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“A weekend at Margate's finest” 5 of 5 stars
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5.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   31 Hawley Square, Margate CT9 1PH, England   |  
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Ranked #2 of 14 Margate B&B and Inns
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“A weekend at Margate's finest”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2013

After seeing the TV show on the renovation of The Reading Room several years back we had always had it in the back of our minds to visit someday, and decided that a birthday weekend would be the ideal excuse.

Booking online as a surprise I didn't have the benefit of conferring with my partner as to which room might be best to book as they all had something slightly different to offer so I went for Room -1.

Upon arrival it was clear without seeing the other rooms that I had chosen wisely. The room had three stunning floor to ceiling sash windows that look out onto the square from the bed and an amazing en-suite bathroom with enough room to 'swing a cat' in style.

The bed was amazingly comfortable and as a result the night's sleep was very good. As a London couple who normally need black-out blinds in order to sleep we were pleasantly surprised with the amount of light the original woodern shutters actually blocked out and were undisturbed by this.

We were aware that The Reading Room had a lot to live up to with regards their breakfast of legends, but again, they did not disappoint. Being able to have breakfast served in the room at a time that suited us was actually a nice touch and as a result we would not hesitate to recommend this room to anyone else.

It was fantastically situated within walking distance from the Old Town, The Turner art Gallery and some fantastic Antiques shops.

Room Tip: For unrivalled views through those stunning sash windows it has to be Room-1. Underfloor heating mak...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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LouiseOldfield, Owner at The Reading Rooms, responded to this review, April 20, 2013
Thank you so much for your review of your stay in room 1. The windows are amazing! They have the original shutters which we were so excited about when we uncovered them during the renovation and the the glass is Georgian and has a very particular quality that modern glass doesn't have. They're not black out shutters and allow chinks of light in. But they do an excellent job. If someone needs black out, we advise another room. Glad you enjoyed breakfast as room service. We offer a choice off the whole menu and guests can choose it at whatever time they like. We're the only ones in the UK to offer this service. Thanks again.
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Dover, Kent
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20 reviews 20 reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013

This place is a jewel in the crown of Margate. We stayed for one night and hope to return. We were given a warm welcome, the room was unique in its design - a perfect blend of the old and the new and the bathroom was both beautifully designed with top class toiletries and very, very clean. We liked the hospitality tray with filter coffee (something I have never seen before in a hotel room), speciality teas and a vacuum flask of organic milk. We spent the evening in our room watching a DVD (provided of course) that I had wanted to see for some time and then to bed and what a bed! It was so soft I felt I was on a cloud. The next morning breakfast chosen by us from a comprehensive menu was brought to our room at a time of our choosing. It was superbly presented and was of a very high quality. We ate it in front of the floor to ceiling window - very relaxing. There is nothing that anyone could criticize about this place. It is unique, the owners clearly work hard to make it special. We stayed in Room 1 on the first floor and were very comfortable there.

Room Tip: We stayed in Room 1 on the First Floor. The floor to ceiling windows gave good views over a small pa...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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LouiseOldfield, Owner at The Reading Rooms, responded to this review, April 20, 2013
Thank you for your very kind review of your stay in room 1. Glad you enjoyed the fresh ground coffee in the room. We hate instant coffee and UHT milk. And very glad you enjoyed the treat of having room service. It's one of the main reasons why people book with us. Thanks again.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

If I thought really hard I could come up with some trivial criticisms, but who could be so petty. This is an exceptional place run to an exacting vision by the owners. I have now idea how they keep the bathroom microscopically clean.

The breakfast was exceptional. A cornucopia of the highest quality products, cooked perfectly.

Not cheap, but worth it for a special visit.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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LouiseOldfield, Owner at The Reading Rooms, responded to this review, April 20, 2013
Thank you so much for your review of your stay with us. Your comment re the bathroom cleaning made us smile. The secret is polishing! And we're really glad you enjoyed our extensive breakfast menu served as room service. We offer the whole menu at whatever time the guest would like it. Thanks again.
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

We booked this because we had seen the great reviews and were planning a trip to Margate and decided to stay for two nights. The rooms are indeed lovely and we were welcomed and shown our room, plenty of tea & coffee and lovely REN bath products which I found and started to use as I liked them so much.

Our hostess kindly chilled a bottle of champagne for us and brought it back up to our room in an ice bucket. A great start.

We started our visit in Broadstairs which is a pretty little village and had lunch before moving onto Margate – sadly Margate is run down and I believe it’s meant to be on the up – but we could still see quite a lot of rundown buildings very near to the hotel and only a street away there were derelict buildings and boarded up shops. I was concerned leaving my car outside the hotel – but luckily our room looked directly onto it and it was ok whilst we were there. That evening we struggled for somewhere to eat in Margate and ended up with fish & chips and feeling a little let down.

The next morning we were woken up by the owners dog barking and been taking walkies followed by tree cutting (which was not the fault of the B&B) However, our breakfast was beautifully prepared and delivered to our room at our chosen time.

