A good Hotel (was originally owned by the THF group) with fantastic views and the location was brilliant too with a short walk to the Harbour. We stayed there with our Local Coach Company (Harry Shaw) 26 – 30 Nov as a coach party. We had stayed a few weeks before at the Ashley Court Hotel, so we knew the area and seen the Hotel before we went.
Our room on the third floor, had a Sea View with balcony and was large with loads of space, and was spotless, good beds and clean linen the bathroom was clean with bath and shower the downside was the WC which was too close to the door – door banged the pan.
Hostess tray was filled up each day with wrapped Biscuits.
Corridors were wide with pictures on them. There are 3 lifts – the main one from reception then 2 others which were smaller. The painters were doing up one of the “conference” rooms.
On the food side: the breakfast was very good with many choices, and was self service so you can fill up for the day, the down side was the Eggs and scrambled Eggs which were rubbery…. TIP:: Make sure you keep on eye the trays as they bring in fresh cooked eggs etc… which are miles better – yokes still runny.
Evening meal was disappointing, there is a Menu outside by the Lift which looks very good with many choices – tho’ I think they only change it once a week… As we were on a Coach party the menu was slightly different to “Paying Guests”, less choices for us and not changed daily other than the fish course which is different each day like the Soup of the Day. NO Salads or Cheese and Biscuits were offered……
Staff and Waiters were very friendly and helpful.
We had better food at the 2 Star Ashley Court Hotel than this one, we had to send three meals back during our stay as the chicken was too dry- I think it was the same Chicken we had on Monday, The Gammon was the same – tough as old boots and dry, and the Pork slices were chewy… some of our party had issues on the food. Could have been a lot better, ‘tho the Fish courses were very good, maybe the Head Chef was on Holiday – LOL!!
It was better than the Trecarn Hotel which we stayed in two years ago – that was terrible and the Clifton at Scarborough that was Yuk!!. That is the trouble with Group owned Hotels food is not quite up to a good standard, family run Hotels are generally better and use locally sourced food.
This Hotel has very good grounds with a children’s play area and facilities like Gym, Sauna, the outdoor swimming was closed for the winter, and inside is of a good standard. This time of the year it is a bit quiet, there were some corporate conferences going on whilst we there.
Would be a great place to stay in the Summer months.
All in all we enjoyed our stay, might go back again if the price is right..
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Imperial Torquay is a 19th Century four-star hotel in a stunning cliff-top location on the English Riviera. 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 Torquay Devon