We say
Tracey Emin must take some of the credit for Margate's renaissance. As artists and hipsters slowly displaced the tired seafront B&Bs, the Turner Contemporary Gallery put the town back on the map and reminded us why JMW Turner was attracted to the resort in the first place. The sunsets are sensational and Dreamland has added fun retro rides and cool arts festivals.

Recommended hotel: Sands Hotel Margate

Sands Hotel Margate says

From silk duvets to AA Rosette modern European food, we think that our contemporary beachfront hotel will surprise you – in a good way.

  • Lovely beach
  • Stylish hotel
  • Contemporary art scene

If you thought that Margate was “not for people like us”, take another look. Not only is The Sands a contemporary hotel, up with the best on the English coast, but Margate itself is fast-emerging as a seaside favourite, now bursting with cultural renaissance.

The pretty Old Town has retained its charm but now boasts galleries, quirky shops and cutting edge art. The artist JMW Turner was inspired by Margate’s seascapes and sunsets and the strikingly modern Turner Contemporary Gallery is sited on the seafront.

Add to that artists’ studios, thriving café culture and the Turner and Dickens Walk to Broadstairs and you have all the ingredients for the perfect break.

Of course, the beloved Margate of old is till there with sandy beaches, the retro Dreamland theme park and fish & chips but there are also thrilling water sports, cycling trails and the nostalgic Hornby Visitor Centre to entertain all ages.

Back to The Sands, you will find 20 luxurious rooms, with sea or Old Town views and fabulously comfy beds.

Kick off your evening with one of our cocktails in the bar – we have created some crackers – before heading to our Bay Restaurant which overlooks the beach and serves delicious food. Check out a sample menu for an idea of the very reasonable pricing too.

Our building may have started life in the 19th Century but it’s now a bang up to date contemporary hotel in a vibrant seaside town that we’re proud to call home. Find out more about the Sands Hotel Margate and our offers.

Image credits: Visit Thanet (1), Benedict Johnson (4)