It's been called a diamond in the rough elsewhere, and that's spot on - a beautiful building, restored in artfully boho distressed fashion, and an enviable setting.
Our room came with quality extras in the toiletries and refreshments departments, a huge bed, and a giant bathroom with luxury fittings. Memorable accommodation, and the breakfast was undoubtedly superb - but for me the 'served in your room' set-up and the need to order the night before took off a little of the gloss.
Part of the fun of B&B is chatting to others, or your hosts, over breakfast, and that wasn't really an option here. Every ingredient, though, was top notch and delicious.
Strolling back through the town centre after dinner, our pleasant post-prandial mood was broken by a screaming drunken argument of the sort that are only too common in many a town centre up and down the country, but not what you're looking for in what's supposed to be a renaissance resort - and it was only about 10pm. Sad.
A lovely building, a five-star experience and all the best with it, but not a 'must return' I'm afraid.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Luxury boutique bed and breakfast in a grade II listed Georgian townhouse. Three rooms, each occupying an entire floor of a 1760s house, overlooking a tree lined historic square at the edge of Margate's Old Town, situated 5 minutes walk from the seafront and the Turner Contemporary gallery. Each room has it's own large private fully tiled ensuite with a roll-top bath, walk in mosaic shower with floor to ceiling glass shower screen and double basin. Beds are bespoke hand-carved super king size from East London based specialists La Maison, luxury complimentary toiletries from Ren Skincare. Wardrobes are french armoires. Breakfasts, featuring fresh pressed juices and local produce are served as room service, delivered at a time of the guest's choosing on antique butler trays and served on dining tables by the window. Dressing gowns and slippers provided. Free super fast wifi is available in each room. We're only bookable exclusively direct, unavailable on booking sites. Just Google us and we're there! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Reading Rooms Hotel Margate
- The Reading Rooms Margate, Kent