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“Rain, Rain Go Away...or Fix Yourself a Cocktail & gaze at Hamilton Harbour”

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Newstead Belmont Hills Hotel
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Paget Parish
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed May 28, 2012

As a frequent visitor to Bermuda and just returning from our most recent visit (May 20-25), I can honestly say I've never been there when it rained every single day! Not sure if it was Tropical Storm Alberto churning away in the Atlantic or what. But this trip was all about the rain!

Having said that...thankfully we were at the Newstead in a 1-bedroom suite with a HUGE covered porch overlooking Hamilton Harbour. While it rained, we kicked back with cocktails to watch the activity in Hamilton Harbour.

In our past visits, we've stayed at either the Hamilton Fairmont Princess or the Southampton Fairmont Princess. Newstead Belmont Hills tops both of them! Smaller property but quality people, food & services.

WHAT WE LOVED -- Ferry ride to Hamilton is less than 10 min. Booked through Vacationist and our transfers to & from airport were included in the price. Room was completely updated with full kitchen, separate dining room, spacious master bdrm & bath, great room w/sleeper sofa, powder room and that terrific covered porch/patio with table & 4 chairs -- plus 2 chaise lounges on the "uncovered" portion.

Infinity pool & hot tub...right on the harbour!

RECOMMEND -- Bermuda is expensive but we've learned to make a grocery store run at the beginning of our trip. Grocery stores also sell liquor, beer & wine.

Transportation passes are a must! These are purchased at the Central Terminal in Hamilton (exactly where the hotel ferry drops you). They're good for ferry & bus services. Every portion of the island is accessible with these and very reasonably priced. Bermudians are extremely well-mannered and love their "visitors" -- so ask for help if you need it. They're glad to assist.

Dinner at Elbow Beach (Mickie's) is right on the beach. The shuttle will take you there (5 min). It's divine!

Lunch in Hamilton -- so many good places -- but we tried Mad Hatter this time and it was superb.

If you're in the mood for steak, try dinner at Harry's (Hamilton). Petite filet & don't miss the fresh peas! Waterlot is also excellent for steak.

Excellent seafood dishes abound almost everywhere.

Take the time to see "millionaire's row" by boat. Consort Cruises -- Hotel will assist with reservations. It departs from Dockyard. Shout out to Jamie, Zoe & Tammy and their fabulous rum swizzles!

Loved room service -- food was excellent & we could control costs because we were drinking our own liquor...from our private balcony...overlooking Hamilton Harbour. Ordered take-out from BLU one night -- shuttle took us there & back.


BE ADVISED - Bermuda essentially shuts down on Sunday and holidays.

Our group will be going back in late Sept/Oct and we'll be staying at the Newstead Belmont Hills! Hopefully we'll have better weather & will actually make it to the beach!

Room Tip: All rooms are harbour view (I think) -- the higher the floor, the better the view.
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  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 28, 2012

This place was great from top to bottom. It all starts with the staff. Everyone we dealt with was absolutely awesome and very helpful. The private ferry service to Hamilton and the private beach and restaurant shuttles is a really underestimated perk. The room was fantastic; right on the ocean facing the city with a huge balcony. The groupon that we bought gave us a $75 spa credit, which was nice, but the hotel also gives you one free round of golf per day. The course is pretty nice; it was really dry when I played it but that's only because according to the shuttle driver they hadn't had a good rain in 5 months. As I'm sure you'll hear from anyone that's visited Bermuda, the only real drawback is how expensive everything is. Both restaurants affiliated with the hotel are kind of expensive, but the food is awesome so it's worth it. The poolside bar is cool, but it was super expensive too. I think we ended up paying $18 for a pepsi and a margarita. The pool and hot tub were great though. It's an infinity pool facing the ocean and it's always facing the sunset which was great.

For the price you can get this place for, I don't think I would stay anywhere else the next time we go to Bermuda. So awesome!

Room Tip: They're all good.
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  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 28, 2012

In my opinion - the best hotel in Bermuda.

The first thing to note is that the hotel rooms boast a breathtaking view of the Hamilton harbour, and I could sit on the balcony all day watching the boats go back and forth.

The hotel offers a free ferry shuttle to Hamilton ferry dock (a 5 minute journey) which runs regularly every 30 minutes in the mornings (before noon) and again in the afternoon (between 5'ish to about 7'ish). This is a fantastic service.

The problem with some of the hotels along the south shore beaches is that they are far from town and require a taxi journey to get around. Therefore this hotel is perfectly situated and if you require a taxi, the journey is 10 minutes and $10.

Furthermore, the hotel offers a free shuttle on demand to the beach and to the Belmont Hills restaurant and golf course.

I will let you decide after seeing the picture of the infinity pool - simply spectacular.

The hotel also has free WiFi which was excellent too.

No complaints at all - best hotel on the island!

