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“... A deceiving " Jewel in the Crown "”
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The Reading Rooms
Ranked #2 of 11 Margate B&B and Inns
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

We enjoyed a delightful nights stay at the Reading Rooms . What a fantastic B&B . The attention to detail was superb ... Beautiful furniture , sumptious bedlinen , lovely Ren products and fantastic breakfast .. Served in our lovely room . My husband rated the cooked breakfast 10 /10 whilst i had muesli and yoghurt ... Lovingly prepared and presented . We stayed in Room 1 . Liam and Louise were great hosts ... Very friendly and attentive . The Reading Rooms is a credit to them . Margate however was a bit dissapointing .... It stil needs time to develop and get back to the place it once was .
Bea and Andrew

Room Tip: Any of the three rooms . Rooms one and two have Views over the square and the top room has a sea vie...
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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LouiseOldfield, Owner at The Reading Rooms, responded to this reviewResponded July 23, 2013

Thanks so much Bea and Andrew for taking the time to review your stay with us. We appreciate it.
It was a pleasure to meet you both. We know Margate is a town that is still changing, but even in the last few months it seems like every week a new shop, hotel, cafe etc opens. We opened a year and a half before Turner Contemporary, so we know our guests loved the beaches and surrounding area without all the shops that then came with the gallery. Thanks so much for coming to stay with us!

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Reviewed June 22, 2013

The Reading rooms did not disappoint. A really cool and classy little town house that is presented with attention to detail and superb taste. The friendly and helpful service made for a really personal experience.I would definitely recommend it for couples looking for short breaks by the sea with quaint little shops and cafe's in the nearby old town.

Room Tip: Room 1 has a bathtub to die for
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  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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LouiseOldfield, Owner at The Reading Rooms, responded to this reviewResponded July 18, 2013

Thanks so much for your review! The essence of boutique to us is tailoring a bespoke service. So glad you enjoyed your stay. Getting feedback like this makes it all worthwhile. Thank you!

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Reviewed June 21, 2013

We've stayed at The Reading Rooms twice in as many weeks so it's fair to say we're pretty enamoured with the place and its lovely hosts. The rooms are sumptuously appointed and the attention to detail is incredible - from the fabulous bedding and beds to the sublime bathrooms and the super delicious breakfasts, it's got the lot. The whole B&B has a wonderfully stylish Marais meets Greenwich Village vibe, which only makes it all the more special as it's smack bang in the middle of Margate - a seaside town that's currently reinventing itself to encompass its "kiss me quick" roots with the likes of the Turner Contemporary. Go and be inspired. We certainly were.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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LouiseOldfield, Owner at The Reading Rooms, responded to this reviewResponded July 18, 2013

What can we say, we're honoured when people come back to stay with us. And it's a joy when people really get Margate and The Reading Rooms. A real pleasure to look after you two!

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Reviewed May 31, 2013

We recently stayed one night at the Reading Rooms in Margate over a Bank holiday weekend. It is located in a tree lined square close to the Old Town and Turner gallery. It is very discreetly signed - only a Michelin sticker in the window indicated its presence. My husband and I were a little divided on our views of the establishment. I loved its quirky interior, individualism and the distressed look of the room but he was less keen. We stayed in the top floor room - you could see the sea! The room was spacious and comfortable. A very large bed - and enormous bathroom. Nice touches - lots of different teas to choose from and fresh milk left in a flask. I hate those long life tubs of milk - so this was great. The owners were attentive and helpful - feeding our parking meter and bringing us a lovely breakfast at the time appointed in our room (There is no breakfast room). A very relaxing place to stay.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 27, 2013

My significant other booked a stay at the Reading Rooms for yesterday (26 May). The place is wonderfully understated and, in the square it is situated in, you would not know it was a B&B - no sign just a lovely looking georgian property. We were on the top floor - a bit of a schlep if you are not very mobile - but the distant sea views and tree tops of the verdant square opposite are worth it. I happened to wake up at 4.00 am as I forgot to draw down the black out blinds and the sight of the dawn in a turner-esque rose hue was splendid.

I haven't mentioned the hosts yet who were extremely helpful, friendly and welcoming and the breakfast, well, it was the business - the only minor criticism was the powdery muesli.

Thoroughly recommended - the old town is a short stroll away as it the seafront and turner gallery - go, you won't regret it.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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LouiseOldfield, Owner at The Reading Rooms, responded to this reviewResponded July 18, 2013

Thanks so much for your review. We're really glad you enjoyed your stay at The Reading Rooms and Margate. The top floor room 3 is at the top of the house, but views to die for and also it's our most private room. We're a bit confused re the museli. Perhaps you were full from the cooked breakfast? Our guests do tend to over order sometimes because it's room service. But you had only to say and we would have changed anything for you.

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Reviewed May 19, 2013

The Reading Rooms meets expectations and is exactly as I'd imagined. A quiet setting, a lovely big rustic bed and bathroom, high ceilings and windows, white linen and walls, antique furnishings, a really comfy bed. A relaxing environment in which to hide-out in, unwind... and read. Sweet hosts and a great breakfast delivered to your room. Just lovely.
Our only complaints were when we stepped outside, which unfortunately we didn't want to do in the end. Yes, there is the Turner, sandy beaches, a handful of nice cafes, restaurants and antique shops, but much of the town is very run down, which is depressing to see. A town in need of renovation, and more gems like The Reading Rooms to encourage both visitors and investment. A good weekend away, but I'd recommend researching the area as well as the (reading) room.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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LouiseOldfield, Owner at The Reading Rooms, responded to this reviewResponded July 18, 2013

Thanks very much for your kind review about your stay with us. Margate is indeed going through change. But here is lots to do that is wonderful such as the beaches, shopping, eating, art. It's not for everyone perhaps. But those that love it love it.

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Reviewed May 15, 2013

Like many other reviewers, I have been fortunate enough to stay in some amazing places around the world, but none that can offer the unique blend of services available at The Reading Rooms.

From the moment we walked in, until the moment we reluctantly left, every aspect of our stay exceed the high expectations we had from reading the reviews.

This is the perfect place to visit if you want to spend uninterrupted quality time with someone special to you.

We felt very fortunate to be able to spend a couple of days in this beautiful house and anywhere else we go in the future will struggle to live up to our couple of days here.

Many thanks to Louise and Liam for everything they did - we really felt more like friends staying than guests.

We will definately be returning to The Reading Rooms.

Room Tip: We stayed in Room 2, which we absolutely loved. and would definately want to stay in again.
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  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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LouiseOldfield, Owner at The Reading Rooms, responded to this reviewResponded July 18, 2013

Thanks so much for your review. We get told a lot by our guests they don't want to leave their room! But we know also that there is so much to explore in Margate and the surrounding area. Thanks so much and glad you enjoyed your stay.

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Additional Information about The Reading Rooms

Address: 31 Hawley Square, Margate CT9 1PH, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Kent > Isle of Thanet > Margate
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 11 B&Bs / Inns in Margate
Number of rooms: 3
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 
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