Posted by on Apr 26, 2012 in Local News & Alerts | 0 comments

In celebration of Heritage Month and Bermudian hospitality, The Fairmont Hamilton Princess will come to life with a guided tour featuring the stories of royal figures, celebrities, spies and other colourful characters that have made the hotel an historical gem. As part of the Bermuda Hospitality Institute’s (BHI) Hospitality Trail, the history tour at The Fairmont Hamilton Princess will take place on Tuesday, May 1 at 2pm.

The tour will take participants back to January 1, 1885, when the hotel, fondly referred to as “The Pink Palace,” first opened its doors and began hosting an array of Bermuda’s most fascinating visitors. As the central character of this historical journey, The Fairmont Hamilton Princess not only inspired various novels and movies, but also played a major role in Allied spy efforts during World War II. Following the 45-minute tour, guests will be invited to a mixology demonstration and a
tasting of The Princess Royale, the hotel’s signature cocktail featuring Bacardi Razz, Chambord, lemon juice, white cranberry juice and grenadine.

“Many people are aware of the hotel’s connection with Mark Twain and know that the hotel is named after England’s Princess Louise, but they are fascinated to discover the critical role that Bermuda—and this hotel in particular—played as a spy centre during World War II with more than 1,100 military censors using the
hotel to pour through mail, radio and telegraphic traffic intercepted by the Allies,” said Rehanna Palumbo, Director of Sales & Marketing at The Fairmont Hamilton
Princess. “The hotel is truly a treasure chest filled with stories of the personalities and world events that forever shaped the history of this country and the world.”

As part of the celebration, The Fairmont Hamilton Princess is offering a complimentary Bermuda-themed appetizer with lunch or dinner in Heritage Court or Harley’s Restaurant on Tuesday, May 1 and Thursday, May 3.

“We are so happy to have The Fairmont Hamilton Princess taking part in the Hospitality Trail,” said Karla Lacey, CEO, Bermuda Hospitality Institute. “The hotel’s rich history and iconic status in Bermuda perfectly aligns with this year’s Heritage Month theme, ‘Celebrating Hospitality Through the Ages.’”

The history tour is free and open to the public. Reservations for the tours are not required and participants should meet in the lobby. For more information, call 298-5779.

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