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The Hope Anchor Hotel

Rye, UK
  • It's the number-1 hotel in Rye on TripAdvisor & scored 100% out of 233 Travelzoo member reviews
  • Built around 1750, the property was a watering hole for local sailors
  • The restaurant serves local ingredients, such as fresh fish from Rye Bay
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99% (304 member ratings)

4.7Value for Money


Watchbell Street
Rye, East Sussex, TN31 7HA
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The Hope Anchor Hotel is a family-run inn in East Sussex in the town of Rye, a place of "fine Georgian and medieval houses, cobbled streets and views of Romney Marsh", says The Guardian. The property is at the top of a hill overlooking the harbour, a few minutes' walk into the main town. It's the number-one hotel in Rye on TripAdvisor and 100% of Travelzoo members who previously stayed here and reviewed their stay said they loved it.

The inn was built around 1750, and was a watering hole for local sailors and shipbuilders. Legend has it the hotel's secret passages were once used by the Tenterden Gang for smuggling.

With only 16 rooms, The Hope Anchor Hotel is one of the smallest hotels in the town. Each room has its own design, and the Junior Suite has a telescope so you can zoom in on the quayside and Romney Marsh.

Breakfast and dinner are served in the restaurant, which offers dishes using produce such as fish from Rye Bay and meat from Romney Marsh. There's also a bar serving daily snacks and sandwiches.

In Rye you'll see quaint cobbled streets, narrow passageways and crooked Tudor buildings. Don't miss Mermaid Street, which was named one of the prettiest streets in Britain by The Daily Telegraph. Climb the tower of St Mary's Church for views of Rye and see the turret clock, which is one of the oldest in England. Lamb House is another highlight -- this Georgian National Trust property was home to American writer Henry James.

Three miles outside Rye is Camber Sands, a popular beach for kite surfers. Parts of the beach were used for scenes in the 2015 film "The Theory of Everything". Alternatively, 30 minutes to the west of Rye is Battle -- site of the Battle of Hastings in 1066. You can visit the battlefield and Abbey ruins, and see the spot where King Harold is said to have died.

From the press:

  • "This historic inn sits high above the town with enviable views out over the harbour" -- The AA Hotel Guide 2016
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  • Infant cots / cribs
  • Bar
  • Newspaper / magazines
  • Extra beds / roll away beds
  • Restaurant
  • Pet-friendly
  • 100% smoke-free
  • No elevator / lift


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Baby-sitting service on request
  • Laundry / dry cleaning
  • Room service (limited hours)

Room amenities

  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Outdoor space for some rooms
  • Sitting area
  • Flatscreen TV


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout


  • Hair-dryer
  • Luxury toiletries
  • Slippers
  • Bathtub or shower


  • Complimentary parking
Please note: Some amenities may not be available in all rooms and some amenities or services incur an additional charge and are subject to change. Please check with the hotel directly.


  • Standard check-in time: 2pm. Minimum age required to check in: 18.


  • Standard checkout time: 11am.

Children and additional guests

  • Infant's cot/crib available on request, free of charge, for children aged 3 and under. Extra bed available on request in some Deluxe rooms only: £30 for older children and adults. This includes breakfast. Supplements are not included automatically in the total price and will be charged directly by the hotel


  • Pets are allowed on request, free of charge. Guests must bring their own food and bedding for the pet. Pets are not allowed in the restaurant.


  • Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

Getting there

Rye train station is a 6-minute walk from the hotel. Trains from London St Pancras International take just over an hour. The hotel offers parking permits free of charge for parking either outside the hotel or on Watchbell Street.


  • Watchbell Street
  • Rye, East Sussex, TN31 7HA
  • United Kingdom

Customer Service

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Tel: +44 (0) 20 3564 9000

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