The Royal Palms is an amazing boutique hotel. The staff are extremely friendly helpful and genuine people. The included self serve buffet breakfast has lots of choices and the waiter was too nice. Our room was large and included a kitchen and air conditioning. It was also very private which we really enjoyed.
Swimming pool, personalized attention from staff, close proximity to bars and restaurants. Daily happy hour with free wine.
One night in very nice hotel. Great buffet breakfast, included. Room overlooking the ocean. Nice, friendly staff. A/C worked well. Very commendable. Also, close to bus line. Drawbacks-occasional tiny ant, dead bug or two, water came out brown for first few seconds (then fine).
Hotels are expensive in Bermuda so, for the price I felt did better than average for my needs. Since, you can't rent a car, I chose the bus (2 days pass). The bus stop was just over the hill through the Bermuda college parking lot. However, you can get scooters by inquiring at the front desk (they will also, get you a taxi if you choose). The buffet breakfast really was a bargain because, I eat a big breakfast before I go to see the sites.
I've been a visitor here over 30 years.It is what Bermudians call a "small Hotel".The gardens are old and established,the paths down to the pool are old limestone and the service is exceptional. There is a large varanda for swizzle parties and for 3pm high teas...and it's all a 5 min. walk from Hamilton's busy center.Old Bermuda charm is alive in this oasis.
Pompano Beach Club is a popular resort located on the Western part of Bermdua. It is right on it's private beach with great swimming, a golf course, a pool and multiple hot tubs on different levels climbing the building. 3 meals a day are offered plus a lunch/drink bar by the pool, with 2 dining rooms. I think you can stay in the actual building, but we stayed in one of the many surrounding buildings in condo-like accommodations. This is my first review so I don't really know what to say, except everything was classy and nice.
Two very cool hot tubs in their own little pagoda with sand all around looking over the ocean. One con, however, was that during our stay the "hot tubs" would be inexplicably cold!
We really enjoyed our visit to this small resort. It is right on the ocean and we listened to the waves crash day and night. The people there were extremely friendly and helpful. The restaurant served good food and the bartender was great. We stayed in the 2 bedroom cliffside suite - but it was like a large condo with more than enough room for the five of us. A third bedroom was also available.
On the ocean's edge so that all rooms have views. Small enough that the staff know and remember you. Restaurant and pool are convienent.
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.
I found this on Expedia vacation deal. You can find a pretty good deal with this hotel combined with an air ticket. The hotel is very nice and clean on a great location. It has a private beach, nice size and very beautiful that next to Horse shore beach which probably the best beach on the island. You can enjoy both of these excellent beaches like at the private beach it would be great to relax and read books and soak some sun and at horse shore beach you can enjoy more swimming and sports. A good choice for a Bermuda trip.
Brilliance of the Seas - Ship Description
As a member of the Radiance Family of ships, the design of Brilliance of the Seas utilizes acres and acres of glass to ensure that passengers onboard are constantly surrounded by spectacular sweeping views of the sea. The ship combines a high percentage of balcony cabins with speed, added comforts, greater space, and an enhanced staff. Among the highlights are glass elevators facing the sea, six dining alternatives, and a sports court.
Dine in luxury among waterfalls in the main dining room, go the upscale Chops Grille for the perfect steak, or eat at the reservations-only Italian restaurant. For more casual fare, the Windjammer Cafe has outdoor seating. The Bombay Billiard Club, Jakarta Lounge, Singapore Slings, and the Calcutta Card Club all provide unique venues with a British-Colonial theme within the customizable Colony Club entertainment complex. At night, the stars shine down from above, the scene at the many bars heats up, excitement mounts at the casino, and the Aurora Borealis light up the Aurora Theatre, where dynamic productions embody the glitz and special effects of Broadway or Las Vegas.
Several onboard whirlpools and jacuzzis mean that relaxation is never far away--there's even a whirlpool located in the Solarium, where you can unwind in an Indian Raj-like setting. The ShipShape Fitness Center contains state-of-the-art exercise equipment, fitness classes, a massage parlor, and hair salon. Golfers will find a putting green and golf simulators, and you don't have to be an expert to enjoy the rock climbing wall. There is also a basketball court, game arcades, and three pools, including the special kid's pool area with its own waterslide. The art studio, well-stocked library, and host of shopping options provide other enjoyable outlets. At Royal Caribbean Online, you can access the Internet and send email.
As I'd mentioned in the previous tip, THIS one's being placed to share a few more photos of Kingston House.
We love finding a great bed and breakfast. God Bless the internet for making it so much easier to do so. We came across Harry and Marlie Powell's Kingston House via the magic of google and the Bermuda travel websites. What a great choice.
Kingston House embodies everything you'd want from a small b&b experience. Interesting and helpful hosts, a casual ambience and a great price, too. I challenge anyone to find accomodations in Bermuda for $180 per night...for THREE people...in a nice place. You'll actually have trouble finding a not-so-nice place at such a great Bermuda rate.
NOTE... FOR A FEW MORE PHOTOS OF KINGSTON HOUSE, SEE THE FOLLOWUP TIP. :)
If you choose to book and stay at Kingston House, please tell them that Pete from Tallahassee said hello.
(1) Harry and Marlie Powell, the owners. Marlie is originally from Canada, but married Harry three decades ago and settled in Bermuda. Harry's lineage goes back to the earliest Bermuda shipwrecks, he's tried and true Bermudian. Harry helped us a great deal in finding my old home from the 1950s over on Harrington Sound.
