RSS Feed

Related Articles

Related Categories

Enjoy a stay at The Imperial Hotel famously frequented by Agatha Christie

10th September 2014 Print

Escape to the English Riviera for the International Agatha Christie Festival (14-21 September) and combine your visit with a stay at the 19th century Victorian four-star Imperial Hotel, Torquay. Situated on a cliff with stunning views across Torbay, The Imperial Hotel has been a glamorous destination since 1866, regularly frequented by Agatha Christie and is even included in two of her novels.

This year, the main festival will take place at the ancient monastery of Torre Abbey, less than 10 minutes from the hotel. Each September, the English Riviera transforms itself into the murder mystery capital of the country where visitors can take part in the revelry and adorn themselves in period finery and immerse themselves in tea parties, theatre, dinners on steam trains and vintage bus tours. Visitors can expect a packed programme of guest author talks, readings, a vintage-themed fete and tea dance and much more.

Idyllically located on the English Riviera, The Imperial Hotel is a great base for those exploring Devon and North Cornwall and was a favourite haunt of Christie's, where she was often seen socialising with friends at dinners and dances. The Imperial was later used as the inspiration for  the 'Majestic Hotel' which features in two of Christie's novels: Peril at End House and The Body in the Library and also featured in Miss Marple's final case of Sleeping Murder, with the denouement taking place on the hotel terrace

Located a mile away from Torquay train station and overlooking the bay, the hotel boasts 152 bedrooms, a health club with swimming pool, beauty rooms, a seasonal outdoor swimming pool and free Wi-Fi.  An overnight stay with dinner and wine starts from £99 per couple; this includes an overnight stay with breakfast for two, a three course dinner in the hotel's main restaurant and a bottle of sparkling wine.  Weekend supplements may apply.

For more information, visit

More Photos - Click to Enlarge