More about The Fairmont Hamilton Princess
Urban Luxury resort
While we did not stay here, we wish we could have.. The Fairmont princess is a top notch old world hotel...
We did take a walk around and it is very nice....
Just remember that Bermuda is not cheap.... Centrally located, right on the water....
Right in Town
Right in town - easy to walk to the central bus depot, the ferry dock, and shopping. We had the MAP which included breakfast and dinner.
Currently a similar package Includes:
One night room accommodation
Dinner at any of the restaurants at either The Fairmont Hamilton Princess or our sister hotel The Fairmont Southampton
Tax, gratuities and resort levy relating to this package.
Package starts from $389 USD until December 15, 2003
Package starts from $359 USD per room, per night based on double occupancy from December 16, 2003 to April 0l, 2004
(Bermuda is not a budget location)
You could also take a ferry over to the Southampton Princess for a small fee. We did not do that. At the Southampton location there is the beach, jet ski rental and tennis courts. We had a king size bed which was very comfortable, and our windows looked right down on the harbor. There was a TV which had the local weather on it. We were up on the sixth floor - next to the top. There was a concierge service which would book tickets for various attractions and help with finding out hours etc.
We had breakfast in the morning at the buffet looking out over the harbor, and we had dinner in one of several different restaurants.
I was fortunate to go on a convention here. So very nice and the food here is great. (We attended many catered events here.) Although I didn't like that you have to take a bus to the beach. You can walk down also. But on the other hand, they have many walking trails around (as you walk down to the harbor you will see a trail they made from an old railroad) so make sure you pick up a trail map. They also have a bus down to the ferry that crosses to the Fairmont Hamilton Princess and city shops. I would not want to stay at the Hamilton Princess because of no beach access. I would guess they have a bus to the beach as well.
I have included photos of the beach areas by the Southhampton. I really liked that there were trails everywhere on the huge beach next to the Fairmont's beach. So impressed by the classy Bermudians; very friendly. Decor was lovely and good shops. GREAT food.
You can order food & drinks at the beach area-they have a lot of great selections & was reasonable.
THE FAIRMOUNT SOUTHHAMPTON...
THE FAIRMOUNT SOUTHHAMPTON (and Fairmount Hamilton) PRINCESS
Like everything in Bermuda, it was expensive. We were going there with a convention so we got a very good price (125$US) but it is MUCH more expensive usually. Very nice, very clean and very expensive. The food was great and the service too.
Favorite hotel in Bermuda
I visit Bermuda at least once a year on business and have tried various hotels around Hamilton. After much experimentation, I settled on Rosedon as my favorite. It's small, just 43 rooms, but very friendly. Free breakfast and afternoon tea. Much better than the arrogant, stuffy Hamilton Princess, which is just across the road. Small but nice pool.
Probably best to avoid this hotel
We made a major effort to find reasonable hotels in Bermuda & the price at this one was right. Even so it was still close to $300/night including a light breakfast which is not a small drop in the bucket. One issue was that there was no lift or elevator and our room was on the 2nd floor. The room itself was spacious and clean but there was regular noise that we had to talk to the staff about, and it was advertised as having a jacuzzi tub which was conveniently broken at the time of our stay. The staff on-site were pleasant and tried to be helpful but the manager was not on-site and only accessible by phone which became annoying with the issues that came up. The Hamilton Princess was directly across the road and upon seeing their facilities and services we regretted that we did not pony up the $500+ per night to stay there. Needless to stay we'd like to return to Bermuda and when we do we shall stay there. Regardless of the hotel you choose definitely stay in Hamilton - it is so convenient with the ferry, excellent restaurants, shopping, etc in a short walking distance. If you are on a budget this will work for you.
$240 to $180, depending on season The only large hotel within walking distance of Hamilton. It's a good place to stay for a first visit.
This is a small bed and breakfast with only 47 rooms. The cheapest room is $170 for a single or $180 for a double off season (winter)
We passed this hotel every time we walked up into town when we stayed at the Hamilton Princess, which is across the street. I have not stayed here.
Rosedon was built in 1906 as the private home of Mr. E. J. Thompson. It was named after his son, Robert Rosedon Thompson; Rosedon was an old family name.
According to the Rosedon website ".. the property on which the house was built was actually purchased by cable from England. Mr. Thompson, who owned the E.J. Thompson Bakery on Pitts Bay Road (now the Bermuda Bakery), was in England on business when he learned that this magnificent site was available. He promptly bought it and his close friend, Mr. Beswick of Chicago, designed the house and drew the plans. The builder was a Mr. N. W. Hutchings of Bermuda.
