East Sussex, United Kingdom

The George in Rye

Rates from (ex tax)$104.79

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (GBP100.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Quirky-smart Regency inn

Setting

Cobbled Cinque Ports streets

A truly impressive transformation of an old East Sussex coaching inn, the George in Rye hotel feels like it was always meant to be this elegant blend of historic and contemporary on a classic cobbled street. The lounge is all traditional wood panelling and oil-on-canvas portraiture, and the bar blends original features (such as an exposed wood ceiling) with modern décor (Florence Broadhurst textiles, slick hanging lights). Each of the rooms has been decorated differently with a range of styles from sleek mod to quirky Regency.

Smith Extra

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A seasonal pre-dinner cocktail each in the bar or restaurant

Facilities

Photos The George in Rye facilities

Need to know

Rooms

34, including five junior suites.

Check–Out

11.30am (but flexible on request). Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $104.79 (£83), excluding tax at 20 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (GBP100.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates include breakfast. One-night bookings for Saturdays incur a £50 supplement.

Also

Let the George organise you tickets to one of the world-class gardens nearby, or book some in-room pampering treatments with one of the therapists from the nearby Aveda spa.

At the hotel

Courtyard garden, DVD library, private dining and screening room, in‑room spa treatments, free WiFi, bike hire. In rooms, flatscreen TV, Vi‑Spring bed, Frette linens, marble‑edged (or roll-top) bath, rain shower head and Ren toiletries.

Our favourite rooms

Each room is unique, so you’re bound to have your own preference, but we like cosy, pretty room 3; room 10 in the eaves with a roll‑top bath; and peaceful room 9. Room 6 has a gorgeous shower stall made from a wig cupboard. For a special weekend, book suite 1 for its double‑headed walk‑in shower. There's no lift, so some rooms (for example, room 25) aren't ideal for guests who have trouble climbing stairs.

Packing tips

Leave the coolbox behind; the George in Rye can pack you up a fabulous hamper to take on your coastal forays – the dunes of Camber Sands are the perfect picnic destination.

Also

Lavender‑filled pillows and luxurious bottles of wild fig oil imported from Florence make evenings-in even more relaxing.

Children

Welcome. An extra bed (£20) or cot (£10) can be added to rooms and babysitting can be arranged with advance notice. There's also a baby-changing room near the restaurant.

Best for

Babies and up - children of all ages welcomed.

Recommended rooms

Deluxe and Junior Suites are best for families because most can fit a cot or Z-bed (for an extra £10). Ask about rooms that share the same door onto the main corridor.

Crèche

There isn't a creche, but babysitting can be provided during the day given prior notice.

Activities

The best beach for children is at Camber Sands, a long stretch of golden sands a short drive (or cycle ride) from the hotel. Ask staff to point you in the direction of family friendly activities, such as riding, crazy golf and sailing.

Meals

Children are allowed in the restaurant at all times. There's a dedicated children's menu, and staff are happy to heat up milk and food and organise packed lunches. There are light snacks available via room service available around the clock.

Babysitting

Staff are happy to arrange a registered nanny or babysitter. Please give as much notice as possible.

No need to pack

There are high chairs in the restaurant, as well as a baby-changing room nearby.

Also

Every room has a TV, and there are DVD players available on request, plus a selection of child-friendly DVDs. Baby massage lessons for parents are available on request.

Food and Drink

Photos The George in Rye food and drink

Top Table

Nestle in a corner at either end of the long banquette, or outside in the Garden Courtyard on balmy evenings.

Dress Code

Laid‑back layers; something a little smarter for dinner.

Hotel restaurant

The brasserie‑style Dining Room has been expanded with Paul Gordon (who won acclaim at Qualia in Australia) the head chef responsible for the hotel’s traditional English cuisine using local and seasonal ingredients.

Hotel bar

Sip on a Rye Smile whiskey cocktail or glass of Sussex wine amid the George Tap’s attractive mish‑mash of wooden tables, benches and chairs; it stays open until the last guest leaves.

Last orders

The George Tap bar stays open until the last guest goes to bed.

Room service

Light snacks available 24 hours; from 7am to 10pm, you can order from the restaurant’s menu.

Location

Photos The George in Rye location
Address
The George in Rye
98 High Street
TN31 7JT
Rye
United Kingdom

Planes

The nearest airport is London Gatwick, an hour and a half from the hotel.

Trains

Rye station is closest, a tiny two-minute drive away. From here, you'll be able to reach Ashford International and the Eurostar (www.eurostar.com) in 20 minutes.

