This Waterloo is a triumph in charm, serenity

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HAMILTON, Bermuda -- The salmon-colored building on the harborfront easily could be mistaken for the offices of an offshore bank.

But after passing through the arched doorway and into the terraced courtyard, guests recognize why Waterloo House is considered one of the islands most distinctive small hotels.

A manor house dating to the early 1800s, Waterloo House has earned a reputation over the years for its service, charming accommodations, sophisticated dining and convenience. Bermudas main financial district is within walking distance, and Hamiltons upscale shops are minutes away.

One of two Bermuda members of the prestigious Relais & Chateaux hotel marketing association (the other is sister property Horizons & Cottages), Waterloo House offers plenty of tranquility for a city hotel. Flower gardens meander through the resort, from the entryway to the hotels scenic Poinciana Terrace at the harbors edge.

Waterloo House is noted for having one of the best restaurants on the island. Guests can dine on international cuisine in the Wellington Room or on the torch-lighted Poinciana Terrace.

Public areas are tastefully furnished. The lobby could pass for the sitting room in a private home in London. 

The resorts 20 guest rooms and 10 suites vary in size and furnishings. Florals, plaids and striped fabrics adorn the antique furniture. Original paintings hang on the walls. Each room has a private balcony or terrace with waterfront views.

Activities at the hotel are limited. Theres a pool and a fitness center, but no beach. Guests have access to the facilities at the Coral Beach and Tennis Club and at Horizons & Cottages, both about a 10-minute drive from Waterloo House. The hotel can arrange harbor cruises, water sports and golf.

Rates range from $340 a night for a double room to $780 a night for a suite, April 1 through Nov. 30. Rates include a continental breakfast and afternoon tea for two. For an additional $50 per person, per day, dinner can be arranged at one of the hotels dining rooms.  Six-night anniversary and honeymoon packages begin at $2,487 for a standard room up to $3,365 for a deluxe room.

Guests receive daily breakfast and afternoon tea, a day of tennis or golf at Horizons & Cottages, a picnic lunch and beach privileges at the Coral Beach Club. The six-night package also includes airport transfers, a cocktail party and a souvenir photograph. Weekend specials for executives start at $1,245 for three nights.

For more information, call (800) 468-4100 or visit www.waterloohouse.com.

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