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The Mermaid Inn

Mermaid Street, RYE, East Sussex, TN31 7EB
3 AA Stars 3 AA Stars 3 AA Stars 3 AA Stars Hotel

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About

Welcome to the unique Mermaid Inn, rich in history and a reputation for being haunted, 600 years of history and there are so many stories. Cellars dating from 1156 and rebuilt in 1420 with 31 unique rooms to choose from.

The Mermaid Inn offers a totally different experience; sloping ceilings, creaking floorboards and numerous staircases, a rich tradition that is maintained by careful stewardship.

Experience a drink in the Giant’s Fireplace Bar and imagine how the Hawkhurst Gang, local smugglers in the 1730s and 1740s, caroused there. Can you see the secret passageway entrance? Dine in the linenfold-panelled restaurant and enjoy the food, service and special ambience that our 2 AA Rosette restaurant offers. Relax in one of the two lounges. 

Take a tour with our interactive walk-through!

The Mermaid Inn sits on the cobbled Mermaid Street ,which is one of the main routes into the citadel of Rye. It is one of the most photographed streets in Britain, and leads the vistor to The Mermaid Inn, which is the perfect location from which to explore Rye.

One of the best preserved medieval towns in England, Rye is home to the impressive Norman church of St Mary’s, a rich selection of specialist shops and a thriving fishing fleet. Camber Castle, built by Henry VIII is located in the dramatic Rye Harbour Nature Reserve.

Rye was once surrounded on three sides by the sea and its maritime heritage dates back to Norman times. To defend it against frequent attacks from the French, Rye became an ‘antient town’ of the powerful Cinque Ports Confederation.

Visit the Rye Museum which has sites at East Street and the Ypres Tower, the second oldest building in Rye open to the public, built in the early 14th century and part of the town’s defensive walls. Take time to discover its architectural treasures and narrow passageways.

Climb the tower of St Mary’s Parish Church for fine views to Rye Harbour Nature Reserve and the beautiful hilltop town of Winchelsea, with its maze of medieval wine cellars.

Rye has always been a magnet for writers and artists. Lamb House, a National Trust property, was once the home of Henry James and later E.F.Benson, creator of the Mapp and Lucia books. The artists Paul Nash, Edward Burra and Captain Pugwash creator John Ryan all lived in Rye.

Guide Prices

Number of Rooms / Units
31
Room / Unit TypeRoom / Unit Tariff*
Double en suitefrom £140.00 to £220.00 per room per night (breakfast included)
Family en suite£210.00 per room per night (breakfast included)
Single en suite£90.00 per room per night (breakfast included)
Twin en suite£150.00 per room per night (breakfast included)

*As a guide, prices are per room per night for hotels, guest houses, B&Bs and serviced apartments and per week for self-catering accommodation.

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.

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TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

4.5 of 5 stars
  • Certificate of Excellence 2019
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Excellent
    865
  • Very Good
    380
  • Average
    138
  • Poor
    45
  • Terrible
    31

Recent Reviews:

  • elizabethmercerh
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Amazing hotel with vegan options and ghostly wake up 😁
    5 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 19th January 2020
    Stayed a night here and what an amazing place. The staff were exceptional - friendly and helpful. We’d preordered vegan breakfast, which was confirmed on arrival without us needing to check, and the... Read full review
  • AdrianS876
    Rochford, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Family
    It was a quite, closed, wet and cool visit to Rye.
    4 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 23rd January 2020
    The Mermaid bar was quaint and welcoming wood fires in each room in several pubic rooms also added to the experience of a building with a long history. The bedrooms all different were warm and... Read full review
  • Y5999ICmartind
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    A TREASURE.
    5 of 5 stars
    Friday, 24th January 2020
    This an absolutely outstanding hotel. Oozing history, set in a beautifully cobbled street in the historic town of Rye. Rooms wonderfully historical, all with a tale to tell. Restaurant & bar superbly... Read full review

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Facilities

Accessibility

  • No dogs (Guide dogs accepted)

Catering

  • Additional Meal Details - Vegetarian/Vegan
  • Bar
  • Bar meals
  • Cater for vegetarians - and other special dietary requirements
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
  • Serve breakfast - 0800-1000. Full English also continental available.
  • Serve evening meal - 1900-2115, main restaurant, bar meals. Not sun.
  • Serve lunch - 1200-1430, main restaurant. Bar food also available.
  • Special diets catered for - Prior notice may be required.

Children & Infants

  • Accept children (Minimum age) - 0
  • Cot
  • Food/bottle warming available
  • Highchair

Establishment Features

  • 24 hr return laundry service
  • Accept coach parties
  • Available for wedding receptions - Beautiful Tudor room. Maximum 90 seated. 80 buffet. Dance floor also.
  • Business facilities (eg. Fax/ modem) - We can provide business facilities, i.e. fax, send/receive e-mails.
  • Central heating throughout
  • Children aged 5+yrs welcome
  • Conference facilities
  • Event venue
  • Garden/patio for guests' use
  • Ironing facilities
  • LGBT Friendly
  • Night porter
  • Open Christmas - Inclusive package 2, 3 or 4 nights.
  • Open New Year
  • Pre-school children welcome (0-4yrs)
  • Public Telephone
  • Real log/coal fires
  • Separate guests' lounge
  • Welcome single sex groups, eg stag/hen parties
  • Wireless Internet Access

Leisure Facilities

  • Fitness facilities close by
  • Golf Course close by
  • Swimming Pool close by

Parking & Transport

  • Car parking - Room for a limited number of cars in car park at rear of hotel. Public car parks nearby.
  • Free parking
  • Railway station within walking distance

Payment Methods

  • American Express accepted
  • Delta accepted
  • Euros accepted
  • JCB accepted
  • Maestro Accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Solo accepted
  • Sterling Travellers Cheques accepted
  • Visa accepted

Provider Preferences

  • Celebrity connection - Visited frequently by celebrities.
  • Film or TV location - Many times. Especially by Prince Edward. Many ghost programmes and cookery programmes shot from here too.
  • Haunted - Reputed to be several ghosts. Visitors have witnessed fights in period costume with the loser being thrown down an old hidden staircase.
  • In town/city centre
  • Inn
  • Non smoking establishment
  • Of historic, literary or architectural interest - Grade II Listed building. Rebuilt 1420. Cellars 1156.

Room / Unit Features

  • All rooms non-smoking
  • Baths some rooms
  • Broadband - WiFi available free of charge.
  • Colour television in all bedrooms
  • Four poster beds available
  • Hairdryer in all bedrooms
  • Non smoking rooms available
  • Radio in all bedrooms
  • Shaver Point/s
  • Tea & coffee making facilities in all bedrooms
  • Telephone in all bedrooms

Specialist Features

  • Aim to attract conferences and business meetings
  • Marketed as gay friendly
  • Special provisions for cyclists - safe car park
  • Special provisions for walkers

Opening Times

Open Christmas
Open New Year
2020 (1 Jan 2020 - 31 Dec 2020)

Video

  • Ghosts

Gradings

  • 3 AA Stars Hotel
3 AA Stars Hotel

Awards

  • AA Awards -2 AA Rosettes 2 AA Rosettes 2019

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