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The Hope Anchor Hotel

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Why We Love It

  • Built around 1750, the property was a watering hole for local sailors
  • It's the top-ranked hotel in Rye on TripAdvisor
  • The restaurant serves local ingredients, such as fresh fish from Rye Bay

Enjoyed This
(140 Member Ratings)
"the location, the staff, a great breakfast"
Apr 29, 2017
gillingham, United Kingdom

Map & Directions

Rye railway station is around five minutes' walk from the hotel. Trains from London St Pancras International take just over an hour. Permits to park outside the hotel or in Watchbell street are free.

Rooms & Rates

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The Hope Anchor Hotel is a family-run inn set in the East Sussex 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 and overlooks the harbour, a few minutes' walk from the main town. It's the number-1-ranked hotel in Rye on TripAdvisor and 96% of Travelzoo members who previously stayed here and reviewed their stay said they loved it.

The inn was built in 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. Small Double and Small Twin rooms are a cosy 10 metres square, while Deluxe Double rooms are larger -- starting at 12 metres square. Each is full of character, and many have sloping ceilings.

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.

Rye is known for its 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 beach popular with kite surfers. Parts of the beach were used for scenes in the 2015 film "The Theory of Everything". Alternatively, 30 minutes' drive 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 2017



  • 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.


Check-in: Standard Time is 2pm.

Minimum age required to check in: 18.

Checkout: Standard Time is 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: 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: 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.

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Customer Service available 24 hours

Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

Enjoyed This
(140 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for The Hope Anchor Hotel over the past 15 months.
4.3 Ambiance
4.5 Location
4.2 Rooms
4.8 Quality of Service
4.7 Value for the Money
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Other Comments
Hotel is in an area of restricted access, and as such getting to and parking near the Hotel was very difficult.
Janet Oct 23, 2017 Rochester, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
It is in a good situation and the rooms have super views.
Other Comments
The breakfast was not as good as usual, the toast was made using cheap tasteless sliced bread , service was hurried and slightly chaotic. Not being able to book directly with the Hotel meant there was not the opportunity to select the room as carefully.
Barbara Aug 04, 2017 Barnet, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
the location, the staff, a great breakfast
Other Comments
free parking outside the hotel
carol Apr 29, 2017 gillingham, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Lovely room ,delicious food, friendly staff.
Other Comments
We would definitely recommend this hotel.
Joan Apr 28, 2017 Fleet, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The friendly staff, the delicious food. The ambience of the room.
John Apr 28, 2017 Horsham West Sussex, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Great location, comfortable room and friendly staff.
Hugues Apr 25, 2017 Leighton Buzzard, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Other Comments
Lovely and clean. Breakfast very nice.
Penny Apr 21, 2017 Essex, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The whole experience was first class
Other Comments
Friendly staff great food lovely room
peggy Apr 21, 2017 Rayleigh, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The location - and breakfast
Other Comments
Very friendly staff
Shaun Apr 20, 2017 Epsom, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Friendly staff,good spot in town, easy to get around.food good
Other Comments
Shower head came off when tried to remove from clip. Man came to look at it .not sure if anything was done.tiny shower. Small room,eaves on one side off bed very low. Would not have been able to use that side. My friend had to cancel due to back problem.she would not have been able to sleep in bed as she is 5ft 9ins tall.if a better room was provided would go back enjoyed stay
Miss l enright Apr 20, 2017 London, United Kingdom

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