I stayed at Erith Guest House for 10 nights with my boyfriend from August 27-Sept 6, 2007. We went to Bermuda because I was born there and lived there for 11 years, and it was high time to go back!
After doing much homework to pick our accommodation, we settled on Erith because of its location, budget-conscious price, complimentary breakfast and pool. The approx. total cost of our trip was $4000.
We found its location to be great - it is on a quiet one-way street (Pomander Rd) just off a busy street that goes into the capital city Hamilton. The only noise we heard from our front patio was the occasional scooter along Pomander. (We had a street-level room just next to the front door, so it was very relaxing to sit on our patio and eat breakfast.)
Erith is a 15 min walk to Hamilton, which worked well for us as we walked to the city almost every day to sightsee, eat, pick up groceries and catch the ferry. The nights are warm so it's a nice and safe walk to and from.
The guest house is also close to the Oleander Scooter rental place. It takes about 15 min by scooter to get to Horseshoe Beach, 25-30 min to get to Dockyard and 25-30 min to get to St George (if you don't take a wrong turn!). My boyfriend was rather nervous on the scooter because traffic is quite steady around the island, and of course you drive on the left. There is nothing of note to do within walking distance of Erith (except go to Hamilton), so expect to use a scooter, ferry, bus or cab every day.
Erith is also budget-conscious because it was much more affordable than the larger hotels such as the Southampton Princess or Elbow Beach. We got a superior room (incl. tiny kitchenette and fridge) for $190/night. And the breakfast is included, which is prepackaged muffins, bagels with cream cheese (sometimes), toast, cinnamon rolls (sometimes), a fruit salad (simple but delicious), apples and bananas, and coffee. I was happy with it and didn't need a big breakfast - save your money for the restaurant dinners!
One of my favourite parts of Erith was its pool. It's a small pool in the back, overlooking Pomander Gate Tennis Club (where my Dad was a member). But it's there, it's free, towels are provided, it's quiet, and we had the pool to ourselves the entire time. The pool is a great way to relax after a day of sightseeing.
Therefore, things I liked best about Erith...
- The pool (tip: we took the pool towels with us to the beach, then returned them to the bin and the owners didn't seem to notice or mind)
- Our first floor room and sitting out on the patio to look at hibiscus flowers while eating breakfast and planning our day
- The quiet street
- Proximity to Hamilton
- Good sized and clean room with a comfy bed, TV, nice bathroom and fridge
- Hotel staff kept to themselves
Things I didn't like....
- Hotel staff weren't around very often except at breakfast time - I didn't mind but other people might
I definitely recommend Erith and would be very happy to stay there again. Happy travelling!
- Also Known As:
- Erith Guest House Bermuda/Paget Parish