Sneak peek: a first look inside No.42 by GuestHouse

Boutique hotel group GuestHouse Hotels has unveiled the design for its uniquely English seaside property, No.42 by GuestHouse, in Margate. The third hotel in the group, opening in June 2023, it follows No.1 by GuestHouse, York and No.15 by GuestHouse, Bath…

guestroom in No.42 by GuestHouse decorated in warm neutrals with balcony and seaview

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 its sights on remodelling architectural seafront beauties in Brighton and Margate. No42 by GuestHouse, originally named ‘The Terrace Hotel’, was constructed in 1888, and will take over the former Sands Hotel. The elegant, arcaded frontage was built as part of the seafront development at the time and is strongly reminiscent of the era. True to brand this iconic building has been both restored and reimagined.

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, while collaborating with some of Margate’s many creative forces for the interior.

bed in guestroom at GuestHouse with artwork on wall behind the headboard

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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 and spirited, positively lacking formality and  pretension, and 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. From bespoke headboards to unique murals around every bed and original local artwork on the walls of both guestrooms and public spaces. Other playful quirks in each guestroom include a record player, a common thread across all 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, amenities will include recyclable slippers, compostable coffee pods, natural mat mattresses and full-sized refillable products in the bathrooms.

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.

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