I am always wary of British 'seaside' hotels. They are almost all tired, requiring redecoration and generally represent poor value. This is certainly true of Torquay. Indeed, when reviewing the Imperial last year, the badly needed investment required to restore the 'old lady' to former glory was obvious for all to see.
A year later - what a difference!!
The hotel is still a big ugly slab in a great location within easy walking distance of Torquay marina and town centre with stunning views over Torbay, but now it has had a makeover.
New paint, carpets and furniture have transformed the ground floor of the Imperial to a glimpse of its former grandeur. The restaurant with wonderful views has been freshened up although a little sterile (could do with some big plants to soften it up and absorb noise) and the ballroom is now quite magnificent. Our refurbished seaview room on the third floor was excellent with comfy beds and duvets, balcony with stunning views, good bathroom and all spotlessly clean. Dining in the evening and breakfast in the morning was all good.
Best of all - the value.
I know its off season, but as a couple, we obtained an internet packaged offer (£87) to include an a la carte three course dinner, bottle of good french wine and breakfast at a price which meant the room was basically charged at zero.
Going to Torquay? Get a similar deal and dont stay anywhere else. Very good!!
- 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