The George in Rye
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Food for thought!
I have to agree with Alex. The hotel has been styled and decorated to a high standard but it stops there.
The presentation of the food was poor and the service chaotic.
The cheese on my cheese board looked like it had been cut the night before. I cook a better Full English at home.
Might choose to stay in one of the very confortable rooms but won't be eating there again.
Worth Every Penny
I am so surprised that The George has had some off reviews... they must be mad: it's amazing!
We had the perfect stay with a lovely, quiet room which was beautifully decorated and very comfortable with a heavenly roll top bath which we sank into every night.
We ate in the restaurant both nights and had delicious food. The menu wasn't that extensive and I think I would have been pushed for choice if we had eaten there for 3 nights. I am all for local produce and the wine list had quite a few English wines on it which were all very drinkable but weren't packed with flavour.
The most important thing to say about The George is that the service is faultless across the board. All the staff were really young and we thought that this might mean they were inexperienced... how wrong we were. I take my hat off to them.
Great coffee too. We will be back.
What a refreshing break
How English hotels have come on. This one retains just the right balance between the traditional and modern, with attention to detail that is hard to fault: lovely fluffy towels, crisp white linens, top quality fittings.
We had a superior room, which,I have to say, was rather small, but had a great view over the rooftops of the town. We were lucky enough to enjoy wall-to-wall sunshine for 3 days, which always makes a place look better, but I think the George would make a cosy retreat in poor conditions, too.
The food was excellent and well priced, but the dining room was unimaginative and the tables much too close together.
If you're planning a day out, a picnic from the local deli enjoyed on the sand dunes near Rye Harbour makes a perfect venue.
Would recommend this, but have noted other people's comments about noise so would suggest ensuring you get a quiet room like ours.
The George delivers the kind of hotel experience you often hope for but so rarely get. We stayed for two nights midweek (taking advantage of the off season midweek special) with our young son of 16 months.
The hotel design is great - stylish but not pretentious - and retains much of the cosiness of the old inn that it presumably once was, especially in the bar. Rye is an unarguably beautiful place but can get a little twee after a while so staying at a cool hotel like The George makes for a perfect balance for a few days away.
Whilst not selling itself as being specifically family orientated, the staff couldn't have been more friendly and helpful with our little boy. There was never a single moment where they made us feel that we were not all completely welcome - quite the opposite, in fact. We were upgraded to a suite when they saw there were three of us which certainly got our experience off to a good start. They didn't bat an eyelid when he made a mess with his food (which they'd cooked up especially for him) in the dining room. They went out of their way to entertain him but never at the expense of other guests. It really allowed us, as parents, to relax properly for the first time in a long while.
We've been lucky enough to stay in some great places but we've genuinely struggled to recall a hotel experience that matches the warmth and atmosphere that The George created in its style and decor, and in the friendliness and professionalism of its staff.
We were very impressed and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it.
You'll love the George
The George is situated in the heart of Rye and certainly feels like it should do. The accomodation is fab with lots of attention to detail. Breakfast was lovely, great service, especially from Justina and again, nice touches including 'proper' linen napkins, fab cutlery and the freshest orange juice that we've ever tasted.
The bar is great and the 'hub' of the place. We were there 3 nights and each time, both lunchtime and evening, it was busy with a nice clientele.
A special mention should go to Chelsea who was one of the most helpful people that we've come across in our travels. My husband and I have stayed at some very lovely, expensive, 5 star hotels and this does rank among the best.
Stayed here for my 40th birthday with my husband and 7 year old daughter. Loved it to bits. The room was very comfortable with lovely decor. The bed was so comfortable and even my daughter said her Z bed was as good as her bed at home!
The bathroom was lovely and the shower was excellent.
Didn't have dinner but the breakfast was delicious with every attention to detail. The service here was good, very friendly with nice attention paid to my daughter. In fact all the staff were great and very helpful. Great location and would love to go back sometime.
Wonderful, wonderful hotel
My Husband and I have just returned from a wonderful New Years eve stay at the George. From the minute we walked through the door to the time we left we felt at home in the place. The decor is warm and tasteful with added quirky twists. from the paint colours, wallpapers, carpets to the lamp shades every item is carefull put together to create a very unique interior.
