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
We visited in early November, prior to the season really picking up but was a perfect time for us. I won’t single out staff as each and every one made us feel so welcome and contributed to our experience. We loved the water taxi ride with Cecil over to boom or galleon beach. We’re looking forward to booking again next year for another chill out experience with fantastic people.
The Admiral’s Inn is extraordinary. Beautiful restoration. Attention to detail. Staff goes above and beyond to make your stay extra special- from lending snorkel gear, to getting towels for the beach or pool, to fresh cut flowers in the room, to offering to arrange excursions. There is a private skiff to take you to the restaurant Boom and infinity pool at the Gunpowder suites on the island across the way or to a nearby beach.The restaurants associated with the hotel: Pillars and Boom are exceptional. They made lunch more amazing by suggesting we enjoy a bottle of wine and bring food to us at the pool loungers so we didn't have to wait for a table and be “hangry” when we arrive at their busiest hour. Firm, yet polite instructions to children that the pool is an adult pool, with sharp edges, and no running, so children can act respectfully and make the visit enjoyable for all. Management coordinated a lunch date with our little girl and 2 sisters at a table in the shade with mango smoothies and chicken strips and fries. Adults from both camps enjoyed a blissful child-free luncheon: win for all! It’s the joyful attention to details that sets this establishment apart from the rest. They know that this is the week or few days you get away from it all and they want, with all their being to make it the most enjoyable, memorable vacation you ever had. If you are blessed enough to touch the sands of Antigua, you must stay here. To do otherwise, is to indulge in the forgettable.
I wouldn’t know where to start with my compliments so I will keep it short!
Beautiful place, friendly team from the owner down to the cleaners!
Loved the history of the place.
Perfect location for chilling out.
Just book it and enjoy the experience!
The first time I saw Admiral's Inn I fell in love and said "This is the place I want for my wedding." The time came and they made sure they gave me their best services and kept abreast with me every step of the way! My day was simply Divine! The food was great the arrangements even better!
We also spent the night at the Gunpowder suites and stood in awe of the peacefulness, and relaxing atmosphere. I love it!!!!
I highly recommend the complete package of Admiral's & Gunpowder suites to truly experience its raw beauty. The staff makes you very comfortable, just ask for Shama!
We had to cancel our reservation the night before our arrival due to a family emergency. Communication with the resort was excellent. Since we booked through booking.com they allowed us to use our non refundable deposit towards a future stay. Which we have already scheduled. I am so thankful for their willingness to work with us and can’t wait to stay at this property