Automobiles

From Gatwick, you'll need the A23, M25 and A21. The drive from London should take just under two hours, escaping the city on the M25 and picking up the M20. There's no parking at the hotel, unless you're lucky enough to nab a street spot outside, but there's a handful of car parks within walking distance (drop off your luggage at the hotel first). The hotel recommends the Cattle Market (closed Wednesday night and Thursday) or Railway car park; the 24-hour charge for which is £1.50 and £2 respectively. Parking on the High Street is free overnight; during the day, a one-hour limit applies.

Worth getting out of bed for

Browse the antiques shops along the Strand Quay, or stroll down to gorgeous Camber Sands with a bulging picnic hamper packed for you by the George in Rye. Ramblers will enjoy the High Weald Landscape Trail and 1066 Walk, both of which start at Rye; visit www.highweald.org for routes.

Local restaurants

Have a meal at The Ship Inn (+44 (0)1797 222233) at the bottom of Mermaid Street. The menu champions local, seasonal ingredients, with dishes ranging from the
traditional (potted shrimp with potato and thyme bread) to the unexpected (grilled sea trout with sushi rice, pickled vegetables and avocado). Rye might seem an unusual spot to find authentic Italian, but The Tuscan Kitchen (+44 (0)1797 223269) on Lion Street is run by a husband-and-wife team, and ingredients are plucked from their farm in Italy. Just outside the town’s mediaeval gate, Landgate Bistro (+44 (0)1797 222829) has an excellent menu of classic and contemporary British dishes. Savvy diners will love The Gallivant on New Lydd Road in Camber Sands (+44 (0)1797 225057), where grill-focused grub is made with sustainable, free-range and organic ingredients (meats are locally farmed, and only non-threatened species of Rye Bay fish are used).

Local cafés

There’s no shortage of cafés and tearooms in Rye, but you’ll be magnetically drawn to the cream cakes and savoury temptations at Fletchers House on Lion Street (+44 (0)1797 222227).

Reviews

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Anonymous review

This hotel review of the George in Rye is taken from our latest guidebook, Mr & Mrs Smith: Hotel Collection – UK/Ireland Volume 2.

Considering I’d just slipped a disc and had promised to cycle over the Alps the following Monday, our stay at the George in Rye needed to live up to expectations. That, or my pathetic squeals of pain would reverberate through their towel cupboards and kitchens and onwards to those very edelweiss gorges. Thankfully, the hotel has a reputation for being comfortable and traditional, yet stylish – thanks to being touched by the hand of film set designers. Just what the doctor ordered.

Mrs Smith drove under an ancient fortified Old Town gate, dropped me outside the George, unloaded the bags and told the staff that on no account was I to carry anything. Humiliating verbal castration upon arrival. Great. While she searched for a (rare) parking space, my bag-heaving receptionist was very sweet. I asked if I could store my bike in the garage, which was of course fine. I tried to explain that cycling was good for my back, to assuage my guilt at the exercise/laziness contradiction. She really didn’t mind. But the poor disbelieving Shakespeare-lookalike barman-cum-bag-wallah nearly herniated himself with Mrs Smith’s make-up and a year’s supply of fluorescent Lycra.

The first thing we noticed about this 18th century coaching inn was that the new owners seem to have achieved what few proprietors of these ancient public houses up and down the country have: a modern, redesigned interior that is still sympathetic to the original character of the building. It’s not just that the black tar encrusted beams have all been sand-blasted clean, or that the sticky red paisley carpets have given way to the original flagstone tiles. It’s that no detail, from the nickel-coated plug sockets to burnished copper radiators, has been overlooked. Tightly packed with long sofas, chairs and beams, the George rises above the seagull-echoing street in a warren of little floors. Our room is extremely light and well planned, rendering it utterly inviting, helped in no small way by soft-touch scented pillows and hot-water bottle cosies. The bathroom has a Victorian-style bath cum shower, and is Aveda-product equipped, while soft-blue wood panelling lends a gently nautical air. As soon as she opened the ‘G’-branded wooden box to find an incredibly varied selection of teas, Mrs Smith immediately set to work preparing that most British of refreshments in celebration.

The owners, Katie and Alex Clarke, have links with set design and prop buying, making for a tasteful but vibrant and diverse decorative scheme: psychedelic Beatles prints sit alongside pockmarked beams and distressed leather. On our way to dinner, we nosed our way into the beautiful airy ballroom as it was being prepared for a wedding. The high walls are hung with a diverting bird-pattened wallpaper, and the chairs are clad in monochrome Florence Broadhurst textiles. It is decor that makes for love-at-first-sight stuff.

