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Sunday, 6 May 2018

The Best Hotel In Torquay | The Imperial Hotel

The Imperial Hotel Lobby Entrance Torquay
Oof, that's a pretty big statement, right?!  I'll hold my hands up right now and confess to having not actually stayed in every single hotel in Torquay.  However, having poked around and sussed out the competition, I remain confident in my statement - albeit a bold one!  As I mentioned in my recent Torquay travel diary, The Imperial Hotel was the accommodation for my time spent in the seaside resort town this season.  The hotel is currently undergoing a dramatic refurbishment and one that draws a stark difference between what was and what will be.  I experienced this first hand, having stayed in a deluxe room for the first night that was yet to receive the magic touch, and an incredible suite the second night that far more reflected the hotel's new vision.  Alongside a glimpse into the four-star hotel that you see in this post, are snippets of the spacious suite - complete with two bathrooms, dressing room, bedroom and corridor leading to joint living and dining room.  Oh, and not forgetting the two balconies!
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Ultimately, luxury is relative.  And so with this in mind Torquay is not somewhere you go for the ultimate indulgent experience of opulence (in my opinion).  However, for a relaxed coastal break, the beauty lies in coming back to total comfort after a long day of exploring.  The view is also a massive draw.  The Imperial Hotel wins this battle hands down, over and over again.  The south-facing windows allow natural light to flood in and don't even get me started on how gorgeous the lighting is with regard to photography.


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As I mentioned earlier, I experienced both sides of the hotel: that of which was yet to receive the 'magic touch', and then the refurbished.  Needless to say, the latter won me over completely!  If you plan on booking a stay at The Imperial Hotel anytime soon, I would absolutely recommend booking a suite for your stay.  You're guaranteed to receive the very best of the hotel, space and breathtakingly beautiful views included.  There's nothing so calming as watching the lights gradually turn off one by one across the bay, while you're sat on the balcony at midnight in your dressing gown.  Bliss. 

Oh and another of my favourite elements of the luxury hotel is undoubtedly the lobby and lounge areas.  They're both elegant and yet entirely inviting; the dress code is casual but the decor is certainly not.  It serves as the perfect taster of what's to come with this beautiful hotel's overhaul...
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Ugh, pretty please take me back to waking up to the smell of delicious pastries and toast covered in raspberry jam!  Torquay well and truly grew on me throughout my time spent in Devon, it has a way of calming your pace and helping you to appreciate the smaller things in life.  The sound of the waves crashing against the rocks in the morning, enjoying an ice cream as you walk the length of the pier and even the forceful winds blowing your hair in every direction imaginable!  I miss the town already, for sure.

Psst!  I recently ran a poll on the above photo over on Instagram: pool or sea?  But, you don't actually have to choose... The Imperial Hotel has an outdoor pool with stunning views of the sea!
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So, from the indulgent afternoon tea to the stunning sea views and from the newly refurbished dreamy lobby and lounge to the spacious suite - The Imperial Hotel has completely won me over.  Is it the best hotel in Torquay?  In my opinion, absolutely!  Truth be told, the parts I'm fond of are only those of which have been refurbished and received the magic treatment and so I'm hugely excited to return in the future to see what else has changed!  As always, I'm super excited to read your thoughts in the comments below.  Have you ever stayed in Torquay?  What do you think of this hotel?  

Liked this post?  You might also enjoy >> 48 Hours In Torquay | South East Staycation

With love,

Gabrielle x



  1. No problem that you haven't visited every hotel in Torquay (I doubt anyone has), your word is enough to convince me that this hotel is the best! The location looks superb with a stunning view, and the food looks delicious! I definitely have to book a stay here :D Have a great week Gabrielle!

  2. The view from the balcony is breathtaking, I wouldn't want to leave the room.

    Shireen⎜Reflection of Sanity

  3. I would admit that if I'd be in Torquay, I'd say that this is the best hotel too. Because damn, look at that view! Everything inside the hotel looks so luxurious too.

    Girl, you're so pretty in all your photos. Bye, self-esteem. Haha!

