The Mermaid Inn, the Jewel in Rye s Crown. One of England s oldest and loveliest inns, with norman cellars dating from 1156, the Mermaid, rebuilt in 1420, offers tradition and charm in abundance. The Mermaid Inn is a unique experience, with a wide range of accommodation including rooms with four-poster beds and fascinating secret passages. The lounge bar boasts one of the largest open log fires in the country. The 2 AA Rosette restaurant offers fine British and French cuisine and the head chef is proud to use only the freshest of local ingredients. For many years The Mermaid has been frequented by artists from the stage and screen: Charlie Chaplin, Pierce Brosnan, Andy Garcia and Johnny Depp to name but a few. Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother and Prince Edward have also resided here. Painters from all over the world have spent many a happy hour with brush in hand, capturing the rare character of this beautiful inn The Mermaid has 8 four-poster bedded rooms, 15 double / twin bedded rooms, 5 family and 3 single bedded rooms. In the other bedrooms, the story is repeated fine panelling, Caen stone fireplaces and latticed windows. The second-storey rooms are particularly intriguing with the curved timber supporting the ceilings. The dormer windows afford a unique view of the red-tiled roofs of Rye. Conferences are very popular at the Mermaid where guests can enjoy the history and charm of this rare old building as well as professional service and fine cuisine.
Although it was only for one night it was very relaxing and the staff were friendly and helpful.
Wonderfully quaint hotel right in the centre of Rye. Restaurant excellent, and car parking a big plus. Definitely not a formulaic chain hotel.
The location is fantastic and the Inn is interesting.
It seems that there is a vartiation in the standard of the rooms although they are all the same price. The room I was given was in the newer part (Georgian) part of the hotel, in the attic. There was no four poster bed. I asked about this and was told that this room was the same price as the rest as it was a 'superior' room. Not good value for the money I paid.
The hotel is beautiful, and Rye a delightful place to visit. The staff were friendly and very helpful. We had a lovely stay.
Ideally we would have liked a bigger bathroom with a bath, but that's often the way in very old hotels.
The character of the hotel