The Imperial Torquay


Park Hill Road, Torquay, Devon, TQ1 2DG
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View of The Imperial Torquay as the sunsets over the English Riviera
  • View of The Imperial Torquay as the sunsets over the English Riviera
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  • View across to Paignton from The Imperial Torquay
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About Us

The Imperial is a Victorian four star hotel overlooking the English Riviera and the beautiful South Devon Coastline. Spread over seven floors, The Imperial Torquay has 152 bedrooms with distinctive style and comfort at their core. All rooms feature comfortable beds, plumped-up pillows, ensuite bathrooms and complementary BT Wi-Fi.

At the heart of The Imperial Torquay is the Regatta restaurant, with breathtaking, panoramic views. The menu offers a delicious culinary journey with a focus on fresh local produce and flavour to create exciting, modern dishes.

Or relax, unwind and take in the breathtaking views with a drink in hand in the vintage, coastal themed Palm Court Lounge & Bar serving a variety of soft drinks, wines and spirits alongside a seasonal selection of light bites available all day.

The light and airy lounges full of period charm from the hotel's Victorian heyday offer a relaxing backdrop for catching up on the headlines or putting the world to rights with fellow guests.

The Health & Leisure Club offers space to work on your fitness regime, be it with the latest in gym technology supported with friendly expert service, or at your own pace.

Unwind in the swimming pools, Jacuzzi or sauna after your workout and take in the stunning views of Torbay while you relax.

The Imperial Torquay Spa

Located in the Health & Leisure Club, a range of spa treatments by Decléor are available at The Imperial Torquay including facials, body massages and manicures.

Combining nature’s purest and most potent active ingredients, Decléor scientifically selects and masterfully blends premium Essential Oils to deliver for each skin need, targeted and proven skincare solutions. Understanding that beauty and well-being are intrinsically linked, Decléor offers a unique sensorial experience that visibly enhances the skin’s natural health and radiance.

Our fabulous Health & Leisure Club boasts four tranquil treatment rooms, an indoor pool, Jacuzzi and sauna overlooking the beautiful Torbay coastline.

Non-residents of the hotel having a spa treatment (excluding beauty treatments) may use the facilities for an additional £10 per person. Hotel guests wishing to use the spa facilities may do so complimentary.

The Health & Leisure Club offers space to work on your fitness regime, be it with the latest in gym technology supported with friendly expert service, or at your own pace.

Unwind in the swimming pools, Jacuzzi or sauna after your workout and take in the stunning views of Torbay while you relax...


Afternoon Tea at The Imperial Torquay

The historic British tradition of afternoon tea began in the 19th century with Queen Victoria, one of its early pioneers. She was such a big fan of the tea parties she even had her very own cake made. To celebrate this great tradition we’ve hand chosen some historic period treats and sandwiches.

Here is a sample of what afternoon at The Imperial Torquay might look like. There is choice between two options, as below;


The Imperial Afternoon Tea

Savouries include:

Smoked salmon & cream cheese, ham & mustard, roasted peppers, pesto & rocket, crab tart and Paxton & Whitfield mature cheddar scones.

Sweets include:

Warm Fruit Scones, clotted cream & preserves, Victoria sponge, fruit meringue, Battenberg, passion fruit tart, chocolate Delice.

Served with a choice of teas, infusions, tisanes or coffee

£16.50 per person


The Royal Afternoon Tea

Enjoy a Royal experience overlooking Torbay and upgrade to our Royal Afternoon Tea...

The Imperial Afternoon Tea with a glass of prosecco £21 per person

The Imperial Afternoon Tea with a glass of Champagne £24 per person


Please note this is a sample menu and is subject to change.

Afternoon tea at The Imperial Torquay is normally Served in the Palm Court Lounge

Monday - Sunday 2.00pm - 5.00pm


History of the Imperial Torquay

The foundation stone of The Imperial Torquay was laid by the wife of Sir Lawrence Vaughan, Palk Bart in March 1864, two years later on November 3rd 1866 the hotel opened as a fifty bedroom deluxe establishment. Offering unrivalled accommodation for “gentlemen and families”.


1870             Queen of Holland Stayed

1870             Prince of Wales Stayed

1871             Emperor Napoleon III of France

1878             Prince Albert stayed and wrote a letter singing the praises of this hotel describing it as the perfect place for relaxation and recuperation.

