The Imperial Hotel

The Imperial Hotel Barnstaple, Devon & Cornwall

4* Charming townhouse hotel in Barnstaple, North Devon


Member since May 2024

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This attractive townhouse hotel overlooking the River Taw, with its sweeping oak staircase and lavish soft furnishings, is only a short stroll to Barnstaple's Pannier Market. With 63 quality bedrooms, cosy lounges and intimate bar, The Imperial Hotel makes a great base to explore North Devon and Exmoor, then you can relax in the hotel's beautiful surroundings, cosy lounges or intimate bar and later enjoy AA rosette award-winning cuisine in the Arlington Restaurant. 


  • Located in the heart of Barnstaple by the River Taw
  • Short drive from the beautiful North Devon coast
  • AA Rosette award winning Arlington Restaurant
  • Spa facilities in the nearby Barnstaple Hotel

Home truths

The hotel does not have any spa facilities, however guests staying at The Imperial Hotel are welcome to use the leisure facilities at the sister hotel, The Barnstaple, free of charge (approximately 2 miles away by car). Please contact them directly to check opening times and book any treatments.

63 Bedrooms
Children Welcome
Car Charging On-site
Internet Connection in Rooms
Dogs May Be Accepted by Prior Arrangement
1 AA Rosette Dining

How to find The Imperial Hotel

The Imperial Hotel
Taw Vale Parade
EX32 8NB

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Good to know

Hotel check-in time:

3:00 PM

Hotel check-out time:

11:00 AM


Opening Times

Breakfast in the Arlington Restaurant 

Monday - Friday 7:30am - 9:30am
Weekends 7:30am - 10am

Lunch in the Arlington Restaurant

Monday - Sunday 12pm - 2pm

Afternoon tea in the Terrace Lounge

Daily 2pm - 6pm 

Dinner in the Arlington Restaurant

Daily 6:30pm - 9pm 

Dinner in the Colours Bar & Bistro

Daily 6pm - 9pm 

Dress Code

Please note the hotel has a preferred dress code of no sportswear, t-shirts or ripped denim in the Arlington Restaurant after 6.30pm.  

Casual dining is allowed in the Colours Bar & Bistro.

Parking Facilities

Free car parking and electric car charging points (chargeable) 

Disabled Access

The hotel has one wheelchair accessible room with a walk in shower. Please contact us for availability.

There is lift access to all floors.

Child Policy

Interconnecting rooms, space for extra beds and sofa beds, and two river-facing family rooms. Please contact us for availability.

History of the hotel

The stunning Grade 2 listed building was originally a grand private manor named 'Litchdon House', home to one of Barnstaple's wealthiest families. In 1898, it became a 'family hotel' and was extended over the years to become the iconic building it is today.

Many historic character features have been preserved, including the ornamental ironwork balconies and the bay windows, which give the building a wonderfully elegant atmosphere. The hotel oozes historical charm and you will sense the long tradition of warm hospitality that has been enjoyed at this 4 Star hotel for well over a century. 

Dogs Policy

Dogs are only permitted in the River Court Building (annex to the main hotel and accessed via a separate entrance) and not in public areas of the main hotel unless outdoors. Please contact us for dog friendly room availability.  The dog charge is £10 per night, per dog. 

Dog-friendly rooms include a dog blanket and bowl. 

Please note dogs are not permitted in the main hotel.

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