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“Grotto Bay Relaxing Stay” 4 of 5 stars
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Grotto Bay Beach Resort
3.5 of 5 Resort   |   11 Blue Hole Hill | Bailey's Bay, CR04, Bermuda   |  
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Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Hamilton Parish
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Honeoye Falls, New York
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28 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Grotto Bay Relaxing Stay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

I traveled with a friend to Bermuda from March 14th thru the 18th and stayed at the Grotto Bay Resort, room 432, ocean facing room. Check in was quick and easy, our room was ready for us (arrived around 2:30pm, before posted check-in time) and the friendly bell man took our bags to our room while we got a quick lunch at the on-site restaurant.

The lobby is charming, there are several seating areas, which are often in use since this is the only place you can use WiFi. There isn't WiFi in the rooms and the hotel charges per device to use it, which seems antiquated in a time where you can get free WiFi at any coffee shop or fast food restaurant.

There are two restaurants, adjacent to each other, one often houses the buffet option, the other strictly menu items. Mostly people wore smart island casual for all meals. We did not purchase the inclusive meal plan, and based on what we spent, we are not sure how anyone would be able to eat enough to justify the daily price difference. Prices for the buffets are reasonable (I think it was $24 breakfast, $15 lunch, not sure about dinner), and the menu items were on par with what you would expect dining out. We were happy when the quality of the meals matched the price paid. We never tried the dinner buffet.

For all meals, this restaurant excelled at providing gluten-free options for my friend. The wait staff seemed knowledgeable about what was safe for her to have, or were happy to check with the chef to see if the dish could be made gluten-free.

All of the buildings are two stories tall, and our room was on the second floor of building 4. We had a mostly nice view, although where our building was located facing the ocean meant we were also facing the airport and bridge. With the balcony doors closed, we were not bothered by any road noise. Unfortunately, we can't say the same thing about the walls, since they seem to be paper thin! We could easily hear the person next door coughing, sneezing and snoring!

The room we stayed in was a standard double, and roomy enough for our needs. The decor is worn and outdated, but the room was fairly clean. Both dressers had mostly broken drawers so we didn't bother unpacking our bags but left them on top of the dressers. The bathroom did have nice floor to ceiling tile, but was on the small side. The shower features a half glass enclosure and half open, with poor water pressure. There is a mini fridge in the room that regularly cycles on and off, which adds to the overall noisiness of the room. Thankfully I packed ear plugs and used them after the first night.

The grounds are beautiful and seem well maintained. We were only able to enter one of the caves and did swim in the icy cold water (off season temperatures) which was a thrilling experience. We did not try the spa facilities, nor swim in either the pool or the hot tub. We did visit the beach a few times, which was clean with plenty of chairs to use. There is a dive shop adjacent to the hotel beach, but we didn't use any of their services or equipment so we can't offer opinions on those.

There is a bus stop at the front gates of the resort. We purchased a 3 day pass, for about $7/day. We think purchasing a book of tickets would have been cheaper (since we really only rode the bus 2x a day), or you could go with exact change if you can figure out how much you need. We found the bus schedules a bit confusing, but often times people waiting for the bus were very friendly and helpful in getting us where we wanted to go.

One of my greatest objections about our visit was the poor flow of information. We knew we were visiting in the "off-season" but when we asked for directions to see Fort St. Catherine, no one mentioned that it was closed that day. Over half the shops in St. George were closed when we went to see the scheduled mayor speak/reenactment on Saturday. Hopefully our experience was the exception, not the rule, but there seems to be some disparity among the islanders about whether to embrace tourists or not. We had two bus drivers who were borderline rude when we asked about whether we could reach our destination using their bus line. Strange attitude when tourism is their number 1 source of income.

All in all, a very relaxing stay, we would recommend to those who are satisfied with basic hotel amenities, a mostly friendly staff and standard room accommodations. Kudos to the restaurant staff for all the gluten-free TLC.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Boston, MA
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27 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

Just came home from 5 days at Grotto Bay. First time in Bermuda. Loved it. The hotel was perfect for us. Was there with teens.
Perks:
Caves on site which you can walk through and swim in. My teens loved this.
Away from any city, and expansive grounds so felt safe to let kids wander.
Pool, hot tub, caves, dive shop, boat rental all right there on site.
Spa treatment in the cave - unforgettable experience.
I like that this is not a multi-story fancy hotel on the beach. It is several 2 story buildings. Feels homey.
$15 all you can eat lunch buffet is a deal, given the high price of food everywhere.
Bus stop right in front of hotel, can get anywhere.
Close to airport and St. Georges, where we spent some time.
Away from the heavy activity of a bigger town/city. It was RESTFUL.
Ice cream stand and Swizzle Inn right down the road.
Very friendly staff. Gorgeous scenery.

Quirks
Shampoo and soap in rooms. No conditioner. If you need it, bring it.
No hooks to hang up wet towels.
Internet was sketchy everywhere but the lobby. (and you have to pay for it.) (but Free at the Swizzle Inn down the road.)

