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“Letting you in on a secret hideaway that I want to keep all to myself” 5 of 5 stars
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5 Turnstile Lane, Hamilton HM 06, Bermuda   |  
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hamilton B&B and Inns
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“Letting you in on a secret hideaway that I want to keep all to myself”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2011

I am in two minds about how to review my stay at Kingston House Bed & Breakfast in Hamilton, Bermuda. While my natural instinct is to gush uncontrollably about how wonderful my visit was, how Harry & Marlie go out of their way to ensure your stay is memorable, I also feel like I’d be letting everyone in on a secret hideaway that I want to keep all to myself!

Kingston House is tucked off the main road, about a 10 minute walk from Hamilton, the main city on the island. Surrounded by lush gardens, the building is typically old Bermudian with whitewashed roof, colorful shutters and front porch. You are greeted by Digby, the resident dog and once inside, beautiful hardwood floors in the reception rooms and colorful furnishings surround you as you are welcomed by Harry & Marlie.

Marlie showed me around, passing through the dining area where breakfast is served and the guest’s lounge which includes a full-sized fridge (each room has a designated, labeled shelf for food), kettle and sink with various teas and cookies. I stayed in the Jacaranda room which consisted of a queen sized bed with a bench at the foot covered in brochures and Guide Books about Bermuda, two bedside tables, a closet, chest of drawers and chair together with a vanity sink and separate tub and toilet. In the bathroom, you will find shampoo, conditioner and shower gel provided for you with an abundance of towels and a towel heater. The room also included a hairdryer, iron and ironing board, flat screen t.v. with dvd player plus cable system and air conditioner. Kingston House has a library of DVDs to borrow as well as books and free wi-fi access.

Marlie immediately made me feel at home, letting me know where the nearest Bike Rental was and talking about some of the other guests staying at the B&B. Both she and Harry possess the kind of qualities that make you feel as though you have known them all your life. Far from feeling like an intruder in their home (which is how I have felt in the past at other B&Bs), at Kingston House, you feel like a long-lost friend, returning home.

I must admit that one of the aspects I was not looking forward to was breakfast at the shared dining table but it turned into my most favorite part of the day. Marlie and Harry were great at introducing all guests to one another and a lively discussion was had at breakfast about what one had done the day before and what plans lay for the day ahead. Breakfast itself consisted of coffee, tea, juices with a selection of cereals, homemade bread and scones with butter and jams. Marlie and Harry’s knowledge of the island is, of course, extensive and they were always happy to suggest places to visit and make restaurant recommendations.

There are too many events that made my stay at Kingston House so memorable to mention here suffice to say that I cannot wait for my next trip back to Bermuda to see Marlie, Harry and Digby and enjoy all that the Kingston House has to offer.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2011

This B&B lived up to all our expectations. We stayed in one of the suites which had a balcony and was very comfortable and spacious with a separate shower room and toilet. Beautifully clean and the air conditioning was the quietest we have ever experienced. Plenty of choice for breakfast. There are facilities within the house to enable limited self catering - a large fridge freezer, microwave, kettle, hot & cold water machines, sink etc. There are 2 large lounge areas to sit downstairs and there is a computer for guests use. The wi-fi connection is excellent too.
Harry and Marlie were friendly, helpful and knowledgeable hosts. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here and whilst the walk into Hamilton was along a windy, narrow road, we heeded Harry's advice about which side of the road to walk and had no problems. Locals are very aware there could be pedestrians in the road as few roads in Bermuda have footpaths.
This was our 6th visit to Bermuda but the first time in a B&B (our son had worked in Bermuda for 5 years and we had always stayed with him) this was luxury by comparison! We liked the convenience of being within walking distance of Hamilton, its restaurants and public transport (ferries and buses). We would definitely use Kingston House again and would recommend the 2 suites if you are staying longer than a few days.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2011

This charming B & B is run by a husband/wife team. They've been doing this for some time; their routine is very organized, yet truly welcoming and friendly!
The house dates to 1920, yet features modern, quiet A/C and comfortable upgrades.
Our room was clean and well kept. Rates are competitive with a senior discount.
They offer many little extras, besides their friendly help and advice: beach towels and mats, bungie cords for rental scooters ( available in town ), and even bandanas for the rental helmets!
You won't be disappointed by the Kingston House!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2011

