July opening date for No.42 by GuestHouse, Margate, rooms, rooftop bar, restaurant, cafe and spa

No 42 Margate

The opening launch party of No.42 by GuestHouse, Margate, will take place on Thursday 13th July followed by the official opening on July 17.

The 18-bedroom and three suite seafront property, which is the third hotel in the boutique hotel group GuestHouse Hotels, will also offer a rooftop bar, Pearly Cow restaurant, a lounge bar and cafe and a spa.

The spaces have been designed by GuestHouse’s in-house interiors team, celebrating local creative talent, artists and makers and drawing inspiration from the town.

Room rates start at £155.

The Rooftop Bar will serve cocktails, snacks, and tunes and will be the largest rooftop venue in Margate. Opening  will be from noon until late and it will be seasonal-from late March to late September.

Guests are promised signature cocktails, local beers, wines, and high- quality softs, plus snacks and light bites including ‘build-your-own Smores’ with salted caramel, chocolate sauce, popping candy.

Seating at the bar, plus outside tables and chairs, will be spread across the 720 sq. ft and there’ll be sets from local DJs. Blankets and heaters will be provided for cooler nights later on in the season; hanging binoculars and a host of sea-themed design touches will be included.

Joining the line-up at high-street level is Pearly Cow, a restaurant that specialises in food on ice and food over flame – including sea-fresh seafood, slow-farmed meats and just-picked plants. Margate is the second outpost for the restaurant group, following the successful launch of Pearly Cow, York in March 2023.

Signature Pearly Cow dishes on the menu include salt-cod tacos, locally-sourced oysters, and salt-aged-and-hung steaks plus, a bespoke dish for Pearly Cow, Margate, a lobster roll made using locally-caught lobster then butter-poached, served in a homemade brioche roll with a lemon mayonnaise, celery, and shallots.

The in-house design team have created the interiors for Pearly Cow, drawing inspiration from the character of the town and keeping the original Victorian columns at the centre of the room. Beyond the stained- glass windows will be a terrace, featuring leafy plants and the signature Pearly Cow checkerboard floor.

On the same floor as Pearly Cow and sharing the space with the hotel’s reception is the Lounge Bar with a Dreamland-inspired Ferris wheel.

Services include Field Trip, a blend of treatment rooms and food including halloumi, oven roasted tomato, smashed avocado; Laverstoke Park burrata, avocado, slow roast tomato, basil pesto; chickpea and portobello smash burger, chipotle ketchup; and local ham and Wookey Hole cheddar croissant.

Field Trip features a mosaic walled entrance, recycled tiled flooring and a mini outdoor seating area under the promenade. An ice cream cart will also be in place. Inside, a  communal table will provide space for a programme of events, talks and masterclasses.

The Field Trip Treatment Rooms offer bespoke therapies including clinical massage therapy. (To book ahead, email on [email protected])

The former Sands Hotel building has undergone an extensive renovation and will have 18 rooms and 3 suites. Each room will include a Crosley record player and access to a curated vinyl library and a corridor pantry housed in a vintage ticket booth and stocked with sweet and savoury snacks. The hotel will also offer station luggage pick up.

GuestHouse group is run by brothers Tristan, James and Tom Guest. The opening of No.42, by GuestHouse Margate follows No.1 by GuestHouse, York and No.15 by GuestHouse, Bath. A fourth site is set to open in Brighton  in early 2024.

Sands closed in June last year with around 30 redundancies. It was sold for £2.8million to GuestHouse.


  1. Another DFL based hotel!
    ‘From £155 a night’, hope the guests enjoy the company of the Foy House residents!!!

    • Margate has a very long history of DFL hotels and boarding houses. Nothing new. Believe you used to be able to store your fur coat in Cliftonville in the Summer, such was its poshness:). Places (and people) will keep reinventing themselves to move forward and stay relevant. And anything that preserves the old buildings is a positive.

  2. Beige and Brown colour schemes. Who would have thought 1970s colours would be back? The colours of old Margate? Really? ….I thought Margate was vibrant and lively…..not Beige…although its probably called ecru!

  3. It looks great, and very competitively priced. Looking forward to trying the rooftop bar. Hope it’s a massive success.

  4. ‘Very Competitively priced’, if your used to staying at the Ritz!
    The average nightly cost of accommodation in Margate is £50, so triple priced, overly expensive food & drink DFL haunt!

    • I’m not: They would have carried out research to fix the appropriate price point. Being among the most expensive hotels in town is intentional. Compared to other European coastal towns it’s quite reasonable. I’ll be having a drink at the rooftop bar about once every three weeks. So an affordable luxury.

    • And The Ritz is between ten and twenty times those prices (have a look) and it’s nearly always full. I’ve never stayed there (obvs) but thousands of working class people have been there for afternoon tea.

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