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While traveling in Bermuda, we stayed for three nights at the Fairmont Hamilton Princess and were treated to a very luxurious stay. Known around the island simply as “The Princess”, it is one of the most famous and oldest hotels. In fact, it is the oldest hotel in the Fairmont chain, originally opening in 1885. It is also one of the largest hotels in Bermuda, with 410 guest rooms. This “pink palace” overlooks the Hamilton Harbour in Pembroke Parish.
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The Fairmont Hamilton Princess is centrally located in the city of Hamilton, Pembroke Parish. It was very easy to walk from the hotel right downtown where all of the shops and restaurants are located along Front Street. The walk was around five minutes in length. We could easily walk to the main ferry terminal and the bus station in Hamilton. There was a place to rent scooters right next door to the hotel as well. The Princess also offers a free ferry service between this property and the other Fairmont hotel on the island, the Fairmont Southampton Princess. This hotel really felt like it was close to everything, and as for the places that were farther away, they were easily accessible by either the ferry or the bus. Public transportation in Bermuda was very easy to navigate, so no worries there!
Our hotel room was a newly renovated One Bedroom Suite overlooking the infinity pool and the harbour. That’s right, there’s an infinity pool! I was pretty stoked to discover that. The suite was both gorgeous and comfortable. It was decorated with plenty of Bermuda-themed artwork, and the walls were a soothing shade of blue. After walking through a small hallway with a huge front closet, there was a living space with a sectional couch, a flatscreen television, and a very large desk. Wifi was available for free for Fairmont President’s Club members, so makes sure that you sign up for the loyalty program.
The living room is separated by a set of doors that leads into the bedroom. The king-sized bed was very comfortable and left us feeling very relaxed and rejuvenated in the morning. There was another flatscreen TV in the bedroom, though we never tend to watch television while we’re on holidays. Another fantastic aspect of staying here was the huge amount of storage space in the room. There were two side tables with drawers, a large dresser with three drawers, the closet in the hallway, and additional other spaces. You will easily be able to store all of your belongings and keep everything organized. We always returned to an immaculate room, plus the hotel staff offered turndown service in the evening.
The bathroom was huge and had a bathtub and a shower. It was very well lit with a huge mirror, and there was a large counter top and shelves for all of our belongings. The bath products that were provided smelled great! If only our bathroom at home could be this spacious…
Both the bedroom and the living room had huge floor to ceiling windows that doubled as sliding patio doors that could be fully opened. While the bedroom patio door could be slid open to admire the view outside and let a fresh breeze inside, the living room doors led to a large outdoor balcony. There was a table with chairs and a lounger to enjoy the view. And, what a view it was. The balcony overlooked the infinity pool, the Hamilton Harbour, and the 1609 Restaurant where we dined on our first night in Bermuda. It also provided a view of “Bermudiful” sunsets. We felt so spoiled.
Being a hotel on a tropical island, we were hoping that the Princess had a great swimming pool. The infinity pool was everything that we had hoped for. There were loungers out in the middle of the pool where you could relax, read a good book, or get lost in the views of the harbour. There was also a hot tub beside the pool, which was a great spot to unwind.
There were several small shops inside the hotel, as well as a coffee shop that unfortunately closed at 2:00pm so I didn’t get to try it out. The hotel had two restaurants on the property: 1609 and Intermission. I reviewed both of them over at our Vegan Guide to Bermuda, so you can check out the tasty dishes that we ordered! The hotel was incredibly receptive to our vegan dietary requests, and we were very happy with the meals that were prepared for us. We ate at Intermission for a buffet breakfast each day (available at an additional cost), where we easily found vegan options – potatoes, bagels and jam, and lots of fresh fruit.
We were delighted with the staff members from the moment that we arrived as they made us feel right at home. While we were being hosted at the Fairmont as the #MyDestinationStory Contest Winners, I truly believe that we would have received friendly and courteous treatment no matter what. Each day, we were greeted with a smile and plenty of friendly conversations. Everyone went above and beyond to make our stay comfortable and fulfilling. Our VIP Concierge, David, arranged absolutely everything for us, from tours to transportation, with our plans changing from moment to moment at times. Yelena, the Marketing & Communication Manager was helpful and knowledgeable as someone who has lived in Bermuda all of her life. We were treated like royalty and we thoroughly appreciate that.
After spending four days in Bermuda, we were contemplating how we could move there permanently. While we wouldn’t be able to live at the hotel forever, that would be the dream, wouldn’t it! The Fairmont Hamilton Princess is a beautiful hotel and was part of the reason why we instantly fell in love with Bermuda. From top notch service to spacious rooms and public areas, I wouldn’t hesitate to book a stay at the Princess again in the future.
Disclaimer: We were hosted during our stay as Fairmont #mydestinationstory contest winners. However, this did not influence our review of this hotel. Our opinions, as always, are completely our own.