"A genteel and historic mansion hotel in Bermuda’s capital"
Need to know
- 40 rooms
- Hamilton, Bermuda
- Huckleberry restaurant, pool and tropical gardens run with award-winning eco-initiatives
- Check-in is 2pm, checkout is 12pm
- Dancing to live Calypso music by the poolside every Tuesday, surrounded by lush foliage.
- Sipping cocktails in the Huckleberry restaurant (named in honour of famous Bermuda-lover Mark Twain).
- Hopping on the complimentary shuttle service to the dreamy pink sands of nearby Elbow beach.
In the immortal words of Mark Twain: “You can go to heaven if you want to; I’d rather stay in Bermuda.” This shimmering spot, perched in the blue waters of the Sargasso Sea, has a truly paradisiacal feel. Colourful coral reefs, pastel-hued mansions, lush greenery and the scent of frangipani and bougainvillea drifting on the sea breeze offer all the trappings of a true island escape.
Located in the centre of the island, the Rosedon Hotel might be the quintessential Bermuda location. A spacious townhouse close to the capital of Hamilton, it is a confection of gleaming white and blue colonial architecture, its effortless elegance tempered by a dynamic and adventurous approach to hosting. Home to a sparkling outdoor pool with a lively bar, and framed by lush tropical gardens run with award-winning eco-initiatives, it is hard to remember any care you may have in the world upon stepping foot here.
Sparklingly modern in attitude, the hotel wears its impressive history with elegance and grace – construction on the hotel started back in 1904, with building work completed two years later. Designed as the personal home of Mr E. J. Thompson, it was named after his son, Robert Rosedon Thompson – this sense of warmness and appreciation for a personal touch remains at the very heart of the hotel’s ethos.
Live music is a regular occurrence here, with steel drums and the chatter of cocktail hour echoing across the tropical grounds on at least a weekly basis. Every Tuesday the hotel hosts a poolside get-together – charmingly dubbed the Bermuda Rum Swizzle Party, it offers the chance to enjoy the bar’s most famous cocktail (the eponymous Rum Swizzle, of course), set to the sounds of live Calypso music. The Rosedon’s on-site Huckleberry restaurant is relaxed and inviting, with a seasonally inspired menu. Meanwhile, its front porch offers the ideal spot to “loaf” while people-watching (Mr Twain would certainly approve).
It’s not all cocktails and Calypso – anyone itching to get out and explore the local scenery will also find themselves in luck at the Rosedon. The hotel has a fleet of complimentary-to-borrow bicycles on hand, along with a host of electric Twizzy cars for hire – meaning that adventure is never too far off the agenda. A beach shuttle whizzes you down to the pink sands of Elbow beach in no time, while the pretty cobbled streets of Hamilton can be reached within the five minutes it takes to stroll there. The staff are happy to help arrange seafaring trips too – from sailing and whale-watching to chartered cocktail cruises, they will be happy to help you plot almost any escapade you have in mind.