The Hope Anchor Hotel

, Rye, United Kingdom
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The Hope Anchor Hotel

, Rye
3 star

Rooms: 11

Watchbell Street - Rye - England - TN31 7HA - United Kingdom Hotel Website | | 44 01797222216
222 Traveller

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Exceptional value and service
Submitted by: Nicola in 25/03/09
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Young Couple
Friendly welcoming reception staff, we were given a parking permit allowing us to park right outside hotel. Our room, the crows nest, was comfortable, clean and cosy with lovely views across the contryside. The highlight for us was the exceptional food which is some of the best we have ever sampled.The sevice was also excellent. We chose the dinner, bed and breakfast special which was superb value. we had a fabulous weekend and will definately return.

Historical Traveller Reviews of The Hope Anchor Hotel

Great Service, Great Location, Nice Hotel

from Oily rag
In spite of booking very late, we took the last and smallest room in the hotel. A totally acceptable room although bathroom tiling was a bit poor.
Service throughout the hotel was very good, being both efficient & friendly.
Location on the top of the hill , just a hundred yards down a cobbled road from the church, and a 5 minute walk to the high street was fantastic.

Lovely Hotel !

from sussexlad
The Hope Anchor - lovely hotel. Helpful and attentive staff, nice room, good view of river. Breakfast was great !

Rye is a beautiful old town, cobbles, old church (go up the tower for the view!). Suggest Heyden's Tea Rooms for lunch or a quick bite to eat and the bar at the Mermaid Inn for an (over priced) drink.

Ignore the previous reviewers comments on Camber - the desolation is part of the charm.

Charming and lovely

from varneykr
Rye itself is incredibly beautiful, and this property couldn't be in a better location. We stayed in the Fisherman's cottage and what a lovely place. We had an upstairs bedroom and bath and a downstairs living area all private from the main building. Nice for privacy. The cottage itself was clean, comfortable, and nicely decorated. I would highly recommend this property. Is in great walking distance to the gorgeous town and overall a great place to be.

Lovely hotel and sweet village but disappointing surrounding area

from k8macdonald
We stayed in the adjoining cottage to the actual hotel which was lovely. We have a young baby and it was perfect - a nice, clean, well furnished bedroom upstairs with bathroom, and a good sized lounge with dining table and small kitchen downstairs. We only stayed one night but the staff were so friendly and helpful during our time there. The breakfast in the morning served in the hotel itself was lovely and the staff were very attentive and helpful. The only thing i would say was disappointing was the surrounding area (Camber ...). Rye itself was a quaint little village (it is small though i don't think you need more than 1 night there) but the neighbouring Camber (and beach) was disappointing. It was dominated by a large run down holiday camp - yuck! I chose Rye over a night in Bournemouth but now think I may have been better off going to Bournemouth as the beach is sandy and nice ...

A nice little hotel and I am a travel agent!

from Specialisttravel
We had to stay in hotel as my daugher had a photoshoot. We chose this hotel based on reviews on here and were pleasantly suprised.
The location was good we, easily walked to the centre of town, down the cobbled streets.
Reception was very quick
Our room was a double bedded room which had a view over a strand quay.
The restaurant didnt open till 7 at night so we did find we were killing time to get something to eat, We couldnt find any fast food restuarants in Rye to get my dd a Mcdonalds or something. So in the end we had a candlelit dinner for two!
The portions were large, my daughter wasted most yet it was convenient and nice food.
Breakfast was plentyful self service, fruit juices, toast, hot fry up, cereals, fruits etc
Reception kindly booked us a taxi
a lovely little quaint hotel - the sort i would have liked to go away with my husband too
shame we were there for longer, plus we paid about £85 for the room yet realistically couldnt find cheaper options so went for this
would recommend this hotel
This is not the best hotel I have stayed at yet for the location and where we wanted to be etc was great, If I have to go back to Rye I would stay here

A lovely Hotel, friendly and great value

from WMadge
We recently stayed at the Hotel having read other tripadvisor reviews and were not disappointed. The receptionist is extremely friendly, which immediately set a nice tone for the stay. She personally took us to our room, the Junior Suite which was lovely, with step down to a cosy bedroom. Yes the furniture is a little dated but it adds to the charm of the Hotel in some ways.

We were attending a family function in Rye so we did not sample the food in the restaurant but we did have a drink in the Bar when we returned for a night cap. The Bar is small but cosy and has a friendly barman.

Breakfast was lovely. Cereal, fresh orange, fresh fruit and crossaints set out on a table. A hot cooked breakfast with toast and tea. Piping hot and fresh, a great start to the day.

I would highly recommend this Hotel. It is friendly and charming. The location is great and the views are lovely. To top it all it is excellent value compared to the two other historic Hotels in Rye.

What a find!

from maddieNorthampton
My Mum and I have just returned (2nd April 07 )from staying a fantastic night at the Hope Anchor. We unfortunately had to vist Rye for a family funeral and looked on the internet for somewhere to stay.

The Hotel had the best reviews of all Rye ones I found and I loved the sound of the 200 year old fishermans cottage. Well it was better than lovely and so were the staff, in fact we could not fault one little bit of our stay.

The place was very quaint and had everything you could need, A very pretty and well equpped double bedroom, where my Mum stayed and a quality sofa bed in the lounge which was very comfy and the linen beautiful. I think it woudl be lovely for a romantic break too. All self contained and private with everything you need. We were joined by family in the evening for a meal in the restaurant and we had good food, well served and priced well too.

