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
The hotel was immaculate, the private beach was beautiful, and the staff were incredibly helpful. The weather wasn’t the warmest so we were happy we upgraded to gold which gave us a beautiful lounge to spend time in. There was an impressive spread for breakfast each day and creative canapés in the afternoon. I would highly recommend this hotel if you don’t mind the price tag.
The Hamilton Princess is a gem of Bermuda. Beautiful lobbies, stylish bars, ample waterfront and wonderful staff make this one of my favourite hotels on planet earth. The addition of the private beach club adds a new layer of class and tranquility, accessible via 20-minute complimentary shuttle several times daily from the Princess and back.
Charles (Asst. Front Office Manager) and his staff (particularly Mandy) are exceptional and will go the extra mile to make your stay special. We loved the live music offered on Thurs/Fri nights and thought the food at Marcus’ was exceptional.
While the Hamilton Princess is often a destination for business travelers, consider it for your next romantic getaway. It won’t disappoint!
Staff are amazing, location is good we could walk to restaurants and supermarkets and the ferry station if we wanted to go somewhere else. The beach club of the hotel is very nice too. The only downside is the heated pool isn't really heated enough even when it is 65-70 outside, to me a heated pool should always be maintained at 80+.
But the Jacuzzi is great!
This was our first time in Bermuda and the hotel made the trip a success. Service and friendliness of all the staff was exceptional. We stayed in a garden room that overlooked the marina and it was so pleasant. Everthing was clean and new. The infinity pool and hot tub were so beautiful. And the original art in the lobby and throughout the hotel added an elegant flare.
We travel quite a bit so have stayed n many hotels. This is by far one of the best overall...clean, top notch service, great food, friendly & helpful....centrally located and walking distance to shopping and restaurants. We will be back!