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The Mermaid Inn
Ranked #1 of 9 Hotels in Rye
Certificate of Excellence
Brighton
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93 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
“Not to be missed”
Reviewed 11 August 2014

Visited for pre dinner drinks with friends and lucky enough to enjoy a sunny evening on the patio. Great to step back in time and enjoy the original feel of such an old building. Definitely not a place to miss if you're visiting Rye

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with friends
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 9 August 2014

Though the sea on which it once relied upon for trade has long receded, the ancient town of Rye still thrives as the 'Most Untouched' place in England. That reason alone kindled our interest as we swept in from the east across the bleak windswept beauty of Romrey Marsh. Rye reveals an outline that still has a distinctly medieval air about it with the town renowned for its remarkable number of ancient buildings. Another reason for our overnight visit.
Tucked away among these, and older than most is the Mermaid Inn, from which the town's main street gets its name. Since the 1420, a restoration on the original 1156- bones, it has not been touched since,making staying here,very special.
Appropriately for an Inn built in a seafarer's town, the Mermaid is constructed from ship's timbers and it is said, that when storms rock the house,the ghostly crash of waves can still be heard from the crooked bedrooms. It true,would i lie?
The four-poster bed in its surrounding furnishings is comfy to the max and the eatery downstairs offers a plethora of excellent dishes of the region. Everything is done with a smile. looking out of our window we imagine that the harbour offered anchorage to more than a hundred ships which also gives credence to the town's standing reputation as a haunt of smugglers. Loved the total experience.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Ottawa, Canada
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Reviewed 6 August 2014

This IS a 700 year old pub/hotel in a very quaint village in the south of England. If you want to feel what it would have been like to stay in such a place several hundred years ago this is the place for you. For me though, it didm;t quite cut it, although I accept that is certainly somewhat my problem. As someone over 6' I found the low doors and ceilings a little grating after a while, and while the sloping floors were somewhat charming to begin with, they were a little more tiresome in the night, when you find yourself rolling off the bed. Again though - its 700 years old, so that is par for the course. More pertinent perhaps, the shower had so-so pressure, the breakfast I thought was mediocre (certainly there are plenty of other options for a "full English" in Rye for 1/3 of the cost and better quality), and for us, being located directly above the bar didn't help, as the sound did not die down until 1.30am in the morning. Finally, be aware the pub has the reputation for being one of the most haunted in England. This may delight you, or not, or you may feel completely indifferent, but it certainly lends colour to the creaking floorboards at 2 in the morning. Would I return? No, but if you are looking to stay in an Olde Worlde pub, then this is a great example, and the staff could not have been more helpful.

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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Luton, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 August 2014

If you want a genuine, historical, quirky and magical place to stay then come here! This wonderful building was made all the more special by the people within from the lovely receptionists right through to bar and waiting staff and the excellent Chef. Its a great place to stay if you want to visit historical houses and gardens with many National Trust places within easy reach - we stayed for two days and it wasn't nearly long enough but we'll come back at a different time of year. The restaurant is pricey but the food is great and you can always choose to eat from the bar menu one night. If you have a large car or 4 wheel drive find a car park nearby because you'll find it hard to negotiate the narrow cobbled streets and you might not make it into the car park. If you have mobility difficulties or any problem with stairs this may not be the place for you to stay but if you're nearby visit it for a meal anyway, it's a must visit.

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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reading, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 August 2014 via mobile

My partner booked this Hotel for our first weekend away together.
Four poster room & a lovely location.
The room was very very hot n stuffy
Think it may have been above the kitchen we had to have the fire escape door open all the time we were there! Except at night we had to close it & put the fan on but it was still hot.
Quite a lot of discomfort for a £200 a night room.
Luckily the breakfast was great & the bar was lovely the town itself was great to explore.

Stayed July 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 August 2014

Stopped by for lunch last week. This is an amazing and historic venue jam packed with history, and I can't remember the age of the original site, but probably Tudor. Interesting local Sussex and Kent beers and Ciders available. Decent pub grub, generous portions and a wide selection! Definitely worth a visit.

Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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York, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 31 July 2014

Fabulous period hotel, full of charm and character. Great service, excellent food, what more can you ask. Bar and courtyard area seemed to be very popular with locals and visitors alike. Would definitely go back again.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: The Mermaid Inn
Address: Mermaid Street, Rye TN31 7EY, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > East Sussex > Rye
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 9 Hotels in Rye
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — The Mermaid Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 31
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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. ... more   less 
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