Boutique hotel group GuestHouse Hotels has released details for their new site -No.42 – which will open next June at the former Sands building in Margate High Street/Marine Drive.
No 42 is the third GuestHouse hotel with No.1 by GuestHouse in York and No.15 by GuestHouse in Bath.
Sands closed in June this year with around 30 redundancies. It was sold for £2.8million to GuestHouse owners, brothers Tristan, James and Tom Guest.
The brothers say they have been collaborating with some of Margate’s creative forces on elements of the interior of the hotel.
From Summer 2023, guests at the property will find 21 bedrooms, a restaurant, a rooftop bar, a beachfront café serving healthy and organic food throughout the day, a lounge space and a spa. All the spaces have been designed by GuestHouse’s in-house interior design team, drawing inspiration from the seaside character of the town.
Inspired by attractions from Dreamland with its listed rollercoaster and menagerie cages to the shell grotto in Cliftonville, the interior design team has given each bedroom and public space a distinctive flair.
GuestHouse describes the design as “lacking formality and pretension, embracing Margate’s humble background and its lively social and creative scene.”
In addition to all furniture being British-made, the interiors celebrate local talent, artists and makers from Margate’s creative community, showcasing their work and giving a sense of place to the interior design:
Artisans Jo and Jess of Margate Design Collective are creating the wardrobe drapery, inspired by Victorian bathing machines, as well as the decorative bed valances and the upholstered ceilings.
Around each bed will be an individual mural created by Laura Ann Coates. Laura is a local artist, illustrator and printmaker whose common theme is the use of a single illustrative line. Her artwork will feature shells, leaves and wave formations.
Artists with work featuring in bedrooms and the lobby, all of whom are based in or originally from the Kent coast, will include Nat Maks, Catherine Chinatree, Sian C Morgan, Trix Newham, Lisa Illustrations and Margo Mc Daid. Vases by Harriett Ferris, based in Whitstable and Casa Curio, based in Margate complete the rooms.
Other quirks in each room include a record player -as is always the case across GuestHouse properties, alongside a vinyl library – books, beach towels and a beach bag. Committed to sustainability and preserving the environment in the design, room amenities will include recyclable slippers, compostable coffee pods, natural mat mattresses and full-sized refillable products in the bathrooms.
Last month plans to add spa treatment rooms, a roof terrace ‘pod’ and renovate the hotel were approved by Thanet council.
The hotel will welcome guests from June 2023, for the summer season.
The opening of No.42 MARGATE marks the latest steps in GuestHouse’s expansion, with a fourth site set to open in Brighton in late 2023.
Reservations will open soon for Summer 2023, with rates from £155.
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