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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

Enjoyed This
(160 Member Ratings)
"Dining, breakfast and dinner excellent"
16. Aug 2018
Taunton, 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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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.



  • Bar
  • 100% smoke-free


  • 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


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout


  • Bathtub
  • Hair-dryer
  • Luxury toiletries


  • Complimentary parking


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

Please note: Some amenities may not be available in all rooms and some amenities or services incur an additional charge and are subject to change. Please check with the hotel directly.


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 Mon-Sun, 8am-6pm AET

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

Enjoyed This
(160 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
4.6 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
Dining, breakfast and dinner excellent
Other Comments
We would have found it helpful to have a key each.
Jane 16. Aug 2018 Taunton, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Great service and beautiful room
Jessica 15. Aug 2018 Plymouth, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
One of the best hotel I’ve ever stayed. Great atmosphere, very special hotels design , friendly and helpful staff. The restaurant is outstanding, with beautiful live music (the singer was like a singing fairy)) , delicious food. Really enjoyed our stay
Other Comments
Deluxe suite is much better than a basic one
maryna 14. Aug 2018 Bilston, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The ambience and atmosphere
Other Comments
Very friendly and helpfull staff
Rodney 12. Aug 2018 Burton-on-Trent, United Kingdom
Other Comments
Very well run, comfortable hotel, service and food excellent.
Christine 09. Aug 2018 Camberley, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The service was impeccable from all the staff. The dinner included in the deal was a five course meal and had a wide choice of dishes. The presentation was excellent and teach course was delicious.
Other Comments
The hotel was excellent. The bedroom was comfortable and the staff gave a level of service we seldom experience these days. I would highly recommend this hotel for a relaxing break.
Gordon 07. Aug 2018 Chipping Norton, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Super friendly staff. Obviously enjoy their work. Attention to detail.
Other Comments
I wouldn’t have paid the full amount for the River Suite and b&b deal, however, for the Travelzoo price it was excellent.
Helen 06. Aug 2018 Henley-in-Arden, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Staff very good
Peter 06. Aug 2018 Saffron Walden, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The restaurant provides excellent service and food.
Other Comments
River view rooms enjoy the sun all day, we stayed during a very hot spell and would have appreciated air conditioning.
Robert 05. Aug 2018 Willenhall, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Good food and excellent service
Peter 04. Aug 2018 Shrewsbury, United Kingdom

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