The Mermaid Inn has 31 unique rooms, each one is named after a person from the history of the Inn and Rye.  There are;

  • magnificent carved beds
  • a secret stairway concealed behind the bookcase in Dr Syn’s Bedchamber
  • fine oakwood panelling
  • Caen stone fireplaces and latticed windows.

The second storey rooms are particularly intriguing with curved timbers supporting the ceilings which rise to a point above them, while the dormer windows afford a unique view of the citadel of Rye and beyond.

The Mermaid Inn is a genuine example of Tudor architecture and construction, and with the Caen stone fireplaces and wattle and daub walls, is maintained for the experience of the many guests from the United Kingdom and from around the world who stay at The Mermaid Inn every year.   None of the rooms are on the Ground Floor.

We offer a variety of room types;

Family Rooms

Single Rooms

Double / Twin Rooms

Superior Double / Twin

Four Poster Rooms

Historical Bedchambers

The Mermaid Inn is happy to welcome clean, well behaved pets.  In the interest of hygiene it is our policy that pets do not come into contact with bedding or upholstery by sleeping on beds or chairs.  Pet owners are requested to provide suitable bedding for their pet, and to take care with pet’s water and feed bowls.  There is a £5 charge per pet per night.  This is by prior arrangement.

Dogs are not permitted in any of the public areas.

Check in is from 2pm and Check Out is 11am.

The 31 Bedrooms, are individually featured on the website, listed with images and the amenities on offer.  To book a particular room, or to reserve a room with a shower, then please contact reception directly by;

Phone: 01797 223065 or Email: [email protected].

Four Poster Rooms

There are 7 Four Poster Rooms;

Room 1 – James Room

Room 10 – Fleur De Lys

Room 17 – Kingsmill

Room 18 – Rye Royal

Room 25 – Kirkham

Room 28 – Alexandra

Room 20 – Georgina

All rooms have;

  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Antique furniture
  • Exposed beams
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Bathroom Products
  • Room Service
  • Beverage Tray

Historical Character

There are two Historical Character rooms;

is a lovely four poster bedded room with its own history. You are following in the footsteps of Elizabeth I, who in 1573 stayed in The Inn on her “procession” to Rye, and named the town, “Rye Royale”. There is a secret passage, oubliette and a well-worn staircase to the old kitchen (now the bar) – an ideal escape for smugglers!

is named after Dr Syn, the fictitious character of the author Russell Thorndike.  Based on the factual ‘Hawkhurst’ smuggling gang of 600 men.  Dr Syn, the vicar of Dymchurch,was portrayed by George Arliss in a 1937 feature film and Patrick McGoohan in a 1960 Walt Disney version. Russell Thorndike frequently visited The Mermaid Inn and was welcomed by the Gregory family who owned the Inn during the 1950s.

You will find in the rooms;

  • Exposed beams
  • Antique furniture
  • Bathroom products
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • TV
  • En Suite bathroom

Family Rooms

There are six family rooms;

The rooms have;

  • Bathroom ensuite – bath / hand held shower
  • Beverage tray including bottled water
  • Antique furniture
  • Sloping ceilings and flooring
  • Exposed beams
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Bathroom products
  • Room Service

Each room is totally individual.  Please look on the website for more detail about each of the rooms, with photographs, to ensure you have the right room for you and your family, and you enjoy your Mermaid experience.


TARIFF (per room per night from 01/05/24)

Room Type                   Bed and Full English Breakfast                    Dinner, Bed & Breakfast

Single Room                                           £129                                                                            £174

Double or Twin                            from  £190                                                                  from £280

Family Rooms                               from £260                                                        from £350

Four Poster                                             £250                                                                             £340

Historical Character                        £270                                                                           £360

The offer is available (for 2 nights) from Sunday to Thursday from May 1st 2024,  (to include dinner, bed and breakfast for 2 nights) from £260 per person.

Available from January 1st to March 31st 2025.  Please contact reception for details