The bar is again a very chilled affair.because of the great local bitter, warm log fire extremly comfey sofas and very lovely staff who served us a fab lunch (& dinner & brunch! yes we ate a lot) we didn't want to leave.
our bedroom was a bit on the small side but it didn't seem to matter as everything was of the highest quality. the antique furniture was set off by the very modern part abstract wallpaper, finest quality white linen and the sofest duvet made getting up in the morning very difficult. the little touches like bottles of water, real coffee and fresh milk make it home from home I was espically taken with the leather coasters. the shower in the bathroom is fab as are the yummy aveda products. all in all I couldn't recommend it highly enough we shall diffently be back.
Could be the best small hotel in England. Stunning. Beautiful. Friendly. Modern. Clean. Comfortable. Wonderful food and drink. Location is fantastic. Bathroom, bed, even the TV is top drawer. Only wish we could have stayed another night. Again, this might be the best small hotel in England. Don't miss it. ps. Try the flame grilled spicy sausage with a pint in their WONDERFUL on-site pub. Stunning!!!
Just stayed in this totally refurbished hotel and loved the whole experience...
Open desk on check in, wonderful decor. No car park though but they were happy to help. Loved the room, loved the bar and the beer selection. (Nice to see carling and stella out for a change...). Prices are reasonnable and the place is definately worth a visit. Food is simple, but very good and fresh... you can tell!
Other reviews criticise breakfast, cant' be perfect for everyone, I loved it!!!
Pretty good, could be great
We LOVE Rye so we were pleased to see someone had taken on such a great building and excited to see it being done with such style. You can totally tell the makeover has been done well. Our bedroom was across the pretty courtyard in a separate building so quiet, comfy and stylish - flatscreen tv, dream bathroom, cute chairs etc. We didn't eat dinner there - the dining room is a bit dull, and the menu looked like it was trying too hard (I used to work in London restaurant trade, so I know!) Anyway, the best place to eat in Rye is called The Globe on Military Rd, run by people who really know what they're doing. Breakfast service at the hotel was chaotic - bad service, mistakes on our order, and the room is a bit uncomfortable - tables too close together, no atmosphere, needs music...? its the sort of room where you feel you should whisper, which I hate. The food was OK though, good choice, good quality, well made.The hotel's no smoking policy means everyone from the bar stands in the courtyard smoking, so it was a bit akward to walk thru a noisy crowd to our room, and in the morning there were fag butts EVERYWHERE. So if they sort out the breakfast service and smoking zones we'd have rated it excellent. Love to go back though!
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... and I am sure the trip will just flash past.
Now, do we book before we go or shall we see how the mood takes us? A leisurely meal at mine to mull this over and complete the 'visa' or whatever it is, to get us into the country planne din the next couple of weeks.
PJ's sorted, the rest still to be considered. :)
... stopped on the tracks in a wood which had since been cleared. The train was the mobile HQ of the commander of the allied troops, General Foch. The carriage had been preserved after the signing in a building very near by but Hitler wanted the French to sign the surrender to the third Rich in the Second World War at the same place. The building had to be partially demolished to get the carriage out. It was then moved, after the surrender, to ...
... were consistent in their assertions that the week would be wet. Very wet indeed as it turned out, but that Saturday and Sunday would be dry... ish.
Well, apres la deluge during the day, here we were Thursday evening, the night before the off and I was almost getting round to preparing to think about packing, when the rain increased still further and the thunder started.
... busy when we went to the local shop. Deciding that this would translate into crowds everywhere we decided on a day in. This was proved to be correct in the next entry.
Went to a village called Biddenden. Its claim to fame is it's 13th century church, it's lovely cottages and the fact that in the 1100s' two girls called Elizabeth and Mary were born joined at the hip and shoulder. They lived until they were ...
... is a beautiful town well worth seeing rain or shine.
The last stop before we headed back to Hailsham was Winchelsea, where we visited its beautiful church. For dinner we returned to Alfriston to have dinner at The George Inn. The building dates back to 1397. What a treat! David, Sheila and Carolyn had seafood linguine with mussels, scallops and crayfish. I had a char-grilled Rib-eye steak on colcannon mash ...