When this luxury hotel first opened its doors in 1885, it was dubbed the "Pink Palace" for its grand design and pastel paint job. More than 128 years later, the hotel is now one of Bermuda's most recognizable landmarks—one that's frequented by business travelers and tourists alike, all of whom enjoy its central downtown location (it's within walking distance to the city's ferry and bus terminals, restaurants, shops and cafes). 

The hotel’s pedigree is also beloved. Originally named after Queen Victoria's daughter Princess Louise, the hotel was where British intelligence officers once cracked Nazi telegraphic codes bound for Europe and the Americas during World War II (check out the opulent second floor Gold Lounge to see where most of the telegraphs were intercepted).

Adjacent to Hamilton Harbour, the hotel houses its 410 guestrooms in two buildings—the main colonial core, with its galleries of historic paintings and two restaurants (including The Heritage Court where a not-to-be-missed afternoon tea is served daily)—and its more modern Bermudiana wing. It's there where you'll find recently renovated rooms featuring harborview balconies and brand-new bathrooms with stone-floored standup showers. 

The limited grounds of the hotel are lush and well-manicured, and include salt and freshwater pools in addition to a small putting green. Don't miss the hotel's weekly Friday happy hour—a summertime rum-fueled fiesta that's a favorite among locals—in addition to its free daily ferry with departures to its sister property in Southampton, where hotel guests can use its beach club. When you're hungry, its handsome lobby, restaurant, and bar, The Heritage Court, is an excellent option for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or the aforementioned traditional afternoon tea.