With Norman cellars dating back to the 12th century and secret passageways in some of its rooms, this inn offers historic accommodation in Rye. It has a huge open log fireplace in the bar, and an award-winning restaurant. Rebuilt in 1420, The Mermaid Inn has been visited by Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother and Prince Edward, as well as celebrities and artists. It retains many beautiful, traditional features, including a secret stairway hidden behind a bookcase. The restaurant has been awarded two AA Rosettes for its fine French and British cuisine. The lounge bar was once frequented by local smugglers, and has a large wooden beam supported by stone pillars. Each room at The Mermaid has charming features, like wooden panelling or carved beds. Rooms all feature a TV and en suite bathroom, and some have picturesque views over Rye.

Couples particularly like the location — they rated it 9.7 for a two-person trip.

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Property highlights

Top location: Highly rated by recent guests (9.7)

Breakfast info

Continental, Full English/Irish, Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-free

Free private parking available at the hotel


Availability

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Room type
Number of guests
 
1 single bed
1 double bed
2 single beds
2 single beds
1 double bed
1 double bed
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Guest reviews

Categories:

Staff
9.4
Facilities
8.6
Cleanliness
9.0
Comfort
8.9
Value for money
8.2
Location
9.7
Free WiFi
9.0
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See what guests loved the most:

  • Kathymingoaura
    United Kingdom United Kingdom
    Amazing stay, the staff are so helpful and everything was 10000%. The breakfast was so good, everything about the mermaid is just fabulous
  • Joanne
    United Kingdom United Kingdom
    The hotel was a charming historic place to stay . The staff were all utterly charming and so welcoming and helpful . We ate our evening meal and breakfast and these were both excellent
  • Simon
    United Kingdom United Kingdom
    The position is fantastic in such an amazing place ,walk straight into history and climb the church tower for the best veiw.

Hotel surroundings

Restaurants
1 restaurant on site

  • Restaurant at The Mermaid Inn
    • Open for
      Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner
    • Ambiance
      Traditional • Romantic
    • Dietary options
      Vegan • Gluten-free • Dairy-free

Facilities of Mermaid Inn
Great facilities! Review score, 8.6

Most popular facilities
  • Free parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Family rooms
  • Restaurant
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Room service
  • Bar
Bathroom
  • Toilet paper
  • Towels
  • Bath or shower
  • Private bathroom
  • Toilet
  • Free toiletries
  • Hairdryer
Bedroom
  • Linen
  • Wardrobe or closet
Outdoors
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Terrace
Kitchen
  • Electric kettle
Room Amenities
  • Clothes rack
Pets
Pets are allowed on request. Charges may be applicable.
Activities
  • Live music/performance
  • Themed dinner nights
    Additional charge
  • Hiking
  • Windsurfing
  • Golf course (within 3 km)
Media & Technology
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Radio
  • Telephone
  • TV
Food & Drink
  • Fruits
  • Wine/champagne
    Additional charge
  • Special diet menus (on request)
  • Breakfast in the room
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
Internet
WiFi is available in all areas and is free of charge.
Parking
Free private parking is possible on site (reservation is not needed).
  • Accessible parking
Reception services
  • Luggage storage
  • 24-hour front desk
Entertainment and family services
  • Board games/puzzles
Cleaning services
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Dry cleaning
    Additional charge
  • Laundry
    Additional charge
Business facilities
  • Fax/photocopying
  • Meeting/banquet facilities
Safety & security
  • Fire extinguishers
  • CCTV outside property
  • CCTV in common areas
  • Smoke alarms
  • Key access
  • 24-hour security
General
  • Shared lounge/TV area
  • Designated smoking area
  • Non-smoking throughout
  • Heating
  • Packed lunches
  • Carpeted
  • Fan
  • Family rooms
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Wake up service/Alarm clock
  • Room service
Accessibility
  • Upper floors accessible by stairs only
Languages spoken
  • English

Property practice

This property has told us they implemented a practice in one of these categories: waste, water, energy and greenhouse gases, destination and community, and nature.

House rules

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Check-in

From 14:00

Check-out

Until 11:00

 

Cancellation/
prepayment

Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to accommodation type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check the conditions of your required room.

Children and beds

Child policies

Children of any age are welcome.

To see correct prices and occupancy information, please add the number of children in your group and their ages to your search.

Cot and extra bed policies

0 - 1 year
Extra bed upon request
Free
Cot upon request
Free
2 - 5 years
Extra bed upon request
Free
6 - 12 years
Extra bed upon request
£30 per child, per night
13 - 17 years
Extra bed upon request
£60 per child, per night

Prices for cots and extra beds are not included in the total price, and will have to be paid for separately during your stay.

The number of extra beds and cots allowed is dependent on the option you choose. Please check your selected option for more information.

All cots and extra beds are subject to availability.

No age restriction

There is no age requirement for check-in

Pets

Pets are allowed on request. Charges may be applicable.

Maestro Mastercard Visa Solo American Express Cash is not accepted Mermaid Inn accepts these cards and reserves the right to temporarily hold an amount prior to arrival.

The fine print
Need-to-know information for guests at this property

In response to Coronavirus (COVID-19), additional safety and sanitation measures are in effect at this property.

FAQs about Mermaid Inn

  • Check-in at Mermaid Inn is from 14:00, and check-out is until 11:00.

  • Guests staying at Mermaid Inn can enjoy a highly-rated breakfast during their stay (guest review score: 8.5).

    Breakfast option(s) include:

    • Continental
    • Full English/Irish
    • Vegetarian
    • Vegan
    • Gluten-free

  • Mermaid Inn is 100 yards from the centre of Rye. All distances are measured in straight lines. Actual travel distances may vary.

  • Mermaid Inn offers the following activities / services (charges may apply):

    • Hiking
    • Windsurfing
    • Golf course (within 3 km)
    • Themed dinner nights
    • Live music/performance

  • Room options at Mermaid Inn include:

    • Single
    • Double
    • Twin

  • Mermaid Inn has 1 restaurant:

    • Restaurant at The Mermaid Inn

  • The prices at Mermaid Inn may vary depending on your stay (e.g. dates you select, hotel's policy etc.). See the prices by entering your dates.