Chef Rod Grossmann’s menus create bold but well balanced flavours. Local produce is at the fore, and starters such as dressed crab and smoked duck are quite something. The wine we chose was English: Sandhurst Sussex Pinot Noir – what an extraordinary revelation. Having tasted no better Gevrey Chambertin from Burgundy itself, it instantly became an all-time favourite.

We weren’t the only ones feeling celebratory, don’t forget. And, as many of the bedrooms lead straight to the ballroom’s heavy doors, that night, as we climbed the stairs in a pleasant post-prandial daze, a growing din of wedding-reception disco filled us with dread. But, thanks to some extraordinarily good soundproofing, Mrs Smith, with her owl-standard hearing, was able to restrict her deadly talons’ nocturnal tasks to clutching the crisp bedding.

Next morning, at a slobbish 10.30am, we took breakfast in our slightly small but excitingly bouncy bed. I went all full English; Mrs Smith purred as she lapped up home-made yogurt and raspberry compote. Later, while she pottered about Rye, buying fudge and millinery just up the High Street, I went for a cycle, and found the landscape around Rye flat, windy and abundant in sheep. I attempted to ride along Camber Sands, but couldn’t. I sank. Children laughed at me; adults pointed. But the incredible light on the beach, glistening on sand and glittering on waves, made up for my public humiliation.

Having wound my Lycra’d way back through bobbing poppies and pea fields stretching into the horizon, I was looking forward to bar snacks and bitter. A superb lamb burger, sticky caramelised chunky chips and a fresh local pint did the trick, and I happily read the papers on the enclosed, decked courtyard of the George. Luckily, no one appeared to derive too much amusement from my hairless thighs.

Smiles were more forthcoming during our visit to the nearby pampering palace, the Rye Retreat, however, where Mrs Smith had booked me in for a full-body massage and facial. Having only read of such things in sneaked teenage glances through mum’s copies of Cosmo, I was a tad nervous, and desperate to let all the nice ladies know that I fancied girls. They didn’t seem to care, and Karen, my masseur and face-scrubber, soon put me at ease. I came out smelling of tangerines and lemon sorbet. The back was in a dreamy state and Mrs Smith was warbling something about fantastic bum toners; life was pretty good.

Rye – you made converts of us. OK, this East Sussex spot may present more-than-ample kitsch bric-a-brac window-sniggering opportunities, and maybe its one-way system is a little annoying to first-time users, but the charm and romance of this ancient fishing town is undeniable. And, if it is trying to shrug off its unfair bucket-and-spade image, then the George in Rye will help its cause no end. And as for my slipped disc – well, our weekend worked a treat on that, too.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in The George in Rye’s Guestbook below.

We loved

People were great, food was great and the bed was comfy. Camber sands and the nature reserve are a short drive; there are lots of antique shops and independent small shops to wander.

Don’t expect

Large bedroom; it's an old building (ask to be in the main building or you will be walking in the cold to get to breakfast or dinner).

Rating

Stayed on 5 Nov 2016

We loved

Great service and a lovely, historic hotel. The Tuscan Kitchen is a top quality authentic Italian restaurant but you will need to book well in advance.

Don’t expect

...To park easily – there is no parking at the hotel. Thursday is market day, and Rye is very busy. You will probably need to move the car more than once, until the market car park is available after 3.30PM.

Rating

Stayed on 27 Oct 2016

We loved

The food the atmosphere and most of all the customer service. Recommend The Ship for lovely lunch and Knoops for boozy hot chocolate

Don’t expect

Children

Rating

Stayed on 17 Sep 2016

We loved

Central location in interesting medieval town. Quirky, comfortable, very individual rooms (ours had luxurious roll top bath and huge walk-in shower). Excellent breakfast choice and very good service from all staff. Recommend walking around the medieval streets. Bodiam castle nearby. Winchelsea beach great for walks, as is the Rye nature reserve.

Don’t expect

Onsite parking (cheap car park nearby).

Rating

Stayed on 12 Sep 2016

We loved

Our room: very quirky although a little small, but it was only a standard double. When we arrived it was nice that the radio was on low and the lamps were on a very nice welcome. We were staying over the bank holiday weekend so lots of jazz music going on in various locations. We sat in the Jazz and Champagne Bar just a few minutes walk from the hotel for a couple of drinks – it was fab!

