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“not value for money”
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Rye Lodge Hotel
Ranked #5 of 9 Hotels in Rye
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“not value for money”
Reviewed February 10, 2013

To tell you the truth I think we were the wrong age group that the hotel caters for, the staff were very friendly and couldn't do enough for you, but it does seem like it is stuck in the 1970s. The room was very dated, it was clean and comfortable, very warm, but just needed to be refreshed. The walls were paperthin, so be prepared to hear your neighbours! We didn't get the slippers but the robes were very cosy. The swimming pool and jacuzzi were very cold, but the sauna was fine.

We had the champagne afternoon tea which was very generous, but chose eat outside of the hotel for breakfast (at Edith's cafe which was fabulous) - surprised for that price that breakast wasn't included. I think it was very overpriced for what it was.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Hastings, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 7, 2013

We popped in for a cream tea today as I treated my Mother to it. It was very special and the receptionist (Danielle) was very welcoming on arrival, and showed us to our very traditional English ready laid out table. The room was quaintly furnished and had a cottage regal feel to it, over looking the fields and river on a beautiful sunny February afternoon.

The cream tea was delicious consisting of warm homemade scones, clotted cream and choices of jams, also homemade scrumptious fruitcake, some biscuits and accompanied by either a pot of tea or coffee. All served by a friendly gentleman called Tony, who made us feel relaxed and was very attentive. It was a lovely experience and one we shall treasure.

There is a car park to the rear of the Lodge which was also useful for our visit. And we had a short walk round Rye to make the most of the local scenery.

So although we didn't stay/or see the accommodation, we would certainly recommend it for a cream tea visit :) Thanks Danielle and Tony

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 28, 2013 via mobile

Just got back from a lovely weekend with friends, really comfortable rooms, great breakfast, already booked for our anniversary in June, staff very friendly and helpful, can't wait for our next stay. Our room was very spacious plenty of windows to make it nice and airy, nice size TV instead if the little 16" ones, complete with DVD, nice size bathroom with bath and shower, plenty of complimentary toiletries, in case u forget anything, nice soft towels, also white fluffy robes an slippers, we did a half board basis, had nice choice of restaurants to go to. PERFECT

  • Stayed January 2013
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Hornchurch, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 15, 2013

This hotel although dated is a classic English hotel, the staff are friendly and knowledgeable and happy to chat to you in the bar after a night out.

The full English breakfast was cooked to perfection, can also be served in your room if you so desire.

If you fancy a week-end in Rye, then you can't go far wrong here, they even have a swimming pool and if you pick the right room, lovely views across the countryside.

Room Tip: Ask when you book if you want a room at the front of the hotel.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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Fortuna, California
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Reviewed January 8, 2013

My wife and I are home after spending our Christmas here in Rye at this charming, hotel. This place was just as we would expect a small hotel in a small English town to be. Tea each afternoon, the sound of seagulls through the french doors in the morning and a staff that will tell you about the many ghosts which inhabit the hotels in the town. Everyone who works here was friendly, helpful, took good care of us and fun. A perfect place with a fine hotel. Would stay here again in a heart beat.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 2, 2013

We stayed here at the end of December and it was an experience I would not care to repeat. The hotel appears to be stuck in a time warp and probably has not changed since the 80s or earlier, whilst the rest of the hotel industry in the UK seems to have moved on and actually provides what the customer wants (rather than a version of what the management seem to think their customers want).

The room we were given was very cramped ( not a top of the range room, but one that we paid extra for to have a larger bathroom and a bath as well as a shower). The reason it was so cramped was without doubt as a result of the amount of furniture in it and its poor layout. One wall was entirely covered with a mirror which could, if you wished, be shrouded by a curtain, and a mirror appeared again as part of a window, again covered by a curtain. Odd, to say the least. The wardrobe was a narrow closet, with little space to hang clothes, and the bed was uncomfortably soft and saggy and curtains again appeared on the wall behind the bed, though why you would want to draw curtains over the wall behind the bed remained a mystery. The bed had no duvet, just a single cellular blanket and a rather threadbare bedspread. There was a small cabinet on the wall, in which we found a toaster ( why??); there was an iron in the wardrobe, but we couldn't find an ironing board anywhere.

There was a dressing table, of sorts, with (another) mirror and a small pink stool, which had extremely wobbly legs and so it was impossible to sit on this for any period of time. Two chairs were placed at the end of this vanity unit, set hard up against the wall. A small TV had been set high up on the wall, and was perched wonkily at a strange angle.

The room and bathroom were festooned with notices for the guest : some advising about how to use the slip mat in the shower, what to throw or not to throw down the toilet, how much water to use as "the South East is a Very Dry Part of the Country' (this, laughably, in the wettest year we have experienced in living memory!) and, perhaps the most redundant one; a notice above two umbrellas found in the wardrobe, which advised, just in case we didn't know, that they were provided 'in case of rain'.

We had to complain about the fact that the radiators in our room did not seem to be giving out any real heat and that there was no heat at all in the bathroom as a result of the heated towel rail not seeming to be switched on. A member of the hotel's staff came to investigate this on our request and assured us of two things - firstly that 'people are always messing with the settings on the radiators', and that 'she' (whoever 'she' was) had just turned up the heating and so the radiators should start working properly from this point. Neither of which seemed to be examples of good customer care, and neither of which proved to be borne out by any improvements in the heating over the next few hours. The cold state of the bathroom seemed not improved by the fact that the window was so poorly fitted that the wind was rattling through it and causing a great draft. The shower curtain rail was rusting and the shower curtain had seen better days and was one of those that seems to cling to you as soon as you start to shower. Bathrobes were provided; but no slippers.

There was a bar of sorts in the communal areas but we didn't use it so i can't comment in any detail. But it was very small and the room was poorly designed with a very bright central light and no really inviting atmosphere. It seemed a bit like someone's sitting room with a bar in it; very 70's in feel.

Breakfast was as chaotic an affair as others have posted here. I was offered the same (wrong) version of the cooked breakfast I had ordered three times, and refused it three times....

When we checked out, I was not asked if my stay had been an enjoyable one. And so in all, not a very good experience and one that I would not want to repeat. We paid £130 a night for this room and it was staggeringly poor value for money. My advice to anyone considering booking this hotel is 'don't do it'. In a town as tourist - focussed as Rye, there must be places that offer better value for money and a more up to date experience.

Room Tip: The rooms overlooking the car park at the back of the hotel are probably quieter.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 26, 2012

We stayed last minute at the Rye Lodge, what a wonderful place, it felt so lovely to escape the city and reside at something quite unique and different in this little town. Friendly warm staff, a warm ambiance, I felt at home, quite a regal feel to the place.....I felt far away from the smokey city of London to this friendly place.....we stayed in room 7 which had a large double room and even larger bathroom......wonderful escape....

Room Tip: Room 7 was lovely
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Rye Lodge Hotel
Address: Hilders Cliff, Rye TN31 7LD, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > East Sussex > Rye
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #5 of 9 Hotels in Rye
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Rye Lodge Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Rye Lodge Hotel is an award winning 20 bedroom hotel situated within the heart of the ancient town of Rye. Rye Lodge is the only hotel in Rye with Spa facilities and free off street parking for all its guests. ... more   less 
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