    T H E Ä S T R O N

  4. If this is your claim, it is an amazing hotel for sure. I mean, look at that view! And the afternoon tea...

    Anne - Linda, Libra, Loca

  5. Gabrielle, you're always staying at the best hotels! Lovely post, dear! Come join our Mother’s Day Int'l Giveaway: Sandwich Mold, Sushi Maker and More! xoxo

  6. What a beautiful place! Superb pictures as well!

  7. Hello Gabrielle
    This hotel is fantastic, the spaces, the decor everything is perfect. Just as your straw bag is perfect, I'm completely obsessed with it. I'm craving a few relaxing days like the ones you spent there.


  8. Oh my goodness this hotel looks absolutely stunning!
    Will defs have to add it to the bucket list

    Lizzie | Takeoffs & Landings

  9. The view and the afternoon tea both looks so good! What a gorgeous place. And exciting though to experience both sides of the renovation! Have a lovely week Gabrielle! Xx

  10. In a sense, it's good that you got to experience both rooms, because you can review the hotel even better and you've been able to see all the efforts they're making to improve it! The view is gorgeous, I would never take my eyes off it during all my time in the room!

    Julia x
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  11. Those are some seriously sweet views, especially from the pool to the sea. The afternoon tea sounds amazing as well. Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos!

    Kathryn •

  12. This is a beautiful place to stay and you look lovely hon x

  13. Such a beautiful place. Just stunning and I love that Chandelier. xx

    Ann-Marie |

  14. Your photos are beyond perfection - so so stunning! I love the bag too - its adorable!

    Erin || MakeErinOver

  15. Wow, such Hotel!!!!I'd love to stay there for a vacation!
    The view and the interiors are just stunning!
    amazing photos, sweetie!

  16. stunning!

  17. That place looks amazing and great photos as always :)

    xx Alyssa | STYLE VANITY

  18. As usual very interesting post! Wonderful photos!
    Kisses, Anya

  19. Those views are AMAZING. It's funny because when I was younger I could've cared less about the view, and now I'm such a sucker for them! I guess I learned to appreciate the little things a little more. And of course, the food.... YES, please!

    Susie |

  20. Indeed a pretty nice view and the best hotel i've seen.
    Love the bag you wore too!

    Much Love,
    Jane | The Bandwagon Chic

  21. Looks so fun and relaxing. I just love the interior of the hotel. It is something I notice when I travel with the brilliant display you find yourself getting some needed inspiration. You look gorgeous! I hope your having an amazing week so far :)

  22. I love the pictures! That bag is so cute!
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  23. This hotel looks awesome. I especially love the chandelier

  24. I definitely want to go here, amazing :))) x

  25. Such a magical place! Love these photos Gab!


  26. Oh my gosh this hotel looks so stunning and luxurious!! Definitely the kind of place I would want to visit for sure. Beautiful pictures by the way! You really captured the hotel beautifully.

    xox Kirsten //

  27. Such a beautiful place!!
    xx- Nina

  28. Imperial Hotel is certainly beautiful. I always love a room that comes with a balcony, and two balconies is even better. European Symbolist poets often used balcony as a symbol because it is something that is grounded, but connecting us with the sky, something connected to a building but opening towards the infinite space, something floating between the sky and the earth. The views from that balcony are stunning...and I do like your outfits. How cute is that bag!! The room looks dreamy as well.

    The sea might still be a bit chilly for a swim so it is great that the hotel Imperial has a pool to swim in. Beautiful photography....the landscape is magical. I can almost taste the fresh air coming from these stunning images.

  29. Gabrielle these photographs are absolutely magical, two balconies? Now that's quite the treat. There's nothing more magical than an escape to the sea, I'm craving one myself that's for sure! I do find that the sea calms the soul.

    Your room sounded like the perfect place to unwind and relax, and you're right about the great photographic lighting, you've created some beautiful shots here.

    Love the photographs of you especially your chic Chanel sunglasses! The Afternoon Tea also looked rather tasty! The Hotel Imperial looks and sounds especially classy indeed.

    Thanks for sharing Gabs!

    Lots of love,

    Laura xo

  30. This hotel sounds incredible! The view from the balcony is so stunning and the food looks delicious. Hope that you had an amazing time!

  31. Wowow, this looks like such a gorgeous hotel. Honestly, the two balconies really put my recent post about a hotel in Cardiff to shame haha. Your photographs are, as always, beautiful, and I am definitely considering an imminent trip to Torquay!

    Have a great week!

