The Sands Hotel

Hotel in Margate

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9.1 out of 10

This beautifully styled boutique hotel sits right on the Margate seafront. It features an understated sand-hued theme throughout, the southeast’s best bathrooms, and a restaurant with spectacular bay views, which around half of the rooms also share. The entrance is hidden under the arches on the seafront next to the hotel’s very own summertime ice-cream parlour.

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Just 4 minutes’ walk from Margate’s Turner Contemporary Art Gallery, The Sands Hotel offers boutique-style accommodation and fine views of the Thanet coast. Just around the corner from the reinvigorated Old Town, this seafront hotel offers free WiFi and high-quality dining at the elegant Bay Restaurant. Each air-conditioned guest room has a flat-screen TV, wardrobe, desk and safe, and many have sea views. All have a stylish en suite bathroom, all with a bath and some with a walk-in shower. The Sands Hotel offers a range of breakfasts, including full English and vegetarian. There is also a continental buffet with pastries, cereals, yoghurt and cold meats and cheeses. With a waterfront terrace and views of the beach, The Bay Restaurant features Kentish produce in its varied lunch and dinner menus. The hotel includes a bar serving wines, cocktails and local beers, and offers freshly made ice cream in its own ice cream parlour. You can also enjoy afternoon tea on the terrace or in the restaurant. The Sands Hotel is a 7-minute walk from the Winter Gardens Theatre, and Margate is also home to one of the UK’s oldest theatres, the Theatre Royal, and one of the smallest, the Tom Thumb. Historic Canterbury is around 16 miles away, and the characterful coastal town of Whitstable is a 30-minute drive from the hotel.

Important information

Guests are required to show a photo identification and credit card upon check-in. Please note that all Special Requests are subject to availability and additional charges may apply.
Please inform The Sands Hotel in advance of your expected arrival time. You can use the Special Requests box when booking, or contact the property directly with the contact details provided in your confirmation.
Please note that smoking is not permitted throughout this property. Guests caught smoking will be charged a GBP 200 cleaning fee.

Please note that this property does not accept American Express as a method of payment.

Full payment is taken on booking although a full refund is available on cancellation subject to a two day prior cancellation policy.

The Undercroft rooms are under the street level and will use filtered light from the street skylights. They have no view of the town or sea.

Please note that parking permits for the off-site car park can be reserved prior to arrival for an additional cost of GBP 7.50 per permit per 24 hours

Kindly note that guests will be charged GBP 25 if they fail to return the parking permit to reception on check-out.

Please note that luggage storage is available for guests who arrive prior to check-in.

Features of The Sands Hotel


  • Parking
  • Terrace
  • Bridal suite
  • Internet services
  • Wifi
  • Sun terrace
  • Beachfront
  • Wifi available in all areas
  • Kid meals

Food and drink

  • Restaurant
  • Bar


  • Room service
  • Meeting/banquet facilities
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Laundry
  • Express check-in/check-out
  • Shoeshine
  • Fax/photocopying
  • Luggage storage
  • Daily maid service


  • Newspapers
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Facilities for disabled guests
  • Lift
  • Safety deposit box
  • Heating
  • Non-smoking throughout
  • Air conditioning


  • Free WiFi available