Libertines’ Margate hotel could be first in a group

The Libertines’ hotel in Margate might be the first of many, as the band members hope to open other properties in British seaside resorts, writes Katherine Price.

The English rock group plans to open the Albion Rooms, named after the nickname that the band gave their East London flat in their early days.

David Bianchi, chief executive of the band’s management company Various Artists Management, told TravelGBI’s sister brand The Caterer that band members Carl Barât and Pete Doherty are keen to be involved in the operation of the hotel, but an individual from the hospitality industry is also being brought in.

Bianchi also revealed that the group famous for hits such as Can’t Stand Me Now and Don’t Look Back Into The Sun has ambitions to eventually open hotels in other UK seaside towns.

The band purchased the former Palm Court hotel for £450,000 in September 2017 and about £250,000 has been spent installing a recording studio.

Work begins this week on the rest of the 10-bedroom property, which will undergo a multimillion-pound refurbishment that will see the room count reduced to seven.

The site will probably not be open to the public until early 2019.

“We’re giving the place history immediately,” said Bianchi. “The band is going to move in, make their album, launch and release the album from the hotel – and then when they move out, it’ll be converted into a proper guest hotel.”