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Traditional elegance lies at the core of this Grade II-listed Edwardian hotel, boasting original features and a sense of warm hospitality, longstanding for over a century. Relax in comfort and soak up the historical charm, whilst indulging in the finest local produce and quiet elegance to a backdrop of river views.

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Located in the centre of Barnstaple, a former river port, the main town of North Devon and the UK's oldest borough; this hotel sits within easy reach of Exmoor National Park. It's just a stone's throw away from some of the most celebrated beaches of the North Devon coastline, including Woolacombe Sands, Saunton Sands and Westwood Ho! Beach, near Bideford.

By car: The Imperial Hotel is 1 hour from Exeter, 1 hour 50 mins from Bristol and 3 hours 45 mins from London. Free parking is available at the hotel.

By train: London Paddington to Barnstaple (via Exeter St. David's) takes around 4 hours. The hotel is a 10-minute walk from the station. Book trains to Barnstaple.

By plane: Exeter airport (46 miles)

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Housed in an original Grade II-listed Edwardian building that was once a private house, the hotel has retained many of its characterful and historic features, including ornamental ironwork balconies and bay windows, giving the building a timeless elegance. Décor is luxurious and in keeping with tradition, ensuring a warm vibe throughout.


The Imperial provides an ideal escape both in and out of season, with the opportunity to explore the surrounding gardens, moors and beaches or indulge in the luxury lounges and military-themed bar. Customer service is something of a rare treat; attention to detail and willingness to please are apparent from the moment you enter the revolving doors.

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Terrace
  • Lounge
  • Room service
  • Pet-friendly
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Free parking


Spacious bedrooms with high ceilings and large windows reflect the history of the Edwardian house. Rooms fuse timeless elegance with a few mod cons for your comfort; enjoy little indulgent touches such as handmade truffles and a basket of fruit.

Room types: Single, Standard, Imperial, Superior, Superior River View, Deluxe River View, State Suite, Family Rooms

Key amenities: ensuite with Gilchrist & Soames toiletries, dressing table, chair, armchair, TV, tea and coffee facilities, free Wi-Fi

Food & Drink

Choose between two dining experiences; enjoy casual British cuisine in the Colours Bar Bistro, designed with a military theme, or dress up and indulge in the AA Rosette-awarded Arlington restaurant, where you will be treated to a fine dining experience within the opulent space.

Arlington Restaurant: AA Rosette, fine dining, seasonal specials. Open every day for lunch and dinner. One course £19, four courses £40.

Colours Bar & Bistro: informal, sandwiches, light bites, pub classics. Open every day for lunch and dinner. Mains from £15.25.

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