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
My wife and I stayed for 4 nights in the Blue Peter room (#1) of the Gunpowder Suite. I had arranged with the hotel to be met by taxi at the airport and it took about 40 minutes to the hotel, travelling in the dark (US$32). We were given vast amounts of information on arrival, a free rum punch and the option (free upgrade) of staying in the Gunpowder suites rather than in the loft in the Admiral’s Inn which we had booked. We opted for the suite, and were really glad we did. We were driven to the room. The hotel’s boat taxi ends at about 1800.
The room was a corner room, with lots of windows and light and two sets of double doors leading onto a balcony. There was plenty of storage. The floor was tiled. We had a fridge, kettle, water filter, cafetiere, kettle, table, sofa, large selection of teas/coffee, including ground coffee, minibar (prices + 22.5%), bed surrounded by netting, iron and board, safe, A/C, central fan. There was no TV (we knew this) and this was great. The bedside and other lights were not adequate for reading if sitting on the sofa. No spy hole in the door. I found the wifi quite slow. We found an empty water bottle under the bed and a pager lead under the sofa.
There was a balcony overlooking the pool and harbour, with 2 comfy chairs, footstool, table. It was lovely sitting there.
The bathroom had many under sink cupboards, a walk in shower. A blind protected privacy! Soap, shampoo, moisturiser, tissues were provided and body wash appeared after the 1st night. On the 3rd day the box of unfinished tissues disappeared! Towels were changed after the 3rd day, even though we had left a marked foot towel on the floor to be changed. The marks were on the towel when we arrived.
Breakfast was available for $15 + 22.5% although we did not try it. The hotel has 2 restaurants.
The room was very quiet. However, each night a bird(s) with a very penetrating call tweeted incessantly! I ended up wearing earplugs!
The hotel is within the Dockyard National Park, with old buildings to view. Nearby is a supermarket, Covent Garden, although there was a very limited choice and we found prices expensive. We took a number 17 bus to the capital, St Johns (great fun). The cost was EC$3.75 each way per person and went to/from the West Bus Terminal. We found it hard to get about without using taxis or hire car. There are restaurants nearby. We walked to Pigeon Beach and Windward Beach.
A lovely location and it was great overlooking the infinity swimming pool.
Beautiful hotel and scenery. The food available at the hotel is amazing. Kayaks and paddle boards available as well as boat shuttle to the beach with great snorkel area. The staff is friendly, helpful, understanding and always here to accommodate your needs. Will definitely recommend and come again.
Return visit after a 40 year gap and pleased to say nothing has changed, Beautiful setting and lots of history. Prices in the bar and restaurant are reasonable, given the setting.
The site has been sensitively restored about 20 years ago, and this has only added to the experience.
we stayed two nights at the end of our Caribbean cruise. fantastic service with attention to every detail, we had breakfast and lunch which were extremely tasty. the setting is just idyllic at the edge of the harbour 360 views just wonderful and so relaxing. we saw some rowers arrive in Nelson dockyard after completing their 3000 mile journey across the Atlantic and this was an added bonus.
the room( FIVE) had everything you could wish for a lovely balcony to watch sunrise and sunset, overlooking the pool area.
the room was spotlessly clean, beautiful fresh linen, great bathroom and a comfortable bed. the hotel is on two sites to access the Admirals inn via a complimentary boat took a couple of minutes. The attention to detail and friendly professional service from every team member was truly first class. I wish we had booked longer but sadly had to return to work.
I booked a hotel room via booking.com 8th April 2019 one night but cancelled it ‘free of charge’ on 27th Jan 2018 but then a month later was charged for the room?! I emailed them and got an apology and room refund but due to the credit card and exchange rate charges I’m still out of pocket.
BE WARNED IF BOOKING ON BOOKING.COM if thinking you can cancel fee of charge as they say.