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Imperial Hotel
Ranked #7 of 20 Hotels in Ilfracombe
Reviewed 27 August 2013

We booked in here on a cheap weekend deal knowing nothing about the place, We were very pleasantly surprised. The hotel is an imposing Victorian affair right on the sea front and despite the limitations afforded by its original design is very well presented. The room was a good size with a large bathroom, Both were very clean and tidy.

We only had breakfast, but evening meals were available. Both had enough choice to satisfy most people. While breakfast was included, evening meals were extra, but seemed very reasonably priced.

The staff were excellent, very efficient and friendly.

Be warned that this hotel is part of a larger chain and tends to cater for coach parties, but we felt that this did not detract from our stay.

Room Tip: Ask for one at the front, they have sea views.
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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 August 2013

Just back from a 7-day holiday with Alfa Travel. The meal the first night (Sunday) was poor - tough beef and rubbery Yorkshire puds. However, all the rest of the dinners were very good, with reasonable choice - also, the full English breakfasts were excellent.
We had a super coach driver (Steve) who gave us useful info about all places we visited on the very interesting excursions during the week. Hotel is also well-sited for easy walk into the harbour area.
This was our first holiday with Alfa but we'll definitely consider going with them again.

Room Tip: We oaid a small supplement for a sea view - resulting in a large airy room with excellent view.
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5  Thank Colin B
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Reviewed 18 August 2013

I really liked this hotel, for the reasonable price we paid it is very good value. The location is amazing, it sits right on the sea front next to the amusements and all the children's summertime things to do along the front. It is also a 2 minute walk (up the hill behind it) to the hight street. The room was standard, just what you would expect but clean, comfy bed and nice bathroom. The hotel has bingo every night in the peak season which was only one ticket but nice to do something different. Hotel also had a singer. On the weekends the pub next door also has different entertainment, this night they had a rock and roll singer. We didn't eat the food but breakfast is an extra £4pp which you can add to your package when you get there. Dinner was an extra £10pp for a 3 course meal. They also do a packed lunch on request. Really nice little gem of a hotel, could be improved with a little refurbishment but for the price it was lovely.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank OffDutyMysteryShoppa
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Reviewed 12 August 2013

We went to the Imperial Hotel on a 5 day/4 night Alfa coach holiday. What cracking value. The hotel is undoubtedly dated and could use a refresh, but it’s what you expect on a coach holiday and it’s clean and well serviced, the staff are excellent, but best of all was the food. Each day we had excellent choice, 2 mains on the menu, plus salads, vegetarian, and a Chef’s special. Breakfast was excellent too with many choices, and the waiting staff (mainly Eastern European) are absolutely superb. The hotel is well situated, being right on the promenade facing the Landmark theatre, and only 5 mins walk from the harbour. Alfa coaches had a slick process at Burtonwood for transferring you and luggage from the feeder coaches to your destination coach. All in all, no complaints and for value, can highly recommend it. We paid less than £200 each for 5 days accommodation BB and EM, with two full day trips, and all transport.

Room Tip: Pretty obvious but sea view rooms are noisy'ish with traffic and seagulls!
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4  Thank Mick_Butler
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Reviewed 12 August 2013

Just back from a week at the Imperial with Alfa travel and what a fantastic week it was , this was our first coach holiday in the Uk but if this is anything to go by it wont be our last , big thanks to Andy our coach driver and Ingo the hotel manager and all his fantastic staff who could not do enough for you , could not find fault with this hotel for the price we paid ,great location ,great food , great service from reception to the restuarant and the bar, rooms were comfortable, entertainment was on most nights and was very good,thanks again and we will be back hopefully next year

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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3  Thank Dave G
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Reviewed 3 August 2013

I am new to all of this, but I wanted to let everyone know just how good this hotel is! I have travelled with Alfa before and stayed in their hotels, but the Imperial is the best (up to now). The rooms were lovely and comfortable, spotlessly clean and the shower was probably the most powerful I have ever had. The restaurant staff are so friendly and efficient and the food is fantastic - you have to try the cheesecake as it is delightful! The breakfasts were also good with 'lighter' options for those that can't eat a cooked breakfast every day for 6 days.

The Hotel is in a perfect location and there is plenty to see nearby. We were spoilt with the weather and managed to book a boat trip which I would recommend. We booked it at the tourist information centre which is just opposite the hotel (underneath the plant pots). The bus stop is just up the road from the hotel with buses roughly every hour to Woolacombe and at least 2 an hour to Barnstaple (for the wife's shopping trips)

I don't know how they do it for the price, but I will be coming again next year!

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank jdsmithy72
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Reviewed 1 August 2013

my partner and i stayed at the imperial hotel Ilfracombe in July this year, we have stayed with the Alfa travel company on a number of occasions now but this i am afraid to say was at the bottom of the list compared to our previous vacations. All the Alfa hotels are very similar in style and offerings, but i think that our party caught this one on a bad week. although the staff were friendly and the hotel was clean our main complaint was the food offerings, yes i know the imperial hotel is only two "stars" but really it makes no difference how many "stars" a hotel has because a bad meal is a bad meal. We do not expect a la carte food, we do expect edible food. maybe the chef was on holiday ?. for any future visitors i hope this was the case. One bad example was the sunday roast, oh my goodness it was not good at all

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with friends
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6  Thank alison p
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Additional Information about Imperial Hotel

Address: Wilder Road, Ilfracombe EX34 9AL, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Devon > Ilfracombe
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Ilfracombe
Price Range: £43 - £54 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Imperial Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 104
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Imperial Hotel - Ilfracombe [3 Alpha & AA Three Star]. Situated in one of the best positions in Ilfracombe, overlooking Wildersmouth beach, and the splendid Landmark Theatre and Conference Centre, close to the High Street and only a short almost level walk from the harbour. 104 rooms with central heating and bath or shower and WC. All rooms have tea/coffee making facilities, internal phone, hair dryer and TV. There is a large restaurant, bar, comfortable lounge and dance floor where entertainment is provided most evenings. Lift to all floors (stairs to some rooms on split level floors). ... more   less 
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