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Rates shown are per person per night sharing a standard twin or double bedded room and include Table D'Hote Dinner and Full English Breakfast. Bed and Breakfast rates are also available. For the best prices and advice on family bookings, please call us direct on 03455 760 760.

Please note a selection of the hotel's rooms are located within the grounds of the hotel in its Rivercourt Building and are accessed via a separate entrance.


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Imperial Hotel


The luxury 4 star Imperial Hotel is located in the heart of Barnstaple yet it has all the tranquillity and warmth of an elegant country house. Set beside the River Taw and with spectacular luxury accommodation, the Imperial Hotel wins rave reviews from its guests for its sumptuous dining, welcoming atmosphere and outstanding service.

Ideally located for exploring Barnstaple, with its historic pannier market and wide range of independent boutiques and High Street favourites, the Imperial Hotel also offers easy access to the stunning North Devon coast and the timeless beauty of Exmoor.

With its choice of conference rooms and private dining options, this luxury hotel also makes a great place to do business, a beautiful wedding venue and the perfect place to throw a spectacular lunch party to celebrate a special occasion. 

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The Imperial Hotel
Taw Vale Parade
EX32 8NB

Imperial Hotel

About the Hotel

Set by the River Taw, the Imperial Hotel is the leading luxury hotel in Barnstaple and the surrounding North Devon area. As you approach and see the Imperial in its imposing riverside location, you will be struck by its grandeur and style.

With its sweeping oak staircase, spacious lounge and lavish soft furnishings, the Imperial invites you to relax in an atmosphere of elegance and comfort.

The Imperial Hotel captures the magic and atmosphere of classic country houses. There are some lovely National Trust properties in Devon such as nearby Arlington Court and they have helped inspire the decor and style of this luxury hotel. One particularly charming feature is the collection of original paintings by local artists which depict the glory of Exmoor and North Devon. And you are sure to love the distinctive ambience of the Colours Bar, which includes fascinating military memorabilia, such as a bugle from the Charge of the Light Brigade.

The Imperial Hotel is a Grade 2 Listed building and it has been a hotel since 1898. Many character features have been preserved, including the ornamental ironwork balconies and the bay windows.

This classical heritage has now been combined with a fresh contemporary style in the bedrooms and the modern bathrooms. Each of the bedrooms has its own distinctive style, some with neutral colours, some using dramatic splashes of gold, silver or turquoise.

With luxury accommodation, exceptional service, lovely river views and delicious cuisine, The Imperial combines everything you need for a memorable luxury holiday, short break, conference or event in North Devon.


The Imperial Hotel has 63 gorgeous luxury hotel rooms, some with views across the River Taw.

All rooms are fitted with luxury furnishings and stylish decor throughout. Most have been recently refurbished and are beautifully decorated with exquisite soft furnishings.

Luxury extras including freshly cut flowers, chocolates and fresh fruit are provided in some of our rooms, but each of these items can also be ordered by any of our guests prior to arrival. 

Please note a selection of the hotel's rooms are located within the grounds of the hotel in its Rivercourt Building and are accessed via a separate entrance.

A Luxury Hotel in Barnstaple Ideal for Single Travellers

Whether you fancy a short break, perhaps to enjoy the great shops in and around Barnstaple or whether you are a business traveller looking for a luxury hotel for the night - look no further! We have the ideal luxury Single Room to meet all your needs,  some with an extra wide 4ft bed.

Our luxury single rooms have everything the single traveller might need, including LCD TV, free WiFi and tea and coffee making facilities. One of our luxury single rooms has a walk in shower.

Or if you prefer, you could stay in one of our luxury double rooms, for a supplementary charge.

Luxury Double Rooms for your Short Break in North Devon

At the Imperial Hotel, we have an unrivalled selection of luxury double rooms. So whether you are planning a luxury short break in North Devon or a special romantic break, we have the luxury room that is ideal for you.

If you would like an extra large luxury double bed, we can connect two single beds to make a large 6 ft double. Please tell us at the time of booking if this is what you would like.

Many of our double rooms have lovely river views and one has a balcony you can use to take in the beautiful setting

Some of our rooms are located in The River Court which is an adjoining building to the hotel and does not have a lift. 

Discover a Wonderful Luxury Family Hotel in North Devon

The Imperial Hotel makes a great base for a luxury family holiday in North Devon. Some of our luxury rooms are large enough to allow for cots and extra beds.

