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The Hamilton Princess has completed its $100 million renovation project, including a new spa set to open on July 5.

Allan Federer, general manager at the hotel, said: “It looks like a completely new hotel compared to three years ago.

“The vision always has been to take full advantage of where we are located, next to the beautiful harbour, and to create a luxury destination that will compete with many leading resorts around the globe. To that end, the renovations have been a great success.

“We are proud of our new modern look and outstanding facilities. As the official hotel sponsor of the America's Cup, we know that the coming year will be an important time for Bermuda tourism and we look forward to welcoming business and leisure travellers as well as the community to enjoy their time here.”

The final stage of the renovations includes the new Exhale spa, which will feature nine treatment rooms and offer massages, facials, manicures and pedicures when it opens next month.

The project also shows a new, brighter retail corridor with upscale shopping options including FH Boutique and RESORT Boutique, Astwood Dickinson, the official America's Cup store and the Sunglass Shop.

Meanwhile, a new balcony has been installed for the Trudeau Ballroom, offering those who rent the space a 2,000 square foot outdoor terrace, and 11 suites in the Fairmont Gold wing have been renovated to include balconies overlooking the harbour.

Previous stages of the three-year project have included renovated rooms, a new marina, two additional restaurants, new pool facilities and a collection of art, including works by Andy Warhol, Banksy and Damien Hurst.

Mr Federer said that the guests had been excited by the new facilities, saying that the new guest rooms were long overdue. “We are getting happy feedback,” he said, adding that the hotel is hoping to attract a new generation of return visitors.

Michael Fahy, the Minister of Tourism, Transport and Municipalities, praised the Green family, who own the hotel, for their commitment to the project and the island, noting that the work was announced before Bermuda secured the America's Cup.

“All you need to do is look around the fantastic facilities to see that their vision has become a success,” he said.

Asked about the recent announcement that the hotel had been named a “designated site” for potential casino development, Mr Federer said he looked forward to working with the Bermuda Casino Gaming Commission on the next steps.

Sen Fahy, meanwhile, added that new legislation would be introduced to create a “prospective licence” system to assist hoteliers with integrated casino projects.

“That is coming and no doubt that will assist the Hamilton Princess and others as they proceed,” he said.

The newly renovated Hamilton Princess
Hamilton Princess Relaunch: Exhale, Amelia Sliva, Spa Therapist (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
Hamilton Princess Relaunch Press Conference: Minister Michael Fahy and Fairmont Hamilton Princess General Manager Allan Federer. (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
Hamilton Princess Relaunch: Resort store (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
Hamilton Princess Relaunch: Resort store (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

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Published June 30, 2016 at 12:32 pm (Updated July 01, 2016 at 12:18 am)

Hamilton Princess completes $100m overhaul

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