Gresham Metropole Hotel In Cork

Gresham Metropole Hotel In Cork

The Metropole Hotel, designed by Arthur Hill, first opened for business on MacCurtain Street in Cork on 21 June 1897.
The Musgraves were total abstainers from alcohol and the hotel did not apply for a licquor license until 1956. The family were proud that the hotel was the first unlicensed hotel in Ireland. Douglas Vance, who managed the hotel from 1944 until 1982, persuaded the Musgraves that a license to serve alcohol was necessary for a modern hotel.

The hotel hosts the annual festival club of the Cork Jazz Festival. The Musgraves sold the hotel in 1977 and it is now part of the Gresham Hotel Group. Its current name is the Gresham Metropole Hotel. It was extensively refurbished in 2003.

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