The location of this hotel is fantastic, it is right in the centre of the town. We stayed for one night. The room was spotless and very comfortable. Value for money. There was no breakfast but there were plenty of places to get breakfast near the hotel.
I booked The Imperial Hotel for 32 ppl but upon arrival we all were brought to The Imperial Lodge down the street. I would of definitely liked to know this in advance. The place Is definitely a little outdated but was adequate. The first night the bar was open and packed and loud till 2.30am but that's the case all over Lisdoonvarna on a Saturday night in September. Sunday night the bar didn't open and we were a bit disappointed at first but ended up having our own private party in the lobby and had a wonderful night. Marvin who was working the reception took great care of us and was very hospitable. Also Adam when he came on was great too. Overall a great stay and definitely some interesting people watching there.
I've just come back from my second trip to Lisdoonvarna and staying at the ‘Imperial Hotel' I felt like a Homecoming Queen as Vanessa and others members of the reception team /staff remembered me from last year. The lovely warm welcome and friendliness mirrors the Festival which is very much part of the hotel, as Willie Daly the 3rd generation matchmaker has his 'office' in the 'Matchmakers Bar' located in the hotel. Although I also really like other hotels in Lisdoonvarna, such as 'The Hydro', which also has great entertainment, when you're at the Imperial you know you're at the very heart of things. One of the amazing exterior murals is marked 'Marriages are made in Heaven, but most people meet in the 'Matchmaker Bar'. You can meet Willie Daly the legendry and world famous 3rd generation matchmaker every evening in the Imperial's hotel bar. If you prefer to speak to a woman about affairs of the heart, you can also meet his lovely daughters Elsha or Marie who have inherited Willie’s kindness and intuition for matchmaking. Henry, his son also matchmakes and like his daughters you can see he also definitely has 'the knack'. Outside the hotel there is plenty to see, fantastic bars and hotels, the historic SpaWells ballroom where dances starts at 12h00 each day and the spectacular Cliffs of Mohar, designated as a UNESCO site, are just a short 10km drive away and should not be missed, even if it’s difficult to leave the festivities. The hotel was impeccably clean and warm and tea, coffee and a kettle are provided in all the rooms. The table service breakfast from 8-10 is absolutely delicious and copious and the service is excellent. As we were leaving at 7am on Sunday the Moldavian and Croatian security men were in top form and gallantly carried our suitcases to the car. From arrival to departure 'The Imperial' hotel was just perfect and provided a 5/5 service in every way. Bravo! Patricia Killeen - Paris…
When I booked our stay at this hotel I presumed we were staying in said hotel, but upon our arrival we were shown to the Imperial Lodge. We were greeted with a stale smell. The room while clean was outdated, the beds very basic and absolutely poor ventilation in the room. The walls are paper thin and we could hear all sorts. False advertising, as I said previously we booked the hotel so instead of telling clients it was booked out your put into the lodge what I can only describe as horrible!! No wifi, only in reception. Very disappointed and will not be recommending this premises to anyone.
We were made very welcome at this hotel where we stayed for 3 nights.The room was clean and comfortable .Food was very good and there was a different menu choice each evening , breakfast excellent choice on the menu.All meals were served to the table there was no buffet.Was very busy with coach parties.There was a nice bar at the other end of the hotel and there was live Irish music and dancers each evening.A nice little town with a couple of shops but lots of pubs and hotels.
Just returned from a great night in Lisdoonvarna staying at the Imperial hotel . It’s situated on the Main Street and across the road from a car park , where we parked during our stay . From the moment we arrived we were made to feel welcome . The staff both on reception & in the restaurant are really friendly & accommodating. We had one of the newly refurbished rooms on the first floor and it was spotlessly clean & comfortable . Body wash , shampoo & shower caps are provided . There is also tea / coffee making facilities in the room. Breakfast is delicious & i was pleasantly surprised to find it is served to you at your table . We also opted to have dinner here & found it to be reasonably priced. Starters for €5, we had chicken Cesar salad & garlic mushrooms .. delicious . For mains we opted for steak €20 each , massive portion & cooked perfectly. If I had one quibble to find , it would be with the vegetables , this left the meal down . The veg looked like it came out of a packet mix & the potatoes would have been perfect , if served just roasted , & not seasoned/spiced with the same mix as the chicken in the Cesar salad . Without this , I would happily have given an excellent score . Overall a great place to stay . …
As a coach driver, I have had to stay in this hotel on many occasions. I have no positive feedback except for the fact that I like the Matchmaker Bar, the location and the easy coach parking across the street. The various rooms I have been allocated have all been dreadfully old fashioned and the food is better in the takeaway outside the hotel. Service from reception has never been particularly friendly and I could not offer my recommendation.
Stayed for 2 night BB Nice Hotel good reception area in middle of village Room was good and quiet at back of Hotel ,clean & comfortable, Breakfast was disappointing some of it wasnt edible but would stay their again but would hope they would improve on the breakfast.