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 25, 2012

This was our first trip to Bermuda to celebrate an anniversary, unfortunately the weather didn't cooperate and we didn't get any beach/ocean time. We had a 1 bedroom suite at the Newstead though, via Vacationist, which was well appointed and extremely spacious. One of the major reasons we booked here was the shuttles - airport, beach, and ferry to Hamilton. While the times weren't always convenient to Hamilton (i.e., last return at 8:20pm and no service Sunday) it definitely facilitated us getting out of the room and around the island each day, especially with the central location of the resort. Great service from the front desk and bellmen, good sandwiches at the pool bar, and generally quiet around the resort during our stay.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 25, 2012

We finally made it to Bermuda and we decided to stay at the Newstead based on reviews from tripadvisor. We opted for a 1 bedroom suite and requested an upper level room. Our room was fantastic. Very clean, comfortable, and spacious with a beautiful view of Hamilton Harbor from our large balcony. Overall, the property is very clean and well maintained, as far as I could tell. My wife enjoyed her spa service very much, neither of us played golf so I can't comment on the course.
The hotel offers a free shuttle to the course, which is also home to the restaurant, BLU, which was good but, like everything in Bermuda, very expensive. The shuttle also takes you to the Coco Reef resort Beach, which is at the northeastern tip of Elbow Beach and very nice. We only got about 6 hours of sun the whole time we were there but the limited time we spent at the beach was extremely enjoyable.
The hotel also offers a ferry which will take you across the harbor to the Hamilton Ferry dock but it only operates in the morning and in the afternoon so unfortunately, the window where the public ferry is of no help is also the window where the free ferry is of no help. Also...no Newstead Ferry on Sunday!!!
The restaurant on site is called Beau Rivage and is VERY Expensive, as is room service. We arrived on Sunday and having never been to Bermuda, we didn't really know how to get around yet so we opted to hang out at the Newstead and check out the Brunch at Beau Rivage and it ended up being over $100 just for the 2 of us and a Dark N' Stormy. I also didn't notice that the $104 included a 17% gratuity, which you will find is the norm in Bermuda, so I left another $17 on top of that....oh well. The brunch was very tasty and offered a lot of options but still pretty pricey. As was the 18$ "pot" of Coffee that we got the next morning which was only about 3 cups worth. Any negatives that I have with the Newstead are really just nitpicking, however, as I really enjoyed my stay there. The people were very friendly and quick to take care of any needs that we had. I would definitely go back, and plan to.

A few pieces of advice:
1.Go to the grocery store! You will easily spend $100 every time you go out to eat, The kitchen in our room was extremely well equipped and we could have eaten all our meals in the room had we wanted to. Frying pan, sauce pans, blender, casseroles, mixing bowls, great stove and dishwasher, spatula, knife set, plenty of flatware and silverware. Almost like being at home. The groceries are probably close to 2X what we pay in the states but still better than the price of dining out.
2. Get a Ferry/Bus pass. You can pick them up at the Ferry Dock that the Newstead ferry will drop you off at. Make sure you get the one that includes the PINK route so you can get back across the harbor when the Newstead ferry is not running. The public ferry goes to 2 docks that are pretty close and walkable back to the Hotel. The pass is good for ALL ferries and ALL busses so it's pretty handy.

Can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 17, 2012

This was our first trip to Bermuda. We were delighted with the hotel and the accommodations. We received an unexpected upgrade to a one-bedroom suite which was on the bay and was spectacular. The pool area was breathtaking and maybe the most relaxing place I've ever experienced. Spa was posh. Also enjoyed a round of complimentary golf at Belmont Hills. Shuttles to the airport, beach, golf and even a local restaurant were provided by the hotel gratis. Driver was very friendly and gave us a real flavor for the area. All the staff made us feel so welcome. We will definitely stay here again! Great job!!

Room Tip: Room 211 is ground floor one bedroom suite that we stayed in. It was out of this world.
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Reviewed May 14, 2012

We've stayed at the Newstead several times since it opened. At first, we feel in love- beautiful, new, large, clean rooms, great view, nice pool, attentive management. Over the years it has started aging faster than I thought possible. It's progressively become more poorly managed. There's always an issue with 'something', but nothing's fixed until you literally yell at someone. The housekeepers do the bare minimum, and this seems acceptable to management. Mostly, they spray air freshener and shine the taps. After a few years, it shows. How sad this beautiful gem is declining to mediocrity so quickly.

Room Tip: They all have a water view... no worries.
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  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled with family
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KSB084, Executive Housekeeper at Newstead Belmont Hills Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded May 23, 2012

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Address: 27 Harbour Road, PG 02, Bermuda
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Location: Caribbean > Bermuda > Paget Parish
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Paget Parish
Price Range: $273 - $663 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Newstead Belmont Hills Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 45
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Built in one of the world's most exclusive locales, the Newstead Belmont Hills is a rare find. With just 60 waterfront suites the Newstead Belmont Hills lavishes you with Bermuda's most coveted commodity: Elbow room. Meanwhile, our highly personal service reminds you that you've truly found your island home. Amenities include an 18-hole golf course, spa, two restaurants, hair salon, business centre, concierge, water shuttle, infinity pool, whirlpool, tennis courts, full kitchen in each suite. ... more   less 
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