The St. George Hotel (Bermuda)

The St. George Hotel, was a hotel built in 1906 in the historic town of St. George's, Bermuda. The hotel would have multiple owners through the years, including the Furness Bermuda Line and be one of their many properties on the island. The hotel was torn down in the 1970s and replaced by the St. George Club.

The St. George Hotel
St George Hotel Furness Bermuda.jpg
General information
StatusDemolished
LocationSt. Georges, Bermuda
Address6 Rose Hill St George, GE02
Opened1906

Design & HistoryEdit

 
The St. George Hotel facade

The hotel was constructed on Rose Hill overlooking the town of St. George and was opened in 1906. It had over 100 rooms and served as a winter tourist destination featuring "extensive grounds, private baths, luxurious furnishings, sun parlors, spacious verandas, large ballroom, orchestra, tennis and golf"[1] Next to the hotel the was the bar the "Sea Venture" built in the shape of a ship. The hotel was renovated and expanded over the years, including a new wing, and one of the largest indoor swimming pools in Bermuda.[2][3] The hotel had a golf course and a beach club at Achilles Bay.

 
Indoor Pool
 
The St. George Hotel with added wings and golf course

The hotel was purchased by the Furness Bermuda Line in 1920, to coordinate with their ships bringing tourists to the island.[4] Since the ships docked in Hamilton, passengers wishing to stay at the hotel were brought by to the hotel by the Furness tender the Bermudian and later Castle Harbor.[4]

The hotel would be a popular winter holiday destination for many U.S. visitors, including F. Scott Fitzgerald and his wife Zelda.[5]

The St. Georges ClubEdit

The hotel would eventually be demolished and replaced with the current St. Georges Club, combination time share and hotel complex, that sits on the same site. Relics of the old hotel property include the golf course, beach club, and rose-walk, all part of the current hotels property.[6][7] The St. Georges Club closed in 2020[8] and would later be purchased by the St Regis Hotel group which refurbished and reopened the resort in May 2022.[9][10][11]

 
The historic rose walk today, built for The St. George Hotel leading up to the current St. George Club

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^
     
    St. George Advert
  2. ^ "BERMUDA COMES TO LIFE AGAIN IN THE SPRING (Published 1964)". The New York Times. 5 April 1964. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 6 February 2021.
  3. ^ "Bermuda's History 1900 to 1939 pre-war". www.bermuda-online.org. Retrieved 6 February 2021.
  4. ^ a b Plowman, Piers. (2002). Queen of Bermuda and the Furness Bermuda Line. Card, Stephen J. The Keep, The Old Royal Naval Dockyard, Bermuda: Bermuda Maritime Museum Press. ISBN 0-921560-10-9. OCLC 65177653.
  5. ^ "History: Scott And Zelda In "Jazz Age" Bermuda". Bernews. 22 March 2013. Retrieved 6 February 2021.
  6. ^ Airey, Theresa (2008). Bermuda: Then & Now. Re-Impressions. ISBN 0975992414.
  7. ^ "Work progressing on golf course revamp". www.royalgazette.com. Retrieved 6 February 2021.
  8. ^ "St George's Club shuts after 25 years". www.royalgazette.com. Retrieved 6 February 2021.
  9. ^ "Hotelco upbeat over St George's future". www.royalgazette.com. Retrieved 6 February 2021.
  10. ^ McWhirter, Fiona (28 November 2020). "New future for St George's Club welcomed by MPs". www.royalgazette.com.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  11. ^ Lagan, Sarah. "Visitors boost as first phase of $25m St George's Club revamp completed". The Royal Gazette. The Royal Gazette. Retrieved 18 July 2022.

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