Old Borough Arms
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Old Borough Arms

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4.5
#5 of 6 guest houses in Rye
4.7 of 5 bubbles
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4.5 of 5 bubbles
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The Old Borough Arms is a charming and welcoming bed and breakfast, situated at the foot of the famous Mermaid Street in the centre of ancient medieval Rye. We have nine comfortable and individullay decorated bedrooms, including four poster and family/ twin rooms, all ensuite. The Old Borough Arms offers a friendly atmosphere, delicious breakfasts to suit all tastes and is the perfect location for a relaxing break.We can also offer parking on a first come first served basis.
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Property amenities
Paid public parking nearby
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Wifi
Free breakfast
Bar / lounge
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Complimentary tea
Special diet menus
Room features
Clothes rack
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
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4.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Family
Historic Hotel
Languages Spoken
English

Location

The Strand, Rye TN31 7DB England
Getting there
Great for walkers
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al m wrote a review Jul 2020
London, United Kingdom
4.0 of 5 bubbles
I booked the OBA as part of a 2 day surprise for my bf’s bday. Why did I choose it? Great location, good reviews and just loved how it looked in the photos. It did not disappoint.

Sarah and Ian (hosts) - v helpful and quick to reply to emails and make suggestions re local area. We stayed in the Tilling Suite at the top of the Arms - v cosy and charming. So nice to have a bath after a rainy Sunday walk, great view of street/ square below and nothing like the cry of seagulls to remind you that you’re by the sea.

Cafe on the ground floor served Sarah’s v own sausage rolls & scotch eggs - absolutely delicious and the best in Rye. We are certainly missing the smell of these home baked delights wafting upstairs each morning..! Agree with a previous comment re current breakfast voucher system (in place due to Corona measures) not covering full cost of breakfast, but a creative way for a small business to keep everyone safe in tricky times.

Nice little touches like fruit basket in our room and wine in the fridge showed our hosts have a keen eye for hosting and were really appreciated. Did miss having shampoo/ conditioner in bathroom rather than combi on the wall dispenser and in places some of the rooms could have done with a lick of paint/ decor update BUT all in all, a thoroughly enjoyable stay and would certainly return and recommend to others. Thank you!
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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reshers wrote a review Aug 2022
London, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Absolutely amazing stay during the August heatwave. No negatives, we would return in a heartbeat

Provided with a huge fan on the hottest days, shared with the kitchen staff, they used during the day and we borrowed overnight, worked a treat!! Stayed in Rm 6, which had 2 windows which created a lovely cross breeze & not too noisy at night at all even with windows open. Plush carpets, comfortable bed, immaculate bathroom, was overall a very pleasant stay, felt safe and secure, even with cafe customers able to use the toilets located down the hallway. The room had a small TV, cupboard, table and chairs, tea coffee kettle, bedside lamps. No daily cleaning, but extra towels provided on request, worked perfectly for us. No safe however, and showergel is hair/body combo, so perhaps bring your own toiletries. Random mention, the handwash smelt amazing!

The highlight was definitely the staff, extremely polite and helpful. So friendly and accommodating, and supplied us with ice and water as often as needed in the blistering heat!

I recommend booking direct for breakfast included, because it really is a lovely cafe they have. We had breakfast twice on the terrace and it was worth it. Beware of the stairs, check-in is upstairs and likely on arrival you will have to navigate the 300 year old stairs. I did them once and not again, i used the modern stairs after being given keys!! Too scary for me. But they do have downstairs rooms. So call and enquire
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Sarah Warry, General Manager at Old Borough Arms
Responded 29 Aug 2022
Thank you for a thoughtful review and bringing up a couple of good points. We will soon start cleaning the rooms daily (we stopped during COVID for obvious reasons. Lack of staff (BREXIT!) has been an issue but we will resume this ASAP. Top tip is booking direct, it makes sense. Will consider safes in rooms. Hope to see you again
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LouiseRizzo15 wrote a review Jul 2021
Brighton, United Kingdom
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed here for a long weekend with my family.

The b&b is in a great location , perfect for exploring Rye. The accommodation was cosy and clean, however it did lack facilities such as enough bin bags, no washing up liquid to wash mugs etc. Also, the wifi was poor, however this isn’t a huge issue when on holiday! Having said this, the staff were more than happy to provide additional mugs, bin bags etc.

This accommodation wouldn’t be accessible for anybody with mobility issues as the stairs going up to thr flat are extremely steep, but this is made clear when booking. The staff were very helpful with this and showed my parents a different way out of the building to avoid the steep stairs in the rain!

Breakfast wasn’t included in my stay however we did eat at the mermaid street cafe, which is attached to the b&b. Breakfast was of good quality.

