Dating to 1885, the Hamilton Princess & Beach Club overlooks the harbor in the city of Hamilton. Happily wearing the moniker “Grande Dame of Bermuda,” the hotel enjoys a celebrated history including being named after the fourth daughter of Queen Victoria, Princess Louise, and was also a favorite of Mark Twain (who often recited poetry on the veranda while signing autographs for fans). A $90 million restoration, in early 2015, adds new gloss to the rooms, which come in a wide array of styles and sizes.
As part of the renovation, the hotel has introduced an art program in the lobby and public spaces. Contemporary works are juxtaposed against the historic architectural details. Look for works by such artists as Andy Warhol, Damien Hirst, Nelson Mandela, and Philippe Decrauzat.
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The Fairmont Hamilton Princess is located in the heart of Hamilton city and is close to good restaurants, shops, and attractions. You can combine post-colonial charm and upscale climes with a subtropical stay and views of the water. Stroll in any direction for stylish nightlife.
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Rooms: 410 rooms and suites. From $450. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: As part of its renovation, in spring 2015 the hotel debuts a new signature restaurant from well-known chef Marcus Samuelsson, as well as a new bar and restaurant in the hotel lobby in the former Heritage Court space. The open-air 1609 Bar & Restaurant sits on the Princess Marina and has fine harborside views. It’s named to commemorate the year Bermuda’s first residents arrived, following the wreck of the Sea Venture. Breakfast is served near the pool. Spa and gym details: The hotel offers its guests a comprehensive fitness studio featuring cardio and weight-training equipment. There are two pools. The new resort pool features harbor views, private cabanas, floating sun lounges, a splash area and family pool, and a lap pool.
Who's it for: The city location makes the resort popular with business travelers during the week (Bermuda has a tremendous amount of international business in the insurance industry). It also gets plenty of upscale funseekers at all times. Our favorite rooms: Two luxurious two-bedroom suites with extended balconies have 180-degree views overlooking Hamilton Harbor. The Patience (second floor) and Deliverance (third floor) take their names from the supply ships built by the crew of the Sea Venture, the ship that wrecked off Bermuda in 1609 whose survivors became the island’s first residents. Patience and Deliverance sailed to Jamestown in 1610 to bring the Jamestown colony much needed supplies. Good to know: As part of its renovation, the hotel introduced the Princess Marina. The state-of-the-art marina offers 59 berths, ranging in size to accommodate pleasure craft and tournament fishing boats, as well as superyachts. The hotel provides services for guests of the marina, including custom picnic hampers for day trips or onboard catering for larger events and gatherings. A marina concierge can also assist guests, from providing destination information to reserving spots for restaurants or island activities.