I don't know what we did to be upgraded at to the bridal suite, but wow, thank you Imperial! Room 110 is unbelievable. Huge living room with windows and views on two sides; balcony; good sized bedroom; huge bathroom with both bath and shower and a separate dining area with doors to our very own, large, sun roof with loungers. Which would have been wonderful as the sun shone, but Storm St Jude put paid to any idea of seeking an autumn tan.
Dinner was superb but the dining room freezing - our only complaint apart from one or two unsmiley breakfast staff. The breakfast offerings were varied and very good quality - lovely fresh fruit; nuts; usual English but with good back bacon. Coffee could be improved.
My facial in the beauty salon was a treat - but why do they leave you on your own for 15 mins while the face pack sets? At my local salon they use this time to give you an extra bit of massage. Heather was lovely though and sorted out a discount as I'd not realised that the specials only apply Monday to Friday. Do book ahead - on arrival on Friday they only had one slot left for the next three days. The gym was quiet, and airy with good equipment. Mr young-one-arm-tattood manager was very helpful in explaining the cross trainer to this older-than-usual unfit specimen and I don't think he even laughed.
Car parking is pricey - £7 a day for outside and £15 for inside.
The reception staff were cheery and helpful. Pretty much everything was just superb and I'd be back in a shot. Even if we don't get the bridal suite.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Imperial Hotel is a 19th Century four-star hotel in a stunning cliff-top location on the English Riviera. Of the 152 bedrooms, 60 are sea-facing premium rooms, 29 deluxe rooms with sea views, and 13 suites. Just a mile from Torquay train station, and 10 minutes walk from the town centre and its famous promenade, this Mediterranean-style hotel is a great base for exploring Devon and North Cornwall. Close by are sandy beaches, the Eden Project and Dartmoor National Park. After a day of exploring relax in the Health & Leisure Club then enjoy delicious food in the award-winning Regatta Restaurant. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Imperial Hotel Torquay
- Barcelo Torquay
- Imperial Torquay
- Torquay Imperial Hotel
- Hotel Imperial Torquay
- The Imperial Hotel Torquay, Devon