Of all the hotels on Bermuda, this is the one I wanted for our long weekend stay. It’s all my favorite things: Beautiful, historic, has a coffee shop, and most importantly, it’s pink! The charm, service, and amenities made this an easy choice for us, and I knew I wanted to give y’all a sneak peek. So, here you go! Here’s what it’s like to stay at the “Pink Palace” of Bermuda: The Hamilton Princess Hotel.
Lovingly called the “Pink Palace,” the Hamilton Princess has been hosting guests since 1885. It’s currently one of the Fairmont Hotels, and in fact it’s the oldest of their historic properties. It’s located in the island’s capital city of Hamilton, easily walkable to ferries, shops, sites, and restaurants!
Why is it called “Princess,” you might wonder? Princess Louise, fourth daughter of Queen Victoria, had visited Bermuda and dubbed it “A place of eternal spring.” Fun fact: The Duchess Cafe and Gelateria in the hotel is named after Princess Louise, as she was also the Duchess of Argyll! Click here for more about the hotel’s history.
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The hotel is situated just blocks from downtown Hamilton, near the ferry terminal, and on the water. It’s truly the perfect location for exploring all of Bermuda, and yet it’s an easy place to stay with no desire to leave at all! We loved walking the grounds, complete with murals, iconic photo spots, and enough space to feel like you had the place to yourself, even knowing the hotel was at full capacity for the weekend. Take a look!
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The Private Beach Club
We actually caught Bermuda in a rainy weather pattern! We didn’t have quite enough sunshine to make a beach day something we could plan on, but we hope to go back and experience this amenity in particular. The Hamilton Princess has their own, private beach club, complete with food, cabanas, showers, complimentary transportation to the offsite location, and pink sand beach! It’s definitely at the top of our list for our next trip.
Now, admittedly, we chose one of the least expensive rooms available at the hotel. We booked at short notice, and unbeknownst to us at the time, it was actually a holiday weekend in Bermuda, so selection was limited and at a premium! That said, we were completely satisfied with our room in the Beach House wing.
The king-sized bed was comfortable and fit well into the space, with plenty of room to move around and spread out. I appreciated the many open surfaces (many hotels prioritize a “lived-in” look with stuff everywhere over the practical issue of guests actually needing space), drawers, and my fave: the coffee nook.
Our room was on the ground floor, so our lanai overlooked a garden, but it was also accessible to the outside. The lanai was also only semi-private, since anyone walking around outside could walk onto it if they wanted, and because the people in the next room literally shared part of it. That was the only part of our stay that could have been improved, in my opinion.
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The bathroom was also spacious enough for two, complete with walk-in shower and plenty of space on either side of the sink. My only issue here was the large bottles of shared toiletries. If you’ve read any of my other hotel reviews recently, you know I think these are cheap-looking and less than sanitary, but this seems to be the way that even upscale hotels are going.
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The Spa & Fitness Center
If we’d had a little more time, I would have taken advantage of the spa for a massage or other treatment, but as it was, my husband and I utilized the gym instead! I love when a hotel gym has well-maintained equipment, but more importantly, I love when there is space to move around. The fitness center at the Hamilton Princess boasted multiple forms of cardio, free weights, medicine balls, battle ropes, Smith machine, and more, all without being stuffed to overflowing so all that equipment could be used!
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The Hamilton Princess boasts five restaurants, all of which you can read more about on this website: Dining at the Hamilton Princess. Here is a sneak peek at the ones we tried during our stay!
Crown & Anchor
We made a reservation for afternoon tea at Crown and Anchor for a rainy afternoon, and it was fun! We got to sample authentic British afternoon tea service, plus local fare and some fancy sweets. Reservations are strongly encouraged, and hours are limited. Click here for more.
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The Duchess Cafe and Gelateria
Okay, this is my favorite hotel amenity! I love exploring local restaurants and coffee shops, but it’s just a little more uptown to be able to get your morning coffee at a hotel coffee shop. It delights me. The Duchess Cafe has great coffee and tea options, sandwiches, salads, and the most tempting sweets in town!
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