HAMILTON, Bermuda -- The grande dame of Bermuda hotels, the
Fairmont Hamilton Princess, has seen just about everything since
opening in 1885: wars; economic booms and recessions; and more than
a few tropical storms.
That probably explains why Paul Tormey, the hotel's general
manager, prefers to talk about the present and not Hurricane
Fabian, which swept across the island last month.
"It's past. We're open for business, and Bermuda is as beautiful
as ever," Tormey said. "Our guests can do everything they did
before -- play golf and tennis, rent a Jet Ski, swim in the pools,
go to the beaches."
Located on the northern side of the island, the venerable
Princess escaped the worst of Fabian's wrath, which Tormey
attributed to the hotel's in-town location.
A few rooms in each of the hotel's four wings experienced water
damage, but Tormey said 90% of the hotel's 410 guest rooms are or
will be operational by Nov. 1.
High winds also tousled the hotel's manicured landscape. Still, the
impact was minimal, particularly when compared with that suffered
by its sister hotel on the south shore, the Fairmont Southampton.
The Southampton has been closed since the storm; it's expected to
reopen in spring 2004.
The ferry that shuttles guests to the Southampton is not
operating; guests are being referred to other beaches and golf
Tormey said guests will notice few differences at the Princess
and in Hamilton.
"Everyone has done an excellent job cleaning up and making
repairs," he said. "The hurricane put a little dent in the island,
that's all. There's no reason for anyone to stay away."
Tormey said he doesn't expect the hurricane to impact occupancy
at the Princess. "Guests have been booking on a very short-term
basis," he said. "I don't see that changing."
Now the oldest member of the Fairmont Hotels & Resorts
family, the Princess recently underwent extensive renovations,
which cost more than $25 million and were completed last year.
The lobby was redesigned in the style of a traditional Georgian
estate in England, with high ceilings, arched doorways, marble
floors and a stone fireplace.
Fairmont also redecorated meetings rooms and upgraded guest
"We're very proud of our renovations and pleased there was
little impact from the storm," Tormey said.
Dining venues include Harley's restaurant, which offers alfresco
dining with harbor views. The Heritage Court is popular with guests
The Fairmont Princess also has an outdoor heated pool and a
saltwater pool as well as a fitness center.
Meetings space at the hotel totals 16,000 square feet in five
rooms for groups of up to 300. The hotel's new ballroom has an
adjacent outdoor terrace overlooking the harbor.
Also new is a 750-square-foot executive boardroom. A business
center with audiovisual equipment, staging and meetings support
services are available, as well.
Through Dec. 15., rates are $199 to $449 per night, double, and
$499 to $549 in Gold Wing rooms.
From Dec. 16 to Dec. 31, rates are $229 to $389 per night,
double, and $439 to $489 in Gold Wing rooms.
The hotel also offers a three-night Romance package, starting at
$515 per person, double, that includes daily breakfast and spa
treatments. The package is subject to availability, and commission
For more information, call (800) 441-1414 or visit www.fairmont.com.
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