All in all, loved it.

Room Tip: Ground floor lets you walk right out onto lawns. Recommend rooms by the pool/caves.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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15 Thank jeaninlunenburg
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Halifax, Canada
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9 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

When we were back at the resort we always ate there, food especially the buffet was exceptional!!! We never had anything we could nto eat or did not like, it is always refreshed and replenished...a bit pricey but again worth it while on vacation

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013

Just returned from 5 days at Grotto Bay all inclusive package. The staff was lovely and very genuine but the facility is worn around the edges. The clientele is largely groups from Saga the over 50 travel group from Great Britton. Spa services are very sub par with treatments given in an unused hotel room... No robes, or usual accoutrements one would expect for the high end price. Room TV is circa 1980's. No wifi provided. (Actually great for talking with your adolescent children who have no alternative.) Clocks still not adjusted for daylight savings time which happened several weeks ago. Low end toiletries and no glasses in the bathroom.


The tourism industry has fallen onto hard times as a result of the many "private clubs" that have sprouted up as a function of the insurance and financial industries that have flourishes as a function of favorable tax incentives. This has resulted I the closure of many resorts and the bare-bones nature of the "survivors"

The beaches in Bermuda are 2nd to none but the location of The Grotto Bay is suboptimal. Unable to go anywhere unless by taxi or bus.

Room Tip: Walls paper thin.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars
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4 Thank Tulip55
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3413jpm, General Manager at Grotto Bay Beach Resort, responded to this review, March 29, 2013
Dear valued Guest,

Wish to thank you for your comments and at the same time advise you that our Designer and installation team are here this week to install new furnishings, accessories, curtains, rugs and plants. In addition, all of our TV's are currently being replaced, sorry the TV in your room had not been replaced yet. Sorry you did not opt for the spa treatment in our Proserous Cave. This is a very unique setting for spa treatments, your spa treatment would have taken place in a Million year old Grotto with underground crystal clear lake as well as throusands of Stalagmites and Stalactites. Although slightly more expensive, it is definitely worth it.
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Orleans, Massachusetts
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13 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

Mr Martens
We recently vacationed at your Resort , March 11 to March 17 , I thought your staff was really excellent , caring and helpful . I wish to specifically mention Eugene (Bell Desk) , Victoria (Dining Area) and Michael-StJohn (sp?)(night shift Supv) . Due to my wife's lack of mobility we needed to change rooms on the first night , the night shift front desk smoothly arranged a transfer and Michael-StJohn showed me the room to make sure we would be happy .
Thank you
Sue and George Waugh

Room Tip: We liked the ocean view rooms , at the top of the property . Really good food ! Convenient to taxi...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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2 Thank 86GeorgeW86
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Halifax, Canada
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9 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

Our stay with Grotto Bay started March 16 and sadly ended March 24, 2013. It was above and beyond what we expected and we have done a fair amount of travelling. Our room at Hamilton Lodge #123 was perfect and although the walls are not exactly sound proof it did not bother us at all...The weather was not great but we did not see snow so that was a plus. Our room was cleaned everyday, it was not outdated as reivews had said, it was well maintained, staff were great to us, food was excellent although we did not do any plans as we were out everyday to different places and eat where we wanted., but food we did eat at Grotto Bay was also great. Bermuda proved to be more entertaining to us and we did not get time to do all we wanted to, sooooo we will be back and we will be staying at Grotto Bay for sure!

Room Tip: If you are able to walk up stairs, the second and third floors have the best views above the trees...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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2 Thank Willimae
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norwood mass
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24 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

Back to BDA, hotel closest to airport but w/o any noise etc. this hotel has it all pool, hot tub, sm. gym/changing area, best is tea every afternoon, free also a mgr.'s cocktail hr. once a wk. w/free Swizzles and nice snacks. It also has on site cave you can swim in and not pay to visit one down the street. Bus right outside door. All rooms have exc. views, nicely done over. Fridges and coffee let you enjoy meals in rm. my one complaint paying for Internet whch used to be free and accessible only in lobby which has many nooks and crannies to relax in near a fire etc. people very accommodating.

Room Tip: It has buildings w/stairs down to beac, pool, gym and caves. If this is a problem ask for Warwick bu...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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2 Thank ninegirls
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Address: 11 Blue Hole Hill | Bailey's Bay, CR04, Bermuda
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Location: Caribbean > Bermuda > Hamilton Parish
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool
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Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Hamilton Parish
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Hotel Class:3.5 star — Grotto Bay Beach Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 201
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Full service resort nestled amid 21 acres along the water's edge featuring three restaurants, two bars, water sports, dive shop, tennis facilities, cycle livery, three beaches, children's playground as well as our unique Natura Spa located in one of our Grottos. Resort features Room only, Breakfast Plan, Breakfast and Dinner Plan as well as All Inclusive Supplement. ... more   less 
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