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 just returned from a wonderful trip. We stayed in the Gunpowder Suites for 7 days. The room was extremely comfortable with AC and a beautiful bathroom, Our room overlooked the infinity pool and the harbor,so the view was stunning, The staff was attentive, but not overbearing. You can tell they care for their guests! One night we had dinner at a nearby restaurant. We drove there but returned by the restaurant’s water taxi. The hotel security guard came to our room to be sure we were ok, since our car was missing!
We ate lunch at Boom and dinner and breakfast at Pillars. The breakfast was nice and filling. Dinners are expensive, but so are most of the restaurants on the island. You can’t beat the view...sitting right in the water, so it was worth it!
We also took full advantage of the short boat ride to Galleon Beach where we saw turtles, rays and tons of fish. We also spent some time at the gorgeous infinity pool and just relaxing on a hammock. Overall, a beautiful spot...so picturesque! We would definitely recommend this hotel!
My wife and I have stayed in many Hotels, B&B's, Villas etc. over the years. They range from the super-opulent to the down and dirty basic (depending on location and need). In our experience, when you stay somewhere you just know instinctively whether you will feel comfortable and happy there. The highest accolade for a place of stay is simply to say "It felt like home".
That is what our stay in Admirals Inn was like. The location was fantastic, the staff could not have done more (thank you Emma, Shama, Cecil and Reggie...to name but a few). The rooms are good; could do with a little TLC I would have to say but definitely a place we will stay again.
The all inclusive places on Antigua are great but frankly, you can keep them, our home is Admiral's Inn. Give it a try, maybe you will feel like us too!
Located in Nelsons Dockyard we stayed in the Inn. We had an attic room which was small but cosy. You don't need to spend time in the room anyway there's so much to explore around the dockyard.
At the bar the old fashioned rum punch is the best I had the whole trip and I visited a lot of bars. If you want to use the pool it is a short boat trip across to the gunpowder suites where you can relax by the pool which was never too busy. We never waited more than 5 minutes for the boat which took about 3 minutes to get to the other side.
We ate at pillars restaurant and it was very good. The setting is brilliant in the dockyard it's like going back 300 years. Overall a great stay with great staff who are always willing to chat and help.