The Fairmont Hamilton Princess
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I somehow managed to have Bermuda added to my travel schedule, so here I am...on business. The island is quite interesting. It is an island of just 21 sqkm, quite literally in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Many Americans assume it is closer to the Caribbean islands, but it is closer to Canada than Miami.
It is one of the most stunning …
And so it ends where it started and it starts where it ends. About three years ago I came to Bermuda, and stayed in the Hamilton Princess, now we packed our suitcases, sold everything that could be sold and had the movers pack the rest. We left our house in Warwick and checked in to the Princess (again), it already feels like we are on our trip, …
... the inner waters of Hamilton harbour. From Hamilton we headed out towards the Tuckers Town area stopping for a walk around Spittle Pond nature reserve. Could not actually get to Tuckers Town as it is all private luxury golf courses with all roads marked "Private" after a certain point. Then headed up to St David's to find the Black Horse again for a late lunch. We found it but it ...
Late start to the day for me (10:00), though Chris was up at 08:30. Too late going to bed (some more work, I'm afraid) and a tad too much alcohol; more than I would generally have - the Doughty's were very generous - G&T, wine, wine, wine, Limoncello... Actually I felt fine this morning' tired but fine, much better than I ought to ! Spent ...
... Trail. Chatted round pool and sunbathed until 14:30-ish then went for a late lunch at the Henry VIII restaurant just down the road. James went off from the restaurant around 16:30 and we walked 3 miles or so to the Swizzle Inn for... you guessed it, some Rum Swizzle cocktails. Walked and then bussed back home for a quiet evening, a light meal then ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Fairmont Hamilton Princess
My husband and I just took our first trip to Bermuda over the Christmas 2003 holiday. It was a quick 4 day getaway. We knew it was "off season" and a bit cooler, but we found the island to be beautiful. The hotel was nice, it was being repaired after some hurricane damage it sustained in September 03, so we weren't happy with the noise, but we have a "deluxe" room which was spacious. The carpet was torn and it did need a refresher, but the rest of the hotel seemed nice. The food was great in the bar area, and the drinks were good too. Service was great with the exception of the front desk, who were just neutral. Upon checking out, the clerk was making a hair appointment with her hair salon and never even looked up to ask how our stay was or to thank us for the visit, she just asked for the key and gave us our bill.
My wife and I stayed at the Fairmont Princess over New Year's 2004, and luckily I had checked this site before completing our booking. We had originally purchased a package in a Moderate Room through Orbitz - but after reading some reviews about the differences in room classes, I switched to a Deluxe Room. It was well worth the extra $50 or so per night. The Moderate Rooms (located in the Pool and Bay Wings), looked to be very old, not renovated, on par with a Motel 6 or a similar brand. Our deluxe room was in the newly renovated Gazebo wing and had a superior view of Hamilton Harbour towards Southampton. The room was very well appointed with a comfortable king sized bed, large walk-in closet, wide furnished balcony, marble-tiled (although cozy) bathroom and other amenities usually seen at 3-and 4-star hotels. The staff was very friendly and tried their best to be helpful, but complicating matters was the closure of the hotel's sister property, the Fairmont Southampton Princess (where many of the recreational facilities are located - beach, golf, tennis, etc.). Many of the front desk staff was unaware of island tourist spots, perhaps owing to the fact that much of the Hamilton Princess' clientele might be business travelers. The room was always spotlessly made up each afternoon, with turn-down service offered every evening. The hotel is centrally located on the island, making it a good base for shopping, dining and sightseeing. Renting a motor scooter is a must - but I recommend nearby Oleander Rentals over the livery located on the property, which appeared to have older machines of inferior quality. The hotel also included a shopping area with branches of some of the larger stores in downtown Hamilton (at similar prices), a coffee shop, a full-service restaurant (very expensive but well-regarded) and a bar that serves regular meals and afternoon tea.
Hamilton Fairmont was terrific!
For those who like to walk to everything - the Hamilton Fairmont is a great choice. The town is a few blocks away - stores, restaurants, bars, etc. The hotel has every amenity (including a lovely pool) and there is a free ferry to the Southampton Fairmont which has a great beach. We had never been to Bermuda before and thought the island was beautiful, upscale and relaxing! Also recommend taking the bus to get to sights that are far away - you see alot and it's comfortable and very inexpensive.
