a hotel life – the reading rooms

:: by Lizzie


My latest review for ahotellife.com is of The Reading Rooms, a stylish and peaceful B&B in Margate on the Kent coast. The inspiration for The Reading Rooms’ name came from Margate’s 18th century heyday when visitors to Margate were entertained in a variety of spas and reading rooms throughout the town.


Margate, is one of England’s first seaside resorts where 18th century tourists came to enjoy the newly fashionable health giving properties of seabathing. Famed for its beautiful, expansive beaches and historic architecture, as well being a pioneer of British seaside culture, Margate is enjoying the rennaissance of a major arts regeneration programme.


This includes the construction of the Turner Contemporary art gallery by RIBA Stirling prize-winning architect David Chipperfield, the development of a heritage theme park at the Dreamland site and the active encouragement of artists to live, work and exhibit in the town.


Margate is definitley on the up and Louise and Liam are very much part of the movement. They are wonderful hosts, have impeccable taste and are very good cooks which makes for a rather fabulous stay. Read the full review here.