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Ranked #15 of 24 Bermuda B&B and Inns
Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2012

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.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
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Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2012

I had the pleasure of staying at Samaritan's Cottage in early June with my sister for four nights. This was our first visit to Bermuda and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this lovely historic B&B! We were instantly welcomed by Shelly and her daughter who gave us all the information we needed to get around there. She was more than accommodating....she drove us all around the island and gave us a bit of history, plus showed us all the beaches we later enjoyed. She even provided all the gear....chairs, umbrellas, snorkeling gear......She recommended some good restaurants...we loved Wahoo by the way....it was tough getting a reservation there and Shelly worked her magic and got us in somehow. We stayed in the Orange Room and loved the private backyard, plus the wine and good conversation we shared with her during the evenings...She and JB also offered to take us out fishing which was a nice gesture but the rains came......We had an early flight and she was kind enough to take us to the airport.......Great location for a visit, and just unbeatable hospitality.....If I get the chance to return to Bermuda, this is place I plan on going back to!!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2012

Shelly and JB are the best. Suprised my wife with a trip for a few days and took a chance on booking a place on my own and hit a home run. The location is minutes from the airport, and if your nice and she is free maybe Shelly will pick you up from the airport!!!
They offered us dinner numerous times and most likely could of eaten there every night if we chipped in for food. There is grill for guest (the kids grill) and a man grill in the back!!! (you didn't hear it from me!!).
The rooms are nice, we stayed in the "Green Room" (which isn't green at all!!); You are about a two minute walk to the grocer and all the good stuff to see in St. George's. Try to stay away from downtown during the day if you don't like crowds, early morning and evening is all locals.

I would HIGHLY refer this place to anyone looking for a down home kind of place to stay. Two of the nicest and most sharing people I've ever met. I would go back down and stay there in a heartbeat!!!
The house is also part of the historic society so it has the old world feel to it.
There is CABLE, WIFI, DVD. I guess the cable is new. But who goes to Bermuda to watch TV?!?!?!

Room Tip: Green Room has it's own bathroom.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lutterworth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2012 via mobile

I went out to Bermuda as part of my work to collect a Yacht and sail it back to the UK. I stayed her for two nights as it was a local holiday and was unable to get out to the Yacht at anchor in the harbour. As has been said if you are looking for swanky 5 star this is not the place for for you. However if you want a shed load of hospitality and a nothing is too much truble attitude then head for here, not to mention a building that if it could talk would be on the history channel. Shelley the host is such an accommodating lady and nothing is too much trouble, nice clean comfortable bed, cool room, hot shower and a lovely lounge with wifi, TV and DVD. I would highly recommend this lovely place and by bermudian prices very good value. Well done Shelley :-)

Stayed May 2012, traveled on business
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New Jersey
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12 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2012

As someone below me mentioned, this place is not for someone looking for a fancy high end place but it is perfect for those who want reasonably priced accommodation in a great location. We stayed in the 2 bedroom apartment (which is not listed on Bermuda getaways yet).

There was a full bathroom, full kitchen and living area. There is no cable tv but there is a dvd player and free wifi. It is directly across from the ferry stop as well as very close to bus stops and a block from downtown St. George's which has many different shops and restaurants.
Tobacco Bay, the closest beach (and a wonderful little beach at that) is about a 10 minute walk uphill from the guesthouse.

Shelly (the owner) is an amazing person and is extremely accommodating. She let us use her phone numerous times and even had us over food food/wine. We will definitely stay here the next time we stay in St. George's.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2011

if you're after a slick or swanky hotel this is not the place for you. But if you want to stay in a beautiful home with some of the friendliest and helpful people you could wish to meet then book! Nothing was too much trouble for our hosts, including a lift from the airport & making sure we had food that evening. The B&B is in a great location, close to bus & boat transport for easy access around the island, but it is worth spending time in St. Georges too, with a lovely beach & good restaurants nearby.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2011

This beautiful 1700's home in the small historic town of St. George is a wonderful place to experience life in Bermuda. It is off the little square, within walking distance of restaurants, and a stones throw from the ferry. It's about 10 min. from the airport. It is on a quiet, quaint little street, across the street from a sailmaking shop, near the water. It is walking distance (up and over a hill) to Tobacco Bay beach where we had the most amazing snorkling experience.
I would recommend this B&B to travellers who are relaxed and casual - Samaritan's Cottage is very informal. I would especially recommend it to families travelling with children. The owner, Shelly, and her daughter are wonderful hosts who go above and beyond to make everyone feel welcome. The home does have a couple kitties and guinea pigs who live in the gardens. Shelly made us feel like members of her extended family, helping us get to some of the best beaches and make the most of our short time there. We truly enjoyed learning about the island from them. Shelly keeps beach chairs, snorkling masks, and umbrellas out for all to use. Breakfast is light and casual and while we were there all the guests were very friendly.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Water Street, Bermuda
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