76 Pitts Bay Road Hamilton HM08
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In 1883, Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll, became the first royal visitor to Bermuda. As Queen Victoria’s daughter, she had her choice of regal properties all over the world, yet she was seeking a warm climate and was immediately enchanted with Bermuda. She dubbed it “a place of eternal spring” and returned again and again throughout her life. When the hotel—which locals refer to as “The Pink Palace”—opened in 1885, it was named Princess in Louise’s honor, as a thank-you for bringing international attention to the islands. It is also where Mark Twain spent time relaxing on the veranda, reciting poetry, and signing autographs for fans.
Afternoon tea is served on weekends in the Crown & Anchor, the hotel’s lobby restaurant that was remodeled (and renamed) in 2015. In pleasant weather, patrons can enjoy teatime on the terrace overlooking the beautifully manicured gardens and the marina. The Hamilton Princess was named the official hotel of America’s Cup 2017 (May 26–June 12), so the view from the terrace will be especially stunning for the races.
The tea menu showcases creations by the hotel’s pastry chef, including Rosemary Apricot Panna Cotta, Berries Rum Cake, and Mango Passion Lolly Pops, plus classic finger sandwiches and loose teas from Harney & Sons.
“It’s a unique experience, complete with hand-painted tea sets that are absolutely beautiful,” says Jasmine Quinn, the hotel’s food and beverage sales manager. The sets, specially commissioned from Herend Porcelain in Hungary, feature a pale-blue crown and anchor motif that honors both the restaurant’s name and Bermuda’s nautical heritage.
For an even fancier experience, Champagne is available. And children will feel right at home. The hotel offers Children’s Afternoon Tea because, as the staff believes, “It’s never too early to introduce your kids to one of life’s more civilized pursuits.”