Don’t expect

A long lie in as this hotel is in the town and lots of early morning deliveries.

Rating

Stayed on 29 Aug 2016

We loved

Our Junior Suite and the food in the restaurant. Explore the old town and also try Winchelsea.

Don’t expect

Any on site parking.

Rating

Stayed on 16 Aug 2016

We loved

Friendly staff, lovely friendly atmosphere, beautiful decor, delicious breakfast. "The Tuscan" Italian restaurant just around the corner serves amazing authentic food- no pizza or spaghetti in sight! The food in the hotel looked delicious, we didn't get chance to try it though.

Don’t expect

Room 6 is lovely but don't sleep with the window open- bin men one morning, road sweeper the next at 7am!

Rating

Stayed on 7 Aug 2016

We loved

The location is ideal within the centre of Rye and the room was small but had a great individual style. The Ship was great, a lovely bar and restaurant with friendly staff.

Don’t expect

To park the car close to the hotel

Rating

Stayed on 21 Jul 2016

We loved

The food was outstanding and the accommodation excellent.

Don’t expect

Seagulls were a little noisy, but that can't be helped :-)

Rating

Stayed on 21 Jul 2016

We loved

Central location. Lovely bar, breakfast and restaurant. Playing board games with a gin and tonic by the fireside

Don’t expect

Peace and quiet. The central location with a room that backs on to the courtyard garden receives quite a bit of noise.

Rating

Stayed on 20 Jul 2016

We loved

The personal service, always polite, always helpful, the lovely bedlinen, attention to details, beautiful toiletries, nice teas, centrally situated. We went to Smallhythe (National Trust) and Winchelsea.

Don’t expect

Parking at the hotel - peace and quiet (seagulls! and dustbin vehicles emptying containers from the hotel) air-conditioning (there are fans)

Rating

Stayed on 17 Jul 2016

We loved

The charming building, the cosy decor and the breakfast as well as the beautiful town of Rye and nearby Camber Sands

Don’t expect

Be prepared for some noise in the summer evenings- the courtyard directly below the bedrooms has a street entrance for non-residents

Rating

Stayed on 10 Jul 2016

We loved

Beautiful and comfortable hotel in the gorgeous town of Rye. Recommend visiting Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, Camber Sands, Dungeness and Great Dixter. Great set lunch at The Gallivant at Camber Sands (a real bargain)!

Don’t expect

Lots of hi tech gadgets.

Rating

Stayed on 3 Jul 2016

We loved

The Grill was fantastic, top food and drink and a nice atmosphere. Our room was snug but comfortable, we had a great night's sleep. Overall a nice little boutique pub with rooms and lots to do in the local area. We went for lunch at the Standard which was excellent.

Don’t expect

Anyone to clear up the dirty dishes and cups from afternoon tea. There isn't much seating in the bar either which is a pity.

Rating

Stayed on 30 May 2016

We loved

The George has a fabulous location in the centre of Rye. My husband and I loved the quirkiness of the building. We ate a lovely meal at Webbe's and will return to dine when in area again. We also enjoyed a day exploring Rye Harbour Nature Reserve - very scenic, diverse habitat for visiting wildlife.

Don’t expect

Chocolate's on the pillow, with turndown service. Or free daily newspaper.

Rating

Stayed on 26 May 2016

We loved

The room. The terrace. The food. Staff very helpful

Don’t expect

The bathrobes are itchy

Rating

Stayed on 8 May 2016

We loved

The room - standard room - small but perfect. Lovely village

Don’t expect

Easy parking

Rating

Stayed on 8 May 2016

We loved

Everything!! From room decor to food, lovely staff, great restaurant, everything was perfect! Camber dunes is a short drive away and definitely worth the trip.

Don’t expect

elevators!

Rating

Stayed on 8 May 2016

We loved

The hotel is beautifully designed, loved our room (23), modern in an old building. Go to St Mary's Church - you can walk up into the bell tower and further with amazing views over the River Rother.

Don’t expect

The restaurant lets the hotel down, it seemed very average to me.

Rating

Stayed on 19 Apr 2016

We loved

The super-flexible staff and positive attitude. Also, the overall value for money. We travelled with two kids and the staff were exceptionally accomodating

Don’t expect

Un-bridled luxury.

Rating

Stayed on 4 Apr 2016

We loved

Our room and the cocktails. Camber Sands is beautiful and there are so many lovely art galleries and antique shops in Rye, it's very easy to spend a whole day just pottering around! 10/10

Don’t expect

Parking!