The next day we met up with friends who had booked a night at the Reading rooms too – We all had a lovely lunch at the Greedy cow and enjoyed all the little vintage shops and saw the Tracy Emin Exhibition at the Tate. We returned to our B & B and took a cab to Broadstairs to eat in a restaurant over there and bumped into the other occupants of the third B & B room who were on their honeymoon.

All six of us returned back to the reading rooms and were laughing and talking coming in, we were told very abruptly by one of the owners to Ssssshhh for being noisy. I was absolutely flabbergasted at this – as we could not be disturbing anyone as all of us were walking up the stairs together!!! Clattering up flights of uncarpeted stairs and talking is never going to be quiet.

The next morning we were woken up by their dog again and were again served a beautiful breakfast and after checking out we headed to Whitstable on our way home. – which is a lovely place and has a great specialist cheese shop.

In summary – beautiful rooms and breakfast, Margate needs to improve and no I would not go there again – if in the area would stay at Broadstairs or Whitstable.

Room Tip: We had room 1 on the first floor - it was lovely and as per the pictures on their website
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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LouiseOldfield, Owner at The Reading Rooms, responded to this review, January 16, 2013
Thanks very much for taking the time to review your stay with us and how much you enjoyed the breakfasts and your room. We're sorry you thought we told you to be quiet on your return from a night out. We told our dog to be quiet and not bark!

Margate is in transition and a town of many contrasts. It's the reason we moved here. Our guests cars have always been fine. Thanks again for writing. It's much appreciated.
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Reviews in 54 cities Reviews in 54 cities
154 helpful votes 154 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

Just stayed here for one night - wish it had been longer. What an amazing and truly special place. Liam and Louise are perfect hosts, and work really hard. The house is a design dream - beautifully done. Breakfast in the room top notch. I really can't fault it. This and the Turner Contemporary make a trip to Margate a must. I will be going back.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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LouiseOldfield, Owner at The Reading Rooms, responded to this review, January 23, 2013
Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review of your stay with us here at The Reading Rooms. We really appreciate it and hope you will come back to see more of Margate.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012 via mobile

We went for two night just for a little getaway from London. We wanted to spend some quality time together as a couple. This place was ideal. It's beautiful. It is as beautiful as the pictures, so u will not be disappointed. Its a bit like staying in someones house, but better. We stayed in the first floor room. I didn't see the others. I actually didn't see the other guests either! The room is gorgeous. Simple but really beautifully done. Huge and with huge windows which look into the green square. It's private too so no worries. The bed is so big and comfortable and beautiful. We spent most time just laying around. The bathroom is huge and gorgeous. Beautiful shower with great pressure and amazing roll top bath. We loved it. It's just the perfect place for a romantic few day hideaway. The breakfast is incredible. The lovely couple that owns it bring it to your room and sets it up on the table by th window in your room. The choices are amazing and all was super super good and quality. You choose what time to eat so it's really all on whatever schedule you want to be on. The only negative was that you hear people walking up the stairs really well and hear footsteps from the room above. But to be honest, we r super sensitive to that and it didn't bother us. We slept really well. I guess the top room won't have that problem but it didn't look as beautiful to us in pictures so not sure. Depends I guess. We wanted to big windows and high ceilings.
Margate was cute. The nice part is the old town and it's tiny so not sure what else to do there for more than a weekend. Little independent cute shops We exhausted it in one afternoon. But we went there to just relax in the gorgeous room so it was fine. Dinner options were really good. I recommend bebeached and the indian place, I don't remember the name.
We will probably go back next time we need a break like that! It was so easy to get to and so relaxing!

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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LouiseOldfield, Owner at The Reading Rooms, responded to this review, January 23, 2013
Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review of your stay with us here at The Reading Rooms. We are quite a private house and often you won't see us or the other guests during your stay except for delivering room service breakfast! the house is 18th century and has it's quirks as you say. We're really lucky with all the great independent shops and eating places that have sprung up around town and the area. Thank you again.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012 via mobile

We stayed at the reading rooms on the night of our wedding. In all the rush of the manic day we totally forgot to go and collect the keys! The staff at The Reading Rooms were good enough to wait up for us and let us in. We were showed to our room which was spectacular! Everything was spotless and had everything we needed. Unfortunately we did not have time to stay for breakfast, we just asked for two cups of tea. The staff were kind enough bring not only two cups of tea but also two freshly squeezed orange juices, a basket of toast with a variety of spreads and jams. It was lovely. We would recommend The Reading Rooms to everybody! Friendly staff that make you feel so welcome, fresh and tasty breakfast, and all this in the centre of beautiful Margate. Perfect.

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 31 Hawley Square, Margate CT9 1PH, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > Kent > Isle of Thanet > Margate
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 14 B&Bs / Inns in Margate
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:5 star — The Reading Rooms 5*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Luxury boutique bed and breakfast in a grade II listed Georgian townhouse. Three large rooms, each occupying an entire floor of a 1760s house, overlook a tree lined historic square, situated 5 minutes walk from the seafront and the Turner Contemporary gallery and the Old Town area. Each room has it's own large private fully tiled ensuite with a rolltop bath, large walk in mosaic shower with floor to ceiling glass shower screen and double basin. Beds are bespoke handcarved 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. ... more   less 
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