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The Imperial Hotel

4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Taw Vale Parade, Barnstaple EX32 8NB, England
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Ranked #1 of 6 hotels in Barnstaple
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 3 days ago
Tony C Kidderminster, England, United Kingdom
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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8 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We stayed for one night in a deluxe room for dinner, bed and breakfast. The room was "nice" and overlooked the river, but it was nothing extraordinary and overpriced. We had been looking forward to dining in the Arlington Restaurant but our experience was disappointing. The hotel promotes the restaurant to be of a high standard and has a dress... More

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Kidderminster, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Excellent service. The room, service and food were without fault. Well worth the money. Plenty of room in the car park.We had a deluxe room which was very comfy and we were pleasantly surprised! We couldn't find any fault at all and will stay there again.

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BrendHotels, General Manager at The Imperial Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review The Imperial Hotel and rating us with a score of 5 out of 5. I am delighted that you found the hotel provided you with 'faultless' accommodation, service and food. it is also great to here that you can't wait to return. Thank you again and your review will be posted on... More

Telford, United Kingdom
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3 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We stayed for 2 nights while guests at a wedding taking place in the hotel. I cannot fault the hotel or staff. It is a very professional set up. Nothing is too much trouble, staff are friendly and well trained and want to make your stay enjoyable. Breakfasts were excellent and a good variety to choose from. The wedding meal... More

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BrendHotels, General Manager at The Imperial Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for your glowing review of The Imperial Hotel after staying with us recently for a wedding and awarding us 5 out of 5. Your comments regarding our ‘friendly and amazing staff’ together with all aspects being of a very high standard are very much appreciated, and be assured that your review will be placed on our review board... More

Loughborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Just had a wonderful, relaxing break at the Imperial and can’t wait to go back in October. Room, Food and Staff were all fantastic and the dress code made the evening meal special. Thank-You to all the staff.

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BrendHotels, General Manager at The Imperial Hotel, responded to this review

Many thanks for taking the time to review The Imperial Hotel following your recent stay with us and awarding us 5 out of 5!. I am particularly pleased that you found the hotel had a friendly atmosphere and that the staff are fantastic and very professional in their work. Thank you again and we look forward welcoming you back again... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

When entering the foyer of the Imperial Hotel my husband and I thought we had boarded HMS Titanic, it is Opulent beyond belief. Not our usual choice of decor but it grew on us, the complimentary upgrade also helped. The staff were alway courteous and polite and the breakfast was good. We didn't sample the evening meal as we had... More

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BrendHotels, General Manager at The Imperial Hotel, responded to this review

Many thanks for taking the time to review The Imperial Hotel following your recent stay with us. I am particularly pleased that you found the hotel had a friendly atmosphere and that the staff are very professional in their work. The leisure facilities at our sister hotel are always available to residents of The Imperial Hotel and are advertised both... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Staff were polite and attentive as you would expect, but do not always get from the bigger chains. Hotel and room very clean, bit too much carpet for my liking but the regular clientele of OAPS probably loved it. Dress code for dinner got rid of the riff raff (me) but the oldies were all dressed up lovely and probably... More

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BrendHotels, General Manager at The Imperial Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for your review following your recent stay with us. It is very pleasing that as a business traveller, you enjoyed your time at The Imperial and felt that our service was attentive and that your room was very clean and well maintained. I hope to welcome you back to again in the near future. More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I have traveled most of the World, staying in more expensive hotels than the Imperial and can honestly say there is nowhere else to beat it. The hotel staff are very diligent and friendly and the standard of cleanliness is superb as is the food,the breakfast menu is very comprehensive and can keep you going for most of the day.... More

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BrendHotels, General Manager at The Imperial Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and for awarding us a 5 out of 5 rating. I am delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us once again and that The Imperial is one of your favourite hotels in the world!. Your repeat visits to The Imperial Hotel are gratefully appreciated and I am so glad that you find your time... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I stayed at this hotel for two nights while we went to a wedding nearby. The breakfasts were superb, formally dressed waiters and waitresses created a great atmosphere! Room was small but cosy and had everything we needed! Thank-you for a great stay. I highly recommend this hotel.

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BrendHotels, General Manager at The Imperial Hotel, responded to this review

Many thanks for taking the time to review The Imperial Hotel following your recent stay with us and awarding us 5 out of 5. I am particularly pleased that you found the hotel had a friendly atmosphere and that the staff are very professional in their work. I hope to welcome you back again soon. More

Windlesham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A really lovely hotel in a fabulous part of Devon! We had a super room with double balcony doors on the first floor overlooking the river. It was spacious and very nicely furnished, lovely bright white clean bathroom too! Its location in Barnstaple is great - you can just walk 2 minutes across the square to the main High Street.... More

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BrendHotels, General Manager at The Imperial Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for your glowing review of The Imperial Hotel after staying with us recently and awarding us 5 out of 5. Your comments regarding our ‘friendly, helpful and professional staff’ together with all aspects being of a very high standard are very much appreciated, and be assured that your review will be placed on our review board for them... More

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10 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the second time we have stayed at The Imperial Hotel, this time with our grandson. We had one of the rooms in the River View suite which is just off of the main hotel. The rooms were ideal with our 9-year old having his own single room adjacent to our double room and we shared a separate bathroom.... More

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BrendHotels, General Manager at The Imperial Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and for awarding us a 4 out of 5 rating. I am delighted that you enjoyed your second stay with us and that you found the staff attentive and the food of a very high standard. Your review will be placed on our review board for all our staff to read. Thank you again and... More

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Address: Taw Vale Parade, Barnstaple EX32 8NB, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > Devon > Barnstaple
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Hotel Class:4 star — The Imperial Hotel 4*
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The elegant Imperial Hotel, Barnstaple, North Devon, is part of the prestigious Brend chain of West Country hotels. Overlooking the River Taw at the heart of the market town of Barnstaple, this exceptional four-star hotel combines old-style charm with the highest standards of comfort and service. Whether you're looking for a family holiday or a peaceful break, the Imperial is the place for superb service. The hotel is also a popular venue for conferences, banquets and weddings. ... more   less 
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