The hip and stylish have recently rediscovered the Kent coast. Massive investment in the redevelopment of town centres and amusement parks like Margates Dreamland (where £10 million GBP was spent) has meant that a number of boutique hotels have sprung up along this coast which are well worth a visit. One such place is the Albion House Hotel in Ramsgate.
Why Visit Ramsgate?
There are many reasons to visit Ramsgate. For a start, the beach at Ramsgate is the closest sandy beach to London. Behind the beach you will find some of the most beautiful Regency architecture in the UK. With nearly 900 listed buildings which survived the Second World War, the elegant Victorian and Regency architecture is hard to ignore in this seaside town, and Architects Mary Townley, Augustus Pugin and Edward Pugin have all designed and built buildings in Ramsgate.
The Royal Harbour which was given its status by King George IV in 1820 is full of glittering yachts. This marina is central to life in Ramsgate and is surrounded by cafes and restaurants making it a great place to while away the afternoon. There is a busy market and the extensive sandy beaches are peaceful with free parking. Locally there is more to discover with Broadstairs, home of Charles Dickens, and Margate, home of the Turner Gallery, being only a stone’s throw away. Canterbury with its magnificent Cathedral is a short 17 minutes on the high-speed train.
A new high-speed rail link from London means that Ramsgate is an easy place to escape to and if you choose your hotel well, this is the kind of town you will want to return to again and again.
Review Of Albion House Luxury Boutique Hotel In Ramsgate
As you would expect from a house which entertained royalty, politicians, actors and the wealthy, Albion House, Ramsgate sits in pride of place on top of the East cliff. Looking out over Albion Gardens and out to sea there are stunning views of the Royal Harbour.
The rooms in Albion House, Ramsgate are arranged in a fashion which acknowledges its original layout. As a place the aristocracy would have stayed for ‘a season’ during the 19th Century the first floor rooms have the highest ceilings and the balcony, the spacious sea view rooms on the second floor have a commanding view of the harbour and beach and the third floor cosy rooms envelop you in their warmth and comfort.
Twelve of the fourteen rooms at Albion House have views across the sea, the harbour or the beach. Draw back your curtains, raise the blind or open the original shutters installed at the end of the 18th Century and take in this view either from your bed, whilst reclining on the carefully selected antique furniture or step out on to the grand, wrap-around balcony. Marble bathrooms boast Lefroy Brooks sanitary ware.
For those of you celebrating an extra special time, the Drawing Room Suite is arranged over 30 m² and is centred around an open gas fire. This was the original drawing-room of this Regency house and the room now houses a super king-sized bed and the sunset views from its wrap around balcony.
Little Victoria’s room is a great choice for those who love history. This room is where a young Princess Victoria recuperated in 1835. Residing in this room, Princess Victoria was being pressurised by Sir John Conroy, her mother’s aide, to make him her Private Secretary upon her coronation giving him wide-ranging powers. Despite her fragile state she resisted and went on to become one of our most revered monarchs four years later.
Boasting beautiful high ceilings with elegant, Georgian inspired doors that lead out on to the wrap-around balcony, you can see why this room was chosen for the young princess. A super king sized bed, and the last of the setting sun over the Royal harbour makes this room a very special place to stay.
All the rooms at the Albion House are very special and sit conveniently above the hotel’s stylish Town Bar where you can relax and sip your coffee or Martini. The Regency dining rooms are also a must when you stay. They have superb sea views and offer fresh seasonal and locally grown dishes in a sophisticated environment.
The “New English Riviera” is well worth a visit. Ramsgate is a surprisingly refined seaside town and the Albion House is a stylish place to stay. Paddle on the sandy beach, have a coffee by the harbour and end the day drinking a fine wine in the Town Bar with views of the sea and horizon. At just over 60 minutes by train from London, there is no excuse not to visit!
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