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
Spent 5 nights in room 212 as a family of 4. Room & bathroom were newly renovated & gorgeous, had great AC, a beautiful view of the harbor from our balcony. Housekeepers were super sweet. They came twice daily (excellent service!) remembered our names, provided us with free water bottles, and sent my daughter the tastiest BD cake as a surprise! I mean, like a giant fantastic chocolate cake!! So nice!! The front desk, concierge desk, door greeters, & restaurant staff were all AMAZING & went out of their way to assist. Ordered room service once & only waited 20 mins. Marcus’ breakfast buffet was yummy & we ate so much we didn’t need lunch! Loved eating outside!! The front desk was never busy either! We borrowed umbrellas one day, they booked dinner reservations, hailed us taxis with no wait, & allowed us late checkout & to hang at the pool late since we had an evening flight home. The staff were all so sweet, accommodating, & happy spirited. The resort itself is just so pretty, the grounds are breathtaking, the harbor was perfect, and the artwork was magnificent!! We used the jitney to the private beach many times & really appreciated the ride bc taxis are EXPENSIVE!! Jitney drivers were fun!! The beach club was perfect for my family—fabulous, shallow, fully equipped with SUP & little boats/floats, plenty of food choices. Snorkeling was great too, even spotted an octopus!! As a mom, I want to convey that I actually got to RELAX on this trip bc so much was taken care of & easy going. I slept in a hammock over the water for 45 mins. That doesn’t happen on family vacations!! I cannot complain about a single thing. Honestly. And I can usually find some room for improvement with beach/island resorts. As reference, I feel we have higher than normal standards for resorts & take about 6 trips/year as a family. This was our 10th island. BDA is now our favorite island & I would absolutely stay at HP again. Thankful to have stayed somewhere that made us so sad to leave.
This is a beautiful hotel surrounded by a beautiful harbor. Lot of restaurants on the property. Service is good but very slow..so don’t be in a hurry. Take a tour of the Art collection..it’s free to guests. I recommend this hotel.
Bermuda is, by far in my opinion, the most beautiful island in this hemisphere. The Hamilton Princess is a timeless gem. I remember it as a child and my return here as an adult was fantastic. Check in was professional and staff went out out of the way to accommodate my family and I. Our suite was spacious and well appointed with modern bathroom. The 1609 Bar was a great place to have a drink (Dark and Stormy beats the rum Swizzle...just saying) and the food was excellent too. Views of the boats and water are great from this vantage point. Food for breakfast at Marcus' is excellent. The housekeeping staff is to be commended, always friendly and did a great job. If you want to be in downtown Hamilton, this is the place to stay.
The hotel is very nice with some evening activities and great views of the harbor (if you get harbor side room). The infinity pool is beautiful and open late. The property and the rooms are very clean but services is not 5 Star service. Keep in mind that what they call a king size bed is actually queen. And what they call a queen bed is actually full.
The taxis are always onsite which we found out is very convenient for Bermuda. You cannot rent a car on the island and if you call for a taxi, they cannot give you the time of the pick up. So, you can wait 5 min or 60 min.
For those who like proximity to the beach, it is not the greatest location. The shuttle to the beach is 30 min and the first one runs at 9:30 am or you have to take a taxi and pay $30. The beach is very beautiful and calm with enough chairs for all guests, bar and restaurant, hammocks, plenty of toys for the kids.
The hotel is also right in Hamilton town so If you like shopping, it’s a 5 min walk.
The quality of the art collection is matched only by the quality of the service which is matched only by the quality of the restaurant.
This is a relaxed setting with the most compelling of high-end qualities.
There is no place else on the island to stay.