Celebrated rockers The Libertines have opened a boutique hotel on the Eastern Esplanade in Margate. The Albion Rooms is a spectacular 7-room residence, with a fine dining menu created by acclaimed chef Joe Hill, furnishings by designer Anna Hayman, and bohemian basement bar The Waste Land.
The culmination of a three-year transformation of a five storey Victorian building overlooking the sea, the hotel, which opens September 25, promises to be a rock ‘n’ roll home from home.
Peter Doherty describes The Albion Rooms as “a fine Arcadian bolthole, a perfect place for prophets new inspired, to recline, write, record, with rejoicing and knees up a plenty.”
Adds Carl Barât: “It might be awhile before we challenge The Savoy or The Grand Budapest in the hotel stakes, but we’ve put a lot of love into this. Meanwhile it’s a colourful and inspiring home for the Libertines and I look forward to the Albion Rooms being our very own Warholian Factory.”
“A fine Arcadian bolthole, a perfect place for prophets new inspired, to recline, write, record…knees up a plenty.
All rooms include upgraded bathroom facilities, beautiful soft furnishings and subtle references to the Libertines and their lyrics are featured throughout.
The Albion Rooms also comprises a restaurant, coffee shop, two bars and a state of the art recording studio.
Chef Joe Hill has curated three menus, including a unique fine dining experience. Hill has been head chef for some of the biggest names in the industry, including Gordon Ramsay, Tom Aikens and Hamyard Hotel.
The penthouse was coordinated by the famous print design house Anna Hayman (known for its luxury velvet fabrics). The rooms, a mix of vintage and contemporary objects, were overseen by Rhiannon Sussex, a creator of bespoke interiors, infused with a boldly elegant and glamorous aesthetic with an expertly curated mix of vintage and contemporary objects. All beds are by Nimbus, guests can purchase their mattress to replicate their stay once they return home
The Arcady Coffee House, situated in the upstairs bar, serves its own Libertines house blend, coffee and brunch seven days a week until 4pm. It’s open daily to both residents and non-residents from 6pm.
The downstairs bar, known as The Waste Land, is the artistic hub of The Albion Rooms. The name is a homage to the T.S Eliot poem, written two doors down from The Albion Rooms, when Eliot was recuperating from a nervous breakdown.
The residence has partnered with Scottish punk beer specialists Brewdog to create their very own Wasteland IPA, infused with the botanical ingredients of The Libertines’ Gunga Gin distilled, blended, bottled and labelled by hand in small batches at Silver Circle Distillery in Monmouthshire.
Rooms start at £114 a night (including brekkie), you can book here. We’ll meet you in The Waste Land…