16 IDEAL Bermuda Hotels for Cruise Ship Visitors

16 IDEAL Bermuda Hotels for Cruise Ship Visitors

As cruise ships look for new home ports for 2021, Bermuda is increasingly popular as a departure point for some cruises. Travelers looking for the best Bermuda hotels for a pre-or post-cruise stay will find a good choice of hotels in Bermuda, although even the cheapest B&Bs can be pricey when compared with the USA. 

There are several reasons why cruising from Bermuda is growing in popularity. Since Covid-19, several cruise lines have relocated to new home ports beyond the restrictions of the USA so they can start cruising again.

These include RCI’s Vision of the Seas and Crystal Cruises. Although this is a temporary decision, Bermuda has always been a popular port of call on cruise itineraries.

Where is Bermuda?

Bermuda is a remote British Overseas Territory in the North Atlantic Ocean about 650 miles east of North Carolina, USA. It consists of 181 tiny islands totaling just 20.6 square miles, but very few are inhabited. The largest is Main Island, commonly referred to as Bermuda. It is connected to seven other populated island by bridges.

Bermuda is just over 21 miles long and less than two miles wide, so most Bermuda hotels and resorts are reasonably close to the cruise port. Although the island has three ports, the only deep-water docks suitable for accommodating larger cruise ships are in the Royal Naval Dockyard which is at the northwest tip of Main Island.

Why Cruise from Bermuda?

As well as being a new home port outside the USA, cruising from Bermuda has many advantages. It’s a delightful and beautiful island to visit with its pink sandy beaches, golf courses, British colonial architecture and laid-back way of life.

Why not extend your cruise by staying in one of the beachfront Bermuda hotels, either before or after your cruise?

It makes sense to fly into Bermuda at least a day before you sail and stay overnight in a convenient Bermuda hotel just in case there are any unforeseen hiccups which might delay your journey. Once you’ve arrived in Bermuda, you can relax, sleep well and prepare to check-in and board bright and early the following day.

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Bermuda is easy to reach by air, with flights into St George’s (BDA) International Airport from USA and other international cities including New York (JFK, Newark and La Guardia); Charlotte, NC; Los Angeles, Miami, Boston, Washington DC, London Heathrow and Toronto. Flights from New York to Bermuda take just over two hours non-stop and cost around $360.

One final reason to tempt you to stay and cruise from Bermuda are the ports of call. Cruise itineraries from Bermuda usually include visiting Freeport, Bahamas; Nassau, Bahamas and a day on a private cruise island such as RCI’s CocoCay.

How to Get to Bermuda Hotels

Hamilton, the capital of Bermuda, is 6 miles from Bermuda International (BDA) Airport. The easiest way to reach Bermuda hotels is by taxi. A few Bermuda hotels offer complimentary shuttle transfers and we’ve listed these in a special section below.

Bear in mind, Bermuda has three ports but only the Royal Naval Dockyard (King’s Wharf and Heritage Wharf) can accommodate large cruise ships. Choosing one of the Bermuda hotels close to the cruise port means a shorter journey on the day of your cruise departure.

So now you’ve set your heart on cruising from Bermuda, what about accommodation? We’ve listed below the best Bermuda hotels closest to the cruise port along with luxury hotels, cheapest hotels, and Bermuda hotels with shuttle service.

Bermuda Hotels with Shuttle

Bermuda Cruise Port
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Newstead Belmont Hills Hotel

One of the most comprehensive Bermuda hotels, the Newstead Belmont Hills has direct beach access, gorgeous guest rooms with ocean views, bar, restaurants, gym, pool and spa.

It is also one of the few Bermuda hotels offering a free airport shuttle, free shuttle to the 18-hole golf course and a water taxi to Hamilton. This four star Bermuda hotel has exceptional feedback and offers excellent value for money.

  • Distance from port: 12.0 miles
  • Address: 27 Harbour Road, Paget Parish
  • Phone number: (441)  236-6060
  • Shuttle? Yes
  • Beach nearby? Yes

Grotto Bay Beach Resort and Spa

Grotto Bay Beach Resort is one of the most attractive mid-range Bermuda hotels with fantastic amenities including three pink sandy beaches, several restaurants, bars, pool, seasonal water park, a dive shop, tennis, children’s playground and a natural spa in the extraordinary grotto.

Set in a lush private estate it’s a unique place to stay. Choose room only, breakfast and dinner package, or an all-inclusive stay.  

