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Grotto Bay Beach Resort
Great place on the North Shore. Close to the airport and only a 20-minute bus ride to the City of Hamilton. All the bus routes pass by this hotel. Right next to the famous Swizzle Inn, home of this popular Rum drink; the Glassblowing shop, and perfumery. Hotel features small, calm secluded beach and an underground grotto that you can actually take a dip in! An absolute must, but be warned..it darn cold!!!! Free tennis courts and only a short trip to St. Georges for snorkling!
Grotto Bay Beach Resort
Wonderful atmosphere. All inclusive. Three restaurants. Pool, and private beach. Crystal caves for swimming. Kids activities. I will be back. Wonderful concierge. Bus stops right outside the resort. Crystal caves, crystal caves, crystal caves.
Close to Airport
Our stay was enjoyable. Good service. Nice people Very close to airport, only $6.00 for taxi fee, you can even see the hotel from the airport. Beautiful beach. Caves. Fresh heated Pool.
Less expensive resort in Bermuda
We like to stay in one of the lodges 'up top' with a great view.
There are also lots of lodges close to the water if you wish to be close to the ocean.
Although Grotto Bay is not directly on the open ocean the advantage is the beach is more protected when the weather is windy.
We like to buy the meal plan and eat right at Grotto bay for Breakfast and Supper.
Breakfast is a great feast with lots of selection from fruits and cold food to hot foods like hash browns, sausage, eggs and bacon. A great way to start the day.
Evening meals are much improved from previous visits. A good menu selection attractively presented of good food. All served in a quiet unhurried atmosphere. Grotto Bay has several grotto's on the grounds like the one in the picture with the swimming pool in the background. It also has a couple of underground caves, one you able to swim in all for no additional charge.
The grounds are nicely groomed and leave lots of room for walking around and enjoying the flowers.
Children would feel welcome at this facility and there is a program for those children that are interested.
We use the public bus system for getting around and just outside the front gate is the bus stop which allows you to catch whichever of the 4 routes passing by that is most convenient for you.
Luxury near the airport!
We stayed at the Grotto Bay beach Resort. The resort is a stones throw away from the airport (about a 5 min car ride), and you can actually see Grotto Bay from the airport when you land. But that doesnt spoil the beauty of the resort at all. We couldnt hear airplanes at all from the hotel.
The hotel has its own small, but very clean and calm, beach. It also has a medium sized pool and an outdoor jacuzzi. There are 2 free caves on the premises (the picture is of me in one of them), and they offer cave swimming in one of them!
The staff was extremely warm and helpful, theyre very eager to help you plan your trip!
Buses were pretty convenient from the hotel too, the bus stop to Hamilton and St. George is literally right outside the hotel. It was about 40 min though to Hamilton, and then from there another 10 bus to the south shore beaches, which can be a little inconvenient, but St George was pretty close.
Our rooms were nice, we were in the cottages closer to the beach so had a nice view. The hotel provides you with this amazing shampoo that gave me a great hair day, so girls I wouldnt bother packing shampoo!
The swizzle inn restaurant and pub was about a 2 min walk from the hotel. We had sunday brunch at the hotel, which ws amazing! IT was a buffet for $16.50 per person, but the variety of foods was incredible! there was everything from tropical fruit, to scallops and clams, to mac and cheese! I would definetly recommend trying the brunch if youre there on a weekend!
Grotto Bay Beach Rersort
$125 US/night Caves that you can swim in and explore, all rooms have bay view....glass enclosed dining room with excellent food...walking distance from Bermuda Perfumery
Grotto Bay Hotel
This hotel faces the airport across a long bridge leading into St. George's. Rooms are spacious and clean. Great view of the water and surrounding area from their private beach. Friendy staff. Not too near the outer ends of Bermuda it is pretty much equidistant from Hamilton and St. George's.
B++ for Grotto Bay
Just got back from Grotto Bay and Bermuda, and overall our experience was very good. The resort is lovely, the rooms were comfortable, and the staff was very helpful and pleasant. While it is true that the airport is nearby, I didn't notice it or hear it at all once we were at the resort. The only complaint was that the "hot tub" was about 60 degrees, which would be no big deal in the summer, but in winter when Bermuda is 65 degrees with 30-knot winds, a hot soak would be much appreciated. The location of Grotto Bay is not ideal (we got sick of taking the bus to and from Hamilton all the time, which you have to do to go pretty much everywhere worth seeing), but the prices were excellent here, and that makes up for a lot.
Grotto Bay Resort
Beautiful views of Castle Harbour, and the nearby airport is less of a hassle than it seems. True to its name, there's a grotto with many colourful fish. A nice little beach (although inferior to those on the South Shore), a pool bar, and complete meal packages made this place quite unique. Also, the resort included massive caves...quite interesting, but potentially dangerous. The location makes it a good home base, situated very close to the airport and midway between Hamilton and St. George's.
From the Bus
I have not stayed here. I took the pictures during an abortive trip on the bus to see the Glass Blowing Studio which turned out to have gone out of business. The bus also passes the Crystal Caves, and the Swizzle Inn is right next to the hotel.
Their current least expensive rates from their website are:
$ 1036.95 - per person ($ 2073.90 - total) for 2 adults from 06/02/06 to 06/09/06
Price includes transfers, accommodations as chosen, taxes & services charges. It is on the bus route. Bus service at Grotto Bay is ideal, with service to and from both St. George's and Hamilton every 15 minutes on weekdays and every half hour on evenings and weekends. They are also near golf courses.
