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 boutique hotel. Our room was very comfortable and nicely decorated. Enjoy a drink at the beautifully decorated bar, or dine at the great restaurant by the water. Great staff.
The change from our pre-booked appartment, which we refused on the spot, to the Admirals Inn, remembered from the preps but not booked as "beyond our league" whilst happy it was low season, is not to be described...............: from a sh-place to almost heaven :)
The welcome, the treats by Shama, Montana, Cecil & Jason, Reggie, Nicole and all others: most pleasant, with a smile, relaxed and to cut the long story short: making you feel King & Queen.
OK; fair to say one would not expect less for such a price, the treats were as they should be but these people, without turning plastic, are genuinely hospitable, friendly, helpful, caring.........
Delicious breakfasts (I personally appreciated the scarmbled eggs with avocado)
Wonderful treats at the Pool @ the Gunpowder Suites
Mesmersing boat trips to the Galleon Beach
No TV in the room (excellent)
Deicious lunches and dinners :)
and yes: nice GT's
Nothing to be improved? ...yes !
And this apllies to our views and experiences also for 3 star facilities.......
Whilst contributing ourselves to the environment (solar panels, energy saving lights, watersaving shower etc etc, the shower in room 1 was really substandard, and we are affraid it counts for all rooms.
A shower must be realxing, and not trying to catch water.
Having learnt about the water problems on Antigua, and having learnt about the effects of the Admiral's Inn on the English Harbour Area as such (realy admirable as it boosted the area due the lasting engagement) the Admiral's Inn is seriously advised doing a larger investment here.
* when no bidet is available, there must be a showerhead with a hose
** shower pressure =also for water saving facilities= can be improved by hydrophore pumps (best quality and prices in Poland) or better adjustable showerheads.
Staff kindly looked into the matter, but the improvement was rather minimal.
To emphasise: the waterpressure issue did not spoil the stay (4 nights), but this part of experience does not evaporate; yet above all, the staff's treats and aptitudes are laudable...................
Big chance we will return, to feel King & Queen again
and check on the shower :)
PS Reggie: Shama now also prepares a rather nice GT with strawberry mash..........
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!