  • Distance from port: 20.5 miles
  • Address: 11 Blue Hole Hill, Bailey’s Bay
  • Phone number: (441)  293-8333
  • Shuttle? Yes
  • Beach nearby? Yes

Closest Hotels to Bermuda Cruise Port (King’s Wharf)

Cruise Ship in Bermuda
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Cambridge Beaches

The award-winning AAA Four-Diamond Cambridge Beaches Resort and Spa is hard to beat as a luxurious sanctuary and it’s the closest hotel to the cruise port. It boasts a breathtaking oceanfront setting and four private beaches.

There’s a pool, fitness center, and three restaurants (complimentary breakfast served). Stay in an authentic Bermudian-style cottage or suite with tea/coffee facilities, cable TV, and ocean views.

  • Distance from port: 3.2 miles
  • Address: 30 King’s Point Road, Sandys Parish
  • Phone number: (441) 234-0331
  • Shuttle? No 
  • Beach nearby? Yes

Pompano Beach Club

Pompano Beach Club is family-owned and operated since 1956. Surrounded by the ocean, the stunning hotel has 75 beautiful rooms, gourmet dining, and extensive recreational amenities.

You can wade out to the sandbar and relax on a floating platform soaking up the tranquility and beauty. Ideal for romantic breaks, honeymoons, and retreats, this boutique hotel is ideal for watersports and golfers being right next door to Bermuda’s Port Royal Golf Course. It’s also one of the closest Bermuda hotels to the cruise port.

  • Distance from port: 5.9 miles
  • Address: 36 Pompano Beach Road, Southampton
  • Phone number: (441) 234-0222
  • Shuttle? No
  • Beach nearby? Yes

Cheapest Bermuda Hotels

Bermuda hotels
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Edgehill Manor Guest House

Relax at the Edgehill Manor Guest House which offers pleasant well-furnished rooms, a pool, free Wi-Fi, and a more affordable price, as Bermuda hotels go! Close to downtown, shops, fine dining, and ferry transportation, this 3-star hotel is well located for exploring. Air-conditioned rooms include a microwave and refrigerator but beaches are a bus ride away.

  • Distance from port: 15 miles
  • Address: 36 Rosemount Ave, Hamilton
  • Phone number: (441)  295-7124
  • Shuttle? No
  • Beach nearby? No

Fourways Inn

Another budget Bermuda hotel option is the Fourways Inn which has excellent reviews from past guests. Guests have use of the pool, free Wi-Fi and a complimentary breakfast. Rooms are tastefully furnished with TV, microwave, refrigerator, and private balcony and the hotel has an onsite restaurant. 

  • Distance from port: 11.3 miles
  • Address: 1 Middle Road, Paget Parish
  • Phone number: (441) 236 -6517
  • Shuttle? No
  • Beach nearby? No

Oxford House B&B

Located on Hamilton waterfront, the boutique Oxford House Bed & Breakfast is ideal for an overnight stay before cruising and includes breakfast. Beautifully furnished rooms in this quaint townhouse have air-con, Wi-Fi, refrigerator and microwave. Hamilton’s shops, restaurants, and harbor are just steps away for exploring. 

  • Distance from port: 14.8 miles
  • Address: 20 Woodbourne Ave, Hamilton
  • Phone number: (441)  295-0503
  • Shuttle? No
  • Beach nearby? No

Aunt Nea’s Inn

Aunt Nea’s Inn offers an exclusive private club atmosphere in a historic building in the UNESCO listed area of St George. Renovated and updated, it has 9 air-conditioned guest rooms with original features, Wi-Fi, kitchenette, and refrigerator.

Room rates include a buffet breakfast and bicycles are available for exploring the local area. With a large garden and superb harbor views, it is one of the most authentic Bermuda hotels close to the airport.

  • Distance from port: 24.8 miles
  • Address: 1 Nea’s Alley, St George
  • Phone number: (441) 296-2868
  • Shuttle? No
  • Beach nearby? Yes

Sandpiper Apartments

Sandpiper Apartments are right across from the beach in an upscale residential area. There’s an outdoor pool and hot tub for guests to relax. This 3 star hotel has well-appointed studios and one-bedroom apartments all with air-con, TV, sofa seating, patio/balcony and comfy beds. They include a full kitchen and pool/garden views.

  • Distance from port: 12 miles
  • Address: 1 Sandymount Lane, Warwick Parish
  • Phone number: (441) 236-7093
  • Shuttle? No
  • Beach nearby? Yes

Greenbank Guest House and Cottages

Located right on the waterfront, Greenbank Guest House and Cottages is a pretty Bermudian-style complex dating back to 1788. Rooms are air-conditioned and pleasantly furnished with a balcony or terrace.

Views look across lawned gardens to the ocean. Most rooms have kitchenettes with a refrigerator, microwave, and coffeemaker and all have high-speed Wi-Fi.  

