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“Nice but flawed”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Hotel Imperial

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Hotel Imperial
Ranked #10 of 13 Hotels in Barrow-in-Furness
Bentham, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
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“Nice but flawed”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2012

Based at Barrow for some weeks now. Lots of spare time on my hands. This was the first hotel I was booked into. There are distinctly two elements to this hotel, the shiny gleamy element to it, the place is full of chrome and shiny tiles. I quite liked it, the hotel is brand new and shouts it out. There's a big downside though - location. It doesnt have a restaurant and there are very few around this area. It was HORRIBLE outside on the 3 nights I stayed, but I had to drag myself out to the Customs House (nothing special) and then Hotel Majestics Italian (forgotten name and bog standard Italian). I don't think there's anywhere else to go. We did venture to Ulverston on the last night and that was good. There's another downside to the location. Barrow is an odd place and the local youths seem to come out at midnight, and this is the main club street in the town. It's very very noisy, people shouting obscenities until past 4am. I don't know what they can do about it. I suspect the windows will need super glazing to subdue the clatter. So, to conclude. Nice hotel, very shiny, nice lift (also very shiny) but the lack of restaurant is a big problem and the location is awful.

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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled on business
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2012

We have stayed at the sister hotel previously The Majestic and had a great time but decided to try the newly refurbished Imperial as this was a special occasion. The hotel is immaculately clean and very nice decor. The cocktail bar was amazing for drinks in the evening. Our room was lovely with the emperor bed and a gorgeous bathroom.
As it was our anniversary we had complimentary champagne waiting in our room on return which was a lovely gesture.
The breakfast in the morning was very nice and a good choice of food. We heard no noise from the nightclub, but the hotel does advise you that if you stay in certain rooms you will hear some noise so they dont try and hide this fact.
Must recommend eating at Francesca's Italian restaurant as the food is fantastic and great value for money.
Big thank you to Ana for making us feel so welcome

Room Tip: on the 4th floor the rooms are themed for that little bit extra for a special occasion
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2012

I had to stay in Barrow on business at fairly short notice, and I have to say I had a great stay here!

I was a bit limited for choice, but wasn't dis-appointed to stay at the Imperial. It has clrearly been very recently refurbished, and the bar area and bedrooms were very nicely presented. The bedroom was very clean with a lovely comfortable bed and a hot powerful shower.

I had a couple of pints in the bar before eating out and the bar and reception staff were very attentive and friendly.

The breakfast was very nicely cooked and the choice of items was excellent!

There is a free of charge locked garage attached to the hotel, so security is no problem if you're staying with your car.

I have no problem in thoroughly recommending the Imperial !!

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled on business
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2012

Keep away from this hotel, especially on weekends. They have a night club on a ground floor and up to 0330 you may forgot about sleeping. I asked reception for changing room - no chance.

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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled on business
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2004

From the outside the hotel actually looks ok, and even the reception is not too bad, which unfortunately lulls you into a false sense of security and your money is soon out without too much doubt.
Unfortunately It went down hill from there and I now have a pretty good idea of what a short jail term may be like.
SO BE VERY CAREFUL and check your room before any payment.
I have to admit the room was clean and warm, but any comforts stop there.
The beds are simply dreadful and very hard to sleep on (even after my attempt to deaden the pending experience with a few 'scoops').
It was too late at night for me to move and I had no choice other wise I would have left within minutes.
Good points, decent breaky, central, friendly staff, cheap, easy to escape.

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Please note this review is from 2004 shortly before the hotel closed. The hotel was reopened in 2011 following a multi-million pound development.
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Additional Information about Hotel Imperial

Property: Hotel Imperial
Address: Cornwallis Street, Barrow-in-Furness LA14 2LG, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Barrow-in-Furness
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 13 Hotels in Barrow-in-Furness
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 49
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The seaport of Barrow-in-Furness is found at the tip of the Furness peninsula, bordered by Morecambe Bay, the Duddon Estuary and the Irish Sea. It offers the ideal base to explore the Lake District and is close to South Lakes Wildlife Park (the top tourist destination in the Lake District), Furness Abbey, Piel Island and many other attractions. The Imperial Hotel is situated in the heart of Barrow, opposite the impressive Victorian Town Hall. Designed by Architect Thomas Bennett, the hotel was built in 1875 during the boom to accommodate the wealth of prospectors and gentry attracted by the town’s industrial riches.Closed for many years, the hotel has been gloriously restored following an extensive redevelopment programme. Now re-open to the public, the Imperial Hotel is renowned for impeccable service and traditional values, bestowing each guest with a memorable stay.The Imperial Hotel consists of 49 en-suite bedrooms, all of which are designed to provide luxurious comfort and style that every guest deserves. All bedrooms feature pocket sprung luxury beds, flat screen televisions with an abundance of channels, tea and coffee making facilities and WI-FI internet access.For pure splendour, choose one of our executive rooms or suites. With king size beds, walk-in wet rooms and jacuzzi baths, each offer a delightful environment for you to relax and indulge.After a busy day of work or pleasure, the ground floor Aspire Bar provides the perfect setting to unwind. Whether you desire a long drink, a continental beer, a refined wine or celebratory champagne, your tastes are well and truly catered for. Cocktail lovers can savour the delights of an extensive menu devised by our resident mixologist – from classic Cosmopolitans to a modern Mojitos.The Imperial Hotel is seamlessly in tune with the needs of the modern world, offering wedding, business and commercial services with a choice of conference and banqueting suites accommodating up to 180 guests. A prestigious venue and impeccable support services combine to make it the perfect choice for any event. ... more   less 

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