The Admiral’s Inn
What We Love
- A lovely Caribbean boutique hotel set among historic buildings, with suite optionsTaking advantage of the spa or the sunbeds and hammocks by the infinity pool
- ?Visiting the swimming beach, five minutes away on a complimentary boat ride
- Dining in Boom Restaurant, with views of the yachts
- Learning about the history of the UNESCO World Heritage-protected buildings
What To Know
- The hotel's beach isn't swimmable, but Galleon Beach is just a 5- to 7-minute walk from the property
- You can arrange for airport transfer
- Free WiFi works well
Admirals’ Inn and Gunpowder Suites – a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence winner – beautifully marries an Old World style with luxurious modern comfort. The inn is located on Antigua, between the gently undulating slopes of the southwestern English Harbor coastline, complementing the island’s captivating combo of Colonial and contemporary with another C: Caribbean. Indeed, in addition to offering two restaurants, it comes with vistas of the peaceful waters and even offers a five-minute boat ride to the outer harbor, where you’ll find a swimming beach.
Prefer to swim or sunbathe on-site? Soak in the infinity pool, or splay out on the sunbeds and hammocks that line it. If you’re feeling particularly lazy, retreat to your abode, or surrender yourself to the hands of a massage therapist at the spa. And if you’d like your stay to teach you a bit in the way of local history, the hotel, in UNESCO World Heritage-protected buildings, can do an admirable job of that, too. The three-story Georgian main structure was built from 1785 to 1788, after Lord Nelson – one of Antigua’s most significant figures – arrived on the British HMS Boreas ship and oversaw its construction.
Rooms and suites
Accommodations are set among various floors of four 18th-century buildings, with varying views and bedding configurations. There are some constants between these charming abodes, however – not least the crisp, Colonial-inspired design, with whites and rich woods.Situated on the second floor of the main building, light and airy Superior rooms with harbour view measure approximately 225 square feet and offer one king or two twin beds. The other Superior-room option offers the same bedding configuration and about 200 square feet; these accommodations are located in an adjacent 18th-century annex building, with a large patio opening to out to the gardens and stone pillars.Nearly 400 square feet, Deluxe Loft suites with harbour view overlook the bay and dockyard and feature luxe hardwood floors. They hold romantic wooden décor with mosquito netting canopies over the beds, along with extra amenities that include a separate sitting area with a pull-out sofa, a minibar and coffee/tea facilities. They are spacious enough to hold an additional rollaway bed and are a great choice for families.Also measuring in at a capacious 500 square feet, Deluxe Gunpowder suites are attached to the restored 18th-century gunpowder store or occupy three new cottages, on the headland opposite the main hotel, where the restaurant, spa and infinity pool are located. These bright and airy abodes offer four-poster beds, sitting areas and desks, and bay-view balconies, as well as additional amenities, including an iPod dock, coffeemaker and access to the shared atrium. Deluxe Loft suites contain one king or two twin beds, while Deluxe Gunpowder suites contain one king, two twins or two queens.
Amenities – Wi-Fi- Air conditioning- Safe?- Fan- Shower- Hair dryer-
If you’re hungry, dine at either – or, if you get the chance, both – of the two restaurants, Pillars and Boom. The first derives its name from the terrace’s 18th-century columns and serves local seafood and fine wines, against a backdrop of water views. The second resides within Gunpowder House, whips up fresh lunches and delicious cocktails and overlooks the Dockyard and harbor; you can move between its dining area and the main hotel on a complimentary boat.
Powder Room Spa dispenses a full range of massages, from Swedish to hot-stone to deep-tissue, that can be received outdoors, in the suites or in the large spa room that can accommodate couples. There are also reflexology treatments, manicures, pedicures and facials on the menu. All incorporate the inn’s own Elements amenities, featuring local ingredients.
Nelson’s Dockyard is known for being an early naval base on Antigua, having housed Lord Nelson when the island was under British control. If you’re here for history, you won’t be disappointed, with the inn itself and several other buildings in the area, such as Clarence House, boasting two and a half centuries of it. You’ll also be a five-minute complimentary boat ride from a swimming beach, with an infinity pool at your disposal. For a change of scenery, hit up one of the island’s reefs, ideal for diving and snorkeling.
How to Get There
This is a beautiful historic location in Antigua. The hotel is very charming with several nice restaurants on the property, a variety of stores, access to hiking and beaches, wonderful views of the harbor, and easy transportation available at the entrance. There are a few harbors with restaurants and beaches not far from the English Harbour.
From the time we were met at the airport by the taxi arranged by the hotel, to our departure , we were treated like welcome , important guests. This is a beautiful, authentically historic hotel with an elegant and relaxing ambiance. We were staying in the gunpowder suites - ‘across the water ‘ form the main building. You can be ferried across in minutes or driven round to your suite but we happily walked the short distance many times.
The decor of the suites is very much in keeping with the theme of the hotel and our room was light, airy , comfortable and very well equipped. I was so happy to have the cafetière and lovely locally ground coffee for my morning coffee on the balcony overlooking the harbour.
The infinity pool and Boom poolside restaurant is a very pleasant venue to while away a day.
There are many bars and restaurants within easy walking distance and plenty to see and do in the vicinity. We rented a car for a day and explored the island.
If I had to highlight one aspect of this excellent hotel, it would have to be the staff. Without exception, they were friendly , helpful, knowledgeable and genuinely happy to have us there. We look forward to returning.
We had booked to stay in the main house, however on arrival we were offered one of the cottage/garden rooms. We were in the far end one, it was lovely. Plenty of room for everything, very very clean. Nice size bathroom with nice toiletries.
Jug of filtered water topped up daily. This area
has a small little "beach" which we spent most of our time on. Though you can take a boat ride across the water, where there's the pool, day beds, loungers, and the boom bar and restaurant.
When the breeze goes through the masts of the moored yachts, if you close your eyes you can almost see and smell the activities of days of yore, when the yachts would come in after the long journey's at sea. The hotel is part of a UNESCO heritage site, so its all very interesting, and steeped in history. You may see the odd tourist walking around who have come to see this historic site.
Breakfast looking out over the water is a nice leisurely affair, with a decent choice.
There are plenty of taxi's at the airport to bring you to the hotel, so don't worry if you have no transport plans.
I understand why its not really feasible, but that far end cottage/garden room, would just love a couple of steamer chairs and a hot tub, in the area that looks as though it was once a small garden area!
Admiral's Inn is truly a wonderful place to stay, we wish we could have stayed longer.
This is a great hotel with wonderfully friendly service and a great location - right at the heart of the action for any of the sailing weeks. Rooms are very simply furnished but beds are comfortable, shower rooms tiny! It is worth checking exactly which level to go for - the cheapest rooms are pretty small so worth going for a Superior. Food at the Boom Bar by the pool is excellent and Pillars is good too for breakfast. We really enjoyed our stay there.
Recommended to us by seasoned sailing visitors to English Harbour. The Admirals Inn surpassed expectations & offered us a fantastic 3 night stay.
It is a mix of country house, classic boat, spa & Caribbean paradise.
We loved both The Pillars & Boom restaurants, had some fantastic lunches followed by a snooze in the hammocks. We never had to wait for more than 2 minutes for the shuttle boat to appear.
Staff were all very helpful & friendly.
Would now happily recommend to others.