Waterloo House - now closed and demolished

Waterloo House has now closed. Why not take a look at other hotels nearby? Options include the Fairmont Hamilton Princess, the Oxford House, and the Rosedon.

The Waterloo House hotel closed in July 2008. Planning permission to demolish the historic building and construct office space was granted later that year. In 2010 the site was purchased from the Brickman Group by Berco Ltd for an undisclosed sum. Berco is owned by the Greens, a local family that also owns the Hamilton Princess and the site of the former Wyndham/Sonesta. Construction of a new $100 million 7-floor mixed-use development began at the start of 2011. It will offer 90,000 square feet of office space, seven penthouse apartments, underground parking, and boat moorings. Completion is scheduled for the end of 2013.

At the roadside entrance to Waterloo House you will be greeted by doorman Stan Seymour in his colourful hat and traditional Bermudian attire. His presence offers a glimpse of the sophistication that is hidden beyond the unassuming facade.

Waterloo House is one of the only 2 member hotels in Bermuda of the Relais & Chateaux association; the international organisation of refined hotels. The other Bermuda member is its sister property; Horizons & Cottages.

View of the rear of the Waterloo House hotel in Hamilton, Bermuda

The main building was constructed in the early 19th century and subsequently added to in a haphazard but charming style. Terraces, interspersed with delightful nooks and crannies, cascade down to Hamilton Harbour.

Waterloo House has no beach but guests are free to use the one at the private Coral Beach & Tennis Club. Complimentary transport is provided. Other facilities at the private club include tennis, squash, croquet, fitness centre and a spa. Waterloo House can also arrange tee-times at any of Bermuda’s golf courses (including the 3 private courses; Mid Ocean Club, Riddell’s Bay Golf and Country Club and the Tucker’s Point Club. It overlooks Hamilton Harbour and is ideal for watching yachting events such as the King Edward VII Gold Cup.

The hotel has 20 rooms and 10 suites. The accommodations vary but all are tastefully furnished with antiques and have private bathrooms. All rooms have air conditioning, hair dryers, safes, telephones, faxes, internet access and cable TV.

The hotel is home to the Wellington Room, an award winning restaurant and one of Bermuda’s finest. Dress is formal and gentlemen are required to wear jacket and tie. In the summer, dinner can be taken under the stars on the Poinciana Terrace that sits right on the edge of Hamilton Harbour. Jacket is required but ties are not essential.

The colonial-style Long Room Bar, with its yellow walls and fine cedar work, is open from 11:00 until 23:00 and offers a full bar and cigar service. The main building also houses the tastefully decorated Drawing Room, where you can sit on an antique chair in front of the fireplace and read, and the more light and airy Sun Lounge.

Its Hamilton location and proximity to ‘Reinsurance Row’ means that Waterloo House is a favourite with business travellers. The hotel’s Alfred Blackburn Smith Suite is an ideal place for seminars and meetings. The room is private, has fax and telephone facilities, presentation equipment and its own bar and bathroom.

Waterloo House also has its own private dock and can make arrangement for a private trip to one of Bermuda’s secluded and uninhabited islands. They will even prepare a picnic for you.

Reviews and Additional Information

  1. Glen says

    My wife and I spent 2 very enjoyable weeks at Waterloo House in 1984. We are still talking about the wonderful experience and are very sad to hear this down-home yet elegant establishment has closed. After touring several of the other accommodations in Bermuda during our stay, we can see no very little reason for returning. The hotel was half of the wonderful experience of Bermuda.

  2. Laural says

    We are so sad to hear of the closing-this was a remarkable hotel. We had our honeymoon in Bermuda 23 years ago and the hotel was perfect. Formal candle light and the staff was clearly the best. Privacy galore! Perhaps the quiet understated elegance has become a thing of the past (a sad reflection of a society that thinks "all you can eat" buffet is a positive choice). We are just grateful to have wonderful memories of the Waterloo House. The elegance is missed.

  3. Richard k says

    My wife and daughters have stayed a half dozen times and found the staff and hotel a wonderful place. Very relaxing with the remnants a British formality. It depends on what you are looking for. It definately is not the block house Princess or some of the other Americanized establishments where people dress and act like they are going for a night out at MacDonalds.

  4. Editor says

    The hotel will close permanently on July 29 2008. It will be redeveloped as offices.

  5. Carole L says

    The hotel is a bit run down and seems to be shabby rather than chic! Some of the staff are delightful and try really hard to make your stay enjoyable but seem bound by ‘rules’ – like you’re not allowed coffee on your veranda until a certain time, which all seemed a bit odd.

  6. Diane Lindenberger says

    Waterloo House is no longer a member of the famous Relais & Chateaux group…maybe that is why it is run-down.

  7. James says

    Jacket and tie are not an absolute necessity now in the restaurant. They say ‘Dress code is casual. Jacket and tie are always welcomed but not required. Bermuda Shorts (with stockings) are also acceptable.’

  8. frank s says

    This hotel has lots of potential but is let down by the state of its rooms, which were not very clean. It could be a really charming place, but is currently overpriced. If you’re here on business I’d recommend the Hamilton Princess instead, which is close by.

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