A close relation to London’s Engineer, this is one of the newer ventures in Rye, bringing a blast of modern seaside chic to the cinque port. Situated at the bottom of the town on the salty Rother estuary, it has a suitably maritime atmosphere, evinced by its location on Mermaid Street as well as a rich past as a smugglers’ warehouse. The hotel will direct you to the nearest stretch of coast including the pristine curve of Camber Sands, which it poetically describes as the “most ‘beachy’ type of beach there is in England, with its vast expanse of proper holiday sand”. There are 10 bright rooms in which to stay, and package deals that include a “shipwreck break” devoted to detox. But if it’s glamorous cocktails you’re after, head to the bar where you’ll find a “bar man who can throw bottles up in the air and catch them almost every time.” Organic cider from Oakwood Farm and local Harveys ale also adorn the bar. Foodwise, the £9 brunch (eggs benedict or royale) is a winner, as are the haddock fishcakes with mustard grain sauce (£10).