Waterloo House

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.

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  1. My husband and I are celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary this evening and reminiscing. We were married by the Reverend Cannon Francis at the Waterloo house. So many of our friends who joined us back then have been sharing fond memories with us of our wedding and the Waterloo house. Fiona was the manager then and she organized and planned our entire wedding via computer while I was working in Manhattan. From, the rooms, to the flowers to the brunch to the horse and carriage ride around Hamilton and to Stan the doorman. A lost bit of Bermudian History now which we will always have the joy to keep in our hearts. Thank you to all who worked at the WaterLoo House. To Canon Francis. To Bermuda.

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  2. I worked in Waterloo House on reception in 1966 for two years before returning to the UK and am sad to read of the demolition of the building. I thought the courtyard was Spanish inspired? In the days of ownership of Mr George Wardman and the hotel manager being Mr Andre Barra.

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  3. My wife, daughter and nieces stayed there many times in the 90’s and early 2000’s. We loved the place and the staff. It was our pleasure to get acquainted with them during our stays which generally lasted a week or more. While having stayed at other establishments on the Island the Waterloo was by far our favorite and is sorely missed. For the people who like the box box hotels, you don’t know what you missed. It was old time Bermuda.

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  4. My wife and I stayed there in May 1988 on our honeymoon. I remember Trudie being there. It was very British and we both enjoyed that. There was a small pool on the side. The people that were vacationing there seemed to be business managers/owners from the UK. They had a lot of great stories to tell. We used to slip through the bushes to the market next door to get beer and snacks. The restaurant was the best. I was looking to stay there for my 30th, but I guess we’ll have to find something else.

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  5. I was a second chef for two years at the waterloo house, from 1989-1992 it was a marvelous time im my live to cook there. Trudi Mulder was during this time the Manger of this Hotel and she did a good job.
    The waterloo House was be loved at the hole Island.
    Its very sad to see the development suppressed the old chamy Waterloo House.
    Greating from Germany
    Andreas Ilsemann

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  6. I spent my honeymoon here in 1990 and it was a wonderful hotel. Being a sister hotel with the Newstead House and Horizons and Cottages and access to The Coral Beach Club was glorious! We felt like we had the run of the Island. I’m really sorry to hear it was torn down… sadly so was my marriage.

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  7. I was stationed at Kindley Field in 1947-1949, and came back several times and stayed at The Waterloo House–wonderful memories!

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  8. I spent many enjoyable occasions at Waterloo House and loved its charm and position on the waterfront. What a pity it’s no longer available for others to experience that ‘old time Bermuda’ feel.

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    • I always stayed there on my many trips to Bermuda. The elderly gentleman in the bar (can’t recall his name, unfortunately) could make one hell of a martini!

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      • The bartender’s name was Stanley Hart. He always remembered us. When he saw us, he would begin mixing our favorite drinks. Also showed us how to play skittles.

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  9. 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.

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    • I’m so sorry to know this place was torn down. I stayed there on my honeymoon in 1985 and loved it. One of the reasons I picked it was that it was small. I hated the idea of a hotel with several hundred rooms.

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    • I spent 10 unforgettable days at the Waterloo House in 1986 on my honeymoon, and stayed in the “honeymoon suite”, which was actually a separate carriage house from the House. It was heaven. We traveled by scooter to different spots on the island, our favourite was Horseshoe Bay!! Pink sand, snorkeling with tropical fish, crystal clear aqua water, PARADISE is the only word that can describe fabulous Bermuda. Someday ill go back, my dream is to retire there. Its a lovely dream!!
      And to GLEN, I so agree that the Waterloo House was an unforgettable experience, and it defined the charm of the island.
      I am also quite devastated that they TORE IT DOWN!! Its hard to believe. But there are other charming places to stay other than the 100+ room Marriott. Investigate and I know you will find one! Although NOTHING can ever compare to the fabulous WATERLOO HOUSE!!!

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  10. 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.

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    • Steve says,
      Laural……. You have stated it best, “The elegance is/will be sadly missed !” My wife and I also had our honeymoon here 16 yrs ago this July, 2018, and I have been mentally planning our return visit to Bermuda. With such wonderful memories, the Hamilton house was my first choice. I knew my wife would be soooo excited to hear of our return celebration. To say this news is disappointing – is an understatement. So as with you….. we, also, will be grateful for the wonderful memories.

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  11. 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.

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

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  13. 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.

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

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  15. 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.’

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  16. 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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