The George in Rye
- 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.
Need to know
- Rooms 34, including five junior suites.
- Rates Double rooms from $136.47 (£83), excluding tax at 20 per cent.
- More details Rates include breakfast. One-night bookings for Saturdays incur a £50 supplement.
- Facilities 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.
- Check–out 11.30am (but flexible on request). Earliest check-in, 3pm.
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.
- Also Lavender‑filled pillows and luxurious bottles of wild fig oil imported from Florence make evenings-in even more relaxing.
In the know
- 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 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.
Food and drink at The George in Rye
- 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.
- Dress code Laid‑back layers; something a little smarter for dinner.
- Top table Nestle in a corner at either end of the long banquette, or outside in the Garden Courtyard on balmy evenings.
- 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.
- 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.
Also worth knowing
- Weddings This property is suitable for weddings. More details