$259 – North Devon getaway with 3-course dinner, was $458

The Imperial Hotel
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The Imperial Hotel is a Grade II-listed Edwardian building on the banks of the River Taw in north Devon. An overnight stay is now $259, saving 43% on the usual price, and includes:

  • Accommodation in a Standard Double/Twin room, with full English breakfast, for two
  • A 3-course dinner, plus an intermediate dish and coffee (worth $59)
  • Stay in a Superior River Facing Twin/Double for an additional $54 per night
  • A 2-night stay with daily breakfast and dinner on the first night only is $356 in June and $403 July-September
  • A 3-night stay with daily breakfast and dinner on the first night only is $492 in June and $535 July-September

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


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.

43% off

$259 / night


When You Can Go

1 Jul-2 Sep; $231 until 30 Jun

Enjoyed This
(89 Member Ratings)
"The staff were so friendly. The food was wonderful and the room was lovely also very quiet at night."
10. Jun 2018
Bristol, United Kingdom

Getting There

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.

Have a Question? Contact Travelzoo.

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
(89 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.
4.6 Ambiance
4.6 Location
4.6 Rooms
4.9 Quality of Service
4.6 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
The staff were so friendly. The food was wonderful and the room was lovely also very quiet at night.
Catherine 10. Jun 2018 Bristol, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Service and food in the Arlington
Clare 01. Jun 2018 Wiveliscombe, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
the food service and location
David 27. May 2018 Salisbury, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Food & Service
Elaine 25. May 2018 Wincanton, United Kingdom
Other Comments
Seems popular with the over 70s
James 31. May 2018 Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom
Other Comments
Room was too hot and close to a plant room that gave out a continuous droning sound. When I reported the sound I was told "I haven't heard that one before!!
Steve 28. May 2018 Exton, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
It was a well managed hotel with efficient staff and service.
ROBIN 14. May 2018 HYTHE, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Very relaxed feel to the Hotel and the waiting staff look after you extremely well
Other Comments
Perfect Location . Great mixture of old and modern furnishings .
Peter 17. May 2018 Essex, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Hotel car park was central the river views good, an excellent hotel for Barnstable .We really enjoyed this experience THANK YOU TRAVEL ZOO
Other Comments
Food was faultless, staff polite and friendly. would most certainly go back.
beryl 23. May 2018 stockport, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Good food, friendly staff and good feel to the hotel
GRAHAM 17. May 2018 Cheltenham, United Kingdom

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