OUR HISTORY

THE HISTORY OF OUR LLANDRINDOD WELLS HOTEL

The Metropole Hotel has witnessed many changes in Llandrindod Wells during the last 141 years. Motor cars have become commonplace, guest eating habits have changed, health crazes have come and gone. One thing that HAS remained constant… The Metropole Hotel.

It has always remained very much a family affair with its current owners Justin Baird-Murray and his sister Sarah Hill being the fifth generation still at the helm.

The current owners buy the hotel.
On the 1st December 1897, Elizabeth Miles bought The Bridge Hotel from James Lewis Wilding for the sum of £7,850. The Bridge Hotel, now known as The Metropole Hotel, is still owned and run by the same family to this day.

On 1st August 1911, the name of the hotel was changed from The Bridge to The Metropole.

Metropole Hotel Vintage Postcard
Metropole Hotel Swimming Pool
Metropole Hotel Opening of the Francis Leisure Suite

The story behind the change of name revolves around a sale of hotel stock in Norfolk.

Mrs Miles bought a large quantity of linen, cutlery and crockery as well as numerous
carpets. The price must have been low enough for them to have borne the cost of the long journey back to Wales.

When her sons pointed out that to her that the monogram ‘M’ on her purchases was wrong for ‘The Bridge’, she quietly explained that in a month or so her hotel would be re-named ‘The Metropole’.

We are privileged to be the custodians of a wonderful, historic building and are proud of the achievements of our family and staff in maintaining The Metropole for over a century and the part it has played in the history and growth of Llandrindod Wells.

We look forward to the future development of the hotel for decades to come and sincerely hope you will be a part of our continuing story…

Thank you… Diolch yn fawr
Justin and Sarah

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