This hotel is stuck in a time warp.
Staff are very eager to please.
The position is excellent. Most of Rye's "attractions" are within walking distance.
Free car parking
Nice towels and pleasant toiletries
Lots of milk sachets, teas and coffees.
Imagine Groundhog Day returning you to the Queen's jubiliee daily.
Everywhere there are pictures of the Queen, menus from dinners 10-20 years ago and the most awful kitsch pictures and furniture.
We were in the "Attic Suite" reached up 2 flights of stairs and then a cramped and very steep final set that I had to struggle with a suitcase up. No lifts and no assistance. Understandable, as the staff were in their 60s, 70s and possibly 80s.
The suite itself had 2 areas and a bathroom.
The bath had a shower attachment but no curtains so a shower was impossible. Taps when turned on obviously activated a pump to get water up to the attic. The noise was similar to standing 10 yds from a helicopter and at night was positively frightening.
The ceiling was at angles into the roof. In 3 days I managed to hit my head at least ten times. Once quite severely. It was impossible to reach the bed without contortions.
The room also had a sofa and good tv.
We chose this hotel because it was advertised as having a pool and spa facilities. We went the afternoon we arrived. The receptionist looked slightly surprised when we asked about it and said we should collect towels from her and she would turn on the sauna and the spa pool. We did.
On reaching the "Venetian" spa it was clear we were probably the first users for a very long time.
The steam "closet" was broken, the jacuzzi was the same temperature as the pool and the pool itself was absolutely freezing. We did swim while waiting for the sauna to warm up a bit. It was never really hot but was better than the temp of the pool. The sauna is however a bit of a safety hazard. It is tiny and the sauna coals are unprotected. Most residents are pensioners and would it be very easy to slip and fall onto them. One window in cabin was cracked.
When we went to the shower/changing room showers were less than wonderful.
We visited the pool twice more and the towels we left under the bench each time (as instructed) were still there on our last visit.
We ordered in advance the full cooked breakfast which cost £12.50 each.
The dining room is frozen in time, again the 50s.
The cold buffet "sideboard" was packets of cereal, prunes in syrup, tinned grapefruit segments, individual yoghurts and apples, pears and bananas.
Only bread available was brown or white toasted sliced bread.
Cooked breakfast served to you from a choice of classic english or smoked haddock/kippers.
Again, the room, the food, the service seemed like a time machine trip back to 1955. Some may like it but it felt like a B&B, not a hotel.
The "champagne bar" had a tiny fridge with a couple of beers and cokes. Don't go expecting bar facilities as usual in a hotel
Essentially this place is for those in their 70s. One younger French family looked perpetually embarrassed.
I think this is the Britain UKIP is yearning to return to.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rye Lodge Hotel is an award winning 20 bedroom hotel situated within the heart of the ancient town of Rye. Rye Lodge is the only hotel in Rye with Spa facilities and free off street parking for all its guests. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rye Hotel Rye
- Rye Lodge Hotel East Sussex