Rating

Stayed on 12 Mar 2016

We loved

A beautiful hotel in the perfect location in the centre of Rye. We loved the giant bed and of course the bath in the bedroom (we stayed in room 44). Will definitely be coming back.

Don’t expect

To go home hungry - incredible food, especially at breakfast

Rating

Stayed on 12 Mar 2016

We loved

Comfy beds, delicious dinner and breakfast, great mix of historic building and modern style. We found the staff all very helpful and friendly. This was our second visit and it did not disappoint. 10/10! Really enjoyed visiting the old part of Hastings (about 20 min away) and talking a long walk over the cliffs and nature reserves. Also some great independent shops in Rye including a fantastic deli just around the corner from the hotel - left with a bag of delicious treats for the return home! 

Don’t expect

On site spa, onsite parking, Michelin dining, a modern building or straight stairs if in the main building. But that's all part of the charm!

Rating

Stayed on 12 Mar 2016

We loved

Attentiveness, atmosphere, room, the bath, and the bed.

Don’t expect

Sunshine every day.

Rating

Stayed on 20 Feb 2016

We loved

Bathtub in the room, and very comfy beds.

Don’t expect

An indentical big chain hotel.

Rating

Stayed on 11 Feb 2016

We loved

The staff - who went above and beyond the call of duty to collude on plans to make the stay extremely special. Room 45.

Rating

Stayed on 10 Oct 2015

We loved

Excellent cooking. It's lovely for beach walks.

Don’t expect

Perfect service in the restaurant.

Rating

Stayed on 10 Oct 2015

We loved

Room 45 - large and spacious but with a cosy feel, and extremely quiet. Great bathroom with Ren products and very comfortable bed although the pillows could probably do with renewing, but thats a personal choice. Dinner was great - small menu but delicious food. Breakfast - very laid back and good yummy selection (my husband would have liked homemade jam) - wish we could have stayed and read the papers and relaxed. Wish we had more time as the town of Rye looked lovely.

Rating

Stayed on 8 Oct 2015

We loved

The relaxed and friendly ambience. The breakfast!

Don’t expect

Robes in your room. This was the only thing that I can find to complain about!

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Stayed on 23 Aug 2015

We loved

Ambience, food

Don’t expect

Gym, nightclub

Rating

Stayed on 9 Aug 2015

We loved

Room 41's huge bed and the lovely bath. The food was great and the staff very attentive. The small touches: Ren products, gowns, tea/coffee set.

Rating

Stayed on 9 Aug 2015

We loved

The location is fabulous - right in the midst of Rye's cobbled streets. You can just walk out of the door and explore. We stayed in Room 45 which was lovely and well equipped with luxury touches to ensure your stay is as nice as possible. The staff were great - nothing was too much trouble. Eight out of 10.

Don’t expect

too much from breakfast. The food was average and I found the service to be a little disorganised. The continental breakfast spread needs more variety and a greater selection of fresh fruit.

Rating

Stayed on 17 Jul 2015

We loved

The restaurant - great food, staff and atmosphere.

Don’t expect

Peace and quiet - it's a very buzzy place.

Rating

Stayed on 27 Jun 2015

We loved

The rooms were gorgeous and the fact you could buy decor and the toiletries in the shop next door was brilliant. In fact, the whole town had a high level of antique and homewares shops. Perfect for a decorating trip. There is an absolutely beautiful church behind the old battlements. It looks like a miniature Notre Dame.

Don’t expect

It's a sleepy little town - so definitely not for anyone who wants a big night out at the weekend or something.

Rating

Stayed on 4 Jun 2015

We loved

The hotel design, decor and location and excellent food, especially the breakfast.

Don’t expect

No parking and can be noisy with street deliveries in the early morning (Junior suite, room 1).

Rating

Stayed on 1 Feb 2015

We loved

Nice quiet room with big bath and lovely rain shower. Great breakfast. Really friendly service. Nice atmosphere.

Don’t expect

Cocktails are not their strong point! You need to book ahead to dine in the bar or restaurant during busy periods.

Rating

Stayed on 29 Dec 2014

We loved

The hotel public rooms were beautiful, and the roaring log fire in the bar was a real boon on a cold winter day. Our room (45) was quiet, private, large and luxurious, and the bath tub was fabulous. The staff were friendly, helpful and professional. We had an excellent breakfast too! We will return there.

Don’t expect

The radiators in the room were struggling a little, but the hotel staff promptly sent up extra heaters.

Rating

Stayed on 27 Dec 2014