Hotel Metropole, Dublin

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Hotel Metropole
The Hotel Metropole around the year 1900
Former namesPrince of Wales Hotel
General information
StatusClosed and demolished
Address35-39 O'Connell Street Upper, Dublin 1
Town or cityDublin
CountryRepublic of Ireland
Technical details
Floor count6
Design and construction
Architect(s)William Mitchell

Skeleton of the Metropole Hotel after destruction in May 1916

The Hotel Metropole (The Met) was a notable landmark hotel in Dublin, Ireland. It was located next to the General Post Office building in O'Connell Street. Originally four Georgian buildings, they were combined to form a unified hotel in a high-french style by architect William M. Mitchell in 1891–93. Various architectural additions and embellishments were included to make the building look more French including a mansard roof with rounded dormer windows. This followed the style other Dublin hotels were adopting at the time including the Shelbourne Hotel and nearby the Jury's Hotel at College Green.

The building was badly damaged during the Easter Rising and the remains were ultimately demolished. The hotel's owners received significant compensation following the final report of the Property Losses (Ireland) Committee.

Metropole Cinema[edit]

In 1922, a neoclassical building, designed by Aubrey V. O'Rourke, was built out of the ruins - The Metropole - and this building included a cinema and a ballroom, as well as a couple of bars and a restaurant, the Georgian Room. The Met closed on 11 March 1972 and the building was sold to British Home Stores who demolished it.[2][3]


The replacement was a modernist nondescript modern retail building constructed by G&T Crampton in 1977.[4] As of 2022, the building houses a large Penneys shop.[5][6]


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  2. ^ "Meet Me at the Metropole". Louis Elliman. Retrieved 25 January 2022.
  3. ^ "1922 – Metropole Cinema & Restaurant, O'Connell St., Dublin". Archiseek - Irish Architecture. 24 April 2012. Retrieved 25 January 2022.
  4. ^ "British Home Stores, O'Connell Street". 12 June 2017. Retrieved 26 January 2022.
  5. ^ Through Streets Broad and Narrow: Discovering the history behind some of Dublin's well known (and lesser known) streets and buildings (Accessed August 2011)
  6. ^ "The Metropole Cinema, O'Connell Street. c.1923." Lifescapes: Mapping Dublin Lives, Item #214 (Accessed August 2011)