1904             Electric lighting was fitted

1907             Regency suite built

1912             Motor garage built

1921             West wing added

1926             Achieved 5* status

1935             Sun lounge and ballroom built

1939             RAF tried to take over hotel for training, this was withdrawn and Michael Chapman from the Savoy came to run the hotel

1945             Public bar built

1946             Major refurbishment

1952             Regatta restaurant built

1955             1 of 8 hotels to have 5 * status outside of London

1956             Sun deck lounge built

1965             Seafront façade built

1959             Outdoor pool built

1963             The Beatles stayed whilst performing at The Princess Theatre Torquay

1965             Only 1 of 3 hotels to regain 5* status outside of London

1980             Prince and Princess of Wales (Charles and Diana), dined at the hotel whilst on a leisurely holiday together

1987             Duchess of York (Sarah Ferguson) and Princess Beatrice & Eugenie holidayed with us

2016             Celebrated its 150th year and purchased by Brownsword Hotels

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Arrival Date:
23rd Apr 2019
Departure Date:
24th Apr 2019
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  • 4 AA Stars Hotel
4 AA Stars Hotel

Opening Times

Open Christmas
Open New Year
Opening 2019 (1 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019)


28th Apr 2019 - 28th Apr 2019

19th May 2019 - 19th May 2019

23rd June 2019 - 23rd June 2019

21st July 2019 - 21st July 2019

25th Aug 2019 - 25th Aug 2019

20th Oct 2019 - 20th Oct 2019

24th Nov 2019 - 24th Nov 2019

Imperial Hotel, Torquay, DevonWedding Showcase - Imperial TorquayGuests will be welcomed to our special wedding showcase event with a glass of bubbly as we open the doors to showcase our beautiful wedding options and help inspire your perfect wedding day. Our Events team will be on hand to guide you through the showcase, which will be held in the Haldon Room...
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25th May 2019 - 25th May 2019

Laurent Perrier Dinner, Imperial Hotel, Torquay, DevonLaurent Perrier DinnerJoin one of the world's most esteemed Champagne brands as Laurent-Perrier visit The Imperial Torquay for an evening dedicated to truly sublime Champagnes and delicious food. Hosted by our Laurent-Perrier expert, enjoy a glass of Champagne on arrival with a selection of canapés before savouring a...
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7th June 2019 - 7th June 2019

9th Aug 2019 - 9th Aug 2019

26th Oct 2019 - 26th Oct 2019

Murder Mystery Night - Imperial Torquay, DevonMurder Mystery Nights - Imperial TorquayMurder Mystery Nights The action begins over pre-dinner drinks followed by an exquisite three-course dinner, then the actors will lay the clues that you need to solve a heinous crime! It is up to you to investigate and accuse a suspect. This special night includes: Drinks reception Three-course...
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16th June 2019 - 16th June 2019

Fathers Day Sunday Lunch, Imperial Hotel, Torquay, DevonFathers Day Sunday LunchMake Father's Day a truly special occasion with our Father's Day Sunday lunch. Explore nearby Torbay in the early summer sunshine before returning to the Regatta Restaurant for a fantastic three-course Sunday lunch. The Imperial is a Victorian four star hotel overlooking the English Riviera and the...
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4th July 2019 - 4th July 2019

Whitley Neill Gin Dinner, Imperial Hotel, Torquay, DevonWhitley Neill Gin DinnerJoin us and our friends from Whitley Neill for a unique five-course tasting dinner with matched gin cocktails, hosted by our expert from the award-winning distillery. Arrive to a deliciously refreshing G&T and canapés before savouring five superb courses prepared especially for the evening. With...
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14th Sept 2019 - 14th Sept 2019

Jazz Afternoon Tea, Torquay, DevonJazz Afternoon TeaSavour our delicious homemade afternoon tea whilst enjoying the soulful sounds of a live jazz trio. Enjoy a selection of freshly cut finger sandwiches, fruit and plain scones with clotted cream and seasonal preserve, savouries and delicate cakes including Victoria sponge, Battenberg, passion fruit...
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15th Sept 2019 - 15th Sept 2019

Imperial Hotel. Wedding Fayre, Torquay, DevonWedding Fayre - Imperial TorquayAre you a bride or groom looking for inspiration for the perfect wedding? If so this is the event for you! You will be spoilt for choice with up to 40 premier local suppliers to speak too...  10.00am - 3.00pm  Free admission Whether it's the perfect dress, flowers, suit or entertainment for...
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27th Sept 2019 - 27th Sept 2019

England's Seafood Coast Dinner, Imperial Hotel, Torquay, DevonEngland's Seafood Coast DinnerWith panoramic views of the beautiful Torbay coast, join us and celebrate England's Seafood Coast with an outstanding five-course seafood tasting dinner, accompanied by a glass of wine.
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      4.5 of 5 stars
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    Recent Reviews:

