Took my long-suffering girlfriend for a well-deserved Valentine's day trip to the Metropole using the renowned Travelzoo deal, with room, 6 course meal and breakfast included for a set price.
An earlier review notes that the hotel exterior is reminiscent of the hotel from 'The Shining'. I would take this comparison a little further, as the interior consists of narrow corridors and dated decoration. At times I was expecting a small child on a tricycle to suddenly appear at the end of the corridor, pursued by evil, identical twin sisters. Much to my disappointment, this fear didn't materialise.
The room was of excellent size, with a main bedroom and lounge sea, though both in need of a facelift. Bathroom looked recently decorated, suggesting the owners realise this and are in the process of modernising the hotel.
Room aside, we were most impressed with all that the hotel had to offer. The meal was outstanding and the service, whilst provided by an eclectic mix staff of all ages, was very good indeed. Breakfast is served as a buffet and again, was most enjoyed.
The town is slightly odd. Highlights include a hippie-ran independent store (I had to beg to convince the attendant to let me try some cheese) and a small museum charging £1 entry that I insisted we go into, which chronicled the elusive history of the area, literally from rocks to frocks (Valentine's Day brownie points were lost here).
All things considered though, we had a great time and would definitely go again. Whilst there is an element of tiredness in the look of the place, it has a quality hotel feel about it that I would guess is the result of years of good service. In summary, The Metropole is a 'Shining' example of modern British hospitality.
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- Also Known As:
- Metropole Hotel Llandrindod Wells, Wales