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
Arrived here after redeye flight from Miami. Gracious and welcoming staff with a rum punch. They make a special rum called EnglishHarbor too. Cecil was our gracious boat transfer to get across the bay to the Boom Restaurant. Rooms were lovely. We were in the top attic - nice views. Ate lovely dinner and breakfast at Admirals Inn. Very nice and peaceful place. The area is very interesting around the hotel. A UNESCO site with buildings from English 1600s era.
The Caribbean either makes you think of pirates. Hurricanes or beautiful beaches. Rarely does history and monuments come to mind.
This hotel has just that. Perched in the mangroves... a hotel split between both sides of the creek where Admiral Nelson once found safe harbor with his fleet.
Great location. 5/5
Beach is a free boat ride away. 4/5
Restaurants are 4/5.
Pool is 4/5
Perfect to be alone and secluded. Grab a villa if U find one.
We arrived at the Admirals Inn and on the first night we stayed in the main building, the room seemed great, albeit a little small for our needs. The main problem with the room, which we discovered at our cost later was it having no protection over the bed from flying insects, it had rained a lot before our visit and we were set upon by mosquitos that night, we are still showing some of the marks a couple of weeks later.
The next morning we decided to upgrade rooms to one with a little more space and opted for a powder magnet suite.. it was perfect, peaceful, secluded, and there was a mosquito net over the four poster! We loved it, the rest of our stay was amazing. Emma, Sharma, Cecil, Reggie and the girls at Boom were all amazing and looked after us perfectly!
We'll be back!
We visited here for our Anniversary one Tuesday in June. Upon arrival we were advised that the restaurant and bar do not open on a Tuesday which spelled doom for us! My wife was really disappointed that this hadn't been made clear (perhaps it is on the website but I'd missed it, that wouldn't be unheard of) and her disappointment showed. She rang down to reception and asked if we could could at least have a bottle of bubbly in the room (the bar was closed) and, in a lovely gesture that we both really appreciated, they gave it to us on the house. Top marks for that, well done.
Fortunately, the room itself exceeded our greatest expectations, it was stunning. I say room, it was more of a suite with views looking out over the harbour (Joiner's Loft 1) and it was furnished and decorated in the most impeccable style. We have stayed in some lovely rooms in 5* hotels in London, Oxford, Paris etc, this was up there with the best. Despite the disappointment with the restaurant the previous evening, we visited their restaurant (Pillars) for breakfast and, wow. My wife had the French Toast and I had Scrambled Eggs on Toast but I never realised just how superb those those things could be, both in presentation and taste. Many congratulations to the chef, the meals were memorable. The only (very minor) criticism I could make is that nobody thought to mention that the little restaurant across the harbour (La Brasserie) ran a free water taxi service. Another hotel in Nelson's Dockyard advised us of this and even made a booking for us, it would have been nice if the Admiral's Inn had thought to do that and I'd suggest that they do mention it to any other guests in that position.
This hotel is steeped in history and from the outside doesn’t look that appealing however when you get in you see that not only does it have character the quality of the food and rooms is great. We had 3 nights here then 4 at the keyonna beach resort at turners bay. If you like a big be anywhere all inclusive like sandals then go book sandals. If you want something unique and with character then come here. The swimming pool was across the water in 2 mins again another nice touch. We stayed in the garden rooms overlooking the pillars of the 18th centrury boathouse for repairing sails from the Royal Navy in nelsons time. Brilliant.