The website lists
* Hibiscus Dining Room
* Rumhouse Bar
* Bayside Bar & Grill
* Green House Tea Room
* 3 private beaches
* Outdoor fresh water pool and Jacuzzi
* Complete Water Sports centre and Dive Shop
* Summer children's program
* Exercise room, games room, shuffleboard and children's playground
* On property underground caves
* Gift shop
* In-house movies
* Guest laundry
* Manager's Rum Swizzle Party
* Live nightly entertainmant
* 4 tennis courts (2 lit) with pro shop and resident pro
Grotto Bay Cave
On the way to Grotto Bay by bus
The Crystal Caverns at Grotto Bay
The tiered beach at Grotto Bay, pool left of pic
Going to Bermuda in April 2005
There will be 4 women in all. I am just starting to research Bermuda. Some questions:
- what part of the island would you recommend?
- what accomodations are decent but relatively inexpensive? We'd like to be near a beach and close to some fun things to do and/or transportation. We're not into the bar scene, so we won't need a real noisy area.
Any tips would be greatly appreciated. Thanks much!
Re: Going to Bermuda in April 2005
This question has been addressed before in this forum, but I'll add some tid-bit information to assist.
If you want quiet, Somerset Parish (South end), St. Georges or the North end (by the airport, is relatively quiet). There's nada in St. Davids.
"Cheap" or "inexpensive" go hand-in-hand. Neither works. The Rosedon is in town (Hamilton), whereas the Grotto Bay is North Shore (very quiet).
I'm not too sure of your request for "fun things", as you didn't elaborate. The BAMC is fun (there are pics of it on my Bermuda page, as well as grandmaR's page), and there are things to do that no travel magazine/guide will tell you.
Hope some of this helps....
Re: Re: Going to Bermuda in April 2005
Thank you, Sea Biscuit! I just booked a week's trip and we're staying at the Grotto Bay Beach Resort. We signed up for the cheapest rooms--Oceanview Superior. From what I can tell, the rooms are on the ground floor with a patio on the top of a hill.
Is anyone familiar with Grotto Bay? Any tips you'd like to share? I read on another forum to stay away from building E. Comments, anyone?
Re: Re: Going to Bermuda in April 2005
Grotto Bay was recently rebuilt (before the hurricane Fabian), and it didn't sustain the damage like Ariel Sands or the Fairmont Southampton Princess (which both took a real peeling). If you go across the causeway, you can go up to St. Georges and mill about. If you do, have lunch at the White Horse (some disliked it, but I loved it). St. George's is kinda kitchy, but it's fun for a day trip.
Another day trip would be to check out the aquarium and the zoo (in Flatts Village). It's on the way to Hamilton (City), and is kinda cool. Then head to Hamilton to stroll along Front Street, and be sure to have lunch/dinner at the Porch Restaurant (They have a Jerk Chicken dish that is currently making me drool just thinking about it). Stop in at Trimingham's and pick me up a Kenneth Cole shirt, please (17/33) - just kidding. Hang a right at Queen Street, pass the Perot Post Office and head towards City Hall (there's a hill to hike, wear comfy shoes). If you go behind the Historical Societies building, there's one of the prettiest city gardens I've ever seen (and tourists don't know about it).
I'll think of some other things before you go. Not to worry. ;o)
Resort help needed
We are going 1st week of April 2008. We are 40 and celebrating our 10 yrs. annivisary. We would like resort recommendations. Not too secluded of a resort and a medium to high end resort preferred. We are also looking into the MAP plans with dinner included. All suggestions welcome.
Re: Resort help needed
Ive been researching Bm. for two weeks now,for a trip in the fall, or winter.I have found the best map of Bermuda, includes hotel locations, is here:
http://www.bermudayp.com/op-guides.html Yep... Bermuda Yellow Pages!!
And if you want leads to cottages and privately owned cottages, here are two more websites..
http://www.bermudagetaway.com Great for longer stays too!
Also, Salt Kettle House, over looking Hamilton is highly recommended by various guide books for pricing and value. and is recommended by Tripadvisor.com. which is another site you could check out for comments by various people re. their stays in Bm.at various hotels.
I use Tripadvisor.com all the time. Take negative comments with a grain of salt unless you find lots of negative comments per hotel.
Re: Resort help needed
You will find lots of lodgings listed here http://www.experiencebermuda.com/
Click lodging on left side for lots of different options.
I think by your post you are looking for something in the resorts option
which you will find here
There are several resorts but nothing is really too secluded in Bermuda because it is so small.
You can get plans that cover everything or just meal plans to cover breakfast and the evening meal.
Have only experienced Grotto Bay since we have been very satisfied there and continue to return.
I have info on Grotto Bay on my site, click on my name icon.
We buy the morning and evening meal plan, Breakfast is a real feast and keeps us going with only a snack until evening.
We do not sit around or play around Grotto Bay much but go exploring using the public transportation system, buses and ferries, with a pass so can get on and off whenever, where ever and as often as we wish.
Will be glad to answer any other questions you have or at least try to.
accomodation in bermuda
I'm planing to visit Bermuda in April.
I would any suggestion about not "expensive" accomodation in Bermuda.
Re: accomodation in bermuda
While there's no such thing as 'cheap accomodations' in Bermuda, there are a few 'affordable' places to stay. April is a tough month, as the cruise ships start arriving. Here are a few you might want to check out:
The Rosedon -
Close to Hamilton (City) and within walking distance to the hot spots.
Clearview Suites and Cottages-
They are up on North Shore, and a fer piece from downtown. You would only be a short hop from Shelly Bay, and they are nice accomodations.
A little more expensive, but well worth it. You will need either a bike or bus to get to Hamilton.
If you need any more help, feel free to ask. I usually offer tons of help with this topic. ;o)