East Sussex

The Mermaid Inn

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Why We Love This Hotel

  • This property is in Rye, known for its cobbled lanes & half-timbered Tudor houses
  • This famous former smugglers' inn dates back to 1420 & was reportedly visited by Elizabeth I
  • The hotel has a 2-AA-Rosette restaurant that serves Anglo-French cuisine
  • Camber Castle, Henry VIII's 16th-century fort, & Rye Harbour Nature Reserve are both 5 minutes' drive away

"ALL the staff were wonderful - kind, helpful, efficient"
Dec 10, 2019 - Potters Bar, United Kingdom
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The Mermaid Inn is a former smuggler's hideaway on a "storybook lovely" street (The Daily Telegraph) in the village of Rye. With its sloping cobbled lanes, skewed half-timbered Tudor houses and impressive views over Romney Marsh, Rye is one of the southeast's quaintest towns.

The town is "a little nugget of the past", according to Lonely Planet and is linked to lots of historic tales, many of which involve smugglers and ghosts.

The Mermaid Inn is around five minutes' drive from Camber Castle, a 16th-century fort built by Henry VIII, and Rye Harbour Nature Reserve -- an area with dunes, rivers, pits, grazing marshes, reed beds and farmland -- where you might spot rare species like the spangled button beetle. Winchelsea Beach, which is sandy when the tide is out and pebbly when the tide is in, is 10 minutes' drive away and Hastings is around 30 minutes' drive away.

This inn, which was reportedly visited by Queen Elizabeth I and more recently hosted the Queen Mother, dates back to 1420 and its cellars go back further -- to the 12th century. Many of the property's original architectural features remain, including stone fireplaces, an old priest hole, a secret stairway and latticed windows.

There's a 2-AA-Rosette restaurant that "has bags of historic charm and atmosphere", according to The AA Restaurant Guide 2017, and a bar that also serves food.

The Mermaid Inn has 31 unique rooms -- each one is named after a historical person linked to either the inn or the town of Rye. Some of the rooms have carved wooden beds and others feature oak panelling.



  • Bar
  • Newspaper / magazines
  • Extra beds / roll away beds
  • Restaurant
  • 100% smoke-free
  • No elevator / lift


  • 24-hour front desk
  • 24-hour room service
  • Laundry / dry cleaning

Room amenities

  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Flatscreen TV


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout


  • Hair-dryer
  • Luxury toiletries
  • Bathtub or shower


  • Complimentary parking


  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible path of travel


Check-in: Standard Time is 2pm.

Minimum age required to check in: 18.

Checkout: Standard Time is 12pm.

Children and additional guests: Infant's cot/crib available on request, free of charge, for children aged 4 and under. This includes breakfast.
Extra bed available on request for older children and adults: £30 per person, per night for children aged 5-15; £60 for children and adults aged 16 and over. This includes breakfast.
Supplements are not included automatically in the total price and will be charged directly by the hotel.

Pets: Dogs are allowed on request, free of charge - and are allowed in the rooms, but not public areas.

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 Mon-Sun, 9am-9pm ET

Winner: People's Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite Customer Service

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

Please note: Some amenities and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. All prices stated have been verified at the time of publication and may vary at the discretion of the hotel.

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(344 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for The Mermaid Inn Limited t/a The Mermaid Inn over the past 15 months.
4.7 Ambiance
4.8 Location
4.3 Rooms
4.8 Quality of Service
4.5 Value for the Money
4.8 Ease of Booking
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Enjoyed Most
ALL the staff were wonderful - kind, helpful, efficient
david Dec 10, 2019 Potters Bar, United Kingdom
Other Comments
Breakfast poor quality food. Lack of staff. Not very competent .
Judith Dec 03, 2019 Horsham, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Most amazing and unique place - very friendly and accommodating staff - we will keep on going and highly recommend it if you want somewhere unique
Sonia Nov 29, 2019 Canterbury, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The most characterful hotel we have ever stayed at. A very different but hugely enjoyable experience.
David Nov 28, 2019 Bury Saint Edmunds, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
This was a lovely place to stay, Very comfortable, Cozy warm feeling, Very nice room. The staff were very friendly and good at there jobs, we had a meal in the restaurant and 2 Breakfasts which were very good as was the service. This is a lovely place to spend some time relaxing, it was wet and windy when we went but it was so nice to return back to the Mermaid, Can't say enough good things, we loved it.
David Nov 28, 2019 Stanford-le-Hope, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Hotel was lovely and staff excellent
Dave Nov 27, 2019 WITHAM, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
A lovely pre Christmas trip to a beautiful old hotel.
Jane Nov 26, 2019 Ash Canterbury, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Great staff. Glennn (yes 3 “n’s”) was a great character. Very helpful in reception in arranging a taxi for us.
Other Comments
Found the evening menu selection a bit fancy. That went for all in our party of four. So much so that we ate out.
Nigel Nov 25, 2019 Hemel HempsteadHemel Hempstead, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
All the staff were so friendly, polite and knowledgeable about the Mermaid Inn's history.
Other Comments
A great location and a wonderful building. The staff were a joy to talk to.
Keith Nov 21, 2019 Rickmansworth, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Enjoyable short break. Good breakfast, friendly staff
Clive Nov 20, 2019 Ilford, United Kingdom

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