About the Hotel

Welcome to the unique Mermaid Inn, rich in history;

  • Cellars dating from 1156 and the building rebuilt in 1420.

The Mermaid Inn offers a totally different experience;

  • Sloping ceilings
  • Creaking floorboards and numerous staircases
  • A history and a rich tradition that is maintained by careful stewardship.

Experience a drink in the Giant’s Fireplace Bar and imagine how the Hawkhurst Gang, local smugglers in the 1730s and 1740s, caroused in the bar. Can you see the secret passageway entrance?

Dine in the Linen Fold Panelled Restaurant. Enjoy the ambience of the large restaurant, the cosiness of the Dr Syn dining room or the privacy of the Boardroom for your evening meal, lunch and breakfast.

Relax in one of the two lounges. Enjoy the comfort and atmosphere of Dr Syn’s Lounge and look for the wall carvings of the Catholic priests fleeing to the continent at the time of the Reformation. The Small Lounge overlooks the cobbles of Mermaid Street, which was once the main route to the anchorage in Rye in years gone by.

We are the only hotel in the Medieval citadel of Rye with on site parking – for 15 cars at present as Covid Guidelines precludes us double parking.

Explore The Mermaid Inn through this Google View of the building

This blog from 2013 provides lovely images of The Mermaid Inn


The Mermaid Inn has a reputation for being haunted, 600 years of history and there are so many stories.

Download a copy of our brochure: Mermaid Inn Hotel Brochure

To book a particular room, there are 31 unique rooms to choose from, please contact reception directly by;

Phone: 01797 223065 or Email: [email protected]