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.
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.