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Hotel Review: The Reading Rooms, Margate

On July 18th, 2011 by .

Situated on Margate’s finest Georgian square; Hawley Square, you can find the luxury boutique bed & breakfast – The Reading Rooms.  As one of England’s first seaside resorts in the 18th century, Margate became famed for it’s picturesque beaches, reading rooms, historic architecture and recent revival for the arts. All of which reflects within the beautiful interiors of The Reading Rooms.

Just a five minute walk from the sea, the Grade II listed Georgian town house boasts three expansive guest rooms which have been loving restored.  Owners Liam & Louise drew inspiration for the restoration from their time living in Florence and previous experience within the graphic design and music industry.  Liam adding further input from his recent studies in architecture.

The colour palette of The Reading Rooms is mostly monochromatic; with white washed woods, Farrow & Ball soft white walls, hints of antique wood, and blue/grey plasterwork. With added accessories such as bronze chandeliers and grey roll top Victorians baths. The ambiance is serene and relaxing, with large open spaces and floor to ceiling sash windows, flooding the rooms with light.  Modern design and antiques sit happily alongside each other, with an overall respect shown towards the history and development of the building throughout time.  The restoration of The Reading Rooms has been delicately approached and carefully considered; which is most notably seen in the original Georgian plasterwork, parquet flooring and cornicing.  The en-suite bathrooms however take an all-together more modern and angular approach, but are softened by elements such as the restored cast iron radiators, white washed beams and roll-top baths.

Prices at The Reading Rooms start from £150 a night, which includes dinner and breakfast.  For further information on booking please visit The Reading Rooms website.