The Rosedon is a family-owned and managed hotel just outside Hamilton. It enjoys consistently high ratings and an above average number of repeat visitors. Almost all the members of staff are Bermudian and most have been with the hotel for two decades or longer.
The main building was built in the Edwardian era and was one of the grand old homes of Pitts Bay Road. Three more modern wings surround a heated freshwater pool. The whole property is nestled in grounds blessed with luscious sub-tropical plants.
There are 39 rooms of various types. All offer flat screen TVs with cable channels, DVD players, wireless internet access, and quality bedding. Most, with the exception of the handful of rooms in the main house, boast a private balcony or patio. Royal Rooms are the top category and include a 4-poster and additional amenities.
A full cooked breakfast can be enjoyed in your room, on the patio, or poolside. It’s your choice. Complimentary afternoon tea is served on the veranda at 4 pm and includes a huge array of freshly made sandwiches, homemade cakes and cookies. Every Tuesday evening guests are invited to the hotel’s rum swizzle party. There’s also an honour bar and pantry where guests sign for the drinks and snacks they serve themselves. The fact that this system continues to operate certainly says something about the pedigree of this hotel’s guests.
The Rosedon Hotel doesn’t offer formal lunch or dinner, though light meals can be delivered to your room on request. Fortunately there’s a fabulous choice of restaurants and bars within easy walking distance of the hotel. The Flying Fish (seafood) and Harry’s (steakhouse) are on the same street. Walk east and you’ll come to Bermudiana Road where you’ll find L’Oriental (Asian), Little Venice (Italian), the Lobster Pot (seafood), and Portofino (Italian). Carry on to Front Street for the Pickled Onion (international), Flanagan’s (Irish pub), Port O’ Call (seafood) and many more.
Barr’s Bay Park is a pleasant public space opposite the hotel. It’s a pleasant place to sit and watch the yachts in Hamilton Harbour. Par-la-Ville Park, the Perot Post Office, and the Bermuda National Gallery are also nearby. There are no beaches in the immediate area. The closest is Clarence Cove at Admiralty House Park. However, the hotel does offer a free daily shuttle service to Elbow Beach. While you’re there we’d strongly recommend lunch at Mickey’s.
Guests wishing to spread their wings a little further can rent a scooter from Smatt’s Cycle Livery. Their office is just 50 yards from the hotel entrance. Taxis can be booked at the front desk or just cross the road to the rank at the Hamilton Princess.
Hamilton Ferry Terminal is just ¼ mile from the hotel. Ferries leave here for various destinations including Dockyard and St George. The bus station is a little further but can be reached on foot in 10 minutes. Bus routes cover all areas of the island. If you’re planning on doing a lot of travelling on public transport you can make considerable savings by purchasing a transportation pass.