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Little Paradises 2/4

 

a wonderfully old-fashioned hotel in Wales -  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. Built in 1896, it is still privately owned by Justin Baird-Murray, great great grandson of the Founder. I took the pictures in the morning when the bar was still closed. I was very impressed with the elegant and almost luxury atmosphere of this lovely, old  hotel which may remind of glorious times. Lots of friendly servants were busy in the dining hall. One old servant looked like a figure from a Buster Keaton film.

Two German groups were overnighting here when we stayed at this hotel, but I observed also some nice old English or Welsh ladies who might stay here for some weeks taking a bath and finding some wellness. It is a hotel where you can enjoy your whole day, and as my mother once told me old English couples, ladies and sirs would love to live in a hotel. I'm sure here you can feel well and finely cared for with love. Honestly, I myself love old merry British hotels with lots of steps and labyrinthian ways to the room, separated water taps, fixed shower heads, three and more cushions on the bed ... other continentals occasionally complain about. But if I would book a double room, I would asked for twin beds, we Germans prefer a bit distance while sleeping.

Little Paradises 2/4

 

a wonderfully old-fashioned hotel in Wales -  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. Built in 1896, it is still privately owned by Justin Baird-Murray, great great grandson of the Founder. I took the pictures in the morning when the bar was still closed. I was very impressed with the elegant and almost luxury atmosphere of this lovely, old  hotel which may remind of glorious times. Lots of friendly servants were busy in the dining hall. One old servant looked like a figure from a Buster Keaton film.

Two German groups were overnighting here when we stayed at this hotel, but I observed also some nice old English or Welsh ladies who might stay here for some weeks taking a bath and finding some wellness. It is a hotel where you can enjoy your whole day, and as my mother once told me old English couples, ladies and sirs would love to live in a hotel. I'm sure here you can feel well and finely cared for with love. Honestly, I myself love old merry British hotels with lots of steps and labyrinthian ways to the room, separated water taps, fixed shower heads, three and more cushions on the bed ... other continentals occasionally complain about. But if I would book a double room, I would asked for twin beds, we Germans prefer a bit distance while sleeping.

comments (14)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 29 Jul 2014, 00:22
Far too grand for me, Philine.
Philine: Yes, a Grand Hotel (the Grand Hotels of the world are often called "Bristol'wink- but sadly, only for one night. Many thanks, Ray!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 29 Jul 2014, 06:43
This looks like delightful old fashioned luxury Philine
Philine: You are right - I love the old-fashioned, family owned and run English hotels - but often, as Alan said, they are overtaken by an international hotel chain ...Many thanks, Chris!
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 29 Jul 2014, 07:13
Did you have to share, Philine?
Philine: I had this twin beds room only for me, a bit too narrow for two persons I would say, but very fine for me. Many thanks, Lisl!
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 29 Jul 2014, 07:43
Now I thought at first we were looking in the one of the homes of your lovely hosts on your recent trip. smile I'm so pleased that is it family owned and run; so often corporate Britain takes over with an only interest is in the balance sheet rather than in their guests.
Philine: The homes of my lovely hosts are wonderful -on Thursday I'll give a glimpse at one of them - mostly we stayed at modern, uniform hotels - therefore I was happy to enjoy such an old-fashioned hotel with table service instead of buffets and porridge at breakast ...
We had a terrible last night with permanent thunderstorms, floods of rain, flooded cellars, fallen trees ...what a summer!
Many thanks, Alan!
I have passed this place many times but never been inside. It has great charm Philine
Philine: Yes, it has, indeed - but it was a problem to use the shower - I washed me by my hands. Many thanks, Bill!
  • blackdog
  • This Sceptred Isle
  • 29 Jul 2014, 08:12
Very grand Philine, I have been to Llandrindod Wells but stayed in a pub. Very nice and welcoming, but extremely uncomfortable bed!
Philine: The double beds for one person like me were very comfortable, but the lack of mixed taps and the strictly fixed shower can be a problem for some persons. Many thanks, Mike! I was very impressed with the hill- and mountainscape of Wales. And the people are so friendly. If I would live in Wales, I would learn Welsh, too.
  • gutteridge
  • Where latitude and attitude meet
  • 29 Jul 2014, 08:57
This hotel looks wonderful Philine, I can imagine you enjoying your stay here.
Philine: Yes, it does, Chad, but surely rather expensive, the groups can profit by big discounts. Many thanks!
you have certainly condensed that different world feel with this wonderful collage. today design seems to be mostly utilitarian and simplistic.
Philine: Thank you very much for your wonderful comment, Mr. Basu!
J'aime beaucoup ce luxe à l'ancienne Philine! Très belles images.
Bonne journée
Philine: Je suis d'accord - but I'm afraid the luxurious hotels are a bit too expensive for us ordinary visitors. Group might get some discounts, and the grand hotels need the bigger groups to survive I think. The Welsh and other Gaelic people are told to like the 'Germans' - but perhaps one of the odd prejudices?
Merci beaucoup, M. Richard!
Bonne journée (after a terrible thunderstorm/heavy rain night here)
It's a very elegant hotel, Philine. Old fashioned, but with some quite modern furnishings.
Philine: You are right, and your knowledgeable eye has already discovered the modern furnishings. Many thanks, Pauline!
Maureen and I would like to stay at this hotel Philine, the right amount of comfort and luxury without being overstated. Llandrindod is a very nice town isn't it.
Philine: I understand you well -many thanks, Brian and Maureen!
This is a fine collage Philine and it tells a story Philine.. nice one
Philine: Many thanks, Ronky!
Looks delightful!
Philine: Thanks, Prof. Wilson!
  • Lurch
  • England
  • 29 Jul 2014, 20:29
Very nice hotel, you seem to have had a really good time Philine.
Philine: Yes, I have had, and I was host at Lisl's , Chad's and Bill's home; I have met Chris, too, of course. I really enjoyed my time with them and with a Christian group I belonged to. I'm pleased that you are well. Thank you kindly, Tracy!

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