Fort Road Hotel

South East England Kent Margate

  • From £140 a night
  • 14 Guest Rooms
  • Restaurant with Rooms

A very comfortable boutique hotel with a bar, restaurant and sea-view rooms in the heart of Margate

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Originally opened in 1820, perhaps nowhere sums up resurgent modern Margate quite as much as this former seaside boarding house, now a funky boutique hotel opposite the Turner Gallery on the edge of the resort's Old Town. After 30 years standing idle, Fort Road Hotel was bought in 2018 by a group of local creative entrepreneurs and re-opened after a full-scale renovation in 2023 – as a hotel and restaurant offering grown-up Margate hospitality that's very much of its time and place.

The hotel’s 14 guest rooms, smart yet relaxed ground floor restaurant and cool basement bar make for one of the best places to stay in a town that's increasingly full of good options. Views from some of the rooms and the hotel's roof terrace are of the Turner, Margate’s harbour arm, and the sea, while inside things are properly local and right up-to-date, with Margate's very own Haeckels toiletries in the bathrooms (made from seaweed handpicked from local beaches), work by local artists Tracey Emin, Matthew Darbyshire and Hannah Lees in the bar, and lots of wonderful old postcards and photographs of Margate in the hallways. Even the bedtime reading you'll find in the rooms is from and about this stretch of the Kentish coast and around. It's dog-friendly too, and there's a lift to all floors.

If it’s the coast you’ve come for, you really ought to opt for a sea view room or suite, but whichever you choose you’ll find stylish rooms that have been individually designed with a mid-century aesthetic, including vintage pieces here and there and artworks hung on neutrally-painted walls (one of the owners is a founder of the Frieze contemporary art fair) – together with the books on shelves and plants in pots, they add life to the light and airy spaces. Every room has tea- and coffee-making facilities, a mini fridge, and a homemade cookie is a welcome sight on arrival. No bed is smaller than a king, no room without a Roberts Bluetooth radio and there are no TVs in all but three of the rooms. It all adds up to a relaxing place to stay that encourages reading, exploration and conversation.

The shared spaces help with that, too. The bar, with its exposed brick walls and bare bulbs, is very much part of the local scene, often hosting events, while Colina, the all-day Southern European-inspired restaurant is more refined but not at all formal. Portuguese-born Luis Freitas is at the helm, whipping up tasty morsels like soused bream crudo, Greek salad, crispy cod bites and delica pumpkin risotto. It too attracts lots of non-residents, and is well worth eating in at least once while you're here. However, don't by any means forget why you came – nice as Fort Road is, you need to get out and discover what all the fuss is about: the art, sea, style, food and fun of Margate in the 2020s is right on your doorstep!

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Our 14 guest rooms are individually designed, featuring carefully selected artwork, vintage furniture, beautiful bathrooms and comfortable beds. Choose from a selection of rooms, many with outstanding sea views.

Suitable For

Suitable for everyone and well-trained dogs.


Overlooking the Turner Contemporary and a stone's throw from the beach and Margate's Old Town.

Food & Drink

We provide a relaxed dining experience with a menu bursting with local produce. Our bar often has live music and is a beautiful space featuring local artwork.


Open all year.


Double rooms from £140 a night (room only).

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Fort Road Hotel is a 14-bedroom art hotel with stunning sea views, combining the ease of home with contemporary luxury and a warm welcome.


Contact Website  01843 661 313  Fort Road Hotel, 18 Fort Road, Margate, Kent CT9 1HF

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Getting There

From London, use the M2, the A228 and the A28 to head towards Margate and the seaside. Once you reach Margate seafront, you head straight across at the first roundabout and again at the next one following the signs towards Cliftonville onto Marine Drive (B2051). After just under half a mile you will see the hotel on your right. Turn right onto Fort Road where you can unload your car. There's no parking at the hotel but there is free parking nearby in Fort Crescent or Lower Fort Promenade. Margate train station is less than a mile away – less than five minutes in the car and about 15 minutes on foot. Trains from London St Pancras and Victoria are direct and take about 90 minutes.


  • Bar
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee/Tea Facilities
  • Family Rooms
  • Restaurant
  • Wifi

Looking For...

  • Car-free Option
  • Dog-Friendly
  • Exclusive Hire
  • Foodies
  • Sea Views
  • Walking

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