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
This is a terrific hotel in a great location for business meetings in Hamilton. I have stayed several times and it always meets my expectations. The staff is very efficient and friendly, and the facilities are very comprehensive.
We recently stayed at the Hamilton. It is a very nice hotel and the staff was so friendly. The only complaint I have is when we stayed they received alot of rain, so much that it came into our room and soaked the carpeting, unfortunately for me that is where my luggage was so my luggage got soaked (and now stained). I called down to let them know the carpeting was wet, and my luggage. They told me they would be up later to look at it. I never heard from anyone after that. Too bad.
We arrived very early after our flight to London was diverted to Bemuda.
Although the early hours (around 2am) two staff checking us in and sorting the Rooms. We ended up in room 318, an amazing suit overlooking the marina and pool.
We had breakfast and lunch in the hotel and had the same server both times who couldn't of been more helpful. We had a letter from our airline explains what they would pay for and showed her at breakfast. When we returned for a late lunch she knew remembered us and knew straight away what we couldn't and couldn't have.
The hotel is in a great location just a short walk to the centre.
We used the pool too and was lovely before the flight home, a nice depth too .
Vacation December 1 through December 8, 2018
Every experience at The Hamilton Princess has been terrific; however, this trip was the very best. For the first time we booked the Fairmont Gold Plan and will do so in the future.
The staff is always welcoming and accommodating however, experiencing the Gold Lounge for the first time sold us on future vacations. One staff member in the lounge, by the name of Peter, went above and beyond professional courtesy and helpfulness. He is a wonderful asset for the Princess. Sam and Deanna Vecrumba
Willow Street, PA, USA
The hotel is in a great location. The doormen and bell hops are incredibly charming and helpful. They made are stay that much more enjoyable. Our room overlooked the marina with a small balcony. Housekeeping failed to come 1 day which was disappointing and the next day forgot to leave toilet paper. When we called an apologetic housekeeper came to our rescue. Other than that small hiccup the hotel was wonderful and we would return.