Don't be fooled by the 'guest house' title -- Erith is really just a motel. It's a good budget stay given the convenient proximity to Hamilton (approx 3 min scooter ride) and the Pomander Tennis Club which offers week-long temporary membership to their nice facilities for $35 per couple. But the accommodations & sparse continental breakfast were disappointingly depressing. This is far from being a B&B.
The decor both inside & out was quite bland, especially next to the warm & colorful houses you see all over the island. The windows in the entire building are small so that very little sunlight is let in, leaving the grey-ish walls of the lobby, hallway, and room all feeling incredibly drab. There was hardly any decoration or color on the walls and the lack of sun indoors offers very little incentive to spend time there or make you want to lounge around the place at all, unlike the other B&B we stayed in. All rooms have kitchenettes (very nice) but the hot water heater in our room was not clean and the glasses were plastic, not glass, and didn't feel quite clean. The window accents in our room were just a piece of cloth draped over, which had actually fallen off. The second floor has direct access to the back patio area, but the door was constantly jammed. The contintenal breakfast featured pre-packaged muffins & bagels (nice when toasted), little packs of jelly & cream cheese, 'I Can't Believe It's Not Butter' spread, incredibly bad coffee, canned fruit cocktail, and wonderful orange & apple juices; nothing was really fresh. The front desk was abandoned most of the time with no way to get in touch with someone with questions unless you were lucky.
The best aspect of the house was its patio & pool area, which was very nicely laid out -- except that it blatantly overlooked two courts of the Pomander Tennis Club, which is great if you enjoy tennis & a mild sense of voyuerism. The pool was open during our visit in the slight chill of March and we were forewarned over the phone that it wasn't heated when we made reservations which was nice, but later noticed that it wasn't exactly swimmable anyway -- it hadn't been cleaned & there was a lounge chair sitting at the bottom for the entire 3 days of our stay. Nonetheless, I'm sure the patio table & lounge chairs on the pool deck are in the sun and must be great for relaxing and reading a book during warmer seasons.
We just didn't get a warm feeling from this place. I would suggest other options in the same price range if possible, which you can find in some bed & breakfasts on the island.
- convenient proximity to Hamilton
- easy access to Pomander Tennis Club
- nice pool & hot tub area (during warmer seasons)
- kitchenettes in every room (microwave, mini-fridge & hot water heater)
- not warm, cozy, or romantic
- cheap/lacking decor, depressing rooms
- sparse, unpalatable continental breakfast
- vending machines everywhere on site
- no views (all windows overlook the street or tennis courts)
- Also Known As:
- Erith Guest House Bermuda/Paget Parish