We stayed at the Hope Anchor Hotel for the duration of our visit to Rye in April 2008.
||One does occasionally, although not often, find a hidden gem and this mid 18th century hotel is one of them and
I found it on the Internet whilst searching for somewhere different to stay in Rye on this visit.We paid, in 2008,
£95.00 per day, dinner, bed and breakfast for two people (£47.50 per person) and stayed for four nights.
I made the booking by telephone and received written confirmation shortly afterwards. We arrived early just about
lunchtime and found that our room was ready. It was not exceptionally spacious but large enough with room for two small,
comfortable armchairs at the foot of the four-poster bed. The two sash windows in the external wall looked out towards
Winchelsea across the harbour and Romney Marsh - an absolutely super view. We could even see Camber Castle out on the marsh
with the sea beyond (See the next picture).
||The en-suite bathroom had a combined dressing area complete with dressing table and wardrobe and was, all in
all, a very good size. It even had a window providing natural light - always a plus as not all hotel bathrooms do.
Having unpacked and settled in it was time for lunch which we decided to have in the hotel. Firstly because it was handy
and secondly because it would enable us to find out what standard of food we had let ourselves in for bearing in mind what
we were paying. We needn't have worried - the bar food was truly excellent. I had a seafood pancake which was positively
scrumptious and Amanda had Egg and Bacon with Bubble & Squeak. She remarked on how nice it was and particularly that the
Bubble & Squeak was of a light texture and not soaked in oil or fat. A very good start indeed.
We discovered at dinner that evening that the food, again, was nicely presented and I can feel that word 'scrumptious'
rearing it's ugly head again. There was a good selection of courses for starters, main courses and desserts including
vegetarian options. One really couldn't ask for better.
||This hotel, like a number of others in Rye, has no parking space of its own. They did explain clearly when I
booked that they had no parking of their own but that they provided parking permits which permitted us to park in the road
outside for an unlimited period at no extra charge. They have no reserved spaces so it's first come first served but we
found spaces each time we returned to the hotel and they are willing to help you find a space.
There is wireless Internet access which reaches some rooms but not all. Our room was rather borderline and the
connection wasn't useable from there so I had to go down to the little lounge to get access. Not a real problem but just a
The staff were very friendly and helpful and, obviously, very competent. We were also shown some of the other available
rooms which are all individual and certainly not at all cramped. Would we go there again? You'll have to fight to stop us.
Would we recommend it? Don't be absurd - of course we would but please don't go as it will then leave more space for us
when we go back.
|If you have stayed at this hotel please leave a comment about it.
|All photographs are the copyright © of Barry Samuels unless stated otherwise