Hamilton Princess & Beach Club, A Fairmont Managed Hotel

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Which Historic Hotel was built in honor of Princess Louise after her 1883 visit to Bermuda?

If you guessed the Hamilton Princess & Beach Club, A Fairmont Managed Hotel, you guessed correctly! The hotel opened on January 1, 1885, in Bermuda, just following the island’s rise to prominence after a visit by Princess Louise, the fourth daughter of Queen Victoria of England. Having referred to the island as “a place of eternal spring,” Princess Louise was the inspiration behind the name of the hotel, which was originally named The Princess. During its early years, the hotel made a name for itself with upper-class socialites living on the island, as well as wealthy leisure travelers, political figures, and businessmen. Mark Twain was a regular and would smoke cigars outdoors while signing autographs and reciting poetry. The author of the James Bond novels, Ian Fleming, was so impressed by the hotel that he included it as a location in his novel, Dr. No. In 1959, American tanker billionaire Daniel Ludwig purchased the hotel and renovated it to increase the level of prestige, adding a new wing and luxurious lounges, while the cottage colony was levelled. Now, over a century later, Hamilton Princess & Beach Club is the Grande Dame of the island and the oldest hotel of the Fairmont Hotels & Resorts family.

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