My wife and I decided to let the train take the strain during this snowy January. Needless to say it broke down en route and this added to the excitement but, fortunately, the driver managed a repair some 45 minutes later and we arrived at the station and picked our way uphill along snow-covered pavements the short distance to the large and imposing green hotel - some 7 minutes from the station.
We arrived before our room was ready but Abby, the very helpful and efficient receptionist, loooked after our luggage while we explored parts of the town. We visited the small museum nearby, several of the shops, had a pleasant snack in the Fern cafe by the station and tried to look round the Cycle Museum (sadly closed for the winter). There are many imposing Victorian buildings and the nearby park was well worth a quick visit - despite the snow.
Room 135 was ready and we settled in. The room was at the back of the hotel: it is large and well furnished ,with a spacious en-suite, comfortable bucket chairs, good wardrobe space, desk and a large double bed. Very impressive, with quality furnishings and fittings but the cold tap only produced a tiny trickle of water. Apparently the water systen needed attention for after a few minutes our room phone rang and we were offered an upgrade to the Wye Suite at the front of the Metropole.
This was a really spacious and impressive suite with a four poster bed, very large TV, comfortable armchairs, big desk, double windows, chests of drawers, hanging wardrobe and a lovely. modern bathroom with bath & shower - and two matching basins. A truly comfortable and luxurious upgrade!
We made good use of the spa and the exercise facilities: head and shoulder massages proved very relaxing and professional; the swimming pool is unusually attractive and almost 20 metres long; the sauna, jacussi and steam room were all clean and working well; the gym is small but the machines are modern and instruction is on hand if needed. A pleasant experience that increased our growing appetites for food.
Food in the restaurant proved to be absolutely delicious. The talented chef has managed to combine great local meats and fish with unusual sauces that worked superbly together. The restaurant is quite spacious and comfortable, the service is friendly and efficient, the wine choice is impressive and the mark-up reasonable. All in all we really enjoyed this dining experience and we rate the food on a par with Michelin starred meals we have had in the past. Our vegetarian waitress was great fun and clearly enjoyed her work.
Our huge bed proved to be really comfortable and, despite the noise of passing traffic, we slept very well. Our one slight niggle proved to concern the inadequte amount of reading light in the chair nearest the bed - but this is a small detail. Breakfast was another delight: help yourself to juices, yoghurts & fruit, also to toast and croissants. The full breakfast was just that - FULL. Locally sourced, impressively served and delicious...if only the butter hadn't come as foil-wrapped rectangles, I would have been in heaven.
Thank you Metropole for a wonderful, memorable and luxurious stay!
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- Also Known As:
- Metropole Hotel Llandrindod Wells, Wales