Rock band The Libertines have revealed that they are to open a new hotel in the seaside town of Margate, transforming what was previously described as Kent’s ‘worst hotel’, into new music-inspired boutique.
The Albion Rooms will open this summer, spearheaded by musicians Carl, Gary and John and frontman Pete Doherty, with bedrooms inspired by bands of the 60s and a recording studio on site.
It will open on the site of the former Palm Court Hotel, which was ranked previously among the county’s worst. According to TripAdvisor, 57% of guests rated the business as ‘terrible’.
Now the five-storey building, in Eastern Esplanade, Cliftonville, is currently undergoing a £450k transformation project, which will see 10 bedrooms, a living art space with an Andy Warhol vibe and a bar and restaurant created.
The project has been in the pipeline for some time, with some locals said to have been concerned that the band will turn the quiet coastal town into a ‘party zone’.
A statement posted on the group’s website said: “The Libertines were handed the keys to The Albion Rooms in September 2017.
“Margate is a classic seaside resort, particularly popular with Londoners, for those looking for sandy beaches and a good knees up.
“But, Margate also has rich artistic roots and a free spirit that thrives today, embodied by its old town and the Turner Contemporary gallery.
“This mix of traditional English charm and modern cool gives it plenty of libertine appeal.”