The Metropole Hotel Cork was opened in 1897 and was owned by Cash and Carry Group Merchants Musgraves. The property was designed by architect, Arthur Hill and built by John Delaney & Co Builders and is currently celebrating over 120 years of exceptional hospitality in Cork. It was built to the highest standards and opulence of the day. The hotel was known locally to Corkconians as the “Met” and most of the guests at that time were travelling salesmen.
When it was originally opened in 1897, the hotel occupied the upperfloors of the premises, with the ground floor and basement being retailunits that were let out. There were four shops two on each side of the main entrance. One of the most iconic of these units was ‘Hadji Bey Et Cie’, one of Cork’s most famous sweet shops, that specialised in Turkish Delights. It quickly became a Cork institution and The Hadji Bey products became very successful and much sought after all over Ireland.
Today the hotel is proudly curated and managed by Trigon Hotels where a €2.5 million refurbishment has taken place during 2018 of hotel bedrooms, bar and restaurant. On Cork Heritage Open Day
2.30pm A toast to Cork: Its Buildings, People and Places by Cork Toastmasters Club.
Join us as we host a Toastmasters Club meeting, celebrating all things Cork with speeches from some of our members toasting the history, heritage and culture of this great city. Then share with us your memories and stories of the buildings, people and places of Cork as we hold a themed Topics Session exploring what Cork means to its people.