We stayed with friends and had a room on the garden floor which was spacious but attention to detail needed. There were weeds growing in the patio area and there were cigarette ends in the drain cover over the drainpipe. The room itself wasn't great but the bedding was clean, although the mattress didn't quite fit the bed, the base was larger than the mattress, and there wasn't a valance sheet to cover this.
We ate dinner at the hotel and the food was very good but the staff weren't very attentive or polite. We had to ask several times for various things like the wine list, water etc. Breakfast was excellent and buffet style with plenty of choice (but no prunes, as my friend observed lol)
The men used the pool and were happy with the facilities.
There is no air conditioning in the rooms and therefore very hot and stuffy. The hotel itself has to rely on fans which aren't really adequate enough.
I visited the hotel years ago and it was very grand but now everything looks very tired and in need of attention, including some of the staff!!
- 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