Fairmont Hotels, which recently purchased the Hamilton and
Southampton Princess hotels, is planning extensive renovations at
HAMILTON -- From hotel renovations to new airline service and
attractions, Bermuda has more to offer visitors this summer.
The following is an update on recent islandwide improvements and
With the help of historical research, many of the Hamilton
Princess' original architectural and design features are being
incorporated into its refurbishment. The Hamilton Princess is one
of Bermuda's first hotels.
Meanwhile, the Southampton Princess will renovate its Club
Concierge floors, the lobby and dining spaces. It will build a
Elbow Beach's recent $42 million renovation included the
addition of Bermuda's first hotel concierge service.
In addition, the resort's 244 rooms were redecorated and
refurbished with Bermudian details, and the Seahorse Grill is a new
formal restaurant specializing in Bermudian fare.Newstead, an upscale boutique hotel with 50 rooms and suites
near Hamilton, is in the midst of renovations aimed at improving
services for the business traveler.
The hotel is adding four suites, two additional meeting rooms, a
gym and restaurants. Rooms are being equipped with high-speed
A new shuttle bus service will transport guests from the hotel
into Hamilton.The Grotto Bay Beach Hotel is in the final stage of a $6
million refurbishment that will incorporate Bermudian decor into
all rooms and public spaces. In addition, two new restaurants were
added. Grotto Bay also is planning to add 79 rooms.Bermuda is more accessible, thanks to new seasonal air service
on Delta and TWA.
Delta added an extra flight out of Atlanta, departing daily at 4
p.m. and arriving in Bermuda at 7:50 p.m. The evening flight
facilitates better connections from the West Coast of the U.S.
Meanwhile, TWA's inaugural service to Bermuda from St. Louis
departs Mondays and Fridays at 10:15 a.m. and arrives at 3:45
Both airlines' new service will operate through September.The Crown Dynasty is sailing to Bermuda from Philadelphia
The ship, bedecked in Bermudian decor, is the sixth ship to call
on the island and the only one to dock at the Royal Naval
Through a unique partnership with Apple Vacations and island
hotels, a percentage of berths are dedicated to a cruise-stay-fly
program that offers clients a hotel stay as part of the trip.The Bermuda Train Co. recently unveiled a 60-seat trolley train
that allows visitors to tour Hamilton and the Dockyard area with a
$10 day pass. A $25 ticket also includes admission to the area's
Tickets can be purchased at the Hamilton Train Station,
participating hotels and all Oleander Cycle shops.Business travelers can work while they wait for flights at the
new Longbird Club, a state-of-the-art lounge located upstairs in
the U.S. departures area of the Bermuda Airport.
The club offers a concierge, computer workstations with Internet
access, free local calls, assistance with airline tickets,
photocopying and fax service, check cashing, newspapers and
magazines, complimentary beverages and snacks. Corporate and
individual memberships start at $450 annually.While at the airport, clients can visit two new shops opened by
Bermuda Duty Free Ltd. The shops sell wines and spirits, perfumes,
cosmetics, jewelry, clothing, gourmet foods and cigarettes.
Travelers can save up to 20% compared to U.S. retail prices. The
stores are located on either end of the terminal's departures
For more information, call (800) BERMUDA or visit www.bermudatourism.com.