Travel Blogs from Rye
... car until 10 am which was when we had said we needed it, and they were still calling luggage groups out to disembark! We were fine stood waiting in the sunshine but just as we left the port the heavens opened and we had heavy rain until we got to Kent where we were stopping for coffee with friends and the sun came out and we had good weather all the way home. Altogether another good Oceania experience if you ignore ...
... some ways away from cliffs and our guide was pretty much like, "okay there they are, go snap a few pictures and get back on the bus in 20 minutes". Don't get me wrong it was still so amazing to say I got to see them but I just really wish I could have gotten to climb to the top of them or something. Oh well now just another excuse to return in the future! After a million selfies it was back on bus for last stop of the day, Canterbury cathedral. It was another hour ride there but ...
... mrs could get her cake fix, then after a quick pit stop to buy more perry we headed up to the Long Man, the famous dude carved into a hill. No, not the one with his cock out. The other one. The one that doesn't have grandma tutting and shaking her head whilst reaching for her specs for a better look.
He's one of those things that we know **** all about. We don't know why he's there or who put him there, but over the years he's ...
... to the castle: there are no lockers. As I had checked out of the B and B at 10hr00, I had to take my backpack with me, and was forced to carry it around the entire day. Luckily I pack light and it is a comfortable backpack, but it was still a pain. The reason, you might ask? Safety. That’s right there are no lockers due to the fear of terrorism. Apparently Al Qaeda still thinks this is the Middle Ages and that in order to take over England, they have to destroy the castles ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Mermaid Rye
I wish I'd checked Trip Advisor before booking the Mermaid in Rye. We paid £240 for one night's bed and breakfast (£95 per adult plus £50 for our five year old) and it was very poor value for money. We stayed in room 6 which was a good size but with a very tired bathroom - lino floor, cheaply fitted and no shower - and a bed that was hard and very lumpy - it was probably the worst hotel bed I've ever had the misfortune to try and sleep in. Luckily my son's bed was more comfortable and I moved into that at 1.30am to try and sleep. The room itself was very poorly appointed - for the sort of money we paid I would expect at least a bottle of water in the room but no. No bathrobes, no tea/coffee facilities, no extra pillows, cheap and nasty soap, thin towels. It did have cotton duvet cover and pillow cases but that couldn't compensate for the generally poor standard. We ate lunch which was good and breakfast which had good and bad points - full English was generally good although poached egg was vinegary, mango in fruit selection was brown and well past its best and the juice was from a carton. Restaurant is the sort where you feel compelled to speak very quietly! Building itself is worth a look if you are in Rye but just visit for lunch - don't bother staying for the night. We will go back to Rye but will be staying elsewhere.
We have just spent three days and nights over Christmas at the Mermaid, and never have I felt so pleased to be home. We had booked a superior double back in June, and found we were stuffed in the back of the hotel in a tiny room with just space enough to fit a fake and severely uncomfortable 4-poster bed. There was no welcome from the staff. Downstairs there are two small lounges, both of them smoking, and both liberally used as such. The restaurant was adequate but forbidding, the food fussy and just ok. The only extras the hotel managed to muster for the festival were carol singers on Christmas Eve, who turned out to be a couple of primary school kids, and 'live entertainment' on Christmas night - a very poor DJ - who kept us awake. On the day of departure it looked like we might be snowed in. There was no help or information offered. We were staggered that the hotel should charge 10% service on top of the already enormous bill. We often go away for Christmas and this was the worst value stay I can remember.
My wife and I visited the Mermaid to celebrate my birthday. I was very much looking forward to staying there as I had stayed there with my father about 15 years ago.
Oh dear. A lovely old building and at least you can park. That's where it ends. I paid £200 per night for a "special mid-week break". Dbb in a four poster room as a special treat for knackered hubby. Slightly starchy and un smiling staff fail to greet you whereever you go.
We had gone to The Mermaid on the trail of E.F.Benson's Tilling, the home of my favourite literary characters Mapp and Lucia and found The Mermaid on a website of the town. Although not mentioned in the books, the Inn is on Mermaid street known as Porpoise street in the novels and the home of the social climbing Wyses'. It also has claims to being Rye's oldest hostely predating Queen Bess by 150 years.
I love this place! It's very old and therefore it's sloping floors and twists and turns make it a character-filled and fun place to stay.
We spent a night at the Mermaid in August, and I wish I had seen the previous reviewer's comments before we went, because I agree with them entirely! Our stay had a number of Fawlty Towers elements. When we arrived, we were allocated a room which still had luggage in it, but the porter just removed the luggage and gave us the room key. However, we insisted on being moved when we saw that the previous occupant's toothbrush, shaving kit, etc was still there! No other room was ready until much later and when we got there, it was disappointing - even allowing for the fact that it's an old building, the decor was very tired. The fire alarm went off in the middle of the night, and our fire escape was through another (occuppied!) bedroom; we were told that the heat had set it off. In the morning, the waiter at breakfast tried to put us on a communal table set for 20, as a large party who had been staying had wanted to sit at smaller tables and he couldn't be bothered setting up separate tables for other guests.... All this, and a very full price - £180. This hotel is trading on its historical interest and is definitely not worth it. I will not be returning to the hotel (nor, incidentally, to Rye, which was also disappointing - very full of day-trippers and rather tacky).
OVER PRICED, OVER HYPED, UNCOMFORTABLE, AVOID!
We did not enjoy our stay at the Mermaid at all. Over priced, poor service, poor room ammenities, would never go back. Fair enough, very historic building - that's where it ends. We paid £180 per night for the room, which was tiny, boiling hot, had a small double bed and a 14 inch TV that didn't even have teletext. In the morning the breakfast came with lumpy off milk for the cereal and a pot of tea with no tea bag. At the prices they are charging I would say AVOID unless you are a historian. You could go to the amazing BABBINGTON HOUSE for this price!
The best hotel in England?
My wife and I stayed at the Mermaid over Xmas. We arrived on the 24 December and spend the best Xmas ever, departing on the 29. The food, accommodation, and service was of the highest quality.
I fully recommend this hotel!
Miss this at your peril
The Mermaid Inn is the ultimate retreat for those who love history and elegance and a break from all the sterile hotels that seem to be everywhere.
Full of history, 4-poster beds and staff that can't do enough for you, The MErmaid is a very special place.
Even if you can't afford the rooms, a night at their amazing restaurant will give you memories for months to come.
Miss this hotel at your own peril.
I can not say enough good things about it.
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