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“Affordable Guest House Lodging in Bermuda Flatts” 4 of 5 stars
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38 Northshore Road | Flatts Village, Flatts Village FL 07, Bermuda   |  
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Upper Marlboro, Maryland
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“Affordable Guest House Lodging in Bermuda Flatts”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013

I recently traveled from Washington, DC to Bermuda for a friends 60th birthday party in April 2013. Our group occupied eight (8) units on the property. The property has a family friendly environment located in the Flatts.

Guests have the ability to cook in the units which will help save money. The supermarket is a 10 minute bus ride. Bermuda is VERY expensive. You will find the food in the supermarket more expensive than in the US, but it is still a much better value than eating out for every meal.

The location is ideal for traveling on the public buses. Bermuda is very safe. You have a two minute walk to the Bermuda aquarium. The property is a 5 minute bus ride from the public beach (Shelly Bay Beach), so you can board the bus with your beach towels and chairs. Additionally you do have some local restaurants within a 5 minute walk to the property.

Although this is an older property, it is owned and operated by the Lightbourne family and they take great pride in maintaining their property and work very hard to accommodate their guests. Currently they are renovating the property and upgrading the amenities room by room.

I was traveling alone, but I felt very safe and comfortable in Bermuda. Several of the people in our group have been to Bermuda in the past (my first trip). They've stayed at Brightside in the past.

This property is definitely one to consider if you are traveling to Bermuda on a budget.

Room Tip: Rooms in the back, near the pool are very quiet. The recently renovated large family units are in th...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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English first
Austin, Texas
1 review
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2011

Not being able to afford the higher end resorts and guest cottages, we found this to be a wonderful alternative, a charming boldly blue collection of apartments situated toward the east end of the island in Flatts village right on all the major thoroughfares overlooking a picturesque inlet and harbor and across the road from the aquarium with great walks in all directions and decent restaurants a mere stone's throw away, also a charming clothing store with an ample supply of Bermuda shorts and rasta wear. Everyone at the guest house was extremely friendly and hospitable, going out of their way to make sure we were comfortable and that we had everything we needed to get around the island and enjoy our stay with the greatest of ease. Our studio apartment was off the upstairs veranda with shutters and solid drapes to keep out light and traffic noise at night, modest but sizeable and clean, outfitted with kitchenette and set up for dining and tv although we took all our meals out. The queen bed in our studio was firm enough to ensure sound comfortable sleep. Our bedding and towels were changed every day. The verandas are broad and ample with wicker furniture where we sat out planning our days and taking in the milieu and hustle of the village. There is also a pool nicely set on the premises which turned out to be a refreshing alternative on the one day we didn't swim at the beach. If you're not looking for anything fussy and fancy but clean, modest and way more comfortable and welcoming than the average hotel, Brightside Guest Apartments should do the trick.

Room Tip: ask for a front unit that has a balcony or veranda
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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chicago
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105 hotel reviews
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88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2011

Doing Bermuda on a budget is somewhat an oxymoron. However, if you’re looking for areas to pinch, the Brightside Apartments is a good option. We did $150/night over Memorial Day weekend. They give you a bed to sleep-in, a lock on your door, running hot water, AC, WiFi, and a pool. It’s steps away from three bus routes (3, 10, and 11), allowing you to get to Hamilton in around 10 minutes, airport around 10 minutes, and St. George in about 20 minutes. There’s a post office and a small convenient store around the corner with liberal hours (6am-midnight), and a couple of restaurants up the street. Shelly beach is the closest beach which is 3 stops away via bus or a rather long -but doable- walk.

That said, you’ll notice that I used very few adjectives (good or bad) so far. It’s clean, but think of it as college-dorm-room-clean. I’m quite certain a bathroom at the Fairmont will blind you with its cleanliness, not so here. You’ll get clean towels and sheets daily, but don’t be surprised if the towels are a little frayed, and the bed’s not the softest you’ve been in. We had an adjoining room, and the door might as well not have been there, as you could hear them brushing their teeth, the wall/door were so thin. Also, its convenience comes with a trade-off, as our room (near the front of the property) could easily hear all of the traffic going by. Fortunately, traffic is non-existent at night, so it really wasn’t a problem, but that might be an important aspect if you’re a light sleeper.

For my wife and me, who just needed a place to sleep and shower, it worked very well as jumping-off point each day to explore the island which we mostly did by bus. Buses run every 15 minutes Mon-Sat. We definitely would recommend it to those who just need the basics or traveling on a budget. We would not recommend it to those looking to indulge or for a beach-side property.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Bangor, Maine
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2011

My husband and I have traveled a lot and are not fussy people. We don't need a lot of bells and whistles to be content in a hotel. But we both were left feeling disappointed by our experience at Brightside. It has so much potential for being one of the few affordable backpacker-style hotels in Bermuda, but unfortunately it falls tremendously short.

