Trolley, refits, airport 'work' club new to island

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 developments:

  • Fairmont Hotels, which recently purchased the Hamilton and Southampton Princess hotels, is planning extensive renovations at both properties.
  • 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 full-service spa.

    More airline service and an improved product should bring more visitors to Bermuda's beaches this summer.

  • 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 Internet access.

    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 p.m.

    Both airlines' new service will operate through September.

  • The Crown Dynasty is sailing to Bermuda from Philadelphia through September.
  • 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 Dockyard.

    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 top attractions.
  • 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 concourse.

    For more information, call (800) BERMUDA or visit www.bermudatourism.com.

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