My husband and I stayed at Newstead 3 nights in late August to celebrate our 35th wedding anniversary. The spacious one bedroon suite was literally on the waterfront with an amazing view of the harbor and Hamilton. We had a little side patio with a small table and two chairs, and in addition there was a small yard area with two comfy chairs from which we could sit and watch the harbor activity. The bathroom was equally as spacious and was spotlessly clean. Our only complaint about the bathroom was that the tub drain was very sluggish and took a while to empty. There was a convenient vanity area with a lit magnifying makeup mirror. The small kitchen area got no use while we were there but did have everything you'd need to whip up a small meal or keep things cold. What sets Newstead apart from other properties is that it provides free airport pick-up/delivery, free ferry shuttles to/from Hamilton (limited schedule), and free golf with shuttles to and from the golf course and it's restaurant, Blu (highly recommend). They even gave us a free shuttle ride to Fourways Inn restaurant one evening because they were having trouble getting cabs. The golf course was lots of fun, but a bit narrow. (Hit 'em straight!) Just had to pay $35 for cart fee. The day we were there there was a tournament going on for local players and they still squeezed us in. The locals couldn't have been nicer or friendlier which we found to be true of all Bermudians. Don't look for nightlife at Newstead. We were looking for somewhere relaxing and that's exactly what we got! Our only negative feedback was that the pool area seems woefully neglected. It's a beautiful infinity pool, but the deck area is rather small and some days it was hard to find a lounge chair available and the left over dishes weren't always picked up at night. Towels were plentiful, but the bar was nearly empty. One day I asked for a rum drink and was told they were out of rum! It's Bermuda, how could you be out of rum?? There is also a small observation area that had a couple of low chairs and nothing else. They should capitalize on those views and spruce up the pool and observation areas. For the most part the staff (especially Tristan) were friendly and helpful. One day we took a cab ($40 one way) to the Dockyard. The cab ride itself was well worth the money just to see that side of the island, and our cab driver, Richardlina, was a wealth of information. Don't go there for the shops (very tacky), but be sure to visit the museum ($10). It sits up on the hill with spectacular views. While in Bermuda the weather was gorgeous, if not a little too hot and humid, but that made the pool all that more refreshing. We wouldn't hesitate to go back to Newstead.
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