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Accommodation standards in Bermuda—whether you prefer a guesthouse or a five-star hotel—are generally high, and strongly regulated by the Bermuda Department of Tourism. However, prices tend to reflect this quality, and you should be warned that there are no true budget options. (Camping is not allowed and there are no hostels on the island.) Staying in a hotel can mean anything from a luxury resort setting to something more similar to a three-star hotel in the U.S. Another option is to stay in more homelike accommodations—either by renting a room in a guesthouse (a commercial establishment roughly similar to a room in a bed-and-breakfast, though some can be very upmarket) or a cottage.
Most hotels and other lodgings require you to give your credit-card details before they will confirm your reservation. If you don't feel comfortable e-mailing this information, ask if you can fax it (some places even prefer faxes). However you book, get confirmation in writing and have a copy of it handy when you check in.
Be sure you understand the hotel's cancellation policy. Some places allow you to cancel without any kind of penalty—even if you prepaid to secure a discounted rate—if you cancel at least 24 hours in advance. Others require you to cancel a week in advance or penalize you the cost of one night. Small inns and bed-and-breakfasts are most likely to require you to cancel far in advance. Most hotels allow children under a certain age to stay in their parents' room at no extra charge, but others charge for them as extra adults; find out the cutoff age for discounts.
Apartment and House Rentals
Rental houses, apartments, and villas are all over Bermuda and may be owned by individuals, consortiums, and developers, so booking might be anything from calling the owner in person to booking on a Web site. Bermuda.com www.bermuda.com has a fairly extensive list of the more well-known properties.
Villas International (415/499–9490 or 800/221–2260. www.villasintl.com.)
If you're part of the "no-frills" crowd, guesthouses in Bermuda offer bed-and-breakfast style accommodation. Some have their own Internet sites; most are listed on Bermuda.com www.bermuda.com.
Bed & Breakfast.com. Bed & Breakfast.com sends out an online newsletter. 512/322–2710 or 800/462–2632. www.bedandbreakfast.com.
With a direct home exchange, you stay in someone else's home while they stay in yours. Some outfits also deal with vacation homes, so you're not actually staying in someone's full-time residence, just their vacant weekend place.
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