  • Distance from port: 12.7 miles
  • Address: 17 Salt Kettle Road, Mount Pleasant, Paget Parish
  • Phone number: (441) 236-3615
  • Shuttle? No
  • Beach nearby? 1.6 miles

Best Luxury Bermuda Hotels

The Fairmont Hamilton Princess Hotel
The Fairmont Hamilton Princess Hotel (Photo Credit: Ritu Manoj Jethani / Shutterstock.com)

Elbow Beach Bermuda

Elbow Beach Bermuda is one of the most elegant hotels in Bermuda with a traditional pastel exterior, 55 acres of grounds, and direct access to Bermuda’s longest pink sandy beach. This Forbes-recommended luxury hotel has a spa, health club, games room, tennis, and three magnificent restaurants and bistros all with stunning ocean views.

  • Distance from port: 12.7  miles
  • Address: 60 South Shore Road, Elbow Beach, Paget Parish
  • Phone number: (441) 236-3535
  • Shuttle? No
  • Beach nearby? Yes

Rosewood Bermuda

Set in a stunning location in Bermuda’s premier resort community of Tucker’s Point, Rosewood Bermuda is an award-winning tropical hideaway on 240 waterfront acres complete with a private beach, fitness center, and golf course.

Rooms and suites at this 5 star luxury hotel have clean modern lines and contemporary furnishings, some with four-poster bed frames and ocean views. 

  • Distance from port: 18.1 miles
  • Address: 60 Tucker’s Point Drive, Hamilton Parish
  • Phone number: (441) 298-4000
  • Shuttle? Yes
  • Beach nearby? Yes

Coco Reef Resort

Located in the prestigious South Shore, Coco Reef Resort is right on the beach. Rooms have tasteful decor, air-con, balcony/terrace, kitchenette with coffee-maker, refrigerator, cable TV and daily maid service. Indulge in a massage at the spa, relax by the outdoor pool or go sailing, fishing and scuba diving. You’ll barely want to depart on your cruise!

  • Distance from port: 13.2 miles
  • Address: 3 Stonington Circle, Paget Parish
  • Phone number: (441) 236-5416
  • Shuttle? No
  • Beach nearby? Yes

Hamilton Princess and Beach Club

The Fairmont managed Hamilton Princess and Beach Club is a luxury 5 star hotel in Bermuda’s capital overlooking the marina and downtown Hamilton. It’s well located for shopping, dining and nightlife and a 20-minute shuttle ride to the sister Princess Beach Club on South Beaches.

Luxurious bedrooms have marble bathrooms and balconies while Fairmont Gold guests have a private lounge with afternoon tea and evening canapes. It makes a fantastic pre-cruise stay!

  • Distance from port: 14.9  miles
  • Address: 76 Pitts Bay Rd, Hamilton
  • Phone number: (441) 295-3000
  • Shuttle? No
  • Beach nearby? Yes – by shuttle

The Loren at Pink Beach

The Loren at Pink Beach reaches new heights of luxury for guests with 45 boutique suites that are elegant yet distinctively Bermudian. Balconies offer ocean views while two hotel restaurants make the most of the oceanfront location. Head to the beautiful private beach or relax in the spa at this luxury retreat.

  • Distance from port: 17.6 miles
  • Address: 116 South Road, Tucker’s Town
  • Shuttle? No
  • Beach nearby? Yes

The Reefs

One of the finest Bermuda hotels for cruisers is The Reefs Resort and Club located on a cliffside position with a private pink sandy cove and superb sea views. Family-owned and operated since 1947, this elegant resort delivers gracious hospitality with 62 rooms, each with a private balcony.

Your stay will be all too short as you indulge in spa treatments and fine dining at two distinctive restaurants.

  • Distance from port: 8.1 miles
  • Address: 56 South Shore Road, Southampton Parish 
  • Phone number: (441)  238-0222
  • Shuttle? No
  • Beach nearby? Yes

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Bermuda Hotels FAQs:

Which hotel is closest to the Bermuda cruise port?

The nearest hotel to Bermuda cruise port (at the Royal Naval Dockyard) is  Cambridge Beaches Resort and Spa. It is 3.2 miles driving distance away.

Is Bermuda safe to visit?

Bermuda is one of the safest and most affluent places on the planet. It is gay-friendly and safe for female travelers to travel alone during the day without any problem. These isolated islands have a very low crime rate with petty crime being largely opportunistic. Stay vigilant and keep your valuables out of sight.

When is the best time to arrive in Bermuda before a cruise?

You should fly into Bermuda at least one day before your cruise departs. This gives you complete peace of mind should there be a problem with delayed flights or bad weather. There is no rainy season as such, although it is cooler in winter. If you’re cruising in the summer, Bermuda hotel prices will be higher due to increased demand. 

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