The Metropole Hotel, North Point

Date Place completed: 
1898-10-22
Date Place demolished: 
1906-12-31

As Moddsey guessed, this was built where the Metropole Building stands today. The site was bigger then, stretching from King's Road (then the seafront) back to today's Ming Yuen mansions on Peacock Rd.

I'm not sure the exact dates it was built / demolished, but it appears in the newspapers from 1899 til 1906, when the site was sold. I'll put those dates in as a first estimate.

The notice of the sale gives the lot as IL 1705, which fortunately can still be found on map.gov.hk.

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Year: 1904
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Result from Land Search...it shows that the lease was from 1904!

UB35917 - - REASSIGNMENT - -
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UB35153 02/02/1904 08/02/1904 LEASE OF METROPOLE HOTEL
FOR 7 YEARS FROM
4.11.1904
JAMES CHRISTIE -
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備註 REMARKS: THE RENT IS $400 PER MONTH LEASE EXPIRED

Kay, thanks for sharing this. Coincidentally this place appears on the most recent Jurors List (1899) we finished:

c Dalton Charles Manager Metropole Hotel     Shaukiwan Road

So the hotel was certainly open before 1904. Maybe they moved location?

Or was the land record shown above created when the site changed ownership? I see the word "REASSIGNMENT", suggesting this might be the record of a change rather than the first transaction for this lot.  Any chance there are any earlier entries in the results from teh land search?

Regards, David

Set completion date to 22 Oct 1898, based on notes from Moddsey:

Hong Kong Daily Press 15 October 1898

"The Metropole Hotel on the Shaukiwan Road will be opened Saturday next."