Bermuda holidays challenge the cost-conscious, but on this British territory in the North Atlantic are a number of hotels that are budget-friendly.
A hidden paradise and a destination in itself is Salt Kettle Guest House, a 200-year-old budget hotel with a very accommodating host and incredibly low rates. The owner, Hazel Lowe, enthusiastically welcomes guests with complimentary drinks in the lounge, brings out a Bermuda map, and suggests good places to visit and restaurants to try. She even arranges taxi pickups for guests and takes them to the supermarket for their grocery needs.
Whitewashed cottages with turquoise shutters and cooking facilities are comfortable, and guests can enjoy British or continental breakfast at the porch or at the huge cedar table in the guest lounge. A fireplace, collection of games, and selection of books are also available in the lounge. A short stroll from the hotel is the wharf, where guests can take a boat ride to other attractions such as Hamilton, Elbow Beach, and Bellmont Hills Golf Club. Winslow Homer, a 19th century American artist and a patron of the hotel, painted the view from the hotel’s dining room, which became famous as Salt Kettle.
Mazarine by the Sea is a low-cost hotel offering unmatched serenity. It is perched on a cliff above the water, with an infinity pool with excellent views of the ocean and the horizon. Guests can stay in any of the seven units, five of which have ocean views, or in the separate cottage with a lawn and a pathway leading into the ocean.
Other Bermuda hotels to choose from are the Greene’s Guest House on the Bermuda Railway Trail, Sandpiper Apartments, and Clairfont Apartments on Warwickshire Road.