Your room will be available from 3pm on the day of arrival.  Departure is 11am, however if you would like to extend your check out time until 1pm, we would be delighted to offer this service for an additional charge of £25.

    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 in all rooms and throughout the public areas and in all the bedrooms. Please note that The Metropole Hotel is a non-smoking hotel.

    The Richardson Experience

    As a privately owned business, we have a passion for great British hotels.  All of our properties have a stunning period architecture which is being lovingly restored and individually appointed bedrooms. With award-winning restaurants using the best locally sourced produce, we are committed to providing excellent service and the best possible experience to all of our guests.  At Richardson Hotels, our team is a family 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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