The Hope Anchor Hotel
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
97% (193 Member Ratings)
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Rooms & Rates
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.
- "This historic inn sits high above the town with enviable views out over the harbour" -- The AA Hotel Guide 2017
- Infant cots / cribs
- Newspaper / magazines
- Extra beds / roll away beds
- 100% smoke-free
- No elevator / lift
- 24-hour front desk
- Baby-sitting service on request
- Laundry / dry cleaning
- Room service (limited hours)
- Central heating
- Coffee / tea-making facilities
- Iron and ironing board
- Outdoor space for some rooms
- Sitting area
- Flatscreen TV
- Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout
- Luxury toiletries
- Bathtub or shower
- Complimentary parking
Please note: Some amenities and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. Please check with the hotel.
Check-in: Standard check-in time: 2pm. Minimum age required to check in: 18.
Checkout: 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: 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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