The Hope Anchor Hotel
Why We Love This Hotel
- Built around 1750, the property was a watering hole for local sailors
- It's the number-1-ranked hotel in Rye on TripAdvisor
- The restaurant serves local ingredients, such as fresh fish from Rye Bay
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 overlooking 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.