“Top Quality B&B with Fantastic Views of Hamilton Harbour. Charming.”
I have been to Bermuda 6-7 times over the past 20-years staying at hotels (Elbow Beach, Newstead), B&B's and efficiency apartments - so we have seen the gamut. of available accommodations in Bermuda.
My wife and I just returned from Bermuda where we spent five (5) nights at Watercolours.
Watercolours is run by Carole Holding, a local and well known Bermudian artist with a shop in Hamilton and a cottage industry into every possible use of watercolor images of Bermuda. Carole is charming, thoughtful and very helpful. Carole made restaurant recommendations, actually made several before we arrived, arranged for taxi pick-up and drop off at the airport, plus she provided other helpful services.
Watercolours is a beautiful 10 year old large and charming home with just two B&B bedrooms (makes for privacy and serenity) located directly on Hamilton Harbour - within a 2 minute walk to the Belmont Ferry into Hamilton (great when you want to go into Hamilton for dinner and don't want to drive home with a motor bike after a bottle of wine). Beautiful views of the harbour. (Same view as the Newstead Hotel but at 1/2 the price). Small but very adequate salt water pool. Plenty of chaise lounges and outdoor tables where you can relax by the pool or enjoy coffee or breakfast in the morning sitting by the pool and the harbour views (and the ferries going back and forth) or a nightcap in the evening. Breakfast promptly at 8:00 AM served by Annie. Breakfast is fresh baked breads, cereals, yogurt, fresh orange juice, fresh coffee - great but essentially the same each morning. Good "press" coffee. The best orange marmalade I have every eaten - made with Scotch .I think the brand is Dewar’s...but I digress.
The two B&B rooms are modern, large, and well furnished with a comfortable bed, lots of closet space, and they open directly to the harbour views and pool. Quiet and off the road. Very nice.
Watercolours has a convenient location just into Warwick Parish on Harbour Road. You do need to rent a motor bike (Elbow Beach Cycles - they pick you up and let you leave the bike at Watercolours when you leave, so you don't have to return it - very convenient) or plan on using the water ferry ($2.50 per ride) and taxis ($12-15 from Hamilton). You can walk easily to the very nice Blu Restaurant at the Belmont Hotel and Golf Club next door.
As a special insight try the Elbow Beach public beach down a small "Indian Tribe Lane" next to the Coral Beach resort (there are no umbrella or chair rentals - you need to bring your own) and skip the public Horseshoe beach which is inundated with cruise ship tourists (hundreds of the great unwashed) and which has no charm at all ...or try one of the other smaller side beaches which are much less visited (no rentals) (need a motor bike to get to them) but much more charming and beautiful! If you stay several days you can buy inexpensive chairs and an umbrella rather than paying a $30/day rental for two-cheap chairs and a cheap umbrella that won’t stay up in the wind. I don’t think
Watercolours supplies them.
Carole: Would be a good idea though.
I strongly think that Watercolours, even at it’s somewhat premium price is a great value and I will return!!
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