The Reading Rooms
Style Georgian peach
Setting Handsome Hawley Square
18th-century Margate was a fashionable place to be – The Reading Rooms hotel rekindles this romance with its preserved Georgian features, antiques and seaside setting. Even the boutique B&B’s name is a nod to the town’s heyday, when visitors flocked to the spas, tearooms and libraries. Rooms are regal, each spanning an entire floor.
Need to know
- Rooms Three.
Double rooms from $209.54 (£133), excluding tax at 20 per cent.
The price shown represents the lowest nightly rate for a double room available at this hotel over the next 21 days. Any price conversions from the hotel's local currency (£133) have been conducted using today's exchange rates from xe.com.
- 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!
- Also Margate's shops and restaurants tend to close on Sundays and Mondays.
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.
The Reading Rooms 31 Hawley Square, Kent CT9 1PH
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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.
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.
Owner Liam is training to be an architect and played a large part in deciding the hotel’s design.