The Imperial Hotel
Park Hill Road, Torquay, Devon, TQ1 2DG
With wonderful, uplifting views over Torbay and its bobbing yachts glinting in the sunlight, it’s no wonder the Imperial Hotel Torquay has attracted royalty, noble families and literary stars in its time. Emperor Napoleon III, King Edward VII, Benjamin Disraeli and Agatha Christie (who set two novels here) all enjoyed the genteel pleasures of this wonderfully romantic hotel in their times. Mediterranean in style, with a swimming pool, health club, gym, spa (with sunbeds and sauna) and the award-winning Regatta restaurant, the hotel is only a ten minute stroll into the town centre and close to the harbour and marina, should you be bothered to leave the glam setting of this Victorian classic. Sporty types will also be pleased to hear there are also on site tennis and squash courts. Rooms and suites retain the charm and character of this period hotel, but modern touches make them all the more comfortable.
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"Once upon a time the Imperial in Torquay was so elite that European royalty stayed and its dance-band was broadcast live by the BBC radio. King Edward VII, while still Prince of Wales brought his sons, the future Kings Edward VIII and George VI to tea here, arriving in his yacht at the hotel’s quayside, which was subsequently renamed the Prince of Wales’ Steps in his honour. Benjamin Disraeli, Queen Victoria’s favourite prime minister, used to stay at the Imperial too— ostensibly for his health but also because it was a very good place to network with foreign heads of state.
The Imperial isn’t quite so grand these days as Torquay is no longer considered vital for one’s health the way in was in the Victorian and Edwardian era. Nevertheless its premiere hotel is still a popular destination for healthy weekends. In fact for those who are really keen to get healthy again in the new year, the Imperial’s Health Centre has a six-week programme that will have you bouncing on its row of treadmills (each with a view of the bay) like a young thing.
Spa treatments in the shiny new Health Centre include treatments I’ve never heard of like Holistic Facials, Diagnostic Massages and Glow Boosters as well as more sybaritic experiences. like Indulgence Pamper Days. Alternatively you may just decide to sit in a deck chair and look at the sea, taking tea like the Prince of Wales did back in the days when only hardened criminals went on treadmills. HAH!"
"Over the years royalty, the rich and famous have all visited this cliff top Mediterranean style Hotel. Its charm, ambiance and character lends itself to a vintage 20’s wedding especially The Palm Court with its blue and gold décor and glistening mirrors, whilst for intimate receptions The Gold Room reflects the age of art deco. The rolling lawns looking over the bay are perfection for a cocktail reception to the accompaniment of nostalgic 20’s melodies."
"A Victorian classic hotel in period style, set on the top of a cliff, has an air of romance about it. The Imperial has played host to royalty and noble families over the years from King Edward VII to Agatha Christie. Built in Mediterranean style, the suites have breathtaking views over sparkling waters and colourful gardens dotted with palm trees. In the heart of the English Riviera, the hotel’s terrace makes a blissful place to propose."
Information on The Imperial Hotel , Park Hill Road , Torquay
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Types of room: Standard, Deluxe, Premium, Suite
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Double/Twin from: £69.00
Credit Cards Accepted: Amex, Diners, Mastercard, Maestro/Switch, Visa
When Closed: Open all year
Child Friendly: Children of all ages welcome
Dog Friendly: Dogs Permitted (charge applies)
Smoking Permitted: No
Wheelchair Access: Yes
Accreditation: AA 4 Star
Colour TV, telephone, Wireless internet access, Hairdryer, Iron & board, luxury toiletries, Tea & coffee making facilities
Beauty treatment rooms, Health spa, Indoor & outdoor swimming pools, Jacuzzi, Sauna, Solarium, Fitness suite, Restaurant, Civil ceremony licence, Wedding receptions, Conference facilities, Private dining
Squash courts, Tennis courts
Beach, Local walks
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Exeter , Plymouth
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