Hamilton Princess & Beach Club – a Fairmont Managed Hotel
What We Love
- Marcus Samuelsson’s pop-up restaurant, open through the end of summer 2014
- Restaurants and nightlife of Hamilton sit just outside your door
- Marina-front 1609 Bar and Restaurant attracts as many locals as tourists
What To Know
- Request a room in the recently renovated Poinciana Wing; decor in the main building’s rooms can feel a bit dated
- Not beachfront, but a free ferry takes you on a stunning boat ride to the hotel’s sister resort and its extensive beach facilities
- The hotel will renovate guestrooms in the Gazebo Wing in winter 2015
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Built in 1885, the Pink Palace, as it’s affectionately known to locals, has graciously presided over Hamilton Harbor for more than a century. Mark Twain puffed cigars on its stately verandas, and the bar’s formerly fishtank-lined walls inspired Ian Fleming’s James Bond tale Dr. No. A $70 million 2014 renovation set the Hamilton’s sights on the future, preserving the stately common spaces while going thoroughly modern in the Poinciana Wing guestrooms.
Bed and Bath
Choose between old-school colonial style (think palm and plaid prints, stately hardwood furniture) in the main building and beachy modern in the newly renovated Poinciana Wing rooms, which have balconies or terraces. All rooms have pillowy beds and marble bathrooms with Le Labo spa-style products.
A 2014 renovation added a stunning infinity pool with chairs that appear to float on the water and plush, shaded cabanas, as well as 1609, an open-air restaurant and bar that appears to float over the resort’s new 60-berth marina. Deep-pocketed locals sail right up for sundowners, especially during the bumping Thursday Harbour Nights parties, when DJs spin on a deck overlooking the water. Star chef Marcus Samuelsson’s pop-up restaurant makes creative use of the island’s bounty, from fish chowder croquettes with rum aioli to dark and stormy sorbets.
In the Area
Let local Ashley Harris take you off the tourist trail to go cliff jumping, cave swimming and snorkeling on her Hidden Gems of Bermuda tour. Horseshoe Bay Beach is justifiably famous for its sugary sand and turquoise water, but it does get packed. Start your day there (preferably when there are no cruise ships in port), then walk down from cove to cove until you find a quiet stretch of sand to call your own. Get a taste of old-school Bermuda with waterfront wahoo and fish chowder (topped with sherry pepper sauce and a dash of dark rum) at local favorite Black Horse Tavern. Take the free hotel ferry over to the Hamilton’s sister hotel, the Fairmont Southampton. The boat lets you off right at the loungey waterfront bar, the Dock, which is an ideal place for a cocktail before dinner at the old-school Waterlot Inn, which is housed in a clubby, candlelit 1800s dining room. Embrace the retro menu with oysters Rockefeller, a wedge salad and surf-and-turf washed down with a big, bold red.
How to Get There
My husband and I were really looking forward to spending the night at the Princess for a mini babymoon. We decided to got for a deluxe harbour view king room and I’m not going to lie we were disappointed. You could kind of see the harbour from the room when you went on to the balcony at the right angle but it certainly wasn’t worth paying extra for. I also know that the hotel has had some major renovations, unfortunately I guess we didn’t get one of the updated rooms because while ours was pleasant enough it was old. The other thing I’d say is that nobody warned us in advance that the hotel was under construction and we couldn’t have the balcony doors open because all you could hear was the sound of construction, not really the relaxing environment we were hoping for. Overall I’d say it’s a pretty hotel but majorly overpriced and anticlimactic for what we got...
I stayed at the hotel for 4 nights, the room, service and good was outstanding, in particular I’d like to thank Nicci and the
Concierge / Reception team, the house keeping team and the extra kind gentlemen working as the porters, they give such wonderful greetings - made my day - every day!
The team are a credit to the Owners.
Thank you all - Sian Hession
every one was great had a great time service was excellent desk clerks were great concierge was very helpful and informative. Great place loved marina, loved the 2 pools,. food was excellent. Our room was wonderful and we were surprised with an upgrade when they learned it was our 50th wedding anniversary
Stayed here in July as a couple and loved the experience! The beautiful setting, great food, and our corner room with a very large expanded deck made it very romantic for us as we celebrated 20 years. We took a walk downtown every morning, rented a Boston Whaler and enjoyed the pools and hot tub. Next time we will head down to the beach club, did not do this time as we were headed to another hotel with a beach later in the week.
Would recommend and definitely want to come back!
This hotel will make your visit to Bermuda memorable and amazing. From the time we arrived, our stay was perfect. The staff in the Fairmont Gold Lounge were hospitable and patient during the check in process. I made a special request for "30" balloons for my best friend's birthday, and they were able to put the balloons and cake in the room ahead of time, making a huge impact to our arrival once getting to the room. The entire hotel is picturesque. Our views from the balcony overseeing the marina were breathtaking. We also received housekeeping services twice a day, which made our evenings easier to unwind with a drink overlooking the sunset. We enjoyed dinner at Marcus one evening, where they put an interesting twist to the local cuisine. Due to the location of the hotel, we were also able to walk to several other restaurants throughout our stay, which is a huge plus for staying at the Fairmont as well. In between our discoveries, we enjoyed relaxing at the Fairmont Gold Lounge, where we enjoyed breakfast, afternoon tea and hor de hourves in the evening. I highly recommend upgrading to enjoy this exclusive access. Overall, it is wort spending time at this hotel, where the activities are endless!