Metropole hotel

Address: High Street, Kilkenny, County Kilkenny, \N, Ireland | Hotel
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This hotel, located on High Street, Kilkenny, is near St. Francis Abbey Brewery, Smithwicks Brewery, Rothe House, and Tourist Information Office (Shee Alms House).
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          • Restaurant
          • Bar/lounge


          • Free High-Speed Internet


          • Continental Breakfast

          TravelPod Member ReviewsMetropole hotel Kilkenny

          Reviewed by elysbank

          Lovely hotel with a rich history

          Reviewed Mar 4, 2016
          by (4 reviews) Salt Lake City , United States Flag of United States

          From the hotel's website:

          Cork’s Landmark Hotel locally known as the “Met”

          The Metropole Hotel Cork was opened in 1897 was owned by Cash and Carry Group Merchants Musgraves. The property was designed by architect, Arthur Hill and built by John Delaney & Co Builders, who were previously awarded the building contract to build the sweetshop behind the hotel. The Metropole Hotel was built to the highest standards and opulence of the day. The hotel is known locally to Corkconians as the “Met” and most of the guests at that time were travelling salesmen and business men.

          Edward VII is reputed to have had tea on the roof of The Metropole when he visited Cork in 1903 for the city’s Great Exhibition. Down the years many more famous personalities have been guests of the Metropole, and included Gregory Peck, James Mason, Frank O’Connor, John Steinbeck, Vittoria de Sica, John Huston and Walt Disney. However it was Dawn Adams, the 1950’s British film star, who created the greatest stir when she stayed at The Metropole. When she was attending the Cork Film Festival she requested a bath of milk. Douglas Vance, the famous hotelier of the Metropole refused such a request as the people of Cork were finding it hard to makes ends meet. The story made headlines around the world at that time.

          In the 1930’s and the early 1940’s the hotel was run by Jimmy Musgrave. Jimmy was the president of the Irish Rugby Football Union and it is because of him that the Metropole is largely associated with Rugby. Indeed Musgrave Park is named after him. In 1944 Douglas Vance was appointed manager and was then a young man in his twenties. He ran the Metropole Hotel until he retired in 1982. In that time he transformed the Metropole Hotel into a top class venue. He moved to raise standards that demonstrated remarkable attention to detail and a commitment to the highest standards of service. Porters were instructed that great care should be taken at all times to avoid noise. Cleanliness was also stressed with porters having to change their dark socks and wash their feet daily. Bar staff were reminded to wash their hands after using toilets and to “never put your fingers into the glasses as it is filthy habit guaranteed to lose customers”

          The Metropole Hotel at that time was a “dry” hotel as he Musgrave family were of the belief that alcohol should not be served in their hotel, and as such the hotel was advertised as “Ireland’s Finest Unlicensed Hotel”. However, by the middle of the 20th century, social morals were changing and Douglas Vance believed that the hotel needed a liquor licence. However the Musgrave family were reluctant to agree. Undeterred Vance set out to change their minds. Before it had its own licence, the Metropole allowed alcohol to be served at functions such as weddings. Generally, those organising a function would arrange for a publican to serve drinks and the hotel would charge a modest corkage fee. However the Metropole had no control over how much alcohol guest drank and then it would have to deal with the consequences, while the only revenue it generated was a small corkage fee. Douglas Vance pointed this out to Stuart Musgrave Junior one Saturday when there was five or six weddings taking place and people were getting very drunk. Stuart Musgrave Junior was appalled and the Metropole got its licence in 1956.

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          Reviewed by jenny.og

          Great Character, Great Craic!

          Reviewed Sep 17, 2012
          by (2 reviews) Severna Park , United States Flag of United States

          The Metropole pub and hostel was a fantastic accommodation in the heart of Kilkenny! An easy walk to St Canice's, just across from Ireland's oldest Brewery Smithwicks, and easy reach to the dozens of pubs and restaurants that make Kilkenny so amazing! Clean and charming. Fantastic session, great fellow travelers, great staff, great time! Go there! :D

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          TripAdvisor Reviews Metropole hotel Kilkenny

          3.00 of 5 stars Good

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