The hotel draws its name from the mother city of culture and arts, which was, and remains to date the city of Ioannina. Efthymios Lytsikas, grandfather of the present owners, after spending 19 years of working life in the USA (St. Louis, Missouri), returned to Ioannina in 1931. The construction works commenced in mid-1931 and were completed in 1934. Hotel Metropolis opened its doors in August 1934 and immediately impressed its business & leisure customers as it was the first hotel of the extended region with running clean water and central heating, as stated in the Greek / French brochure of the time. The hotel, a spectator of history since 1934, has hosted prominent figures of the era, and had deservedly earned the reputation of the most prestigious hotel in the Balkans. In November 2012, after 78 years, the present owners of third generation Lytsikas family gave Hotel Metropolis again the modern, austere, discreet luxury and European looks that deserves.