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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
For many years I’ve stayed at this establishment. It’s simply stunning. The staff is very attentive. The rooms are spotlessly cleaned. Enjoy the artwork that’s all throughout, including a Picasso. The location is perfect for my needs.
This was my wife and my first visit to Bermuda. We went with 3 other couples. The hotel was fabulous. The hotel was very clean. It had excellent amenities. The restaurants and bars were excellent on the property. The staff was incredible. They been over backward for you. Service was excellent. Look forward to going back. The hotel is located near down town. Excellent location to walk to other restaurants and bars and activities.
Excellent hotel and location. the staff is classic Bermuda, right down to the knee socks.There are some shops in the lobby that will take care of all you requirements.They offer restaurants and cocktail lounges through the main floor, there is also a restaurant a short walk along the harbor. You have to shuttle to the beach, you can make reservations, but it seems to be first come first served if you're not there at your designated time. They run frequently. I didn't do it but you can get off the shuttle at "I think" the first stop and walk all the way to the end where the old Hamilton Princess (South) was located, there's a cove & beach there run by the hotel. If you need to do laundry its called "The Quickie Licky", you need to get a card and load the money onto it, there's a attendant there. It's a short walk from the hotel. It's a great hotel, exceptionally clean, can't wait to get back.