We arrived on Monday and was allowed into our room at 3 o'c.......whille it was very small for 2 ladies we decided to remain in it as we were tired from travelling and just wanted to have a rest. The staff were very friendly and anything we asked for we got,,,,,,my friend wanted breakfast in bed one morning and a lovely waitress took it up to her, so no more we could ask for. We had stayed in it some years ago and will return next year.......enjoyed a wonderful time dancing and the scenery beautiful
I've just come back from Lisdoonvarna and can say that the Imperial Hotel is a 10/10 and definitely the place to be during the Matchmaking festival, as the famous Matchmaker's bar, with its exquisite wall murals, is actually located in the hotel. Under one of the amazing exterior murals is marked 'Marriages are made in Heaven, but most people meet in the Matchmaker Bar'. You can meet Willie Daly the legendry and world famous 3rd generation matchmaker every evening in the Imperial's hotel bar. You can’t miss him; he has his own matchmaking snug and has his famous 167 year old matchmaking ledger, installed on his table. His appreciation of how it can be hard to meet a partner, but his conviction that there is somebody for everyone is gently encouraging. If you prefer to speak to a woman about affairs of the heart, you can also meet his lovely daughter Elsha in the Imperial. Elsha inherited Willie’s kindness and knack for matchmaking. In fact, you can check-in, eat, drink, enjoy music and dancing, and even find a soul mate, without ever stepping outside the Imperial! It can be the one stop shop/hotel for happiness and love! However, the town of Lisdoonvarna is so interesting, and the variety of venues so extraordinary and catering for an intergenerational age group ranging between 18-90 + that it would be a pity not to look around the town. Don’t miss visiting the historic spa wells, about 5 minutes from the hotel and sample the iron/Sulphur water, which although is not as tasty as a Ballygowan, might have important aphrodisiac qualities! Dancing starts at the Spa Wells ballroom at 12h00 each day. (The Hydro hotel also has great entertainment, we saw the soul singer Butch Taylor performs there and if you shut your eyes, it was like being serenaded by the late Barry White). The Imperial reception staff and hotel staff in general go out of their way to ensure that guests have a good time; nothing was ever too much trouble. My main contact was a lady from the reception called Vanessa, who even spontaneously took the time to call me in Paris, after I had made my reservation, to offer help and suggestions for travel logistics. When I arrived and finally met her, it was like being greeted by an old friend. On Saturday, Petar on the reception was also lovely, as were all the other reception staff we met in our short stay. The hotel was spotlessly clean. After the festivities of Friday night we were surprised that early on Saturday morning everything was pristine, including the streets of Lisdoonvarna, where people had been singing and dancing until the early hours. It’s like a ‘fairy’ squad had come in at dawn to get everything as perfect as the day before. The Imperial’s spacious and heated bathrooms are great for those of us who feel the cold. The bedroom cupboard was also equipped with extra blankets and pillows, which a lot of hotels, prestigious or hot, sometimes abstain from providing these days. A kettle and generous supplies of tea, coffee and milk were provided in the bedroom, which was greatly appreciated for late night chatting to rehash the events of the evenings! Breakfast offered a selection of cereals or porridge, yogurt and fresh fruit salad followed by a cooked breakfast. It was hot, delicious and filling and accompanied by plenty of toast, delicious Irish soda bread, fruit juice and as much tea/coffee as you could drink. What I particular appreciated is that it's a sit down service, (I dislike buffets), so the old time quaint atmosphere of the hotel is reflected by good old fashioned service, where you feel that having breakfast out is a treat and you don't have to get up and serve yourself. We also dined in the hotel, I choose the cod dish and my friend had the salmon. Both dishes were fresh, delicious and the helpings generous. I loved the décor of the general areas of the hotel, the chandeliers were to die for, and in the dining room the lamps were antique or excellent copies, made of brass and Lalique. Each lamp featured beautiful figurines of ladies in a variety of poses and attires. Like the Lisdoonvarna lady revelers that reflect on which attire to grace the ballroom or disco floors, and you can see them from the windows of the Imperial, on their way to the Spa Wells, in their beautiful ballroom dresses or up to the minute fashions. The bar of glamour in Lisdoonvarna is high, for all ladies whether 18 or 100! You often come across hotels of the same name, ‘The Imperial’, dotted around the world. In the Imperial Palace in Las Vegas you can start gambling from breakfast till the small hours. In the Imperial Lisdoonvarna, romance might start at breakfast, with a fellow client giving you the eye across the dining room, and the ambiance of romance and love continues till dawn! In Vegas you risk losing your house, but in Lisdoonarna you only risk giving your heart. To conclude, the Imperial hotel in Lisdoonvarna more than lives up to its name, it’s regal in old world loveliness, while at the same time laying on completely modern efficiency. The excellent staff, doing the maximum to ensure its guests are in great form, leads to a super ambiance, where clients banter unselfconsciously with fellow clients. I must say I’ve never found an ambiance like that in any other hotel or town in my life. As I regretfully left the lovely cocoon of the Imperial and Lisdoonvarna, at 8am on Sunday, the cleaning fairy squad had passed by again, but were nowhere in sight, and the town was sparkling and ready for more festivities. Patricia Killeen - Paris…