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About Rye

Rye is a great seaside escape from the city of London, while actually only being around an hour and a half’s drive away. Many of the best places to stay in Rye are boutique in style and make perfect weekend-break bases for exploring the alleys and cobbled streets of this seaside charmer.

On the edge of town, fringed by dunes, is the long, white sweep of Camber Beach, and the landscape just welcomes strolling, cycling and picnicking. As well as boutique hotels, Rye also has some great restaurants and cafes, and there are some interesting historical secrets to uncover.

The Best Places to Stay in Rye

For Boutique Chic

  • Our Guru’s boutique-y favourite in Rye is Jeake's House. Packed with antiques and items of interest and charm, this is a friendly spot with an honesty bar, a lovely fire to cosy up to in the parlour and fabulously generous breakfasts.
  • The George in Rye is a good pick for those looking for luxury. The comfortable rooms are pleasingly varied in character and there’s all day dining with a charcoal grill. Plus it's only a short hop to the beach.

For Seaside Escapes

  • Ticking, stripes, white painted floorboards and driftwood tones are very much in evidence at the New England-style Gallivant at Camber Beach. The Beach Bistro and the Beach Cafe will keep you well fed while you enjoy the American retro touches and glorious beach.

For Something Different

  • The Rye Windmill B&B is an unusual B&B with some rooms housed in the actual windmill itself - one of Rye’s most famous landmarks. You’re right by the river and a short walk from town, and this is also one of the best hotels in Rye if you’re looking for great value, with rooms starting from just £80 per night.

For Foodies

  • The Ship Inn is a former smugglers warehouse turned pub with rooms in the centre of Rye. Homely, child friendly and near the beach, this is one of the best hotels in Rye for foodies, as their restaurant is Michelin recommended.

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Best Hotels in Rye

  • The Mermaid Inn Rye 31 rooms from £150

    Historic  -  The cellars date from 1156 and the building was rebuilt in 1420. It's a genuine piece of Tudor architecture
    Restaurant  -  2 AA Rosette dining featuring local produce, such as Winchelses Beef, Rye Bay Cod and Romney Marsh Lamb.
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.

    Historic inn in the centre of Rye which dates back to the 13th Century. Rooms ooze period charm with carved four poster beds, sloping beamed ceilings and gorgeous original features including a vast fireplace in the bar. Delicious 2 AA Rosette dining. A perfect weekend getaway. See More

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  • Rye Windmill B&B Rye, East Sussex 10 rooms from £80

    Landmark  -  Comes with a reputation.

    Charming and unusual B&B - two rooms in the mill itself (one of Rye's most famous landmarks) the rest attached. Next to the river and within walking distance of Rye town centre. See More

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  • The Ship Inn, Rye Rye 10 rooms from £85

    Beach Life  -  Spend the day on Camber Sands, with over 2 miles of stretch of beach to explore
    Local exploring  -  The B&B is the perfect spot for discovering the wonders of Rye and beyond
    Sights nearby  -  Visit Rye Castle, less than 10 minutes away from the B&B
    Restaurant  -  The restaurant serves locally sourced seasonal food
    RestaurantGardenPet friendlyParking
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays

    A charming and historic pub with rooms, nestled in the centre of the idyllic town of Rye. Rooms are chic, comfortable and filled with lots of natural light. The traditional pub prides itself in its love for English wine. Enjoy deliciously simple yet artisan locally sourced food at the restaurant. See More

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  • The Standard Inn Rye (Rye) 5 rooms from £100

    Local exploring  -  A great establishment from which to explore the local area.
    Great walks  -  The Cotswold Way National Trail covers 102 miles of the gentle landscape.
    Full of character
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.

    This 15th C inn in the centre of Rye is cozy and intimate. Rooms are full of character with beamed ceilings, pretty fabrics and deep baths. Enjoy the warmth of the open fireplace after dining in the restaurant from a locally-inspired menu. There is lots to see and do in this Area of Natural Beauty. See More

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  • Whitehouse Rye (Rye) 6 rooms from £115

    Local exploring  -  Well positioned on Rye's main street meaning that independent stores, restaurants, and attractions are nearby
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the nearby 13th-century Rye Castle or Lamb House (the former home of Henry James)
    Great walks  -  Take long walks along the coast and through Rye Harbour Nature Reserve
    Full of character
    Pet friendly

    A small hotel set above a popular bakery on historic Rye's main street. Charming rooms are all named after a baked good. Expect wonky whitewashed walls, exposed beams, and simple modern furniture. Breakfasts are (unsurprisingly) a real treat. A friendly and laidback base. See More

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  • Jeake's House Rye 11 rooms from £120

    Sights nearby  -  Situated bang in the centre of town.
    Full of character
    Four poster beds  -  For romantics.
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays

    An old favourite; quirky, old-fashioned and slightly theatrical B&B bang in the centre of Rye. Full of character, in a wonderful town for weekending. See More

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  • The Gallivant Rye, East Sussex 18 rooms from £135

    Views  -  Fantastic views over Camber Sands
    Cooking classes  -  Overnight packages available
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
    Sea Views  -  From some rooms.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays, Mr & Mrs Smith, Michelin Travel

    1960s motel reborn as stylish New England beach hotel with good cafe and bistro dining, on Camber Beach. Driftwood style, retro detailing and a magnificent sandy beach. See More

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  • The George in Rye Rye (Rye) 34 rooms from £150

    Boutique  -  A 16th-century inn with a twist — expect cool vintage finds, a gastro pub, and added luxuries like copper bathtubs
    Chic  -  A favourite of Clooney, Costner and other Hollywood movie stars — this is an undeniably chic British inn
    Short break  -  Trains to London take around an hour, making this an ideal choice for a quick weekend getaway
    Romantic Break  -  For a romantic getaway pick one of the rooms with an in-room bathtub
    RestaurantNo pets
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape, Frommers, Good Hotel Guide, Kiwi Collection, Sawdays

    A 16th-century inn turned into a chic gastropub & hotel in historic Rye. Designer owners have given the place a truly individual touch. Expect vintage finds, patterned wallpapers, copper bathtubs & plenty of character. The bar is popular locally and the pub offers good British fare. A stylish stay. See More

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