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The Mermaid Inn

Mermaid Street, Rye TN31 7EY England
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#2 of 9 hotels in Rye
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Originally, dating from 1156, the Mermaid was rebuilt in 1420, much as it still stands today, as the principal Inn of Rye. The Mermaid now caters for those who appreciate tradition and charm, coupled with the modern facilities required by today's guest. So, from a picturesque cobbled street; step back in time to experience the unique atmosphere of one of England's oldest and loveliest Inns.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Hiking
Windsurfing
Taxi service
Baggage storage
Newspaper
Paid public parking nearby
Wifi
Restaurant
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Patio
Tennis court offsite
Board games / puzzles
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Shared lounge / TV area
24-hour front desk
Ironing service
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Room features
Room service
Telephone
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Flatscreen TV
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
Room types
Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
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HOTEL STYLE
Historic Hotel
Centrally Located
Languages Spoken
English
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Vic K wrote a review Yesterday
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We both had an absolutely lovely time:Room , cosy, warm, spacious and all mod cons. Bathroom, bath filled quickly, all beautifully clean. Bed , supremely comfortable. Food , simply divine. Attention to detail superb. Service, second to none. Historic interest, top notch. Rye itself, as always, fantastic.
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Linda W wrote a review 21 Feb
7 contributions1 helpful vote
Delightful Hotel. Friendly staff who went above and beyond and could not have been more helpful. The food was very good and we enjoyed a very relaxing time. We stayed three nights and would go back. Rye is worth a visit and will not disappoint.
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Response from Martin Blincow, Guest Services / Front Office at The Mermaid Inn
Responded 4 days ago
Thank you for your review. We will share your fulsome praise with the staff. Even after 31 years of stewardship, we still feel excited to read testimony such as yours. As you say, Rye is just as fascinatingas The Mermaid. So much to discover. We hope we may welcome you again for another "relaxing time" at The Mermaid Inn.
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Ben B wrote a review 19 Feb
22 contributions3 helpful votes
Beautiful, old inn with down-to-earth, warm-hearted staff. Full of character with sloping floors and Tudor beams..Meant to be haunted. Lovely, traditional Full English breakfast, with, thankfully, no hash browns or beans. Be sure to reserve a space in their small, on site car park. In the perfect spot for Rye, which is an idyllic, quintessential English town,
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Martin Blincow, Guest Services / Front Office at The Mermaid Inn
Responded 5 days ago
Thank you for your review. We will share your fulsome praise with the staff, many of whom are long standing and are from the Rye area, reflecting our drive to recruit, train and retain staff from the immediate area around Rye. The Mermaid sits at the heart of the medieval citadel of Rye, the perfect spot from which to explore this "idyllic, quintessential English Town. We hope we may welcome you again for another "Excellent Stay".
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AmiP wrote a review 17 Feb
New York, NY58 contributions23 helpful votes
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I’m writing this review while staying at the Mermaid Inn. This is an olde world medieval inn, where every corner is decked in antique charm. There are many spooky corridors, narrow stairways, and hidden doors… getting lost here is part of the fun! The guest lounges are oak paneled and inviting, the restaurant is equally attractive and you will want to linger. My room was cosy and comfortable. The staff are friendly and allowed me to stay in two different rooms for my two night stay so that I could experience both. Both my rooms had their own unique charm. This place is reason enough to come back to Rye.
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Travelled solo
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Response from Martin Blincow, Guest Services / Front Office at The Mermaid Inn
Responded 1 week ago
Thank you for your review. Rebuilt in 1420 and cellars dated to 1156, The Mermaid is a true time machine. Once seen never forgotten, and like a true siren always calls for a return stay. We look forward to welcoming you back to Rye.
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kay wrote a review 15 Feb
Hove, United Kingdom14 contributions2 helpful votes
Just went for drinks a couple of times over the weekend. We loved it, especially Monday lunchtime when there was room to sit by the huge fireplace. Barman was very friendly (sorry didn't get your name). We have booked to come and stay for a night in July for our birthdays.
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 1 week ago
Thank you for your review. We will share your praise with the staff, especially the Barman Matt. We look forward to helping you celebrate your speciall occasions in July.
