The Imperial Hotel

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Why We Love This Hotel

  • 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, while 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

"very relaxed stay very well looked after."
3 Sep, 2018 - Egham, UK
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The Imperial Hotel is 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, 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 less formal 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


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-Fri, 8am-6pm

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.

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(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 03 Sep, 2018 Egham, UK
Enjoyed Most
The food was excellent and staff all very attentive. Would deffinatley go back.
Denise 03 Sep, 2018 Southampton, UK
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 01 Sep, 2018 Fleet, UK
Enjoyed Most
Very relaxing
Andrea 30 Aug, 2018 Bath, UK
Enjoyed Most
The comfortable surroundings
Kevin 30 Aug, 2018 Southampton, UK
Enjoyed Most
Food and service
Margaret 26 Aug, 2018 Street, UK
Enjoyed Most
The staff were both professional and charming
Other Comments
We expected good food, but it was absolutely excellent
William 25 Aug, 2018 Lincoln, UK
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 25 Aug, 2018 Stafford, UK
Enjoyed Most
Impeccable service.
Denise 24 Aug, 2018 West Malling, UK
Enjoyed Most
Food was excellent, as was the service
malcolm 24 Aug, 2018 Melksham, UK

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