We stayed at Grotto Bay the last week of June, 1st week of July. After doing much research I have to say it was everything I expected. I was very pleased! The grounds are beautiful and very well kept. The rooms were clean and all face the bay. We booked the cheapest room category and although getting in at 1 a.m. we were upgraded to an upper level room. When we checked in I immediately felt the stress melt away. There was a beautiful smell of flowers at the hotel as soon as we got out of the van and the sound of the little tree frogs at night. It just felt perfect! The airport is very close but the planes coming in and out are not loud by any means. Plus it's a small airport so there are not a lot of planes that come in and out through the course of a day. We did not spend a lot of time at the hotel since we were out exploring the island each day but the times we were there we really enjoyed it. The beach is very pretty. It was tough finding 4 chairs during late afternoon but a hotel employee was always eager to find some for people. There were 2 people at the hotel who went above and beyond. One gentleman even offered to drive us to Hamilton on a day the buses were down due to a bus meeting from 9:30-12. I believe his name is Richard but if you go to the buffet breakfast which by the way was delicious then you will see him at the podium greeting people. The other was a female and I did not get her name but she seemed to be in charge of concierge. These 2 were outstanding. I have to say although not awful, the rest of the hotel staff were not over the top friendly or helpful. Again, it wasn't awful but it is just too bad they didn't follow in the footsteps of the other 2 who really stood out with their friendliness to everybody. They treated everybody like family, can't say enough about them!!! We had lunch at the outdoor restaurant and the food was fantastic! The only thing we did not like is they closed down every day at 3:00. We would have loved to come back from the beaches and hang out there with a bite to eat while taking in the view. But the whole island closes early which we did not realize.
We preferred the location of the Grotto Bay over some other hotels on the island. It is close to the airport and close to St. George's which is very pretty and quaint and we met a lot of locals over there and they led us to some really good little breakfast places. We did the buffet at the hotel a couple of times but decided to find other breakfast options that were less expensive. Also loved that the Swizzle Inn was within walking distance, a great option for a meal and a drink :)
The bus stop on the road at the entrance of the hotel was ver convenient. We saw a lot of the island and met a lot of locals just riding on the bus. There are a LOT of bus stops though. Everybody on the island uses them to get back and forth to work, shopping, etc. so it can be a bit time consuming to get from point A to point B. If you are experienced with driving mopeds then I highly recommend renting them for a day or two to do some exploring. We did not because I did not trust myself on their roads. Very narrow and curvy and the bus drivers drive pretty fast.
One of our best days on the island was the day we rented the Boston Whaler Boat from the resort and went out exploring on our own. We rented it for 6 hours and it was so much fun. We ordered a boxed lunch from the hotel the night before and bought drinks at the gas station down the street. They give you a cooler and we asked for noodles and they gladly gave us some. The boat has a canopy if you want to get out of the sun. We went all over the bay areas and saw some of the most amazing beaches and even a shipwreck. Also during our boating excursion we saw many sea turtles, some of them right outside of Grotto Bay as we were bringing the boat back in. That was pretty amazing!!! The guys at the dive shop were very friendly and helpful in telling you all of the good areas to go on the boat.
We loved the Grotto Bay Beach Resort and would definitely stay again if/when we return to the island. Our trip was amazing and the hotel was so beautiful with a homey feel to it. I'd like to thank Mark and Ann Brown from Island Breeze Travel for finding this gem of a place. We were originally booked through a different TA on the Norweigan Breakaway and decided the ship was not for us and would not allow enough time to see the island so I contacted Mark and he quickly found the Grotto Bay for us and I can't tell you how many times during our trip we said how happy we were to have canceled the cruise and to be staying on the island. We could not have done a fraction of what we did on the island if we were on that ship. Thank you Island Breeze Travel!
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- Also Known As:
- Grotto Bay Beach Hotel Hamilton Parish
- Grotto Bay Bermuda
- Hotel Grotto Bay Beach
- Grotto Bay Beach Resort Bermuda/Hamilton Parish