“Charming inn steeped in history” - AA Inspector
RYE, EAST SUSSEX
- Social distancing and safety measures in place
- Follows government and industry guidelines for COVID-19
- Signed up to the AA COVID Confident Charter
We have focused on the health and well being of guests and staff. There is a programme of training for staff to raise their awareness. This will include training by a Nurse on the principles of infection control, role play for Front of House Staff to manage new processes, staff with specific roles to Meet and Greet, and the staff working in their bubbles with staggered shift patterns. We are using Social Media to manage guest expectations of what The Mermaid experience will now be.
Our Inspector's view
Situated near the top of a cobbled side street, this famous smugglers' inn is steeped in history, dating back to 1450 with 12th-century cellars. The charming interior has many delightful architectural features. The bedrooms vary in size and style but all are tastefully furnished; there are no fewer than eight four-posters, and the Elizabethan and Dr Syn's Bedchambers are particularly noteworthy. Delightful public rooms include a choice of lounges, cosy bar and smart restaurant.
Facilities – at a glance
- En-suite rooms: 31
- Family rooms: 5
- Free TV
- Broadband available
- WiFi available
- Children welcome
- Ironing facilities
- Cots provided
- High chairs
- Children's portions or menu
- Christmas entertainment programme
- New Year entertainment programme
- Night porter available
- Outdoor parking spaces: 15
- Walk-in showers
- Steps for wheelchair: 3
- Single room, minimum price: £90
- Double room, minimum price: £140
- Open all year
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About the area
Discover East Sussex
East Sussex, along with its western counterpart, is packed with interest. This is a land of stately homes and castles, miles of breezy chalk cliffs overlooking the English Channel, pretty rivers, picturesque villages and links to our glorious past. Mention Sussex to many people and images of the South Downs immediately spring to mind – ‘vast, smooth, shaven, serene,’ as the writer Virginia Woolf described them. She and her husband lived at Monk’s House in the village of Rodmell, near Lewes, and today, her modest home is managed by the National Trust and open to the public.
There are a great many historic landmarks within Sussex, but probably the most famous is the battlefield where William, Duke of Normandy defeated Harold and his Saxon army to become William the Conqueror of England. By visiting Battle, near Hastings, you can, with a little imagination, picture the bloody events that led to his defeat. East Sussex’s pretty towns such as Lewes, Rye and Uckfield have their charms, while the city of Brighton offers museums and fascinating landmarks, the best-known and grandest feature being the Royal Pavilion.
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