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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 currently provides a basic free-to-the premises concerned listing to help visitors. Entirely impartial, it includes basic physical addresses and contact details. This basic list is extended, again at no charge to premises, to include websites and email addresses when link-reciprocal conditions apply. When properties create a web link to us we respond immediately with both a web link to them and show their email addresses. Internet-reliant guests at each property should confirm that WIFI or wired ADSL (Broadband) is available for guests and at what price if not free.
Always confirm this before you book with the property and note note carefully that USA ADA disability standards do not apply in Bermuda. Disabled visitors using wheelchairs should ask before they book for details of disabled-friendly rooms required such as door widths, ground floor or higher, if an elevator nearby is available if not on the ground floor, elevator emergency policy for disabled guests, if there is a wet-room shower, or only a shower in a bathtub, etc.
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.. The property first opened as a bed and breakfast in 1961 under the name Hillcrest Guest House, later became Aunt Nea's Inn, an up-market B&B. In 2003, the property was one of a handful on the island considered for restoration as part of the PBS series This Old House.
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.
January 5, 2019
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