History of Royal Palms Hotel
The Royal Palms Hotel is one of the most unique, timeless and authentic boutique hotels in Hamilton, Bermuda. To help you plan your stay, please find information about our hotel history and responses to our most frequently asked questions below. If you require further information or assistance, contact us today and a member of our staff will be happy to help.
The History of Royal Palms Hotel
Originally built as a grand private home in 1903, Royal Palms has seen many changes throughout the years. In the late 1940’s the property was transformed from a private home into a guest house with 12 bedrooms all maintaining the character and charm of the era. In 1991 the property was purchased by the brother and sister team Richard Smith and Susan Weare. Sadly Richard passed away in 2009. Ascots Restaurant also became a part of the new hotel during this time.
In 1997, the property was renovated to expand the number of rooms from 12 to 16, with each room equipped with two telephone lines, cable television and air conditioning. Royal Palms also won the Department of Tourism Buttery Award for consistently high quality service.
In 1998, Richard and Susan along with Susan’s husband Nicholas purchased the neighboring property “Warkworth”, to expand the hotel to a total of 32 rooms. All of the rooms were then outfitted with internet access to accommodate the many business travelers. Current rooms were also transformed into Mini Suites, which included a kitchenette equipped with toaster oven, microwave, and refrigerator.The connection between the main house, Walkworth and the Mews has been developed into a tranquil garden area with a brick paved pathway and a formal courtyard.