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The Metropole Hotel & Spa is the highest AA rated hotel and spa in Mid Wales, located in the heart of the historic spa town of Llandrindod Wells. It offers the perfect base for exploring the nearby Elan Valley - an area of stunning beauty with tranquil lakes and rolling hills - and the attractions of Mid Wales. Guests are assured a warm welcome at the family run Metropole Hotel & Spa, which has a health club with indoor pool and spa treatment rooms, an award-winning restaurant and impressive conference facilities.

  • Health club
  • 2 Restaurants
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Free parking
  • Lift(s)

Metropole Hotel & Spa - about the hotel

Wonderful countryside complements the splendour of the Victorian style Metropole Hotel, located in the heart of the historic spa town of Llandrindod Wells where dedicated and professional staff provide a professional service in a relaxing and welcoming manner.

The bedrooms at the Metropole Hotel have recently been refurbished to a high standard with excellent facilities including WiFi internet access, colour television and radio.

The award winning Radnor Restaurant at the Metropole Hotel has an enviable reputation for fine dining and service using the best of British and Welsh local produce.

The Victorian-style conservatory with its 18-metre heated swimming pool, whirlpool, steam room and sauna is ideal for relaxation and there's a mini gym which includes the latest exercise equipment. A games room also offers table tennis and table football for all to enjoy.

The Metropole Hotel has been the major provider of conferences in mid Wales for over 25 years. The Metropole has 16 function rooms, including a purpose built conference and banqueting room, which offers the most up to date audio and visual equipment, Wi-Fi Broadband internet access and can accommodate up to 250 delegates.

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Metropole Hotel & Spa - Bedroom Accommodation

All 120 en-suite bedrooms are beautifully furnished and offer colour television, tea/coffee making facilities, direct dial telephone, hairdryer, heating control, Wifi internet access, electric shaver point, 24 hour room service, radio, trouser press and secure key card access. The majority of rooms are non-smoking.

    Check-in from 4.00pm
    Check-out at 11.00am
    Choose from:
  • Standard Single rooms
  • Standard Double and Twin rooms
  • Executive Double and Twin rooms - More spacious rooms
  • Tower Rooms - Luxury, spacious double rooms with separate seating area
  • Suites - Beautifully decorated Suites with two rooms including a separate seating area
    Family Rooms - There are 3 options -
  • One double bed and two single beds
  • Three single beds
  • One double and one single bed
    Additional facilities at this hotel include -
  • Lift access to all floors
  • Safe deposit at reception
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        Metropole Hotel & Spa - Heritage & History

        There have been many changes in the 134 years since the Hotel first opened. It began as Coleman's Hotel in 1872, opened by Edwin Coleman who was a shopkeeper and Postmaster in the nearby village of Howey. It built up a reputation as a simple but reliable family and commercial hotel, supplied with vegetables from the Coleman garden and with provisions from the Howey shop which Edwin's son ran - the nearest other shops then were in Builth Wells, 8 miles away.

        In 1885 the Hotel was bought by the Wildings who were an old Radnorshire family. John Wilding organised the purchase of the hotel as he was dying, convinced that his eight children would go on to prosper with a stake in the new, rapidly growing Spa town of Llandrindod Wells. They changed the name from Colemans to The Bridge Hotel after the Arlais stream which flows under the road behind the hotel.

        The five sisters and three brothers developed the Hotel with great energy and drive; they worked so hard only one of them ever married, channeling all their energies into the new improvements. They added a Billiard Room to the hotel, and a Laundry. The lawns opposite the hotel were levelled and laid to grass (this is where the Circus used to perform each year. On one memorable occasion a Lioness escaped and came into the Bar before being caught).

        The slate roofed verandah at the front was built and the glorious Wisteria, which still delights both locals and tourists was planted then. Their family farm at Cwmtrallwm supplied the hotel with most of its meat, poultry and eggs, supplemented still by Coleman's vegetable plot.

        By 1897 the Wilding siblings decided it was time to retire, so they put the Hotel on the market.

        Mrs Elizabeth Miles bought the Hotel for £7,850. She was an extraordinary woman. Widowed at the young age of 24, she had two young sons called Francis and William. Hotels had already become the focus of her business and she was eventually to own the licenses of 10 inns and hotels in South Wales. She also saw the potential of a good roadside position in a rapidly growing town. The age of the Car was just beginning and 1897 was also the year the RAC was founded.