Breakfast was fresh and piping hot, I would say a VERY good bet for only a 3* I've stayed in 4* places no where near as good as this for an all round package .

We couldn't fault it anywhere. I would definitely go back again and confidently recommend it to our friends.

A well priced gem

from ianpress
The Hope Anchor is the sort of hotel you find all over France but sadly hardly ever stumble across in England – friendly, family run and priced a little above a faceless motel but miles below all those places that fancy themselves and charge accordingly.
My wife and I happened across the Hope Anchor as we wanted to extend our weekend on the south coast following a night at The Grand in Brighton – thank goodness we weren’t paying for the stay in this faded relic of distant glories.
The Hope Anchor swaps the Grand’s vast echoing halls for a comfortable cosiness. Perched on the hill that helps make Rye so interesting, reaching it by car is an act of faith along narrow, cobbled streets in a maze of ‘access only’ roads.
It’s worth it for the warm welcome. Our room (no 3) was a snug suite with four poster, small separate sitting area and warm, immaculately kept bathroom, thankfully missing the mouldy tiles of Brighton. The two flatscreen televisions made a mockery of the feeble old set that passed for smart at The Grand.
Our bedroom décor at the Hope Anchor was a mish-mash of old and new, some dull pine and lots of swags and flourishes. Not my taste but comfortable and homely and a bargain at the £65 we paid for bed and breakfast.
Dinner was taken in an almost deserted dining room. It was cheerfully served and tasty, squeaky fresh fish for my wife and a juicy steak for me. Decent value and washed down by a sensibly priced (£10.50) bottle of wine.
Breakfast the following morning was taken in a different room and could have featured kippers or a fry up. We took the healthier option of fruit and a fresh and warm croissant (unlike Brighton’s cold, stodgy offering).
Lugging our cases down to the car (parked in the street with a free permit from the hotel) before departure, a room maid immediately offered to help. That’s typical of an hotel we would be happy to return to soon.

Nice Hotel

from expectant customer
The hotel is in Watchbell street, which is at the top, and at the back of old Rye.

There is limited parking, but the hotel will give you a resident parking permit and you park in the road.

The entrance is a little disappointing, it needs a few warm lights. Likewise the area leading to the public toilets, very bland, needs warm lights and a few pictures.

The ground floor area is small, but intimate.
The furniture here is a poor mix, some nice original oak and dark wood fittings, but the furniture in the lounge (lots of pine) is not in keeping. The main restaurant furniture does degrade from what this hotel could be. Likewise, a horrible '70's air extractor dominates in the old style bar.

We had room number 3, the Sankey Suite. This has a 4 poster, and a quite nice decor. The 4 poster is made from modern, bolted together pine, but was very comfortable with nice sheets. Again, a lot of modern pine furniture which does not really fit, and a very wobbly pine wardrobe.

The room is a good size, but has a lot of furniture in it. A lounge area is attached, 2 large chairs and a second TV. There is tea and coffee making facilities.

The view is very good, over the marshes and out towards the distance.
The bathroom is new, modern, comfortable and has nice towels and lots of hot water.

Dinner was not in the main restaurant, (I guess too few of us in November) but in the breakfast area, and it does feel like a breakfast area, again the pine!! Food was very good, nice hot and tasty crab bisque, a good pepper steak, although veg a bit overcooked.
Service was fine.

Breakfast was very good, simple self serve fruits, a selection of croissants and toast, Very well done cooked breakfast.

Overall, a nice hotel, good service, furniture needs a re-think!

Top of my A-list hotels

from A TripAdvisor Member
The Hope Anchor ...... 8th April 2006
We have just returned from our fifth visit to this wonderfully friendly, mid_ 18th century hotel situated at the very heart of the town overlooking the marshes and out to sea, on Rye's highest point. We will suffer withdrawal symptoms for weeks. Everything about the hotel is outstanding. Each room is fresh,clean and airy, with it's own characteristics which make it individually exciting. If you don't get a room with a marsh view or panorama that stretches to the historic town of Winchelsea, then you will be in one of the few rooms which have a glorious view down the hill of the ancient town of Rye.

The staff are polite and very friendly and the food is outstanding. Moreover, you can pay a lot more for a lot less in other hotels nearby!! We can't wait to visit again

Top Local Tips for Rye

Rye Walk around the lovely streets and soak up the history. Climb to the top of the Parish Church which has great views out to sea. If you like walking then go to the tourist information office and ask for walks around Rye. There is a nature reserve within easy walk from the town out to the coast which is worth doing. There are cycle trails too. Unfortunately Lamb House, where authors Henry James and EF Benson lived, was closed during our stay but I'm sure it is worth a visit.

See Rye from the church tower Take a trip up the church tower and get a great panoramic view of Rye and the surrounding marshes

Local History in and around Rye Pack a pair of walking shoes and leave the car at the hotel. there is so much to see and in Rye, historic sites including St Marys Parish Church,Lamb House, Watchbell Street,Mermaid Street and the Mermaid Inn.Don,t miss the windmill or Rye harbour,Winchelsea and Tenderton are both close by and should not be missed alittlefurther is Hastings With it,s old town pier and long sea front .


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  • Address: Watchbell Street - Rye - England - TN31 7HA - United Kingdom
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