Hotel Category: $$ Location: Warwick
Clairfont in our view is one of the finest apartments and budget accommodations in the island offering great value for money. Warwick long Bay
, one of our favorite beaches is just 5 minutes away by walk from Clairfont. Furnishings at Clairfont, while not exactly stylish and modern, are quite nice.
Most of the rooms are quite spacious as well. Clay and Roseanne are the hosts and they will take care of everything that you need. On the first day, they would usually you a ride to Hamilton so that you can buy your bus/ferry passes and on the way back stop at a grocery store in case you need some provisions and want to cook. They can also buy the transport pass in advance if you tell them to do so and keep them ready when you arrive. They can also arrange a taxi for airport transfers.
Clairfont Apartments, Bermuda
There are two studios and six one-bedroom units at Clairfont that are all self contained. All units have fully equipped kitchens. All units also have bathroom with tub and shower, air conditioning, telephone, TV, wi-fi, microwave, coffee maker, fridge etc.
All units have either a balcony or patio with tables and chairs.
The studios have king-size beds and separate kitchens. The four sunny upstairs units have balconies, and the downstairs apartments have patios, leading to a lawn and a nice clean pool with loungers. Unit #7 has patios on both east and west sides, one facing front, the other a quiet back garden. The rooms are all clean and spacious.
There are safes in the rooms but without any combination lock which means that you can not set the code. They give you a key to operate that. So if you are carrying a lot of cash or valuables, then you may consider this factor before planning to keep everything in the safe.
Since the accommodation at Clairfont is limited, one advantage is that it never looks crowded. However the downside is that it becomes full easily and you therefore need to book well in advance. Clairfont is very close to the south road from where you can easily take buses to both Hamilton City and the Dockyard complex.
Nearby Attractions and Facilities
Check out South Shore Beaches
to know about the stretch of beautiful beaches, coves and a sandy trail that you can access so easily from Clairfont (you can get into the trail from Warwick Long Bay Beach and walk towards Horseshoe).
The South Shore Swizzle Inn
, a branch of Bermuda's famous old pub is also near by (to the east of the apartments) and is seven minutes by bus. If you walk quickly, you can reach in 30 minutes. The restaurant Gulfstream (serving Italian, Bermudian seafood etc) is located near Horseshoe Bay Beach. Henry VIII pub
is located 10 minutes by bus to the west.
You can buy your groceries from Modern Mart, a supermarket located 10 minutes by bus to the east. The nearest bus stop on the south road is about 3 minute walk from Clairfont Apartments.
They accept credit cards. The monthly rates (that are available between November to February) are substantially lower than the daily rates. Repeat guests get 10% discounts on the room rates. You won't get any meals here though.
Bed room: $185 per night
Studio: $160 per night
If you are looking for very clean apartments, conveniently located and at a budget price, then you need not look any further. However it's not a beachfront property, although Warwick Long Bay Beach is only 5-minute walk. Rooms are quite spacious and clean but showing some signs of aging.
There has been instances of AC not working or shower giving some problems. This can happen with any hotel which is several years old. However the management tries to take all care to satisfy the guests. Some rooms and furniture look a little tired, but all rooms are clean and comfortable. Overall a great place if you are looking for only budget lodging with self catering type units.
Location and Contacts
6 Warwickshire Road, South Shore, Warwick Parish. The Warwick Children Playground is 3 minutes walk (great for families with children). Hamilton city is only 17 minutes by bus. The nearest bus stand is about 3 minutes walk. See the location of the hotel and several others nearby in Hotel Map
Phone: 441/238-3577, Cell: 441/334-8649
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Visitors' Reviews and Comments
Philip G (May 2013)
My wife and I just spent five nights in early May 2013 at the Clairfont apartments (our decision to stay there was largely based on this web site). We found it to be a great value and very pleasant. We had a studio downstairs with a separate kitchen, all of it spotless. Marilyn Simmons, the owner and manager, is very nice and fair. Her son Ronald is helping to oversee renovations and upkeep and the other staff members were also very friendly. Long Bay beach is breathtakingly beautiful and very easy to get to on foot (just be careful crossing South Road!), as are Jobson's Cove and other nooks and crannies along the shore.
There are a few noisy roosters in the neighborhood, but that sort of adds to the charm of living in a residential neighborhood as opposed to some megaplex resort. Walking along South Road is unpleasant, so get bus tickets and take advantage of the excellent service. The last bus back from Hamilton leaves at 9:15, which could be a nuisance if you want to stay in town late. I believe the number 8 bus runs later along Middle Road, and you could take it to Heron Bay marketplace and walk back about 1 mile along Camp Road (up and down a fairly big hill).
We had the advantage of being there in the slow season and the apartment next door was vacant while the staff was busy repainting it. Perhaps if people had been staying next door it might have seemed a bit more crowded when we stepped outside, but when you look at the price of other hotels and the cost of dining out in Bermuda, the Clairfont is a great value and run by nice, hardworking people.
The Clairfont has good reviews from repeat guests as having clean and comfortable or adequate rooms and the location appears to be ideal for a stroll to the gorgeous beaches and to the bus. We're forced to move from 1 room to another in the middle of our stay due to prior bookings and because it's our 30th anniversary, I looked last night at The Reefs for the last 4 nights with the current promotion (stay 4 nights, get $400 off). Unfortunately they are booked those nights and it didn't matter because the cheapest rooms are $570+!