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
(112 Member Ratings)
"Very nice Dinner and breakfast. Hard to beat"
Jul 14, 2018
Swindon, 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, 9am-12 midnight ET

Winner: People's Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite Customer Service

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

Enjoyed This
(112 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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Other Comments
Lovely period hotel which has been refurbished but retains all original features. Staff were most helpful and friendly and the food was excellent. The only slight downside was that our river view room fronted directly above the road and was a little noisy early morning. Otherwise a lovely hotel.
Garry Jul 14, 2018 Plymouth, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Very nice Dinner and breakfast. Hard to beat
Other Comments
Staff were excellent, friendly and efficient
Raymond Jul 14, 2018 Swindon, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Good food and very good service.
Stephen Jul 11, 2018 Westbury, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Staff very attentive and willing - plenty of parking space
Other Comments
Cooking, room temperature (too hot), and if we had paid full price it would have been too expensive for what was on offer
Nick Jul 13, 2018 Sturminster Newton, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Good position and comfortably furnished.
Other Comments
Disappointed our room was not in the main building and although the room was comfortable, it looked out on an internal courtyard, what we think was the kitchen and there was noise from an extract system and we could smell cigarette smoke, it was very hot so we needed our window open.
Catherine Jul 11, 2018 Yelverton, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The quality of everything
Malcolm Jul 12, 2018 Stroud, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Julie Jul 05, 2018 Salisbury, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Use of facilities at sister hotels
Other Comments
Food is excellent
sharon Jul 11, 2018 milton keynes, United Kingdom
Other Comments
Standard Brend Hotels experience - reliably good. Note : avoid room No. 126 or thereabouts if you're a light sleeper - noisy generator.
Michael Jul 06, 2018 South Petherton, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Food was excellent.
Other Comments
Mainly elderly couples there.
Lynne Jul 10, 2018 Stourbridge, United Kingdom

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