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The Imperial Hotel

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Why We Love It

  • The property offers "old-school grandeur reminiscent of a bygone era, premium service and quality food within an environment boasting traditional elegance", says The Daily Telegraph
  • The Tarka Trail series of footpaths and cycle paths is less than a minute's walk away and Tapeley Park and Gardens is less than 20 minutes' drive away
  • Braunton Burrows is 30 minutes' drive away and the coastal village of Porlock is an hour's drive away

98%
Enjoyed This
(184 Member Ratings)
"very relaxed stay very well looked after."
Andrew
Sep 03, 2018
Egham, United Kingdom

Map & Directions

The Imperial Hotel is five minutes' drive away from Barnstaple railway station, which has regular services to London Paddington via Exeter St David's railway station. The A361 is less than five minutes’ drive away. Parking is free.

Rooms & Rates

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Overview

The Imperial Hotel is perched beside the River Taw in the centre of Barnstaple, north Devon. This "smart and attractive" (The AA) hotel is less than half an hour's drive from the beaches at Saunton Sands, Woolacombe and Croyde. The seaside resort of Ilfracombe, "framed by precipitous cliffs, elegant town houses, golf greens and a promenade" (Lonely Planet), is less than 15 miles away.

The Tarka Trail, a series of footpaths and cycle paths that follow the route taken by the fictional Tarka the Otter in the book of that name, is less than a minute's walk away, and Tapeley Park and Gardens, a historic country estate with a Grade II-listed mansion house, is less than 20 minutes' drive away.

Glassmaker Dartington Crystal, where you can try your hand at glass painting, jewellery making and glass blowing, and Exmoor Zoo, boasting 175 species and over 600 animals, are 25 minutes' drive away.

Braunton Burrows, part of a UNESCO-designated biosphere reserve in the North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is 30 minutes' drive away.

The coastal village of Porlock, described as "one of the prettiest on the Exmoor coast" (Lonely Planet), is an hour's drive away. The oysters from Porlock Bay were once a sought-after delicacy, supplying many restaurants in London throughout the 1800s.

The hotel's Arlington Restaurant offers fine dining while the smaller Colours Bar Bistro, serves food in a more informal setting.

Recently refurbished, the 63 rooms each have a unique design and come with free Wi-Fi. Some have views of the River Taw.

Amenities

General

  • Bar
  • 100% smoke-free

Services

  • 24-hour front desk
  • 24-hour room service
  • Baby-sitting service on request
  • Bike rental
  • Concierge service

Room amenities

  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Flatscreen TV

Internet

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout

Bathroom

  • Bathtub
  • Hair-dryer
  • Luxury toiletries

Parking

  • Complimentary parking

Accessibility

  • Accessible bathroom in some rooms
  • Accessible meeting room
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible path of travel
  • Accessible restaurant

Policies

Check-in: Standard Time is 3pm.

Minimum age required to check in: 18.

Checkout: Standard Time is 11am.

Children and additional guests: Infant's cot/crib or extra bed are available, free of charge, for children aged 11 and under. This is room-only basis. Meals will be charged as taken. Extra beds are not available for older children and adults.
Please use the Special Request field to confirm the age of the third guest.

Pets: No pets allowed.

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

Additional details: There is a dress code required for the restaurant: no ripped denim, t-shirts or sportswear.

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Customer service available Monday - Friday 9am - 6pm GMT + 8.

Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

Please note: Some amenities and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. All prices stated have been verified at the time of publication and may vary at the discretion of the hotel.

98%
Enjoyed This
(184 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Percy R. Brend & Sons (Hoteliers) Limited (t/as The Imperial Hotel) over the past 15 months.
4.5 Ambiance
4.6 Location
4.4 Rooms
4.9 Quality of Service
4.5 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
very relaxed stay very well looked after.
Andrew Sep 03, 2018 Egham, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The food was excellent and staff all very attentive. Would deffinatley go back.
Denise Sep 03, 2018 Southampton, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The caring way we were looked after by all staff the excellent food and service in the restaurant and the very comfortable room.
Other Comments
An extremely first rate experience thank you to all the staff who made us so welcome and so comfortable
Vicky Sep 01, 2018 Fleet, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Very relaxing
Andrea Aug 30, 2018 Bath, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The comfortable surroundings
Kevin Aug 30, 2018 Southampton, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Food and service
Margaret Aug 26, 2018 Street, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The staff were both professional and charming
Other Comments
We expected good food, but it was absolutely excellent
William Aug 25, 2018 Lincoln, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Exceptional service. Great food
Other Comments
We've been coming to the Imperial for many years for an overnight stay on our way to our annual holiday location. It never changes, and we don't want it to, it's perfect.
Roger Aug 25, 2018 Stafford, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Impeccable service.
Denise Aug 24, 2018 West Malling, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Food was excellent, as was the service
malcolm Aug 24, 2018 Melksham, United Kingdom

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