There are also interconnecting luxury rooms available, as well as two family rooms including a second adjacent bedroom for a child.

Our reservations team will help you make the best choice of luxury accommodation for you and your family, especially tailored to your requirements.

State Suite

This is an outstandingly beautiful room offering sheer luxury for your holiday or short break in North Devon.

The  king size bed (or twin if you prefer) is set back in an alcove and the sitting area features a three seater sofa and armchair, with a hexagonal glass coffee table, 50 inch plasma TV and DVD player. The large picture windows overlook the River Taw.

The room has more than a touch of glamour, with plush fabrics, opulent soft furnishings and designer flair. A display of fresh flowers, a tempting fruit bowl, fluffy bathrobe and slippers as well as  a selection of Brend chocolates are all part of the experience.

This is a truly stunning suite which offers some of the very best luxury accommodation in North Devon.


At the Imperial Hotel, we offer you a choice of dining options.

The Arlington Restaurant offers first class cuisine in elegant and stylish surroundings.

The Colours Bar Bistro is a smaller, more informal restaurant, situated just off the Colours Bar, where you can enjoy a light meal or a more relaxed dining experience.

Whichever you choose, you can be sure of delicious food and a great selection of wines at our luxury hotel. Our classic traditional and contemporary cuisine includes creative dishes made with fresh ingredients which are sourced locally wherever possible.

Our well stocked wine cellars offer an exceptional collection of vintage wines to complement your meal.

So whether you choose to dine in the smart Arlington Restaurant or the more informal Colours Bar Bistro, dining at the Imperial Hotel is always a treat.

The Arlington Restaurant 

The Arlington Restaurant in Barnstaple has a reputation as one of the best restaurants in North Devon.

You can choose from the table d’hôte menu, which is changed daily or the a la carte menu which bursts with imaginative dishes created by our team of chefs.

Our finest cuisine is complimented by attentive friendly service and the elegant ambience of this beautiful restaurant, with its chandeliers and lovely paintings.

The Arlington Restaurant is a popular choice of venue for a grand luncheon party, perhaps to celebrate a special birthday, wedding anniversary or any other special occasion.

We have a live singer performing in the Restaurant on most Saturdays to make your dining experience even more special.

Non-residents are welcome. Please call us to reserve your table for a wonderful dining experience in North Devon.

Please note in our Arlington Restaurant we ask you please to follow our preferred dress code of a collared shirt with no jeans, trainers or sportswear after 6.30pm.

The Colours Bar & Bistro 

Set just behind the Colours Bar, the informal Colours Bar Bistro is just right for a light meal or a relaxed candlelit dinner.

There is a cosy atmosphere and you can really unwind as you enjoy your choice from the tempting menu. The Colours Bar Bistro specialises in light dishes and snacks with a contemporary twist.

The Colours Bar is one of the highlights of the Imperial Hotel, newly refurbished to create a luxury country house atmosphere. With rich colours, deep armchairs and subtle lighting, the Colours Bar is the perfect place to enjoy pre-dinner drinks or a nightcap. The bar has a fascinating collection of military memorabilia, including a bugle from the Charge of the Light Brigade. There are also conflict medals on display and a selection of military themed books, which you are welcome to browse, as you enjoy your drink in this distinctive luxury bar.

Relax and enjoy!

Lounge and Terrace

The Terrace Lounge or the Terrace at the Imperial Hotel make a perfect spot to enjoy morning coffee, a light lunch, Devonshire cream tea or an after-dinner coffee or liqueur.

The Terrace Lounge opens up onto the Terrace, so you can easily step outside on a fine day or a balmy evening.

The Terrace Lounge also leads through to the charming Tower Suite, which was the sitting room of the original Victorian family home. It retains a very special warm and cosy ambience as well as a view of the nearby Albert Memorial Clock Tower. The Clock Tower theme is carried through all the prints in this delightful room.

Magazines and newspapers are available for you and our staff will make sure you have everything you need.

The area

There are lots of things to do in North Devon, but the very best are outdoors where you get to make the most of the fabulous and unspoilt natural environment. Whether you enjoy walking, surfing, spending time on the beach, horseriding, fishing or playing golf, you'll find some fantastic activities waiting for you. So if you would like to visit one of the best Hotels in Devon just get in contact.

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