I would definitely return!
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Steep stairs into accommodation Parking available but in car parks not on site.
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Geoff C wrote a review Jul 2020
London, United Kingdom
4.0 of 5 bubbles
This is a lovely little B&B right in the heart of Rye. The management are charming, very welcoming and they went out of their way to be helpful. The rooms are a good size and the roof terrace is a great place for a drink as the sun goes down. Two criticisms stop me giving this place 5 stars: the beds and the breakfast arrangements. The beds are too soft. No doubt that would suit some but our bed was too soft for me. While it is of course understandable that the hotel cannot offer its usual breakfast service in the current circumstances, the voucher system they have put in its place doesn’t cover the cost of breakfast, at least it didn’t for the three of us. But otherwise I wouldn’t hesitate to return and I hope I can when normality has returned.
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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308Saint_John wrote a review Jul 2021
London, United Kingdom
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Really nice hotel right in the middle of Rye. Sarah did everything to make our stay comfortable and enjoyable. Superb breakfast and WiFi worked perfectly. Public parking directly across the street - there were always spaces available and it was free after 7pm so didn’t set us back too much. The room was quite small and the bed was a bit uncomfortable, however the price was very fair for what the hotel offered. Would definitely stay again.
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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UK7777777 wrote a review Sept 2020
Brighton, United Kingdom
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Location is really good and what appeared to be the two owners were really friendly. Breakfast was average, a bit stingy and not great quality, also took ages to serve. They had said, due covid, they were giving a voucher for the mermaid cafe, but that changed with set breakfast sittings.

