Royal Palms Hotel & Restaurant

, Hamilton, Bermuda
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Royal Palms Hotel & Restaurant

, Hamilton
Rosemont Ave 24, - Hamilton - HM CX - Bermuda Hotel Website | 441-292-1854
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We loved it!

from JamesSmithinnewyork
We stayed at Royal Palms in June 2006 and were pleased with our choice. Royal Palms was a breath of fresh air compared to the hotel we had first stayed at. The atmosphere is warm and friendly with owners close at hand. The hotel is located on the edge of Hamilton about the same distance from the center of Hamilton as the other city hotels albeit you take a slightly different route. The walk to town is about 10 minutes and the path is paved and well lit at night. We stayed in a Deluxe Room which was all they had available. The room was spacious, clean, well furnished and decorated. We peeked at some of the other rooms that are larger and more richly furnished but our's was fine and the rate represented value. A good continental breakfast was included in the hotel rate, they don't offer a full cooked breakfast but we could boil our own eggs. This is a 4 + star hotel disguised as a country inn. I sense it isn't so much a question of wishing to stay, it is more a question of getting in. Whether you stay or not , dine at their Ascots restaurant, it's was by far the best meal we had in Bermuda.

charming relaxing retreat

from A TripAdvisor Member
We just returned from our first trip to Bermuda. We had a convention at the Fairmont Southampton, which is a sprawling full-service hotel with lots of amenities. But we spent the weekend before that at the Royal Palms. The lush, beautiful gardens with little swings and tables and chairs throughout the grounds made it so enjoyable. The outbuildings where we stayed in a deluxe mini-suite just had four units in each, so the other couple and we had the upstairs rooms to ourselves with outdoor seating on the balcony where we talked long into the night. Our room was decorated beautifully in an old renovated house with high ceilings and a big bathroom. The breakfast was served on a delightful open porch or sunroom with beautiful flower bushes and trees all around and a little sparrow that hopped in occasionally through the open sliding doors. Everyone was extremely friendly; not only the staff but also all the guests, several of whom were repeat visitors. We did walk down to the Princess for a meal and walked into Hamilton, but the atmosphere at the hotel was so quaint and beautiful that it almost forced you to take a deep breath and relax. We really enjoyed our time there and would recommend it as a cottage among friends.

VERY Happy with the Royal Palms

from washpa
Just returned from a trip to Bermuda, including two nights at the Royal Palms. As always, I used Trip Advisor to help me make plans, and always find relevant, helpful information. Thanks everyone!

Our room was spotless and comfortable, with two beds, a sitting area, desk (with internet access for $10 per 24 hours) and a neat galley kitchen that included a sink, microwave, toaster oven and mini fridge, as well as basic pots/pans, glassware, and cutlery.

The long-time owners are very present/available and most helpful and gracious, as is the staff. We also were impressed with the overall friendliness of all staff - unfailingly courtious and warm.

Lovely small pool, grounds well-kept, very nice breakfast room which is open-air. As others have commented, the continental breakfast is good but not spectacular. Fruit, various muffins, scones and breads (very fresh), juice and coffee/tea and a place to soft-boil an egg if you'd like.

Previous posters have commented on the walk to town. It is an easy enough walk which you can make in 10 minutes if you keep a good pace. We were not put off by the walk at all. Good way to walk off breakfast, and no need to hail a cab. To my knowledge, this hotel has one of the best proximities to Hamilton proper.

We had dinner at the excellent Ascots restaurant, which is within the Royal Palms but under separate management. We had several very fne meals in Bermuda, but none better than Ascots.

Also with regards to restaurants, we very much enjoyed Fresco's Wine Bar, Bistro J, and for a casual lunch, Paridisio Cafe and Common Grounds. All of these establishments are within close proximity off of Front street.

Do give serious consideration to the Royal Palms, especially if you look for excellent customer service and a very British sensibility in the best sense of the word.

Wonderful vacation

from A TripAdvisor Member
Bermuda was a destination that my wife and I had planned for some time, and we were not disappointed. What makes a total vacation is your lodgings, and we can say that the Royal Palms met all our wishes. From the warm welcome by Theresa, to the friendly staff that greeted us each day, we were impressed. The hotel is located within a pleasant 10 minute walk to downtown Hamilton and is made safely by wide sidewalks.
Our room was clean, well equipped and quiet. Breakfast was made available with ample tea, coffee, breads, cereals and fruit. It provided a good start to the day. The breakfast tables were located in a beautiful open space, making conversation with other guest easy.
A must restaurent is located at the Royal Palms. Try their cold soups (Banana) a must. Again, consider the Royal Palms when visiting Bermuda.
We will be back
Brian and Carol
Merrickville Ontario

Heaven on earth

from A TripAdvisor Member
If you visit Bermuda for the beaches and nothing else, the Royal Palms may not be for you. But if you go to Bermuda to enjoy everything else the island has to offer, you couldn't find a better place to stay.

The Royal Palms is a turn-of-the-century manor house that has been converted into a first-class hotel. It's an easy 15-minute walk from the ferry terminal end of Front Street (be sure to take a detour through Par La Ville Park on your way down). The grounds of the hotel are lush and green, even in December when we were there. The rooms are immaculate and well furnished, right down to the rubber ducky in the bathtub. High-speed internet service is available at a nominal fee, and every room has a wall-mounted flat-screen TV with good cable programming. The food in the attached Ascots Restaurant is out of this world -- a bit on the pricey side but so delicious that you won't even care. If you plan to have a meal there, be sure to make advance reservations. Ascots is a popular island dining spot, so it fills up quickly. Hotel guests are treated to a free continental breakfast every morning.

