The Oxford House is the only true bed-and-breakfast in Hamilton, and one imagines that even if it had competition, it would still be the best. The 1938 inn is family-owned and -operated, and each room is individually decorated with pretty, matching fabrics and antique and reproduction furniture. Even executives staying in town should be impressed by the elegant beige two-story town house, which is two blocks from the capital's shops, ferries, and buses. While there's no pool, spa, or gym, the Wi-Fi is excellent as is the continental breakfast.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The lack of activities and proximity to the road make this a poor choice for families.
The 12 spacious rooms are light and airy, with eye-catching floral prints and classic furniture that ties into the property's historical feel. Depending on availability, you can get your own private entrance, second-story patio, or small kitchenette.
Bathrooms are small but adequate and spotlessly clean.
The lobby is elegant yet comfortable, with a spiral staircase and old world decor. Sign the guest book and make yourself at home; the owner and her smiling staff will be on hand to accommodate your every need.
Just down the street is Oleander Cycles, where you can rent a one- or two-person scooter. Alternatively, walk into downtown Hamilton--it's only about 5 minutes away by foot--and catch a ferry or taxi from Front Street.
For an authentic taste of Italy, take a stroll around the corner to Portofino Restaurant (3-minute walk), a local favorite. Also within easy walking distance is L'Oriental (2-minute walk), an upscale Asian fusion restaurant serving classic sushi and Teppanyaki.
Harry's Restaurant & Bar (3-minute walk) believes in good food and drink, shared with friends. Let your hair down during lively happy hours on the waterside patio. Tourists love The Pickled Onion (7-minute walk) for its relaxed nighttime entertainment, colorful cocktails and prime Front Street balcony.
WHY WE LIKE IT
With spacious rooms, personable service, and a fantastic location, this bed and breakfast is a winner for anyone seeking low-key Bermuda-style accommodations. We love the close proximity to Hamilton's shops, bars, restaurants, and office buildings. While it's far from the height of luxury, what the property lacks in amenities it makes up for in charm and character.