    Amy; Wandering Everywhere

  32. Wow! Really a beautiful place dear ;) Lovely photos ;)

  33. Indeed a bold statement, but to be honest, if you're saying it's the best, I truly believe it. You've traveled so much and have seen so many different hotels in comparison in other countries and as taken a look locally in Torquay, so I'm sure that claim stands true! Based on these photos alone I'd want to visit, the decor is so lovely and I can only imagine how much more beautiful it'll be once the refurbishment is complete. Thanks for sharing and I hope you're having a wonderful week so far, beauty!



  34. Oh very great style darling
    Amazing photos like always
    Great style

  35. Oh wow, it looks like such a beautiful place, in such a stunning setting. Those crisp whites and elegant marbles - and you look wonderful as always! I love that cute little bag.

    / xx

  36. This place looks so cool! Those sandwiches and desserts look so yummy.

    S | Je M'appelle Chanel

  37. How wonderful ! The hotel looks amazing, and you look so great babe !

  38. OMG you have got right this hotel looks awesome my dear, and this view from balcony- breathless. You look so stunning like always- I like so much your bag xx

  39. Wow, what a fantastic hotel and wonderful looking afternoon tea too! Amazing pictures and I really like your cross body bag - so perfect for spring and summer!
    Have a lovely day :)
    Rosanna x
    Rose's Rooftop

  40. Girl, you had me at the first photo! The Imperial Hotel looks so luxe, and that bag is FANTASTIC.

  41. Wow it's gorgeous !

  42. You always stay at the most incredible hotels Gabrielle so I will take your word that the Imperial Hotel is the best hotel in Torquay. The lobby and your suite both look amazing but that view is just magnificent!

  43. You always find the best spots, Gabrielle! Loving those views!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  44. Okay I am so desperate to stay in this hotel now! That afternoon tea spread looks delicious and I'm in awe of the gorgeous grand chandeliers! Also loving your little woven straw bag too - so cute!

    Heather xoxo

  45. Woow this place is so magical !
    I want to go in all theses places you go too.
    You always capture amazing and magical photos !
    I love your straw bag.
    And I love swimming pools when they have a sea view.

  46. This hotel is jawdropping!! THOSE VIEWS!!

    xo, Allie

  47. Wow, this hotel looks absolutely stunning! I'd love to stay there and oh my that afternoon tea... I could just eat that right now, it looks delicious :) xx

  48. Woow, amazing views! So so pretty. Always in love with your photography. <3
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  49. How positively idyllic, I really can't get enough of those beautiful sea views. Your photography is absolutely stunning.

  50. The hotel looks absolutely stunning and I'm dying for that view!! It's amazing that the suite has two balconies so you can fully appreciate it ;)

    Hope you are having a lovely week so far babe!!


    Seize your Style

  51. This place looks amazing. Fantastic photos and outfits are gorgeous as always. xoxo Cris

  52. Absolutely stunning hotel, love the interiors & that breakfast looks so delicious! Would love to stay there one day! Have a wonderful weekend ahead, Gabrielle!

    Miriam x

  53. WOW! That looks like an amazing hotel, no wonder you loved it!

    Raindrops of Sapphire

  54. This hotel is amazing! Really stunning! I love the interior and would love to stay in such a beautiful hotel! Great photos as always Gabrielle! xoxo

  55. That's a gorgeous hotel indeed. Lovely photos you have there too dear, excellent view from your balcony!

    Jessica |

  56. this hotel very chic and you beautiful as always
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  57. Now that's what I call a beautiful hotel

  58. Oh wow, no wonder why you would say such a statement! This hotel seems incredible!! How exquisite their decoration is, omg. The lobby and lounge areas are gorgeous, and the views breathtaking. Plus, two balconies? Lush! You look so beautiful in all your outfits, by the way! :)

  59. It looks gorgeous there! I love your photos and your hair looks so beautiful!

    Marianne x

  60. Very beautiful and luxurious hotel! And the pictures are just magical!

  61. WOWOWOW!!! Looks like an incredible place! AND LOVVVVVE your pics! U look so happy and relaxed! AMAZING!
    xoBeckerman Girls

  62. Beautiful photos! This looks like a really lovely place to stay! :) xx

  63. wow this hotel is AMAZING!! :)

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    xx, Eva


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