But what makes this place so special is the folks who run it. Owner Richard Smith was on the premises during our stay, and he treated us not like paying guests but like visiting family members. He and his housekeeping staff made sure we knew when and where to go for Christmas Eve mass and arranged taxi service for us. When he discovered that we especially wanted to see a performance by the island's famed gombey dancers, he ferreted out the location and drove us there in his own car. You'd never find that level of concern and personal care in any one of the larger beachside resorts.

The location is superb, the facilities are magnificent, and the people who run the Royal Palms are wonderful human beings first and hotel proprietors second. Book a stay at the Royal Palms, and you're guaranteed the perfect Bermuda vacation experience.

Great Location, pleasant staff

from ChinaShrek
I just finished staying here for three nights (December 22-25) in a Mini Suite at $195.00 per night. Unlike the previous reviewer, I did not mind the ten minute walk into downtown Hamilton. This made it convenient to sightseeing, shopping, and dining. The room was great with a microwave, fridge, and cutlery. I do think that some reviewers overrate this hotel. The water pressue in the shower was a bit weak for my taste. I was also diappointed in the breakfast. It was continental style -toast, muffins, scones, boil your own eggs, juice, cereal, canned fruit, yoghurt, coffee, and tea. Pretty much the same as the Hampton Inn in the USA. The breakfast had the same items each morning. I prefer a hot breakfast, and I think for the price of the room they could have been provided a hot breakfast or more variety.

Weekend getaway

from GlennE
My wife and I recently spent one evening at the Royal Palms Hotel. The mini suite was clean and spaceous. The down side of this hotel is the walk into town. It is not that far but it is along a road which does have sidewalks all the way. The upside is the resturant on the hotel which was excellent. The hotel is more for business travelers and less for weekend tourists.

Seems to be overrated by other users

from A TripAdvisor Member
My husband and I just came back from a 7 days trip to Bermuda (Aug 2005). We spent 2 nights in Royal Palms and 4 nights at Coco Reef Resort. I agree with some of the comments that it is a somewhat charming hotel with friendly staff and a good restaurant. However, we encountered several issues during our stay: 1) The pool is closed for renovation. Without the pool, there is no facility in the hotel. 2) There was a lot of small ants in the room when we first arrived. The maid might have discovered some ants on the next day and decided to spray pesticide. The smell was so strong that it almost suffocated us as well. 3) Some of the review mentioned that the breakfast was "delightful" or "several cuts above others". We found the breakfast to be quite plain. Their breakfast is certainly several notch BELOW what we had at Coco Reef. 4) They charged us $0.50/min for the local calls while it was printed in their in-room hotel directory that it is $0.50 per call. We didn't really argue with them as we still have to keep our luggages there for several hours after we check out.

In summary, even though we are not hugely disappointed at the hotel, we probably won't stay there again. I would not recommend staying there particularly during hot summer months because the hotel is a good 15 mins walk to the bus station or town center. The walk is quite uncomfortable in hot and humid weather. Also, with no hotel lobby or any indoor facility, there isn't even any place for you to hang out at the hotel when the weather is bad outside.

Our time at the Coco Reef was significantly more fun and enjoyable (please see my review there).

Friendly staff, nice rooms

from A TripAdvisor Member
I enjoyed my stay at the Royal Palms. The room was very spacious and clean. The owners and staff were very friendly and helpful. The grounds of the hotel are also very well maintained.

The hotel is not on the beach. Big deal! You can DRIVE to the beach on scooters like everyone else does on the island.

If you are looking for an affordable hotel that is clean and safe, then this is the one for you. I would certainly go back.

Best Place to Stay in Hamilton

from A TripAdvisor Member
My wife and I spent four days in Bermuda last month as a combination business trip and vacation. During the business portion of my trip we stayed at the Fairmont Princess Hamilton. This place was not worth the money. It costs about $100 more than Royal Palms, but the service was poor, the bathroom was small and moldy, and the room size was average. After our stay at the Princess, moving to Royal Palms for the vacation portion of the trip was refreshing. The room was large and bright, and the bathroom was clean and well maintained. Also, the service at Royal Palms was impeccable. It did not matter how many questions or needs we had (and I felt like we had a lot) the staff happily responded to everyone of them. Although this hotel is not on the water, it is a much better and less expensive alternative to the Princess.

Top Local Tips for Hamilton

Ask the owners for unused tranportation tickets Sometimes previous guests leave unused tranportation tickets around, ask the owner or hostess, as you may save a few dollars and they good for bus and ferry rides unlimited all day.

Bus Hiring a moped is most popular form of tourist transport but it you're not sure this is for you, the buses run regularly and on time and go to all the tourist spots. Comfortable and convenient form of transport.

Transportation Buy the transportation passes for unlimited transportation for buses and ferries.Remember, you can use both the buses and ferries and take free tours. They bring you everywhere on the island. Dont pay extra for the tours. Make sure you go snorkeling. Worth it, no matter how cold the water is!!!!

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  • Address: Rosemont Ave 24, - Hamilton - HM CX - Bermuda
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