The Hope Anchor Hotel

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We are a traditional privately owned Hotel in Rye and have been welcoming guests for over thirty years, making us one of the longest owned family hotels in Rye.The hotel dates back to the 18th Century and is one of the smallest hotels in Rye with thirteen en suite bedrooms, two...
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Hotel description The Hope Anchor Hotel

We are a traditional privately owned Hotel in Rye and have been welcoming guests for over thirty years, making us one of the longest owned family hotels in Rye.

The hotel dates back to the 18th Century and is one of the smallest hotels in Rye with thirteen en suite bedrooms, two Apartments and a two hundred year old Fisherman’s Cottage and our restaurant serves local fresh fish, meat and produce from Rye and the surrounding area.

Un-like most of the other hotels in Rye, we are not only situated in the heart of the Citadel alongside cobbled streets and crooked cottages, but we also have outstanding views of Romney Marsh, Camber Castle and the sea.

For the last five years we have been voted the No1 hotel in Rye on Trip advisor for hotels in Rye and the local area thanks to all the great guest comments we have received.

Welcome to The Hope Anchor Hotel and if you are looking for a traditional Country Hotel in Rye, please take a look at what our hotel can offer you.

The Hope Anchor is a mid 18th Century Hotel built at the end of one of the most delightful streets in Rye. The building originally would have housed a Smugglers gang thought to have been “The Tenterden”, a nasty motley crew! Pistols at the ready and regular fights for territory with other local smugglers gangs including the infamous Hawkhurst, legend has it that on one occasion the Tenterden gang famously out gunned the Hawkhurst gang and they scurried hurriedly back to their watering hole! Most of the secret passage ways and escape routes are now blocked in but once here, it doesn’t take a lot of imagination to realise what it was like in those dark and exciting days!

The Hope Anchor as its name suggests was built primarily for a watering hole for the sailors and ship builders as Rye was still surrounded by the sea up until the late 18th century.
The hotel and all rooms are Non Smoking.

Although famous for its past, the Hope Anchor is known locally for its stunning views across the Quayside, Romney Marshes, Camber Castle and beyond to the sea. Most of our rooms enjoy these panoramic views and to be honest they need to be seen to be believed. Although beautiful all year round the sunsets in summer bring locals young and old to enjoy alfresco dining accompanied of course with a glass or two of wine!

The Hope Anchor features in Malcolm Saville’s children’s books and is described as the Gay Dolphin. It has also been identified as the Traders Arms in the map and Lucia books by E. F. Benson, a well-known writer who lived in Lamb house.

Rye was never built to cope with today’s traffic or transport and parking is at a premium in Rye, we are however lucky, although the outside of our building is controlled by local authorities, we have parking permits for our guests so your car is never far away.

Further information on the hotel

The Hope Anchor has the Log Lounge with a lovely fire to greet you on your arrival or after a brisk walk across the Marsh.Lunch is served in the Log Lounge, the Outlook or, The Harbour View Restaurant. We offer a full house menu including daily specials and catch of the day.All the menus change regularly but you can be assured of the finest ingredients and the finest service at all times.

Reception hours

On business days from 8:00 AM to 11:00 PM
On the weekend from 8:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Check-in time:14:00
Check-out time:11:00
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Watchbell Street, TN31 7HA Rye, United Kingdom

Distances (km)

Metro / suburban train 1
Highway (m20) 25
Tennis court 2
Golf course (camber) 5
Golf course (camber) 5
City district (Rye) 0.36
Station (Rye Train Station) 1
Station (Ashford Internayional) 25
Airport (London Gatwick Airport (LGW)) 68.2
Airport (London City Airport (LCY)) 77.76
Airport (Lydd Airport (LYX)) 14.48

To reach the hotel

Starting point:
From London (Charing Cross), Dover or Paris change trains at Ashford International and connect with the train to Rye. Located at the junction of the A259/A268. The A21/A268 provides access...  more

For HOTEL INFO guests

Free internet terminal
Free WI-FI

Hotel features

  • Single rooms: 1
  • Double rooms: 14
  • Suites: 2
  • Junior suites: 1
  • Apartments: 2
  • Twin rooms: 1
  • Triple rooms: 2
  • TV room
  • Reading room
  • Wireless LAN in public areas
  • Lobby
  • Baby monitor available
  • Safe at reception
  • Fire detector
  • No pets allowed
  • Mobile phone reception
  • Laundry service
  • Garden terrace
  • Entrances with video surveillance

Room features

  • Full-length mirror
  • Radio
  • Wi-Fi
  • Lounge
  • Bathroom with window
  • Non-smoking room
  • Window that can be opened
  • Hairdryer
  • Bathtub
  • Change of hand towels
  • Change of bed linen
  • Smoke alarm
  • Shower
  • Automatic wake-up call in emergencies
  • Make-up mirror


  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Outdoor gastronomy

Sport/leisure activities

  • Diving

Accepted credit card payments

  • AmericanExpress
  • MasterCard
  • Visa

Hotel location

Watchbell Street, TN31 7HA Rye, United Kingdom
City district 0.1 km/0.1 mi
Airport 68.2 km/42.4 mi
Highway 25 km/15.5 mi
Station 1 km/0.6 mi

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