The Reading Rooms
- Style Georgian peach
- Setting Handsome Hawley Square
The three sprawling, regal rooms span entire floors at the Reading Rooms hotel in waterfront Margate, in Kent. With well-maintained Georgian features and dreamy antiques, the B&B hearkens back to the city's 18th-century heyday, when this charming seaside town attracted fashionable hordes to its many spas, tearooms and libraries.
Need to know
- Rooms Three.
- Rates Double rooms from $204.72 (£125), excluding tax at 20 per cent.
- More details Rates include breakfast (cooked options and cold) .
- Facilities In-rooms: flatscreen TV, DVD player, free bottled water and REN products.
- Check–out 10.30am during the week, 11.30am at weekends. Check-in, from 4pm.
Children This hotel is better suited to couples - leave the children at home!
- Eco‐friendly Breakfast is organic and locally sourced; solar energy is used; locals have been recruited as both craftsmen and staff.
- Also Margate's shops and restaurants tend to close on Sundays and Mondays.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms You’ll wish you brought a ball gown and dancing shoes when you see Room Three’s gorgeous oak parquet floor, fit for a foxtrot. Exposed lime-washed beams, an opulent antique chandelier and deliberately unfinished walls add up to offbeat but elegant surroundings. There’s also plenty to admire in the bathroom, including a princely roll-top bath tub, a walk-in shower with mosaic tiles and an ornamental brass radiator. If you need WiFi while you’re here, book Room One or Two, which both have free internet access.
- Packing tips A wardrobe that encompasses the British seaside’s seasonal extremes: windcheater and wellingtons for rainy rambles on the beach, bikinis and beach towels for sunny days. Bring some Georgian literature to set the mood – a Gothic novel or two.
- Also Owner Liam is training to be an architect and played a large part in deciding the hotel’s design.
Food and drink at The Reading Rooms
- Hotel restaurant This is a B&B affair, so there’s no restaurant, but a generous breakfast (including cooked treats, fruit salads, pastries and jams) will be served in your room.
- Dress code Artfully disheveled attire, to fit in with the hotel’s particular brand of casual cool. Go vintage with a lace camisole or patterned shirt and team with dark denim.
- Last orders Just let the owners know how early you would like your morning meal – breakfast is served until 10.30am on weekends, 10am during the week.
- Room service Just breakfast.
- Hotel bar There’s no bar, so there’s all the more reason to explore Kent’s finest drinking dens.