£59 — East Sussex: 18th-Century Hotel with Breakfast, 48% Off
- Accommodation for 2 people in an upgraded Deluxe Room
- Full English breakfast
- Sun-Thu 20-31 Jul; 1-30 Sep
- £79 Sun-Thu 1-31 Aug
Why we love it
- This family-run inn has scored 100% in Travelzoo-member reviews — all who reviewed their experience said they loved it
- The property is at the top of a hill overlooking the harbour, a short walk from the town centre
- The restaurant serves locally sourced ingredients, such as fresh fish from Rye Bay
The Hope Anchor Hotel is a family-run inn in the East Sussex town of Rye. The property is at the top of a hill overlooking the harbour, a few minutes’ walk from the main town. It’s the top ranked hotel out of eight hotels in Rye on TripAdvisor, and 100% of Travelzoo members who previously stayed here and reviewed their stay said they loved it.
The inn was built around 1750 and was a watering hole for local sailors and shipbuilders. Legend has it the hotel’s secret passages were once used by the Tenterden Gang for smuggling goods.
With only 16 rooms, The Hope Anchor Hotel is one of the smallest hotels in the town. Each room has its own design. Breakfast and dinner are served in the restaurant, which offers dishes using locally sourced produce such as fish from Rye Bay and meat from Romney Marsh. There’s also a bar serving snacks and sandwiches.
In Rye you’ll see quaint cobbled streets, narrow passageways and crooked Tudor buildings. Don’t miss Mermaid Street, which has been named one of the prettiest streets in Britain by The Daily Telegraph. Climb the tower of St Marys Church for views of Rye and see the turret clock, which is the oldest in England. Lamb House is another highlight — this National Trust Georgian property was home to American writer Henry James.
Three miles outside Rye is Camber Sands, a popular site for kite surfers. Parts of the beach were used for scenes in the 2015 film “The Theory of Everything”. Alternatively, 30 minutes to the west of Rye is Battle, the site of the Battle of Hastings in 1066. Battle Abbey stands on the spot where King Harold is said to have died.
From the press:
“This historic inn sits high above the town with enviable views out over the harbour” — The AA Hotel Guide 2015