It's obviously a medieval town and buildings but that does mean that windows and rooms are small.
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Clara M wrote a review Mar 2020
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Wonderful hotel with delicious breakfast. Sarah and her husband are masters of hospitality: warm, welcoming and incredibly helpful. This hotel is absolutely charming and could not be more conveniently located in the centre of Rye. This is a must stay if you're visiting and want to experience a traditional English Hotel with an irreproachable attitude to guest service.
Will definitely be going back.
Mermaid cafe below also serves outstanding fresh backed goods and is worth stocking up at for beach picnics.
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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342965 wrote a review Nov 2021
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
This was a surprise couple of days away with my husband. It was the weekend of the 'Burning of the Boats' which pre dates Guy Fawkes time. Rye itself is beautiful and The Old Borough Arms, oozes history and charm. Ian the owner came out and welcomed us, he's a down to earth gentleman, who instantly made us feel welcome. He and Sarah are blessed with wonderful, helpful staff, which is testimony to the management being equally hospitable.
We were shown downstairs to room 1 which was so cute, it was very much my style with quirky odd tea cups and brightly covered cushions. The bathroom had an adequate shower and was warm and toasty.
Fass and I decided to go walk about, not before having a glass or two at the BnB. Whilst the bar isn't stocked to the gills, it has a decent red, white, lagers and a Laphroaig!
The following morning we came down to a locally sourced full English breakfast, it was delicious. The coffee could have been stronger, but that's a matter of preference; as I can almost stand a spoon in my one cup of coffee a day I have. There are also fresh Danish pastries, if you fancied.
Saturday was the procession and fireworks night. We watched it from the terrace at the BnB, and ordered steak and blue cheese baguettes with a glass of red, it was great and not crowded as it was reserved for residents only.
What a great night.
As you can imagine it went long into the night, so sleep was a little difficult, but we expected that. Again we got up (at our leisure, as there's no real time restrictions, bliss) and had an equally great breakfast.
All in all we wouldn't hesitate to return at any time, but the festival is an absolute must as is The Old Borough Arms.
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Parking (Wish Street) can be found a short walk from the BnB and costs £6 for 24hrs (Nov'2021)
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Esthertun wrote a review Jan 2020
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Having visited Rye numerous times over the years, this was our first stay at the Old Borough Arms and it did not disappoint. The welcome by the staff was friendly and attentive. Sarah was especially helpful and provided lots of helpful detail of things to do and places to eat. We were lucky enough to stay in the 3 bedroom suite which comes with a lounge and it has so much character. Lots of places to play hide and seek with my 2 year old! The beds were so comfy and the rooms immaculately clean. We had breakfast the next morning in the cafe downstairs and highly recommend the sausages and bacon. It’s a short walk from the high street and lots of antique shops are nearby. My only regret was not staying longer but already planning our next visit! Highly recommend for the perfect stay.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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Hootor wrote a review Aug 2021
Chichester, United Kingdom
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Comfortable guest house, friendly and helpful staff. We had the "flat" at the top of the house, clean and spacious rooms. Breakfast good if you wanted cooked, perhaps a little pricey at £15 if you just had a couple of Weetabix and a yoghurt (it was not a buffet). They also seemed surprised to see us for breakfast on the Tuesday morning (table not laid out, no menus), but enthusiastic waitress rescued the situation. Looking at other reviews apparently lunches were served there, but this was not obvious (and we didn't enquire). All day breakfast available at the affiliated Mermaid Cafe next door, didn’t check whether that was also £15. Supper not available, and every eatery in Rye was heaving even though it was Monday night (but peak season, August 23rd - we booked the Old Bell for the following evening). On Monday therefore it had to be fish & chips (20 minute wait at Marino's two minutes’ walk away, very good though and they had rock salmon/huss/dogfish) and a few tins of Hobgoblin Gold bought from Jempson's supermarket. We would also try The Ship across the road if and when we visit Rye again. The Old Borough Arms is convenient for Rye's attractions. There is no parking at the guest house but Market Street car park (five minutes' walk away) was only £2 per day (though no overnight parking on Wednedays due to the market being held on Thursdays). There is a car park across the road from the guest house, but a little more expensive. Camber Sands 9 minutes' drive, or 20 minutes on the 102 bus (£5.10 per adult, kids £1) or a 2.5 mile walk. £650 for two nights B&B for a family of five (£500 without breakfast). Enjoyable stay, Old Borough Arms endorsed and would happlily stay there again.
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Date of stay: August 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
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_jhorne56_jh asked a question Jul 2017
Watford, United Kingdom15 contributions12 helpful votes
Would like to know what a budget room is?
Answer from OldBoroughArms1
Rye, United Kingdom2 contributions2 helpful votes
Hello, The budget double room we have is room 8, Its a small cozy room, with an en suite bathroom with shower, its on our ground floor and backs off to our carport so no lovely views. however it is cozy and comfortable, and has everything you need for an overnight stay. There are pictures of all of our rooms on our website, so you can see Room 8 on there. I hope this answers your question, please do call us on 01797 222128 for more questions- Sarah
_jhorne56_jh asked a question Jul 2017
Watford, United Kingdom15 contributions12 helpful votes
Can I see a picture of the budget room I have just booked please?
Answer from jane r
45 contributions36 helpful votes
From looking on the site you probably mean room 8 downstairs. There is a picture of all rooms on the hotel website. Hope this helps!
jokel603 asked a question Jun 2016
Essex, United Kingdom1 contribution
What is parking like near Old Borough Arms Hotel and the daily costs.
Answer from jane r
45 contributions36 helpful votes
Park by the fish and chip shop on the quay (by the corner). It's £5 for 24 hours. The car park is around the back.
lea v asked a question Jun 2015
Tongeren, Belgium1 contribution1 helpful vote
Is visiting with a wheel chair possible?
squirley wrote a tip May 2024
Bolton, United Kingdom81 contributions66 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"There are steep stairs outside the building to access the reception."
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Richard S wrote a tip Jan 2024
Leigh-on Sea, United Kingdom137 contributions133 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"ITS THE PERFECT LOCATION AND A TRULY LOVELY PLACE TO STAY, GREAT STAFF TOO !!!!!...THERE IS EASY 24 HOUR PARKING ACROSS THE ROAD FOR ONLY £5"
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Margaret K wrote a tip Jun 2023
London, United Kingdom103 contributions43 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Car par across the road. "
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342965 wrote a tip Nov 2021
65 contributions9 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Parking (Wish Street) can be found a short walk from the BnB and costs £6 for 24hrs (Nov'2021)"
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Andy W wrote a tip Oct 2021
Southampton, United Kingdom93 contributions29 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"If you don't like using stairs regularly, there is a room in the ground floor."
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Frequently Asked Questions about Old Borough Arms
Which popular attractions are close to Old Borough Arms?
Nearby attractions include St. Mary's Parish Church (0.2 miles), Rye Heritage Centre (0.03 miles), and Ypres Tower Museum, Rye Castle (0.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Old Borough Arms?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Old Borough Arms?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, a lounge, and complimentary tea during their stay.
Is parking available at Old Borough Arms?
Yes, paid public parking nearby is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Old Borough Arms?
Conveniently located restaurants include Rye Waterworks Micropub, Fletchers House, and The Fig.
Is Old Borough Arms located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.4 miles away from the centre of Rye.
Are pets allowed at Old Borough Arms?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Are there any historical sites close to Old Borough Arms?
Many travellers enjoy visiting St. Mary's Parish Church (0.2 miles), Mermaid Street (0.05 miles), and Lamb House (0.1 miles).
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