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What We Love

  • A charming historic hotel in Rye, with breakfast and optional three-course dinnerDining on delicious local fare at the double AA Rosette-awarded restaurant
  • Relaxing amidst the authentic historic interiors of this charming hotel
  • Exploring Rye - a cute cobbled town that's sure to delight

What To Know

  • The hotel's cozy bar has an enormous fireplace surrounded by lounge chairs
  • Rumor has it the Elizabethean Chamber room is haunted
  • Free WiFi is super spotty
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A historic smugglers' inn with award-winning dining in Rye – includes breakfast and optional dinner

The Lowdown

Mermaid Street in Rye exhibits some of the best antiquity to be found in the UK, and this extends all the way to The Mermaid Inn, which was originally built around 1156. If its walls had ears, they’d have been privy to conversations among Catholic priests on the run from the Reformation, smugglers planning their next shady move and Canadian officers talking strategy during the Second World War.
Ships’ timbers were used in The Mermaid Inn’s reconstruction in 1420, as well as baulks of Sussex Oak, and fireplaces were risen from French stone that was scavenged from the harbour. Not much has changed since, making this a truly unique destination in the East Sussex countryside. What’s more, it’s furnished to perfection, with antique four-poster beds in some rooms, providing a welcome respite behind latticed lead windows.

How to Get There

The Mermaid Inn
Mermaid Street
Rye, TN31 7EY United Kingdom


Lovely hotel in a charming town!

The hotel is in an amazing old building, with good breakfast and helpful staff. Excellent location. The bed was comfortable. I enjoyed staying here very much and offer this hotel for everyone who travels to Rye.

An absolute pleasure to stay here!

From the moment we arrived all the staff here go out of their way to give you a pleasant stay. Thank you very much indeed. Glenn and Ryan so friendly and an asset.
This is a real quirky and different hotel with history and the town of Rye has a great deal to offer for a visit.


My husband and I booked 2 nights at The Mermaid Inn for our 10 year anniversary last month. We love Rye and have visited the inn on several occasions but only for a quick drink in the bar.

We originally booked the Elizabethan Bedchamber for one night but then decided to book a further night sometime later so we were unable to get the same room. This didn't matter at all. We were shown to our first room by a very friendly porter (whose name I didn't get). It was situated at the very top of the hotel so we needed to climb the creaky, unlevel stairs to a charming, cosy double room with beautiful exposed beams and a view over Mermaid Street.

The next day, Lucy, at reception, offered to have our bags moved to our new room but we had already put them in our car ready to check back in. We were directed to our next room for the night, The Elizabethan Bedchamber. It is absolutely stunning! We felt like royalty. The room was full of character and sloped towards the corner which caused a few laughs.

We had a 3 course dinner booked for 7 o'clock on our anniversary night which was delicious and breakfast the following morning was very tasty.

The atmosphere and history of this gorgeous place is amazing but what really made it for us was every single member of staff. From the minute we checked in we were made to feel so special. They were all outstanding. So friendly and down to earth. Nothing was too much trouble and they seemed genuinely happy and enthusiastic.

Sarah arranged to have our champagne chilled and sent to our room and also told us a story of a rocking chair that rocks on it's own, then had it placed in our room for the night!

Tom and Sam at the bar were great hosts. They made every effort to make us feel comfortable.

Cat and Luke in the dining area were brilliant also. Their service was immaculate.

All in all, the whole experience made our 10th Wedding Anniversary unforgettable. To top it off, on our final morning I was leaning out of the window, admiring the view, when I felt a definite squeeze on my bum. Startled, I turned to expect to see my husband but he was nowhere near me. We knew the place was reported to be famously haunted but it wasn't until we returned home that we read the Elizabethan Bedchamber has had particular haunting events occur on that date, 29th October. Cheeky ghost!

Needless to say, we will be returning and we apologise for any staff we couldn't name. We could not recommend The Mermaid Inn more highly.