Although my wife had been to Bermuda 35 years ago I had never been despite bugging her to take me. When the opportunity came, we did the requisite research of the Island, its flavour(s) and places to stay. We DO NOT DO Hotels!!
No matter the number of times we looked on sites, including our fall back of Trip Advisor, we kept coming back to Salt Kettle House. We made arrangements, through Lisa, who is Dear Hazel's right hand in the office. We arranged 6 nights in the "Apartment" which is a separate accommodation with a 3 piece, a full kitchen with a real fridge, sitting room looking out to the City of Hamilton across the bay and comfy Queen Bed. The Apartment has its own tiled veranda over the Salt Kettle ( which is a small bay which the House backs on and was where privateers landed their booty to avoid the tax man in the 1800s!).
Hazel is a gem. Every morning she greets the guests, asks what you did the day before, your plans for today and offers recommendations. At 83, she knows, and is known, by everyone on the island!
Son, John, is the right hand to his mom, and cannot do enough to ensure all is to your liking.
We found the full breakfasts to be more than enough to carry us until time for a glass...and a snack mid afternoon. The kitchen was handy for preparing meals, or the wonderful takeaways available from the "Market Grocery' stores in Hamilton City.
The ferry (Salt Kettle ferry stop) is 3 minutes away and it goes directly to Hamilton,. Another 5 minutes gets you to the Bus Depot where any bus, to anywhere on the island can be found. Individual fares are pricey, but a must is to purchase the pass (at the Hamilton Ferry Terminal) which will get you all busses and ferries (BE SURE TO ASK FOR THE "ALL FERRY AND BUS" pass). We bought the week pass, senior rate, for $49...
You must STOP at the tourist information office right by the Ferry Terminal in Hamilton and speak to Alison Overbridge. We did, and she gave us everything we needed to know, to go to, and all were great!!
Busses and walking are the best option. The roads are SOO narrow and the traffic is a challenge..No one we met who lived there suggested an of-islander hire a scooter! Take the Bus!
Remember, stops are marked by a coloured post..Blue away and Pink back toward Hamilton.
Consider the Botanical Gardens, the Aquarium (if you go here, have lunch at "Rustico",( just across the bridge from the Aquarium in Flatt's Inlet Hazel recommended it, and it was right!) Busses both directions stop right near by. Somerset town and the Docklands with its Commissioner's house (and mural..a must) are but a few of what can be seen. Don't forget St. Davids/ St. Georges and Hamilton City with its parks, galleries and museum and Fort Hamilton.
Do fit in a Glass Bottom Boat tour with "Captain Tony on his Coral Reefer". (No other!) It's small size means everyone has a place, all the time, over the reef! Tony is a marine Biologist and life long Bermudian. His tours are extremely informative. A must. We had 10 guest join us from Salt Kettle and everyone said it was the highlight of their trip! And He picked us up from the Salt Kettle Ferry dock!
Over all, we stayed 6 nights, but could/should have added two more.
A wonderful stay, met some very nice folks, with whom we remain in contact, and had not one complaint. Enjoy.
- Also Known As:
- Salt Kettle House Hotel Paget
- Salt Kettle House Bermuda/Paget Parish