(2) The Kingston House was built by Harry's dad back in the 1920s, so it's a family property. Harry and Marlie have lovingly updated and restored the house, down to spectacular Brazilian hardwood floors and wireless internet throughout. The entire decor and feel is "home" and "comfort".
(3) We didn't use it, but they have a "continuous wave" lap pool. It's one of those things where you can set it and swim in place. Harry says it goes from gentle surf to super-rip-tide level. :)
(4) They try to tailor breakfasts to your tastes. There are no meats served...for two reasons. First, Marlie is a vegetarian. And second, serving meat means that you have to satisfy about six million additional government regulations, according to Marlie. I especially liked the raisin scones with jam.
(5) Also on the food front, Harry is serious about his coffee. They serve only fair trade coffee, and they roast and grind it ON THE PREMISES. Harry thinks coffee that's been roasted for more than a day or two is old. This is a good place for your morning cup of Joe, folks. Have a second, and a third.
(6) Great locations. Turnstile Lane turns off Pitts Bay Road. It's less than 1 km into Hamilton, but you're far enough away for it to be wonderfully peaceful at night.
(7) Free local calls, and very inexpensive long distance carrier available.
(8) We had the Palmetto Suite, which included a separate room and daybed for our daughter. Gave us all space and privacy. :)
OK, here's another place that I didn't stay. But, I was very impressed by both its location and by its feel. We were very happy in our little B&B, but if I wanted to stay in a bigger hotel near Hamilton, I think I'd look into the Rosedon.
Oh one thing... although it has B&B qualities, the Rosedon is technically NOT a B&B. By Bermuda hotel authority definition, any accommodations establishment that has more than four rooms is a hotel, not a bed and breakfast or rooming house. This definition stands even though the Rosedon DOES include breakfast in their rates. Just in case you wanted to know.
Historic building, originally constructed in 1906. They serve afternoon tea, and the room in the main/grand house are the most desirable. I'm told that the rooms in the more modern two story wings are find, but not nearly as historic. Nice Victorian furnishings throughout, and a nice cozy main living room.
There is a pool and gardens behind the house.
OK two things..
First, I didn't stay at the Princess. I passed it everyday, and I know people who are familiar with the property. I know it's a good luxury choice near Hamilton
Second, it's really not the Grand Dame of HAMILTON. Technically, there ARE no hotels or guesthouses inside Hamilton. The Princess is in Pembroke Parish, on Pitts Bay Road. Pitts Bay is what Front Street, Hamilton, turns into at the city limit sign. The Princess is technically about 200 meters away from the city of Hamilton. But, we're talking small distances. You can literally SEE the center of Hamilton from the Princess.
The Princess is everything you'd expect a historic luxury property to be. It's been in this location for about 45 years... my parents tell me that a hotel called "The Bermudiana" used to be here, it burned down in the late 1950s. And even though it's four decades old, it's undergone numerous renovations, and is absolutely up-to-date in comfort and service.
If you want to stay in a large, luxury hotel in Hamilton...ok near Hamilton...The Fairmont Princess would be a time-tested good choice.
The Princess has a sister hotel over on the south shore of Bermuda, the Fairmont Southampton. Since the Princess (being on the harbor) has no beach, guests AT the Princess are entitled to free shuttle service over to the Southampton and its "private beach". Private beach is somewhat of a misnomer in Bermuda, as techically, nobody can own "the Queen's Bottom". But, hotels claiming certain beaches CAN own the beach chairs, lifeguards and such.
The Clairfont Apartments were a five minute walk to the beach, close to a bus line and not too far from Hamilton or the light house. Clean and comfortable with a kitchen typical for this kind of accomodation, we had a very pleasant stay at an affordable rate. $100 per night may not sound like budget accomodations to an American, but compared ot what most rooms on Bermuda go for, it's a steal. The room we had could have slept up to six, and they provided a crib and high chair with no fuss or charge. Even with only eight apartments, there was a well maintained pool, and the hostess proved EXTREMELY knowledgeable and helpful. She made it a point to be clear she was available 24 hours per day. The only problem is that there wasn't a grocery nearby, meaning you had to plan.
They also do weddings and can provide some food service in the event of late night arrivals. the best part about the room was its location, five minutes walk to Warwick Long Bay Beach, a few more to Jobson's Cove, and less than that to the bus stop. There is a Swizzle Inn five minutes by bus or fifteen minutes walk.
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.
Many visitors to Bermuda stay at all-inclusive resorts and hotel chains. On the two occasions that I've visited, I've stayed at 3-star 'cottages' which are efficiency apartments (with a kitchenette).
The most recent stay was at Clearview Suites and Cottages on the north shore of Hamilton parish. It has received mixed reviews on Tripadvisor, but our experience was that it was clean, with the sheets turned over daily. The property had a clubhouse and pool and the hosts were very friendly. We dined at their Landfall Restaurant and found the food to be of high quality (not gourmet, but very tasty and traditionally Bermudian), and the portions were very generous. The ocean views (sunsets especially) were mesmerizing - we'd often eat breakfast on our balcony, and take sunset walks on the Railway trail that ran along the shore.
The Barnesdale Cottages were in Paget parish and I stayed there in 1998 - they were toward the middle of the island, with no ocean view. The apartment was clean and well attended.
I've seen reviews of these, and other budget-priced accomodations that describe a musty smell and attribute this to being 'dirty'. Bermuda has a high humidity level, and when not in use, these units my not always be air conditioned (dehumidified). I've noticed this smell, but have never seen mold. I'm hearing that even the fancy hotels can sometimes have a slight musty smell.
I'd imagine that efficiency apartments are an affordable way for families to enjoy the islands and to be introduced to genuine Bermudian hospitality.
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