The Hope Anchor Hotel

Michelle Brister
Deal Expert

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)

"The whole experience was first class"
21. Apr 2017
Rayleigh, 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 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.

Have a Question? Contact Travelzoo.

Customer Service available 24 hours

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

The room rates listed are for double occupancy per room unless otherwise stated and exclude tax recovery charges and service fees.

*Unless otherwise stated, Travelzoo-exclusive extras are valid once per stay (based on two adults sharing). Value is an estimate based on double occupancy. Extras are only included with Member Rates and may not be available on all dates. Extras are non-transferable and have no cash value. Total value may vary depending on time of booking and availability. When included, breakfast may be limited to 2 guests per stay subject to hotel’s discretion. Other restrictions may apply; see our T&Cs for details.

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97% Positive
(193 Member reviews)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for The Hope Anchor Hotel over the past 15 months.
4.2 Ambiance
4.6 Location
4.2 Rooms
4.8 Quality of Service
4.7 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
The whole experience was first class
Other Comments
Friendly staff great food lovely room
peggy 21. Apr 2017 Rayleigh, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The location - and breakfast
Other Comments
Very friendly staff
Shaun 20. Apr 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 20. Apr 2017 London, United Kingdom
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kevin 20. Apr 2017 benfleet, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The views and the peace.
Other Comments
We had an excellent value break. Staff were lovely and breakfast very good. Poached eggs were perfect. Thankyou. Rooms need an upgrade but are comfortable. Mattress bit soft.0
Jacqueline 19. Apr 2017 Torquay, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The position and friendly staff. Sensible Room prices and a pipping hot excellent breakfast. Parking permit given from the hotel. Lovely views over Romney marsh from the room. We had a lower priced room but it was very cosy and clean. Coffee, tea and biscuits supplied.
Other Comments
Parking could be an issue during busy periods. Get to the hotel early to secure parking at the hotel or nearby street.
ROY 19. Apr 2017 DEESIDE, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The room was quaint, the beds really comfortable and warm. Breakfast was great, and all the staff were very attentive.
Alison 18. Apr 2017 LONDON, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Had enjoyed previous visits in that room
Other Comments
having purchased my voucher in December I then went through a number of dates to secure the twin bedroom necessary for sleeping with my back problem and received confirmation . Having checked in I was then telephoned to tell me that room was not available and no other twin rooms. The hotel blamed Travelzoo (never had a problem before!) I immediately telephoned Travelzoo to report and was treated most sympathetically by your advisor. Thank you. Upon returning to the hotel the receptionist actually had a copy of the room confirmation. I registered my annoyance and disappointment with the receptionist, there was no manager available and said we would not be returning again to that hotel in future. Not wanting to drive all the way home we accepted a double room with camp bed with a biscuit thickness mattress! I suggested a complimentary bottle of wine. My husband (73) spent a very uncomfortable night and had an imprint of the iron bar next morning!! Again no manager to report too.
maureen 15. Apr 2017 Kent, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Friendly staff and the food
Other Comments
Room a little small . Would have preferred a shower. Difficult to find
Eddy 14. Apr 2017 Deal, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Food was excellent
Other Comments
Staff were extremely friendly and helpful
John 13. Apr 2017 London, United Kingdom

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