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elteg wrote a review 10 Feb
South Woodham Ferrers31 contributions28 helpful votes
Wow! Absolutely loved staying here. Steeped in history. So cosy and comfortable, quirky and very interesting. The addition of log fires in the lounges and bar area added to our enjoyment. We were very comfortable in our standard room and was more than we expected and lovely and warm. Your staff are a credit to your business. They obviously all enjoy working in such a lovely place and are friendly, relaxed but extremely attentive to their guests. Breakfast was delicious 😋 ooh what a treat! We will be back.
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 1 week ago
Thank you for your review. The Mermaid is indeed quirky, once seen, never forgotten. We will share your fulsome praise with the staff, many of whom have been at The Mermaid, for many of the 31 years of the present stewardship. We look forward to welcoming you back to The Mermaid.
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Jacquie K wrote a review 4 Feb
5 contributions2 helpful votes
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Just returned from an overnight break celebrating my birthday. We stayed in one of the four poster bed rooms and had dinner bed and breakfast. We loved our stay the hotel is fully staffed which means you’re well looked after. It’s such a historic place to stay and very quirky. A big surprise was dinner it was amazing from the service to the actual food we loved it. There’s a few lounges to use which is great as if you like a quiet drink you will find a spot. Breakfast was also great. I look forward to returning soon.
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Martin Blincow, Guest Services / Front Office at The Mermaid Inn
Responded 1 week ago
Thank you for your review. Rebuilt in 1420 The Mermaid is a unique building, the perfect place to create special memories. We will share your fulsome praise with the staff, and especially the Head Chef. We look forward to welcoming you again for another "Fabulous Stay".
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Jane M wrote a review 4 Feb
Shepperton, United Kingdom15 contributions6 helpful votes
We visited for Sunday lunch - my companions absolutely loved the roast pork belly with all the trimmings and I had probably the most delicious onion tart tatin I’ve ever tasted. I would recommend it to anyone and will definitely return one day.
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Travelled with family
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Thank you for your review. We will share your fulsome praise with the Head Chef and his brigade. We look forward to welcoming you again to The Mermmaid Inn for "fabulous food".
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Beentheredunthat wrote a review 2 Feb
Greater London, United Kingdom4992 contributions74 helpful votes
We enjoyed our night in the Mermaid. The room was very comfortable and had a nice en-suite bathroom. The only draw back being that the bath was sited under the eaves and so head room was restricted so a normal stand up shower was impossible. The hotel is very old and is furnished decorated to reflect its age. We much enjoyed a drink in the down stairs bar in front of a roaring fire. Breakfast was fabulous, with a comprehensive selection of cold and continental items and a choice of hot dishes. My full English was very nice. The Mermaid is not cheap, but it is worth every penny.
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Date of stay: November 2023
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Response from Martin Blincow, Guest Services / Front Office at The Mermaid Inn
Responded 1 week ago
Thank you for your review. Rebuilt in 1420, The Mermaid has a truly historic design, unique in so many ways. The 31 Bedrooms are all different, so in some rooms we are unable to offer a shower, though a hand held attachment is provided to aid rinsing. We will share your praise with the staff. As you say....a stay at The Mermaid is priceless.
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David J wrote a review 1 Feb
Melbourne, Australia27 contributions51 helpful votes
We visited the Mermaid for a Sunday lunch, which we ate in the bar sitting next to the open fire. The lunch was fine, only exceeded by the quality staff who were helpful, friendly and attentive. We revisited that evening and enjoyed similar hospitality. We would like to stay on another visit sometime.
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Date of stay: December 2023
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Thank you for your review. We will share your praise with the staff, especially the front of house staff. We look forward to welcoming you again to The Mermaid for a stay.
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United KingdomEnglandEast SussexRye
NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Mermaid Inn
Which popular attractions are close to The Mermaid Inn?
Nearby attractions include St. Mary's Parish Church (0.10 miles), Rye Heritage Centre (0.09 miles), and Ypres Tower Museum, Rye Castle (0.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at The Mermaid Inn?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at The Mermaid Inn?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and complimentary tea during their stay.
Is parking available at The Mermaid Inn?
Yes, free parking and paid public parking nearby are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Mermaid Inn?
Conveniently located restaurants include Rye Waterworks Micropub, Fletchers House, and The Fig.
Is The Mermaid Inn located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.3 miles away from the centre of Rye.
Are there any historical sites close to The Mermaid Inn?
Many travellers enjoy visiting St. Mary's Parish Church (0.10 miles), Mermaid Street (0.02 miles), and Lamb House (0.04 miles).