        The Spa town was attracting more and more tourists to take the waters, breathe in the clean Welsh air, and stroll through the various picturesque parks and walks that had been created. Wealthier and wealthier visitors from the booming West Midlands made their way to the relative tranquillity of Mid-Wales, often hoping to cure a wide variety of ailments. The arrival of the railway led to a massive increase in the town's popularity and size.

        Elizabeth made huge changes in the Hotel to accommodate the greater numbers and greater wealth of her visitors. She built onto the original Bridge hotel both upwards and outwards, including the building of a substantial Ballroom. She increased capacity of the Hotel from 40 guests to 250 by 1923. At this point she achieved an ambition; the hotel was the largest in whole of the Principality of Wales.

        The immense practicality of her nature became clear to all those who worked with her. She visited the bakery every day without fail to ensure the freshness of the bread for the hotel; she travelled across England to Norfolk for a Hotel sale where she bought several carpets and large quantities of cutlery and china. When her sons pointed out on her arrival home that all of her purchases were monogrammed with the initial 'M' - she replied saying she would therefore change the name of her hotel to The Metropole!

        In 1925 her son Francis took over the Hotel. He continued her work, building the largest open-air swimming pool in mid-Wales, which was open to the public. It was on the site of the present swimming pool and leisure complex. But the Depression was a difficult time for a hotel of this size, and during World War II the Army requisitioned the hotel as an Officers Cadet Training Centre. The fabric of the Hotel suffered badly and it took a particularly undaunted group to re-open the Hotel in 1947.

        This group was made up of Mrs Nancy Miles, Mr Spencer Miles, Mrs Elizabeth Baird-Murray and Mrs Mary Caughey, all relatives and descendents of Francis and his mother Elizabeth. In 1954 her Grandson David Baird-Murray returned from working in Morocco and took over the running of the hotel. Gradually he and his wife Norma built up the standards and reputation of the Hotel again. David built on a resident's lounge and tackled the huge task of providing all the bedrooms with bathrooms (not considered a necessity in Victorian times). It is said that his job of carving bathrooms out of the space of bedrooms was only made possible because the original bedrooms were so large - because they had been built to the large measurements of Elizabeth Miles' Norfolk-bought hotel carpets.

        In 1972 the Old Spa Treatment Centre was closed, where guests had in the past been able to taste the waters; bathe in them, and have pressurised water jet massage treatments.

        The Leisure complex now has an indoor swimming pool and gym. Guests cannot drink the Spa waters of the Chalybeat Spring, but they can still drink in the pure air of Mid-Wales and walk again down the beautiful park walks created for the Victorian guests.

        The Metropole is still very much a family run hotel. David and Norma Baird-Murray's son Justin now runs the Hotel with his sister Sarah; the fifth generation to do so. They have continued the family tradition of improvement and expansion; the Conference facilities and Dining Rooms were expanded and upgraded recently, and in 2006 the Bar named after Justin and Sarah's great Uncle Spencer has been remodelled and opened in grand style. Also, the Leisure Spa has had a complete face-lift and re-opened in early 2007.

        Metropole Hotel & Spa - Map & Directions

        Metropole Hotel & Spa

        Temple Street,
        Llandrindod Wells,
        Wales LD1 5DY

        Tel: +44 (0)1483 776344Fax: +44 (0)1483 730202

        By Road

        Located in the centre of Llandrindod Wells the Metropole is easily accessible by road with the A483 passing in front of the hotel.

        From the south: The best route is over the second Severn Bridge and up the A449 then A40 to Abergavenny. This is all Motorway or Dual carriageway. It is about 45 miles to Llandrindod from Abergavenny.

        From the East: Take the A44 from the M5.

        From the north: Take the M56 off the M6 then the A483.

        Parking: Ample free parking on-site at the back of the hotel

        By Rail and Air

        Air: Cardiff Airport- 75 miles
        Manchester Airport - 90 miles
        Rail: Llandrindod Wells Railway Station - 0.2 miles. Llandrindod Wells train station is a short walk from the hotel and is linked by the Heart of Wales line to Swansea and Shrewsbury. Trains run about four times a day.

        Nearest Cities/Towns

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        Builth Wells (7.00 miles) (11 km)
        Hay-on-Wye (27.00 miles) (43 km)
        Brecon (27.00 miles) (43 km)
        Welshpool (39.00 miles) (63 km)
        Aberystwyth (45.00 miles) (72 km)
        Lake Vyrnwy (63.00 miles) (101 km)
        Aberporth (76.00 miles) (122 km)
        Cardigan (81.00 miles) (130 km)

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