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.
- 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