HAMILTON, Bermuda -- Hurricane Gert made a meal out of the Elbow
Beach Hotel's seaside restaurant and almost swept one of the Pink
Beach Club's cottages out to sea, but overall damage to Bermuda's
hotels was minimal, hoteliers and tourism officials reported.
The hardest-hit area appeared to be the south shore, where as
much as three miles of prime beach was under water as a result of
The Elbow Beach Hotel lost its beach restaurant, Mickey's, as
waves crashed over a 15-foot wall between the beach and the hotel,
said Kendaree Burgess-Fairn, a spokeswoman for the hotel.
"The beach itself is in surprisingly good condition, with some
beach erosion. We had no damage to our rooms," she said.
The hotel, which dates to 1908, had only 30% occupancy when
normally up to 80% of its units would be filled, Burgess-Fairn
The Pink Beach Club sustained about $250,000 worth of damage as
Gert sent water crashing through one of its beachside cottages,
taking with it half of its eight rooms.
"There's damage to about seven other rooms, but the rest of the
property is operating at 100%," managing director Michael Williams
said, adding that guests had already returned to the resort's
As at Elbow Beach, however, occupancies took a beating, down to
50% from what would have been 100%, Williams said.
Meanwhile, Bermuda's airport reopened at midnight
on Sept. 22, and Celebrity Cruises' Horizon and Royal
Caribbean's Nordic Empress were scheduled to return to the island
on Sept. 22 after a temporary diversion.