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By Keith Archibald Forbes (see About Us) exclusively for Bermuda Online
Guest houses are the British way of describing them. Most Europeans are familiar with this term but many North Americans are not and assume, wrongly, they are private homes and inexpensive. In Bermuda, they are all commercial establishments and some are quite up-market in price. Some are similar in style and price to up-market American-style B&Bs. They are not usually licensed to serve beer or other alcoholic beverages and don't serve dinner. Guests should check to see if breakfast is available, if so, whether included or extra, Continental or full American, British or Canadian cooked breakfast. Places to stay in this category have been inspected and licensed, but not graded, by the Bermuda Tourism Authority, the new Bermuda licensing and regulatory tourism agency, for accommodation, facilities and services. Some have attractive gardens or a pool. Most have lower rates during November to March.
Bermuda's official currency. The Bermuda Dollar is fixed to the US Dollar. Because of the latter, the US dollar is accepted everywhere at par. British Pounds sterling, Canadian dollars, Euros and other currencies should not be brought as they cannot be used. Most major international credit cards will be accepted from visitors, but overseas debit cards, even in the USA, cannot be used in Bermuda. Most if not all Bermuda places to stay, stores and restaurants will no longer accept traveler's checks, so they should not be bought for your Bermuda visit.
Bermuda Online (BOL) at http://www.bermuda-online.org will provide a free courtesy web link to websites of Bermuda properties they reciprocate the link. Internet-reliant guests should check if prices include free or paid-for WIFI or wired ADSL (Broadband) available for their guests.
When space is available for the disabled - accompanied if in a wheelchair - this symbol indicates this. Always confirm this with the proprietor and note that properties in Bermuda do not conform to specific USA ADA disability standards. When a property does not state on its website it is disability-friendly by ADA or other recognized international disability standards, and also does not have either ground floor access disabled rooms and/or elevators to all floors, disabled or mobility impaired potential guests should go elsewhere.
1 Nea's Alley, Town of St. George. Phone: (441) 296-2838. Fax (441) 297-1908. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Was once with 15 rooms. Now with five big rooms all en suite facilities, as well as a self-contained apartment to the rear of the 18th century building and a small room on the outside. Also offers a garden. Provides breakfast every morning. Bermuda's L.F. Wade International Airport is a 10-15-minute drive from the inn. The City of Hamilton is 14 miles away, easily accessible by public transport bus or ferry.
2015. December 2. This historic guesthouse, built in the 1700s, has a new lease of life. It has been given a major makeover under new owners Neil Moncrieff and Faith Bridges. The inn, which went on the market in 2014 with a price tag of $1.6 million, underwent extensive upgrades since January 2015. Mr Moncrieff said: “We did a full renovation — all the electrics, the plumbing, we just revamped everything. “Every single bathroom was replaced, we’ve got new floors and new furniture in the bedrooms.” Also prized for its early Bermuda architecture and its link to a volume of romantic verse penned by Thomas Moore, the noted Irish poet once in Bermuda for some months, in his Odes to Nea. The poet stayed at the inn for a short while in 1804 and fell in love with Hester Louisa Tucker, a young woman who lived next door. The love was unrequited. Miss Tucker married a cousin, William Tucker and Mr. Moore put his lusty feelings for her on paper. The property was later the home of the US Consul General during and after US Civil War years when the Town of St. George was still original capital of Bermuda, and still has its original Bermuda cedar features. Owned by the Wright Robinson family since 1916, most recently by descendants Delaey Robinson and his wife, Andrea Dismont. They now live in England. The property first opened as a bed and breakfast in 1961 under the name Hillcrest Guest House, owned by Trew Robinson, much later became Aunt Nea's Inn, an up-market B&B (see photos above) until closed as such. In 2003, the property was one of a handful on the island considered for restoration as part of the PBS series This Old House. Put on the market several times, most recently in August 2014 for $1.6 million
Rosemont Avenue, Pembroke Parish. P. O. Box HM 1048, Hamilton HM EX. Phone (441) 295-7124. Fax (441) 295-3850. 9 units. Continental breakfast. Also for business visitors and as their first place to stay for professional newcomers recruited from overseas for employment in Bermuda.
71 Middle Rd, Southampton Parish SB 04. Phone (441) 238-0834 or 238-2113. Fax (441) 238-8980. 6 units. Residential area. Sunken garden, lounge and games room. On bus route # 8. Rooms have air conditioning and fans. American or British or Continental breakfast.
16 Pomander Road, Paget Parish PG 05. By mail at PO Box HM 384, Pembroke Parish HM BX. Phone (441) 236-7635. Fax (441) 236-8332. 5 units. Near bus routes 1, 2, 7, 8. Continental breakfast. Wireless Internet, cable TV, radio, air-conditioning, microwave oven and fridge. Patio and barbeque.
20 Woodbourne Avenue, Pembroke Parish HM 08. Postal address P.O. Box HM 374, Pembroke Parish, HM BX, Bermuda. Phone (441) 295 0503.Or in USA 800 548 7758. Fax (441) 295-0250. 12 spacious guest rooms, all with private bath, air-conditioned with cable television, telephone and coffee/tea maker. Internet service is available throughout the property, wired in the rooms, WIFI in public areas. Substantial, complimentary continental breakfast. Owned and operated by Mrs. Ann Smith since 1983. Room rates per night through March 31, 2015 are single $222, double $246, plus taxes and service charges.
Lighthouse Hill, Southampton Parish. Telephone (441) 238-0043. Fax (441) 238-8445. PO Box SN 144, Southampton, SN BX, Bermuda. 7 units. Owner: Jean Richardson. Accessible to public South Shore beaches. Near bus routes 7 and 8. Overlooking Great Sound. Views, bedrooms with air conditioning, television and patios. Continental breakfast.
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January 5, 2017.
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