    • 96amandam
      Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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      Breakfast saved it!!!
      3 of 5 stars
      19th Apr 2019
      Visited yesterday for one night on a special offer the website offered- bed,breakfast, cocktail & 2 course dinner. On arrival the front entrance is not very appealing but inside the reception is... Read full review
    • Claire L
      Rotherham, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Fantastic Stay Beautiful Views Breakfast 5 Star
      5 of 5 stars
      20th Apr 2019
      Stayed here for 5 nights with my Husband, we come to Torquay often as my Auntie lives there. We have visited the Imperial lots of time for food and drinks but never stayed as the children were... Read full review
    • sam5017
      Worcester, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Good experience
      5 of 5 stars
      20th Apr 2019
      This trip was a few days break away and everything in the hotel was good, only the weather spoilt it but nothing can be done about that. The food in the restaurant was amazing and there was so much... Read full review

    Special Offers

    • Bring on Spring Available on stays until 31st May
      Blooming marvellous … the English Riviera in the spring is a vision. Includes dinner, overnight stay, superb breakfast ... and an elegant cocktail on us.

      Our Bring on Spring offer includes:
      • Overnight stay
      • Celebrate with an expertly-mixed complementary cocktail^
      • Two-course dinner for two in The Regatta Restaurant
      • Full English and continental buffet breakfast for two
      • Use of hotel facilities
      Terms & conditions
      This offer is available for stays until 31st May 2019 subject to availability. Full pre-payment required at the time of booking and is non-cancellable and non-refundable. The card used to make the booking will be required on check-in. Dinner reservations should be made at time of booking. This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.
      ^One cocktail per guest up to the value of £8.
      *Price is per room, for one night, based on two adults sharing a Standard Room mid-week in March, £115 thereafter.
      From £100 per room, per night*

      More offers like this - English Riviera Dinner Bed & Breakfast offers


    Road Directions

    From M5 take A380 to Torquay.

    Public Transport Directions

    From Torquay - 1.5 milesFollow signs to harbour. Keep the sea on your right and follow road round harbour, 100 yds up hill.



    • Free Wi-Fi available


    • Bar
    • Cater for vegetarians
    • Room service
    • Serve breakfast
    • Serve evening meal
    • Serve lunch

    Children & Infants

    • Accept children (Minimum age) - 0
    • Accept children all ages
    • Children's play area
    • Children's videos/DVDs available
    • Cot
    • Food/bottle warming available
    • Highchair
    • Special meal times for children

    Establishment Features

    • 24 hr return laundry service
    • Accept coach parties
    • Available for wedding receptions
    • Beach within 100m
    • Business facilities (eg. Fax/ modem)
    • Central heating throughout
    • City Centre Location
    • Conference facilities
    • Dogs Accepted
    • Family Friendly
    • Garden/patio for guests' use
    • Gym and Leisure facilities
    • Hot Tub/Spa Bath
    • Ironing facilities
    • Licenced for alcohol
    • Licenced for civil marriages
    • Lift
    • Near coastal path
    • Night porter
    • On-site parking or valet parking
    • Open All Year
    • Pets accepted - Accept dogs, charged at £15 per stay
    • Pets accepted by arrangement
    • Public telephone
    • Regular evening entertainment
    • Restaurant
    • Sea Views
    • Separate guests' lounge
    • Spa and Treatment Room
    • Spa Facilities
    • Swimming Pool
    • Wedding Venue
    • Wireless Broadband Internet Access

    Key Features

    • Celebrity connection
    • Family
    • Groups Welcomed
    • In town/city centre
    • Non smoking establishment
    • Of historic, literary or architectural interest
    • Seafront

    Leisure Facilities

    • Cycle hire
    • Games Room
    • Gym
    • Health/Fitness/ Beauty Facilities
    • Indoor pool
    • Outdoor pool - Summer months only
    • Sauna
    • Solarium
    • Spa bath
    • Spa Treatments
    • Swimming pool
    • Tennis court

    Parking & Transport

    • Car parking - At a charge of £7 per night.
    • On site parking - Parking is Charged at £7.00 per car per night and £15.00 for Garage Parking

    Payment Methods

    • All major credit cards accepted
    • American Express accepted
    • MasterCard accepted
    • Visa accepted

    Room / Unit Features

    • Colour television in all bedrooms
    • Four poster beds available
    • Free View TV
    • Ground Floor Bedrooms Available
    • Hairdryer in all bedrooms
    • Non smoking rooms available - All rooms are non-smoking.
    • Radio in all bedrooms
    • Tea & coffee making facilities in all bedrooms
    • Telephone in all bedrooms
    • TV in all bedrooms

    Specialist Features

    • Aim to attract conferences and business meetings
    • Christmas/New Year Programme
    • Mobile Phone Reception

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    This Official Tourism Website is managed by the English Riviera BID Company Ltd.
    Company number 10237792.
    Registered address 5 Vaughan Parade, Torquay, Devon, England, TQ2 5JG.
    Telephone 01803 211211

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