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The Libertines unveil hotel The Albion Rooms Residence in Margate

The Libertines have announced an opening date for their new boutique hotel on the Kent coast.

The Albion Rooms Residence - a seven-room hotel featuring a restaurant, cafe, bars and recording studio - is based right on Margate seafront

The Libertines in one of the rooms. Picture: Jason Knott
The Libertines in one of the rooms. Picture: Jason Knott

The Libertines, famous for a huge range of hits including Don't Look Back into the Sun and Time for Heroes, acquired the site on the Eastern Esplanade in September 2017.

Following a three-year transformation of the five-storey Victorian building, the grand opening will take place on September 25.

Singer 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.”

Fellow frontman Carl Barât added: “It might be a while 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.”

The hotel is based right on Margate seafront
The hotel is based right on Margate seafront

Following a major makeover, The Albion Rooms now features seven individually decorated rooms with design curated by The Libertines for both comfort and functionality.

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.

Apple Beats have equipped each room with a sound system.

The rooms were overseen by Rhiannon Sussex, a creator of bespoke interiors, while the penthouse was coordinated by print design house Anna Hayman, famed for their luxury velvet fabrics.

All beds are by Nimbus
All beds are by Nimbus

The hotel restaurant is overseen by renowned chef Joe Hill, who has been head chef for some of the biggest names in the industry - including Gordon Ramsay and Tom Aikens.

In the upstairs bar, Arcady Coffee House will serve its own Libertines house blend coffee and brunch seven days a week until 4pm.

Both hotel guests and visitors can pop in and enjoy a Libertines-inspired cocktail or glass of wine, from 6pm.

The hotel also offers a downstairs bar, The Waste Land, which is described as its artistic hub.

The bar will host poetry, life drawing, music, dancing and comedy.

The hotel features seven rooms
The hotel features seven rooms

Its name is an homage to the eponymous T.S. Eliot poem, part of which was written just a couple of doors down from The Albion Rooms, whilst Eliot was recuperating from a nervous breakdown. It opened at the end of last year and serves a bar menu including famous burgers.

The Albion Rooms has also partnered with Scottish punk beer specialists Brewdog to create their very own ‘Wasteland IPA’.

The hotel will be used as an installation art space and studio, hosting a collection of artworks by local artists.

It is located just a few minutes’ stroll from The Turner Contemporary, The Walpole Bay Tidal Pool, and Margate 's well-known Dreamland amusement park.

The Libertines have worked with local craftspeople to refurbish and supply the hotel, including Haeckels natural skin care and wild fragrance company, Rocket St. George, Junk Yard Deluxe, Paraphernalia, Scotts and Valentine’s Vintage in Whitstable.

‘Wasteland Live’ will be launched later this year, featuring live sets from established and local musicians.

Rooms start at £114 a night, including breakfast, and are available to book now at www.thealbionrooms.live

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