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Hotel Imperial
Ranked #10 of 13 Hotels in Barrow-in-Furness
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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“How bad can a hotel be”
Reviewed 14 July 2012

This hotel is bad in so many ways. The room decor is awful. There are no drawers for storage in the room the only hanging space is a bar about four foot long. The room door cannot be locked from the inside. The advertised on site parking only applies to the first five cars to arrive that day, the advertised off-site free parking is only free after six pm in the public carpark across the street. The only meals offered by the hotel are breakfast, not mentioned in their advert. Breakfast is served in what was a function suite at tables seating eight ,not my idea of a perfect meal. The staff were not at all friendly or helpful.

Room Tip: Find another hotel!!
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled on business
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Ana B, Manager at Hotel Imperial, responded to this review, 4 September 2012
We wish to encourage all guests to clearly read the description of our hotel facilities before staying with us. Our hotel description clearly states limited parking on a first come, first served basis - with provision for 10 cars. We have no control over parking fees administered by the local authority. Our description also states we are a Metro Hotel offering a breakfast service but no evening meal.

All rooms feature modern, fire service approved, self locking doors which can only be opened from the inside, or from the outside with the use of a room key.
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newport south wales
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Reviewed 12 July 2012

decided to book this hotel as a last minute break before my girlfriend gives birth in 9weeks,we stayed on a tue and wed nite mid july,i have read some reviews where poeple say that it is noisy,but to be honest the place was like a ghost town,the hotel is near enough in the middle of the town just a 2min walk from the main street,where you will find a good selection of shops,but not many resturants,we walked all around and found 3 italian,2 chinese and a mexician.
also only 25min max drive to the lake windermere and attractions.
back to the hotel,the staff are friendly and helpfull,the hotel overall is newly referbished and clean,there is a cocktail bar and a irish bar downstaris in the lobby area.there is 4 floors alltogeather and i belive the normal rooms are on floor 1 and 2 and a few on 3,also the emperior room is on 3 and there is suites with balconys on floor 4.there is a lift aswell wich is handy.i would recommend anyone wanting a relaxing 2 nites to stay in room 301(emperior room).the room is very clean to a high standerd,the bed is massive and comfertable,the toilet and wet room are situated behind frosted glass,the shower is very good and big enough for two with a oversized shower head off the ceiling.the best bit is the jacuzzi tub,situated on a raised decking type of floor in frount of the massive tv on the wall,perfect for unwinding whilst watching tv in the evening,also has changeable mood lighting in the jacuzzi,the room also has tea and coffee making facility in the room.also i found the room did get quite warm,but luckly the window does open wide to let the breeze in from the sea.only thing that is wrong with this room is that there is a lift right next to the room and makes a annoying beep noise when in motion,alltho not that loud.breakfast is 6-9 wich offers full english aswell as continental and is good.
all in all a good,clean tidy hotel,in a decent location with friendly staff and a nice bar in the lobby

Room Tip: if you are a couple then room 301 (eperior room) room is the one for you.with private jacuzzi bath b...
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Skelmersdale, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 12 July 2012

We had been pre warned about the noise on the first floor (Hence the reduced price) but it was nowhere near as bad as we anticipated. The hotel and our room was very clean and lovely decor.

The Staff were excellent and helped with ll our requests. They went that extra mile to meet all our needs, well done to you all for making us feel welcome and going out of your way to help.

We asked John (The Door man) could he recommended a nice place to eat and he told us about the restaurant below the Imperial's sister hotel (Hotel Majestic, I think?) the food was tremendous and the price was great, great value once again. The wife and I had a lovely 2 night break for our 4th anniversary and would definitely go back again.

Room Tip: Obviously the higher floors do not have the noise pollution, but you will pay a bit more.
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Chorley, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 June 2012

After a stressful couple of weeks, my partner took me away for a night at Hotel Imperial to "relax". I did anything but!!

We arrived on the Saturday, checked in with the woman on reception and were told, "now remember the room is so cheap because of the noise from the club below". We had no idea what she was talking about but after looking at the booking again it said in very small print that there was a club underneath the first floor rooms and there would be considerable noise from the hours of 11pm-3am. We asked if there was another room (as this was clearly an honest mistake on our part) but were told we would have to pay a lot extra. Not a lot was done to help us, they clearly didn't care as they already had our money and card details!

We went up to the room which looked modern but small, the bathroom stank of (for use of a better word) poo and sewerage, the bedside lights didn't work and our "view" outside was of the dustbins!

If you go to this hotel to party all night then this is great for you as you can just pass out after 3am. However, we were kept awake until that time not just from the noise of the music from the club downstairs but from the bass of the music that ACTUALLY vibrated and shook the bed! I left the next morning feeling exhausted and even more stressed... and with a new found hatred for Hotel Imperial. I would never go back here!!

Room Tip: Don't just ask for a room with a view... demand it!
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Ana B, Manager at Hotel Imperial, responded to this review, 4 September 2012
Thank you for your comments, unfortunately we have no control over the size of text on the Late Rooms description.
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Bentham, United Kingdom
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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.

Room Tip: At the back if possible.
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled on business
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wigan
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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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Durham, United Kingdom
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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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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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