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Watford Studios
Brit in Swiss
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4 reviews
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“Great place to stay”
Reviewed 23 July 2007

We stayed here for just over a week last year & thoroughly loved the place. Our host Christine was really great & had a vast knowledge of the island with lots of handy tips to make our stay that much more enjoyable. We stayed in 2 different studios both of which have a fully equipped kitchen so ideal for making your own meals to save a little money. (Bermuda is not cheap!) Also very comfortable beds, great views of the harbour, free cable TV & internet access. There is a small local supermarket nearby which is adequate for most needs which Christine happily takes you to & from on your arrival to help you get settled in. The location is ideally placed next to the ferry stop with regular ferries to the Dockyard & over to the capital Hamilton. The bus stop is literally metres away with the numbers 7 & 8 bus approx every 10-15 mins. Number 7 bus takes you to the popular South Shore beaches but there are also smaller local bays & beaches to explore nearby. This is a quieter part of the island & slightly away from the main tourist spots but it does still provide you with easy access to everything. Word of warning the buses do get very crowded at peak times, especially when the cruise liners are in dock but it's all part of the experience. Recommend trying the Sunday Brunch at Seahorse Grill & sushi at Salt Rock Grill or during the happy hour at The Harbourfront. Lunch specials at The Lobster Pot are great value. All in all we had a brilliant time there & would definitely return.

  • Liked — Relaxing & quiet
  • Stayed June 2006, travelled as a couple
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The Woodlands, Texas
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Reviewed 1 September 2006

When we booked our stay at Watford Studios, we were hoping to have found a location that was a great value, convenient to our sightseeing activities, and accomodating to a family with a small child. Watford Studios easily lived up to our expectations. The room (we stayed in the studio unit) was clean and comfortable. It included a small kitchen in which we were able to cook many meals - enabling us to save quite a bit of money, cable televesion and high speed internet. The host had placed a crib in the room prior to our arrival for our child. The view of the water is partially obstructed from the studio units porch, but it was still a great place to sit and enjoy the sea breeze. We made extensive use of public transportation while on the island. Both the bus and ferry had stops nearly adjacent to the unit. Both the bus and ferry systems were an easy to use, safe, and inexpensive way to get around Bermuda. Water tour operators (including dive shops) use the ferry stop too pick up customers, so you can easily schedule those activities. Within walking distance from the Unit were several good restaurants and shops that supplied the basics. There were also some nice beaches within walking distance (approx. 1.5 mile). The best beaches (on the South Shore) were a 15-20 minute busride away. A couple words of advice: 1) This location is best for active travelers as we found ourselves doing a lot of walking, busing, ferrying, etc., and feel the trip would not have been as enjoyable if we were not interested in those activities. 2) The property's dock is not ideal for young children to swim from because the ladder to the water is approx. 6 foot. However, it has a great view, and there are child friendly beaches nearby. 3) When the passengers from the cruise ships are heading from Dockyard to the beaches, the buses can be hard to get. This was frustrating, but it was only and issue one day (Saturday). I would suggest checking the cruise schedules and planning your bus trips around this busy time. Overall great trip, already looking forward to returning.

Stayed August 2006
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Reviewed 3 July 2006

The Watford Studio's is a great place to relax, and enjoy the Bermudian way of life. The host is very accommodating, including being taken on a tour by car of the area and also to the grocery store to get start up groceries, all within the first hour of arriving, as this is a studio with stove top, oven, microwave, small-ish fridge, so meals can be made at home to save money. The studio was very clean. There are some things that are good to be aware of for those coming from the States. Either arrange in advance with the hosts or bring $10 in change to use a bus to get to a place where you can buy a 7 day bus/ferry pass. We were somewhat landlocked for a few days over the weekend, only to find out come Monday morning that the area post office did not sell the passes needed. Also, as you may have already known, Bermuda is somewhat crowded, and there are other homes next to and above the studio apartment. So be aware when sitting on the porch that you have less privacy then thought by looking at the pictures that are provided on the website for this location. This end of the island is good with the exception that it is not a tourist area immediately around where you are staying, and while that has it's pluses, they also are not set up to support a tourists's immediate needs. Finding out how to get around this to rent a bicycle and get bus tickets took the first few days, which could have been avoided if things had been set up in advance, and if we'd known how we wanted to get around in the first place before we even got there, which, because we had never been there, didn't, until we got there.

  • Stayed June 2006
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Additional Information about Watford Studios

Property: Watford Studios
Address: 3 Mangrove Bay Road | Sandys Parish, Somerset Village, Bermuda
Region: Caribbean > Bermuda > Sandys Parish > Somerset Village
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 Speciality Lodging in Somerset Village
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The property has a self-contained cottage, as well as a studio apartment available. It is located at the scenic west end of Bermuda, very close to the historic Royal Naval Dockyard. Quaint Somerset Village with its bars, restaurants, and shops are within walking distance, as are the calmer beaches of Mangrove Bay and Somerset Long Bay. The property is situated on the waters of the Great Sound and there is dock complete with chaise lounges, tables and chairs for guest use. The property also has access to a small private beach very close by. The location is very convenient for transport as the bus and ferry stops are just steps away. The stunning South Shore Beaches are a short bus ride away. Please note these units are self-catering and not B&B as listed. $350 per night for cottage. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Watford Studios Bermuda/Somerset Village

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