The Royal Palms is a winner for having high standards, great service, and a welcoming touch with fresh-from-the-garden flowers to celebrate your arrival and a rubber ducky on your bath mat. The best perch might well be the front swing, from which you can survey the lush grounds, including two tall royal palms that give the hotel its name. Also wonderful is the sunny, all-glass breakfast room where you eat at 90-year-old Bermudian cedar tables. It's clear that owner Susan Weare put more detailed care into her property, and manages it better than just about anyone else in Bermuda. A final touch is Ascot's—one of the island's best restaurants.
If you're looking for privacy, there are three buildings set around the gardens of the main 1903 building--many rooms here have private entrances.
Tastefully and uniquely decorated with matching drapery, Bermuda artwork, and plenty of natural light. Garden-view windows are a constant reminder of the foliage, flowers, and fruit trees that blanket the property.
If your budget allows, splurge for one of the garden cottages. In addition to being over double the size of regular rooms, the deluxe suites come with a kitchenette and a shared patio or porch.
Simple yet clean and well-stocked with complimentary toiletries and a hair dryer to use during your stay.
An elegantly decorated space that opens into a comfortable lounge for reading books and sipping wine.
Shaded wicker lounge chairs overlook a quiet pool that approaches bathtub temperature during summer months. Luckily, a pool-side honor bar means that cool beverages are never more than a few steps away.
YOU SHOULD KNOW This pool is very small and you won't find much privacy in the close quarters of the surrounding pool deck. If you want to do laps, head to the beach!
There's no gym on-site, but guests receive complimentary passes to The Athletic Club in Hamilton, which is about 10-minutete walk from the hotel.
The award-winning Ascots Restaurant is fine dining at its finest. Large windows overlooking bubbling fountains, statues, and tropical vegetation make the space feel snug and enchanting. For a more casual dining experience, try Just 24, and enjoy your lunch or dinner and a bottle of wine out on the patio.
Soak in the old world ambiance and socialize with fellow guests and locals while enjoying a pre-dinner drink at Ascot's bar. Or, take your nightcap for a walk as you explore the grounds amid a cacophony of tree frogs.
Unless you pre-order a taxi, the fastest way to get into Hamilton is by foot. Jump aboard the ferry, which leaves from Front Street, and enjoy an easy and inexpensive ride to Dockyard, St. George's or one of the other various wharfs scattered across the island.
Seasonally-inspired menus, entertaining staff and walls covered in hats (yes, hats!) make for a whimsical, memorable evening at Mad Hatters (7-minute walk). Don a sombrero, beret or moose antlers and laugh your way through your gourmet meal. Just down the hill is the ultra-sleek Hamilton Princess & Beach Club, which is home to world-renowned chef Marcus Samuelsson's signature restaurant, Marcus' (6-minute walk). Stunning ocean views complement the sea--and farm-fresh, island-inspired cuisine.
Robin Hood Pub & Restaurant (6-minute walk) is the place to go to watch sports, drink beer, and socialize with the locals. If you're craving cocktails instead, head down to the marina where you can gawk at mega-yachts and sip an expertly crafted Rum Swizzle at 1609 Bar & Restaurant (7-minute walk).
WHY WE LIKE IT
If you're looking for a quiet, peaceful retreat with a boutique vibe, this is the hotel for you. Lose yourself in the lush gardens, soak up some sun by the pool and prepare yourself for the most relaxing vacation ever. And, with complimentary continental breakfast and two excellent onsite dining choices, you'll never have to leave.