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.