Generations together, not apart, in a pleasing blend of old and new influences. Versatile accommodation and ambience that appeals to a wide audience. Modern bedrooms, superb spa and a great touring location in mid-Wales.
What goes around comes around. The Metropole, in its Victorian pomp and circumstance, was the place to stay when spa towns were all the rage. Fashions and fortunes changed, but it’s now back where it belongs as a top-notch hotel, refreshed and spruced up for a 21st-century clientele. There’s more than one circle revolving here.
Those spa breaks of old are also back – but again with a big difference (out go the sulphurous waters and masochistic medical practices, in come sybaritic saunas and jacuzzis, cocooning indoor pools and soothing treatments). The Metropole’s makeover is a class (and clever) act. You’ll see what we mean as soon as you walk through the door. To your left is an elegant, spacious lounge and lobby, still true to its 19th-century roots.
Opposite is Spencer’s, a bar and brasserie straight out of a hip city joint. This contrast – which isn’t at all jarring – is typical of the Metropole. One minute it’s all high ceilings, old portraits, cosy corners, formal dining and Victorian gentility, the next clean, contemporary spaces, modern art, bistro food, chic furnishings and comfy, completely refurbished bedrooms. The Metropole’s size – it’s a big canvas – enables it to mix and match like this. It also caters effortlessly for many needs – intimate weekends away or big family reunions – without having to compromise. And it keeps spanning those generations. Your affable host is Justin Baird-Murray, great-great-grandson of the hotel’s founder.
Water is a recurring theme too – Mid Wales’s scenic lakelands are close by (in fact, the hotel’s enviable central location means you’re handily placed for much of Wales).
Located in the centre of Llandrindod Wells The Metropole Hotel is easily accesible by Road. The A483 passes in front of the hotel. Our large car park is situated to the rear of the hotel.
If you are coming 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
Location Distance Time:
Cardiff 68 miles – 1 hour 30mins
Manchester 122 miles – 2 hours 25mins
London (Paddington) 192 miles – 3 hours 15mins
Birmingham 76 miles – 1 hour 50mins
Chester 79 miles – 1 hour 45mins
Bristol 88 miles 1 hour 40mins
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.
Cardiff airport is 75 miles from the hotel. Manchester Airport 90 miles.
Location Distance Time:
Cardiff Airport 79 miles – 1 hour 40mins
Manchester 112 miles – 2 hours 10mins
Heathrow 180 miles – 2 hours 55mins