I have just returned from the Hamilton Princess (Labor Day Weekend) and after reading some of the other reviews I can agree and disagree with them. We got a very cheap package deal on the internet so some would say you get what you pay for. Our rooms were not ready when we arrived -11:00 - fair enough, check in was 3:00 we changed into our swim suits and went to the pool. My boyfriend went to check on the rooms (around 2:30) and I reminded him about wanting a room in the rennovated part of the hotel etc.. after reading the reviews on this page. So, they don't always listen - (boyfriends that is) he came back and said the room was fine. He assured me the room was fine. We were in the baywing on the ground floor in front of the Salt Water pool - not the nicely rennovated part of the hotel. It was 6:00 by the time I dragged myself away from the pool to go to the room. It had a damp smell which to be honest after a few minutes you didn't notice anymore and the bathroom left much to be desired. The room itself was very clean; the furniture and carpets were clean and not worn or anything like that. For the time we spent in the room it really was fine. There were NO bugs / NO stains / NO mold / NO rats etc.... If I had to write a complaint it would be that there were no tea bags in the room (a phone call sorted that out) and they kept taking our robes and not replacing them - another phone call and that was sorted. All in all, we had a wonderful time. I was very anxious about the room situation after reading some of the reviews but have to say it was all good!
We spent 6 days at the southhampton princess and had a great time !! We stayed at the Fairmont Gold level and would HIGHLY recommend it. We have a 14 month old and everybody was incredibly nice and helpful. Expect to pay "vacation" prices for everything. Don't complain..you're on vacation!! Beautiful hotel, friendly staff, great private beach, free ferry to their sister hotel in hamilton...just a great vacation...we didn't want to leave !!
My husband, my two small children, and I just returned from a long
My wife and I went to Bermuda in 2002 and stayed at the Hamilton Princess. It was a great time after we had upgraded to a nicer section of the hotel. First room was very old and plain. Even had a little bit of a smell to it. We ended up upgrading to the new level which is the conceirge level. It has its own entrence and really made our trip. Free appertizers and a fantastic breakfast was definitely a plus. Was definitely worth the money to upgrade. Staff was very cordial and Duane at the bar made some great drinks. Access to Southhampton was nice.
Ferry was a nice ride through Harbor and to sites. A quick tip: Ascots is ok but go to the Lobster Pot. It was awesome. Very good food. Would stay here again if back in Bermuda.
My husband and I went to Bermuda in July 2003 and stayed at the Fairmont Hamiliton Princess. Please read my entire review as it will save you aggervation, time and money! I promiss I will not lead you wrong! We booked our room through an internet service we received a horrible room in the "old-unrenovated" part of the hotel. It was worse than a motel 6 (stains, mold etc.). We asked to switch rooms to the "Newly renovated part of the hotel." We ended up moving 3-times until we got the room we were suppose to get and loved. Make sure to ask for the Renovated rooms in the main hotel with water view in advance!!! We stayed in a Deluxe suite which was wonderful (5th floor). It has a balconey that over looks the water. Spend the money to have one of these rooms. If we were to chose to stay at the this hotel or the sister hotel we would chose the sister hotel on the ocean. It really only takes you a day to tour Hamilton. They have a bunch of shops and restaurants. However, we would have prefered the beach and less city enviroment better. The Hamilton Princess does have a ferry service which is really nice to take over to the other hotel. It is about a 45-min ride over (free). Cabs are very expensive. Any one way trip is going to run you about $25.00. Food at the Hamilton Princess is expensive (for lunch, breakfast etc.). However, there is a wonderful gourmet grocery a few doors down from the hotel that has everything you need and more. We shopped there and stored the food in our mini-bar. If you are going deep sea fishing as we did have your boat pick you up at the hotel habor. You will save yourself $50.00 in cab fees. All day charters are going to run you about $1,000.00. We went on the "Over-proof." We brought a cooler on wheels to bring back our fish. The hotel Chef was so wonderful to trim up the fish filets and bag them for us in servings of four. He then froze the fish for us and kept till we left the island. You can bring fish back only if it is fronze (no dry ice). The best fish chowder is the hotels chowder of which they froze and we brought back as well. A big happy hour party takes place at this hotel on Friday night in the outside courtyard (very nice and cheap).
Just returned from a trip to Bermuda that was awesome. Except for the hotel which was not up to par. In fact, every person I talked with was staying in the second or third room assigned to them. Also beware of bait and switch. They confirmed in fax a rate of $258 for one night including breakfast and then charged us $302.00 and said, "Oh, the fax was incorrect." Not very professional and we even had a friend that saw a big black rat in her room.
Hotel choices in Bermuda are all about location....because they don't let you drive here. If the weather is working against you, you can't even take out a scooter... so the Princess Hamilton is a find...walk to the restaurants and shopping in Hamilton.