We spent 5 nights in the Frangipani room. The bed and pillows were perfect. The bathroom is quite small, as is the bedroom. The larger rooms were already booked, so plan ahead, the extra space would have been nice. We always had lots of hot water and fresh towels. The sink cabinet is located in the room, not in the bath. The air con worked like a dream and was extremely quiet, individually controlled in each room. The common areas did not have a/c. The inn is so quiet at night, we slept like babies. We had to ask for bathrobes, be sure to do that if you need them. Harry gave us a helpful, quick local drive around town when we arrived. Marlie is so sweet and helpful, even drove us to dinner one night so we would not arrive all sweaty and overheated. The inn is well maintained, and very clean. The public rooms are very comfy and the computer is always on if you need to check emails, or print out your boarding pass. There is a new large fridge if you want to keep some food or beer there. The pool is quite small, but nice for a dip at the end of the day. The buffet breakfast was fine, a good assortment of fruit, yogurt, cereals and breads. Marlie's home made granola is amazing. The coffee is outstanding. The location is great, you can walk to town in 10 minutes, and to the bus station in 20. The island is very accessible by bus or ferry, we did not rent a car or scooter. Buy the multi day transport pass at the ferry station. The walk into town takes a day to get used to, as there is no sidewalk and the road is narrow, but it is reasonably safe. The area is lovely, the beaches are beautiful and everyone we spoke with was helpful and polite. Be sure to dine at Ascot's (really elegant, beautiful and reasonable), Muse (great martinis and a good dinner), Barracuda (quite chic and great menu), Flying Fish (great service, good food). We loved having a daily drink at Hog Penny. Summer is quite hot and humid, next time I'd opt for a spring or fall visit. Go and enjoy!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2011 via mobile

We came for a weekend and were very pleased. It was just my husband and me but we chose the Palmetto suite (for another approx $40 per night) and it was totally worth it. In addition to the full 2 rooms - with a pocket style door between them - there is a large roof deck with comfy furniture, perfect for enjoying sunrise or sunset. We also loved the gardens, the location, and sense of Bermuda heritage.

Couple of notes:
- The walk to town, while short and pretty, is a bit hazardous due to lack of sidewalks. I wouldn't recommend for children or the elderly.
- The owner has racial grievances. I can't comment on Bermuda politics, but he should keep racial comments to himself.

  • Stayed July 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2011

Harry & Marlie whay a couple, they made our stay in their home feel like we were part of the family. A home full of charm with the hosts making the visit. They put themselves out so that the four of us and the other guests we meet enjoyed the Bermudian life to the full while we were on the island. The bedrooms and accomodation were full of charm & comfort. The breakfast was to die for.
The other member of the family who made the home was Digsby the dog, your safety assured, he will lick you to death.
A place to stay if you want a holiday with a touch of difference.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2011

My faith in trip advisor was confirmed with our ten day stay at Kingston House, you must believe the excellent reviews - they are fully justified. Harry and Marlie are excellent hosts. They care and want to ensure that you enjoy your stay in their home, and we certainly did. Both are extremely knowledgeable about the islands and freely offer their advice.
The B & B is a good ten minute walk to the ferry terminal and Front Street. The road is narrow in places and particularly busy during the rush hours. Don't let this put you off completely, taxis are readily available if you need them.
We found the breakfasts to be of very good quality and enjoyed the fun and laughter with our fellow guests. It was good to hear the experiences of the hosts and our fellow travellers.
We stayed in the Birds of Paradise Room on the first floor, with craftmatic beds, a large shower room and a lovely balcony. I believe that both rooms on the first floor are worth the little extra.
It is very rare for us to re visit but if we do go to Bermuda again we wouldn't stay anywhere else. If you like the company of other people and don't mind being ten minutes out of town then this place is unbeatable.

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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 5 Turnstile Lane, Hamilton HM 06, Bermuda
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Location: Caribbean > Bermuda > Pembroke Parish > Hamilton
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Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Hamilton
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Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Kingston House B&B is conveniently located walking distance to Hamilton and all it's amenities. It has plenty of architectural character and charm as well as the modern conveniences travellers expect in a top hotel. Friendly hosts help you make the most of your time in Bermuda. ... more   less 
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