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I have visited Bermuda at least annually since 1972. I love it there. It is very picturesque and clean. Of course, there have been changes and I found quite a few this year. Trimingham's, Smith's, Archie Brown's, CowPolly East, all closed. Frangipani was closed for the season. AS Cooper's is being gutted and rebuilt. Lots of new shops, mainly high end, on Front Street. No bargains, as there were years ago. It is noiser and the streets are more crowded. But it remains my favorite get away place. My DH does not like to travel, so I often go alone. I feel safe and comfortable there and find that with few exceptions I am treated well, not banished to the back as a single woman often can be in some places.
The weather was very nice. Mid to high seventies most days and lows only dropping to the sixties. I never needed a jacket, except while I was on my moped. The night of the Christmas boat parade the winds were calm and the skies very clear. It was warm and perfect for sitting outdoors on the harbor.
I love to ride a moped and hit all the beaches. With the cruise ships finished and few tourists it seems a bit easier to ride than it is during the peak times of summer. I spend most of my days out on the bike or walking on the Bermuda Railway Trail.
Prior to this visit I had not stayed at Waterloo House for about fifteen years. I am certainly glad to have returned. The hotel, which is located in Hamilton on the main road, was a private home. It is right on the harbor. I believe there are thirty two rooms for guests plus a number of marvelous common rooms. The hotel is decorated in the style of an English home. There are absolutely gorgeous gardens on site. Decorated for Christmas, this truly was a beautiful place to be. The decorations are gorgeous, unique and give a very warm feeling to the house. The hotel common rooms are very charming and well appointed. The upholstery and drapery fabrics are very high quality in lovely colors. A small game room (as in chess,not pinball) lounge off the entrance lobby offered free internet access. I had not brought a laptop with me, so I greatly appreciated this service. There is also a very pleasant library with waterviews. I found an excellent selection of books to read during my visit.
My room was an upgrade to a king room, much larger than a standard room in most hotels. It was beautifully decorated with deep rose, olive and light yellow colors. The linens were very high quality. It had a large sitting area with two beautiful chairs and a small table, a lovely desk (with notecards featuring watercolors of the hotel), three sides of windows (including an unobstructed water view) and a huge bathroom. The bathroom had a dressing area, a large whirlpool bath and heated towel racks. There was a full wall mirror, as well. The towels were Frette, thick and lovely. The bath amenities were fantastic, very nice, lightly scented French bath gel, lotion and shampoo.
A continental breakfast, which can be delivered to your room with no charge, is included in the rate. Mine was three freshly baked pastries, including a croissant which rivaled any I have ever had, orange juice, toast, marmalade/jelly, a large pot of coffee, and oatmeal. Very hardy and delicious. The breakfast if requested at eight arrived at eight, not a minute late. Tea is also included in the rate. The tea is fabulous. Scones, clotted cream, a variety of pastries and cakes, tarts, sandwiches (smoked salmon, ham, cheese) and a wide variety of teas. It is served in the downstairs lounges. I usually took mine outside to sit at water's edge.
I noticed rattling windows during high winds, but generally the hotel was very quiet. Since one of my windows faced Front Street I was surprised at how quiet it was.
The reception staff is pleasant; but, not terribly warm or friendly. The housekeepers and gardeners were all very friendly and chatty. The front desk is frequently unmanned but there is a contact number for necessities.
I enjoy having the opportunity to eat fresh Bermuda fish and this trip was no exception.
Restaurants:
Ascots: my favorite place this trip. Excellent service, first class food
Waterloo House: I had two meals here besides the tea and breakfasts. I was a bit disappointed. In the past this has always been a favorite spot. The decor and view from the restaurant is fabulous.
HogPenny Pub: The food was fine. I had a grilled yellow snapper that was very nice. It is a fun sort of place, casual dress is fine.
Frescoes: I had heard a lot about this place. It is owned by the same folks who own Aqua, one my favorites. I thought it was alright, but not wonderful. Terribly slow and uninformed service, overdressed..as in drowning in dressing..salad, gummy shrimp.
I went to La Coquille about 1230 one afternoon after visiting the Underwater Museum (a must do). There was one party seated at a table. I asked for a table and they informed me they were completely full and could not handle me. I went back by over an hour later and it was still empty. Go figure. In the past, though I love their food, I have been given a rather chilly reception.

I am already counting the days till I return. If anyone has any questions, I would be glad to try and answer them. Happy trails.....

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