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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

"Lovely hotel and staff were great. Excellent breakfast"
Mar 17, 2020 - LondonLondon, 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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(311 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
4.7 Quality of Service
4.4 Value for the Money
4.8 Ease of Booking
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Enjoyed Most
Lovely hotel and staff were great. Excellent breakfast
Other Comments
My partner and I were not overly impressed with dinner menu
Tanya Mar 17, 2020 LondonLondon, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
First time I've been in rye we will be back, great city LOADS of things to do.
Other Comments
Staff at the hotel 10/10.
Carlos Mar 11, 2020 Neston, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Anniversary celebration. Staff, food and services were very good and offered a high standard. We were able to park in the small car park as a member of staff will move the car if it is blocking a vacating guest's car. Worth knowing!
Frederick Feb 26, 2020 Edgware, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Lovely historic hotel in beautiful Rye. Lots to do for a weekend break. Breakfast good. Room a bit noisy from room above but to be expected considering the age of the building. Enjoyable time
Lynne Feb 25, 2020 Croydon, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
A wonderful interesting hotel with a lot of history.
Other Comments
Getting to hotel car park was a bit scary but worth the effort.
brian Feb 22, 2020 Winchester, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
only stayed 1 night could of had 1 more night
paul Feb 13, 2020 Chislehurst, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Bags of historical character. All the staff very friendly and helpful.
David Feb 11, 2020 Dover, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
All staff very friendly, welcoming and helpful
Other Comments
Really interesting hotel steeped in history. Well worth a visit
Teresa Jan 29, 2020 Fareham, United Kingdom
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

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