A 1734 manor house with villa-like lawn and gardens, Granaway is an affordable accommodation option for those who do not need to be on the beach. It has clean and well-maintained rooms and lots of space to relax with its lounges, outdoor chairs, and barbecue area. Don't worry about transportation, as it's right across the street from Hamilton Harbour and within walking distance of a ferry terminal.
YOU SHOULD KNOW There's no sand in sight at this road-side property. Don't worry though, Bermuda's famous south shore beaches are an easy 10-minute taxi ride away.
All rooms are distinct; the Palmetto Room features original Bermuda cedar beams, and the Royale Room has its own terrace with harbor views. A private cottage, which maxes out at $325 a night in peak season, gives you your own cozy home with a kitchen.
Nothing fancy but clean and well-appointed, if on the older side.
Very homey in every sense of the word. There's a friendly, welcoming charm that permeates the house, attracting guests to the dining room for a shared breakfast and tales of Bermuda.
Float to your heart's content in the tranquil pool, surrounded by flowering bushes and shaded by palms. The property also boasts a private harbor-view dock for swimming and picnicking.
The daily continental breakfast in the dining room is a social affair, bringing guests together to discuss outings and activities with input from the helpful owners Carol and Michael. You can also take your morning meal in the gardens or opt for room service.
Cheese, crackers, wine, and a magical sunset enjoyed on the private dock--how's that for romantic?
Stock up on a few bottles for your fridge and sip chilled goodness in the gardens throughout your stay.
Plan to take the pink route into Hamilton from the Belmont Ferry wharf, located just minutes away. Be careful walking along Harbour Road as it is quite narrow. Alternatively, you can cut across to Middle Road and catch a bus to either end of the island.
It's not the easiest to find, but Thyme at the Club (7-minute drive) offers a unique and personalized dining experience that's worth searching for. Select from a short but thoughtful selection of seasonally inspired dishes or attend one of their popular wine tasting socials. Proud winner of the 2015 best fish sandwich competition, Rosa's (9-minute drive) delivers crowd-pleasing Tex Mex with a definite island twist. Check out their nightly specials--like two-for-one margaritas on Monday--and prepare for a fun-filled evening.
Channel your inner pirate aboard Bermuda's only floating bar, Calico Jack's (32-minute drive). Sure, it's a little touristy, but the two-story pirate ship is a fantastic photo op--now, finish your drink and walk the plank! Middle Eastern restaurant by day, raucous dance club by night, Café Cairo (10-minute drive) is where you go to party until 3 a.m. Get down to local DJs, try an authentic hookah, and people-watch from the balcony overlooking Front Street.
WHY WE LIKE IT
The welcoming owners and caretaker make this guest house feel like home. Conveniently located between the beaches and downtown Hamilton, there aren't any shops, bars, or restaurants nearby. However, being in your own little world gives you all the more reason to soak in the lush garden setting and waste away an afternoon by the pool.