We are just back from a fabulous week in Bermuda where we stayed with Shelley and her daughter in Samaritans Cottage.
We had never been to Bermuda before so took pot luck on the accommodation, but I’m so glad we chose Samaritan’s Cottage. If we are ever lucky enough to go back I wouldn’t hesitate in booking this place again.
First St Georges is beautiful. If you want to see the real, historic Bermuda, consider staying in St Georges. Maybe not as big as Hamilton, or as touristy as Dockyard, but there are plenty of interesting shops and great restaurants, with regular buses and ferries to get around to the rest of the island. It is also close to the airport (but not so close that the planes disturb you).
As other reviewers have said, if you want swanky hotels with private pools, beaches, golf courses etc, this is not the place for you. But if you want inexpensive comfort and a friendly welcome, you can’t do better.
Shelly has two rooms (a twin and a double) which both adjoin a shared sitting room. Her private house also adjoins this sitting room, but the door was never closed. All guests are treated almost as part of the family and socialising is encouraged.
She also has a two bedroomed, self-catering apartment in the basement of her house and this is where our family of four (kids aged 11 and 13) stayed. This apartment is huge. There is air conditioning in the bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen and a large sitting room. There is also free WiFi, a TV, DVD and lots of films, though we never quite found the time to turn that on! The décor could maybe do with a bit of touching up and be aware there are no laundry facilities but, when you consider how precious (and expensive) Bermuda’s water is, this is not surprising. If you do run out of clean clothes during your stay, there is a laundrette about 30 yards away.
The cottage is also perfectly positioned. You couldn’t get closer to the ferry terminal and the main square of St Georges, the shops and restaurants are a very short walk away. Don’t be put off by the lack of pool either; our kids spent most of their free time swimming in the sea about 50 yards away.
All in all, a perfect stay on a beautiful island made even better by the great new friends we made.