Fodor's Expert Review Robin's Nest
10 Vale Close, Pembroke, HM 04, Bermuda See on Map
This well-maintained property is a tad off the beaten path, in a quiet residential neighborhood about a mile north of Hamilton and within walking distance to a secluded beach cove. Behind the main house up a flight of stairs, you'll likely be surprised to find the guest rooms in what looks like a two-story urban apartment complex. Guests love the large pool, tranquil gardens, and warm, welcoming owner.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The nearby beach at Admiralty Park is small and often crowded with families and school groups; for the real Bermuda beach experience, you'll need to drive 15 to 20 minutes to the South Shore. Don't get us wrong, though! Admiralty Park is a great place to picnic, snorkel, and cliff jump.
Accommodations are spacious with all-in-one kitchenettes; upstairs studios have balconies, while the ground-floor studios open onto tranquil, intimate gardens and a pool.
Request to stay upstairs for more privacy and a bird's eye view of the ocean in the distance.
Bathrooms are stocked with towels and toiletries, and the maid service comes by every other day with fresh supplies.
These apartments don't have a lobby, but they are surrounded by beautifully manicured grounds and gardens.
The small number of rooms means you'll often have the decent-sized pool and patio all to yourself.
Bad news: There aren't any restaurants on-site or nearby. Good news: You will save yourself a fortune by not eating out! Plus, with your kitchenette and the shared BBQ, you'll have everything you need to cook up a feast.
Purchase groceries at Point Mart, a small convenience shop, or Price Rite, a big-box store, both of which are within easy walking distance. The owner will also offer to give you a ride to a proper grocery store upon your arrival.
No bar? No problem. Try your hand at making a batch of Bermuda Rum Swizzle and sip the day away out by the pool.
Plan to rent a scooter at the beginning of your trip, otherwise you'll be primarily restricted to walking or taxiing. Alternatively, buses to Hamilton run frequently along North Shore Road and St. John's Road.
When locals want take-out, House of India (6-minute drive), located just outside Hamilton, is on speed dial. The authentic ethnic restaurant also serves a popular lunchtime buffet. Enjoy seasonally-inspired bistro fare at Front Street's Bolero Brasserie (9-minute drive)--just be sure to reserve a table on the balcony so you can fully appreciate the sea breeze and harbor views.
Definitely more of a local spot, the Spanish Point Boat Club (5-minute drive) attracts a friendly, nautical crowd with cheap drinks and the occasional folk music event. For something a bit classier, start your evening off in Hamilton at Beluga Bar (8-minute drive). This eye-catching sushi restaurant wraps around a busy staircase in the Washington Mall, making it a great place to people-watch.
WHY WE LIKE IT
These apartments are among the best priced on the island and are perfect for self-sufficient travelers. Set in a peaceful residential area that's only a 20-minute walk from Hamilton, the location offers the best of both worlds, especially if you don't mind getting around by foot. While the rooms could use a bit of an update, the pretty grounds and extremely helpful owner make it easy to forgive the slightly outdated decor.
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