The room was reasonably clean, but featured much fewer amenities than we'd expected in an "apartment". Our room in the 'Annex' building close to the road only had a dorm-sized fridge and microwave. No coffee pot, no toaster oven, few dishes and utensils and no where to wash your dishes except the bathroom sink.

Another big problem with the room was street noise. The hotel is situated right at the major intersection in Flatts with traffic zipping by in a continous stream all day. If we had done it over again we would've asked to have been moved to a quieter room near the pool/garden area. We were there in the off-season, though, so it's possible that the only rooms available were those handful in the Annex buildind near the road. Curiously, the hotel propertiers put another party in the room directly next to us (and we were the only two patrons in the whole complex!) This was another annoyance because we had to hear their TV all night through the paper thin walls.

On a brighter note, the hotel owner and maid were very friendly and went out of their way to make us feel at home. The location in the middle of the island cannot be beat and there was easy access to bus stops and two great restaurants down the street. The gardens on the property were gorgeous and well kept.

Given older reviews on TripAdvisor and our general observations of the place it seems like the Brightside used to be a better place to stay, but has fallen into disrepair in recent years. If your main concern is finding a cheap place to stay on the island and you don't mind some noise and don't require many creature comforts, then the Brightside would be fine. But it seems likely that for not much more per night you could find better accomodations on the island...

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Highclere, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
20 hotel reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2010

Brightside (with the emphasis on the 'bright' paintwork) has its decor stuck firmly in the 80s. However the studio apartment we had was well equipped, spotlessly clean with a wonderful daily maid service and is in a good location. Would recommend it as a base for exploring beautiful Bermuda. We just shower, eat breakfast and go out for the whole day so it was perfect for us. Good value for money but don't expect luxury.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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rochester, ny
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2007

The Brightside Guest Apartments are very nice. Located in Flatts, Bermuda, they are right at a central point of the island, and a nice spot. The marina and Flatts Bridge are always bustling with people and boats, and provide very nice views from the apartments. The apartments all have (shared) verandas, with nice wicker chairs outside. We stayed in a top floor room, it was a one bedroom suite. We had a main living room area which had a couch, TV, table with 4 chairs, and a coffee table. There was a large bathroom, and a small kitchen with a large refrigerator, several cabinets with dishes and glasses and silverware in them, a stove, a microwave, and a coffeepot. There was a separate bedroom with a double bed, dresser, and closet. The place was generally clean, however, there were some small things that could have easily been fixed and/or enhanced, that would have made this place much better, in my opinion (e.g. handles on dresser drawers broken, dresser drawers cleaned/lined, matching silverware/dishes/glasses, updated paintings on the wall). The owners are a delight- Mr. Lightbourne is always checking up on you whenever you see him- and he or someone in his family is always around- and is so nice and answers all questions... like everyone else on Bermuda, just a joy to talk to. All in all, the place was nowhere near a luxury hotel that you will find in Bermuda, but for a newlywed couple who would have been happy sleeping on the beach for a low price, this did the trick! We would stay again. Also, there is a new building being constructed behind our building that looked very nice- lots of little verandas, a bright color, and right over the pool.

  • Liked — The owners are very nice, daily maid service, and the location is very pretty.
  • Disliked — The room was outdated and could have been cleaner.
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Alabama
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2007

Please do not stay at Brightside!! When you pull up the outside is beautiful but please dont be fooled by that.

Once I got in my room, there were dirty towles in my bathroom and urine on the toilet. The kitchen area was nasty the coffee pot had mold in it. The microwave was filled with old food and the tables, curtains and lamps were dusty!!!

I pulled my covers back to examine the sheets and there was hair, grit , dirt and God knows what else on the sheets. And there was makeup on the pillows which were not covered in pillow cases!!!!!

I was furious. Dont get me wrong the older guy that runs the place and his wife were sweet but the sweetness mean nothing when the room is unsanitary. And don't even think about getting in contact with someone after about 6. I called and called and called and rang the bell and rang the bell and nobody showed up.

THE ISLAND IS BEAUTIFUL , I enjoyed the beach the shopping and the wonderful food but the hotel was NASTY, DUSTY AND PLAN OLD UNSANITARY!!!

  • Liked — nothing
  • Disliked — everything
  • Stayed May 2007, traveled solo
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 38 Northshore Road | Flatts Village, Flatts Village FL 07, Bermuda
Location: Caribbean > Bermuda > Smith's Parish > Flatts Village
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Flatts Village
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set in the heart of picturesque Flatts Village at the eastern end of Bermuda, Brightside with its informal atmosphere, is a great place, if you are looking for a home away from home. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Brightside Guest Apartments Hotel Smith`s
Brightside Guest Apartments Smiths
Brightside Guest Apartments Bermuda/Flatts Village

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