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The Imperial Torquay
Ranked #23 of 88 Hotels in Torquay
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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“Lovely Break as always”
Reviewed 5 November 2013

I stayed at the Imperial last week, with my family. We have been staying there for many years and it's a lovely place to stay. We had a four night break, with Dinner every night. I love have dinner in the Regatta Restaurant, overlooking the bay.
our family room had a lovely seaview and it was large and spacious, suitable for a family of four possibly five.
The breakfast is a 'buffet' style, which suits us, but may not be to everyone's liking. Previous reviews have stated the bits where missing from the chairs and I must admit this was the case with our bedside cabinet. I describe the Hotel as the 'Dowager Duchess of Downton'..classy, elegant but a bit tired and worn.
having said that, we WOULDN'T consider staying anywhere else in Torquay..It'd be like cheating on your spouse If we did!

Room Tip: Ask for room number 31, a lovely room for families.
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Derby, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 November 2013

Booked this Hotel after seeing it online, looked good and rates were reasonable we had the B& B with evening meal and were not dissapointed. Staff were friendly and helpful although some of them were not fluent in English, this did not affect our stay in the least. Would reccommend the premium room with sea views. Will hopefully visit again. JG

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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Torquay
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Reviewed 1 November 2013

Great location and great surroundings we stayed at garden level so our balcony had access to the gardens which was great and the views were lovely. The only downside was the state of the funruture and the beds. There were bits missing from the chairs and the double room we had booked was in fact 2 extremely uncomfortable single beds made up as one. This could be very easily recitifed and if done this hotle would be a great choice. I personally don't agree with an extra charge for parking it was £7 for an outside space and £15 for the garage, this surely could be included int he price and residents would feel they were getting a freeby come on Imperial get your marketing sorted.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 31 October 2013

The Hotel is presented in a very good way with an impressive reception room - '440 villa style- and a very cosy restaurant area with view over the Ocean.
However, once you enter the room and you visit the leisure facilities you realize that they are not in line with the presentation and a Four Stars expectation.
Rooms are quite old fashioned and small ant the bathrooms are clean but yet old and a bit mouldy in some corners which is quite a let down since it shows that some details seemed not to be given the right importance.
Service and food were very nice but not good enough to forget about the claustrophobic leisure facilities and the out-of-date and small rooms.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 October 2013

My girlfrfiend & I had a short break here over last weekend. Really could not fault it, unlike the British weather!!
Only thing I could really find fault with was the car parking charge. This seems a little petty given the price of the hotel

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Camberley, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 30 October 2013

Room was overlooking the car park and was very warm even with window open and was awaken at 4am due to (diesel) taxi bringing drunken guests back.
Breakfast - apart from the pleasant lady clearing our table found the restaurant staff to be very surly. I spent most of my time finding cutlery, napkins and going to the breakfast buffet as food trays were either empty or not very hot & the toast was just dry bread - not toasted long enough. Even when they had just brought food out from the kitchens it was just about warm. Had to request tea & coffee three times which didn't go down too well with the restaurant manager - felt as if we were in his way. At no time did they explain where anything was.
On the upside - they did a fantastic job for the Golden Wedding Anniversary party we attended and the staff that evening were very attentive and pleasant. Top marks for making our friends evening one to remember.

Room Tip: If you have to stay here best to have a sea view room as will probably be quieter.
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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Torquay
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Reviewed 30 October 2013

I stay in hotels all over the country and world and the service here is amongst the best I have experienced.

Some complain the hotel is dated, but having stayed in 4 others in the area, I recommend this as its quality service and quality environment. Décor may be a little dated or a particular style, however this is not an issue at all, if you have stayed in others in the area, you will know this is the cream of the crop.

The ops manager - Vadu is very attentive and this rubs off on the team. great hotel and great staff - trouble is staying at the Imperial has probably spoilt me, and you don't get service like this often, so I will be leaving other hotels disappointed!

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled on business
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Additional Information about The Imperial Torquay

Property: The Imperial Torquay
Address: Park Hill Road, Torquay TQ1 2DG, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Devon > English Riviera > Torquay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Spa Hotel in Torquay
#10 Business Hotel in Torquay
#10 On the Beach Hotel in Torquay
#12 Luxury Hotel in Torquay
#27 Romantic Hotel in Torquay
#31 Family Hotel in Torquay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — The Imperial Torquay 4*
Number of rooms: 152
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

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