"Mr. Beswick knew what he was doing. The walls were built double with thickness and furred to prevent any dampness seeping through. The woods were all imported - pine, oak, cherry, mahogany and California redwood went into the decor, with each room designed to suit a particular wood. The pillars in the entrance hall were specially carved and imported from Chicago. There was no electricity in those days and Rosedon was the only house in Bermuda to be lit by gas, which was piped from the Bakery just a few blocks away. This was considered most luxurious as other homes were lit by kerosene lamp." Bermuda Plan (full course breakfast served in your room, patio, or at pool side), a heated outdoor swimming pool, an old fashioned honour bar and all the modern conveniences of home including:
* Air conditioned rooms with private bathroom, cable TV, telephone, radio, coffee maker, refrigerator, ceiling fan, wall safe, hair dryers, iron and ironing board, voice mail, Internet access
* Royal Rooms include: CD Players, VCR, Robes & Jacuzzi tubs
* Same-day laundry service
* á la carte luncheon is served poolside and picnic lunches available on request
* Traditional English tea at four o’clock in the afternoon
* Light evening meals are also available on request
* A self-service honour bar, (Nigel’s Bar) in the main house
* Award winning videos are offered daily
* Swizzle party every Tuesday evening
* Rosedon can also arrange introduction to the island’s fine golf courses and other sporting facilities
* Free round- trip transportation is provided to a very popular South Shore Beach & Tennis Club
Very nice hotel in a very nice location
We visited bermuda in mid-November of this year (2004.) The weather was cooler than expcted (low 70s) but we still had a great time.
The Fairmont Hamilton Princess Hotel is exceptionally clean and the staff is ver friendly. Plus the hotel is convienently located near shopping, restaurants and of course, the water.
The hotel walso has a complimentary shuttle to take you to the other side of the island where the sister property is located.
All in all, i highly recommend the Fairmont Hamilton Princess Hotel.
Hamilton Princess Hotel 1995
Our room was on the 5th (top) floor - right in the corner that is the center of the photo over top of a tree. One curtain open and the other closed.
This outdoor pool was heated and the hotel gym/workout room was nearby. The pool was warm enough, but walking around in the air in the evening was chilly. The hotel also had a salt water pool.
Taken leaving the hotel restaurant out over the harbor.
There was a ferry between the two Princess hotels so that people could use the beach and sports equipment at the Southampton Princess. We never used it, but I did take this photo.
Fireplace in the Fairmont Hamilton Princess
From a ferry in the harbor, the Fairmont Princess
The Fairmont Princess Southampton, from Lighthse
The Hamilton Princess from the ferry
Affordable food options in Bermuda
It's our first time visiting the island. My wife, our 2 year-old, and I will be staying in Fairmont Southhampton at the end of June. I heard that things are pretty expensive in Bermuda in general and had some questions:
1) Where do you recommend that we get our currency exchanged?
2) Where are the affordable food options on the island?
3) Are there grocery shops in the area?
Thanks in advance.
Re: Affordable food options in Bermuda
We have stayed there three times in the past and coincidentally we will be there at the same time you are this year. Here are the answers: (1) If you are American, you can use American money-the Bermuda dollar and the US dollar are tied together. You can use US dollars anywhere. (2) Fodor's recommends several restaurants based on different budget levels. We like Tio Pepe's alot (you can walk there from the hotel) and in Hamilton, La Trattoria and Lobster Pot and Porto Fino in Hamilton aren't too bad.. Beethoven's at the far western tip is also economical and good. A good tip is to bring something for a small breakfast, eat a large lunch somewhere-probably Hamilton and just get a snack down in the martini bar (Jasmines-the prawn cocktail is great) (3). You can take the free ferry ride from Jews bay (north side of the Hotel) and go to the Fairmont Princess. Hamilton has two large supermarkets and you can take the free ferry back from the Fairmont Princess to the Fairmont Southampton.
What to do in Bermuda?
Hi, my husband and I are going to Bermuda next week for the first time for our 20th wedding anniversary. This is the first time we are going away without our 3 kids (9, 10, & 12). We are staying at the Pompano and would like advise about what restaurants to visit. My husband is a restaurant man himself so food quality is very important to us. Also I would appreciate any advise on the following activities on the island: horseback riding on the beach; mountain bike tour on Bermuda Railway trail; Don't stop the carnival party on Hawkins island; and Helmet diving. Should I get advance reservations for any of these activities? But many of them depend on the weather. Thanks for any advise.
Re: What to do in Bermuda?
Hmmmmm... well, I can help you out with some of it.
Places to eat:
The Porch Cafe - Front Street, Hamilton, Downtown, NOT Parish (Fantastic, not too expensive)
The White Horse - St. George's (others thought it sucked, but they ordered things they knew nothing about).
The Silver Spoon - Hamilton (Not Parish) Victoria and Cedar (great burgers)
The Black Horse - St. David's Parish
The Marketplace Lunch Buffet - Hamilton, across from the Cathedral (It's in a grocery store, but the food is fresh, great and CHEAP!)
The Hog Penny - Burnaby Hill (at your own risk)
the restaurant above The Hog Penny (more formal, but still laid back).
Warwick Riding School has pack riding (Warwick Parrish) on the beach, but that's the only one I know of.
Carnival Party on Hawkins - Well, if you like 'down and dirty' partying, this is the place.
Bermuda Railway is mostly a foot-path, bikes are NOT adviseable.
Bell Diving in Flatts Village (North Shore, left side of the street going toward the Aquarium) can help you out with diving instruction. ALSO, there's a dive place in the lobby of the Hamilton Princess Hotel that can tell you about charter dives off Southampton Parrish.
And last, but not least, The Swizzle Inn - North Shore Road. Wanna try a REAL "Dark and Stormy" with the Locals? You'll find it there!
Any questions, feel free to ask!
Re: Re: What to do in Bermuda?
Oh, yeah, I forgot - like I never do ;o) You DO have your reservations at the Pompano, right? Some hotels are, if fact, still closed. I'm sure that if you need prices, fares and the like, the Concierge at Pompano Beach Club will help you out.