First-Look Images of No.42 by GuestHouse, Margate, UK
This month boutique hotel group GuestHouse Hotels unveils the design for their uniquely English seaside property, No.42 by GuestHouse, Margate, UK. The third hotel in the group, opening in June 2023, it follows No.1 by GuestHouse, York and No.15 by GuestHouse, Bath. Perfectly placed at the heart of this special, art and fun-filled town, the hotel takes its design cues from its location, collaborating with some of Margate’s many creative forces for the interior. www.guesthousehotels.co.uk
From Summer 2023, guests stepping inside the elegant, seafront 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 these spaces have been designed by GuestHouse’s in-house interior design team, drawing inspiration from the colourful and unfading seaside character of the town.
Celebrating what’s on the hotel’s doorstep and the eclectic mix of vibrant local sights, from Dreamland with its listed rollercoaster and menagerie cages to the unexplained shell grotto in Cliftonville, the interior design team has given each bedroom and public space a unique, distinctive flair. The spaces are warm, inviting and spirited, positively lacking formality and pretension, embracing Margate’s humble background and its lively social and creative scene.
The bedrooms look and feel like that of a stylish friend’s townhouse, many of which have sea views and private balconies. Chalky whites and moody greens sit alongside warm golden yellows contrasted with hints of pink and red. Textures and movement associated with the sea come through in the surface finishes.
In addition to all furniture being British-made, the interiors celebrate local talent, artists and highly skilled makers from Margate’s abundant creative community, showcasing their work and giving a sense of place to the interior design:
• Local 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. They have a passion for fabrics and a love of both the traditional craft of upholstery and using modern materials in creative ways to make headboards and seating.
• Around each bed will be an entirely 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 playful quirks in each room include a record player (as is always the case across GuestHouse properties, alongside a vinyl library), some well-chosen 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.
Margate is one of the UK’s most intriguing towns, full of independent businesses and creative forces. Traditionally a holiday destination for Londoners drawn to its sandy beaches, No.42, MARGATE will embrace all the nostalgia that we know and love from this sunny seaside town. Perfectly placed at the heart of it, in a beauty of a beachfront building, the hotel will be ready and waiting to welcome guests for June 2023, for the summer season and beyond.
The opening of No.42 MARGATE marks the latest steps in GuestHouse’s exciting expansion journey, with a fourth site set to open in yet another sunny seaside town – Brighton – in late 2023.
About The Building
Originally named ‘The Terrace Hotel’, the building was constructed in 1888. The hotel with its elegant, arcaded frontage was built as part of the development of Marine Drive, ‘the new road’ along the seafront in the 1880’s.
GuestHouse is a boutique hotel group bringing one-off hotels to historic buildings on Britain’s most desirable streets. The owners and visionaries behind the brand are the three Guest brothers (Tristan, James and Tom) who are on a mission to develop a new generation of upscale hotels that will offer guests all that is lovely about the traditional guest house experience but with added elements of luxury for all to indulge in and enjoy. Beginning in Bath with the opening of No.15, a grand Georgian townhouse, before opening the doors to their first northern home in No.1, York, GuestHouse has now set their sights on remodelling architectural seafront beauties in Brighton and Margate.
GuestHouse will continue to cherry-pick iconic buildings in the heart of cities and reimagine them on the inside to create a sense of being perfectly at home, while at the same time bringing surprises and treats to hotel guests and the local community alike.
While every GuestHouse hotel will encompass shared values and commitments to its guests, each will be one-off and true to its location. With imaginative interiors and playful touches (like help yourself pantries and in-room record players), GuestHouse properties are in-keeping with their surroundings and respect the heritage of their iconic buildings. When guests walk through the doors, they enter a colourful and creative world inspired by greatness of each place which emphasises the loveliness of each building and is fully considerate of the happiness of each guest. Engaging staff, imaginative design details and surprising finds within the hotels match the uniqueness of the cities outside, and the Guest brothers are enlisting regional makers and community artists to use the hotels as a showcase of local talent.