The Mermaid Inn

South East England East Sussex Rye

  • 31 Guest Rooms
  • Historic Hotel

Book Now

Book your stay securely on a third-party website

It’s four-poster beds and bumps in the night at this self-styled jewel in the crown of Rye. The Inn was built in 1420 and the Norman cellars dating back to 1156. Once a notorious smugglers’ den, this is now one of the oldest buildings in Rye and has all the charm you'd expect. It’s a traditional-looking inn with ivy out front and dark wood within, and is surprisingly like the Tardis: somehow it manages to pack 31 rooms under its seemingly modest roof. One way it does this is with corridors that feel like secret passages leading you to the individual rooms, which vary in style, some boast good views from their tiny windows. Each is named after a person from the history of the Inn and reflects their character. In Dr Syn's Bedchamber you'll find (or not) a secret stairway concealed behind the bookcase, look in at your peril. The Elizabethan Bedchamber has a lovely four-poster bed in which Elizabeth I stayed.   Downstairs the restaurant fuses British and French cuisine, while the lounge has a roaring open fire to keep you warm in winter. It's about as charismatic and cosy a place as you could find – and even has a few resident ghosts just to add to the atmosphere.



Open all year.


Doubles from £190 a night, including breakfast.


Contact Website  01797 223 065  The Mermaid Inn, Mermaid Street, Rye, East Sussex TN31 7EY

Show Map


  • Parking
  • Wifi
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • TVs with Freeview
  • Wedding Venue
  • Family rooms
  • Room Service

Related Guides

See Hotels in Rye


Be the first to leave a review!

Add Your Review

List Your Property

Do you have a Cool Place you'd like to tell us about?

Join Cool Places

Other Cool Places near The Mermaid Inn

What Customers say about Cool Places

Everything I needed for a stay

I'm already looking forward to going again and would highly recommend this hotel to anyone visiting the area. It definitely deserves a five star rating!

Nathan, Verified Customer

6 out of 5!!!!

This place was amazing… I could not recommend this place enough, I’ll be singing their praise for many years to come and we are going to book again soon.

Barbara, Verified Customer

Easy to navigate

Great site that offers a really broad range of places to stay across the UK. Easy to navigate and book holidays.

Patrick, Verified Customer

Such a great variety of properties

Found this website when looking to book a staycation for later in the year. Such a great variety of properties and the website is really easy to use. Already shared with my family and friends.

CT, Verified Customer

Great, simple, straightforward

Great, simple and straightforward. I will definitely be using Cool Places again.

SM, Verified Customer