The Inn at English Harbour
What We Love
- Cruising up to the shore in a private boat, then diving into the hotel’s bathwater-warm bay
- Air-conditioned rooms with ceiling fans and breezy terraces or verandas
- Sipping rum punch at the Stone Bar and candlelit dinner under a balmy tropical sky at the Terrace Restaurant
- There are two floodlit tennis courts and a small fitness room
- Deep tissue massages at the pint-size boutique spa
- Snorkeling, water-skiing and a host of other water sports off the hotel’s secluded beach
What To Know
- Popular with honeymooners
- The Inn is about 35 minutes from the airport, 40 minutes from the capital, St. John’s, and just 5 minutes away from the Historical Nelson’s Dockyard complex
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
When you stay at Inn At English Harbour in English Harbour, you’ll be on the beach and minutes from Galleon Beach and Carpenter’s Rock Trailhead. This 4.5-star resort is within close proximity of Nelson’s Dockyard and Fort Berkeley.
Make yourself at home in one of the 28 air-conditioned rooms featuring iPod docking stations and LCD televisions. Rooms have private patios. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming is available for your entertainment. Private bathrooms with showers feature designer toiletries and bidets.
Treat yourself with body treatments and facials. If you’re looking for recreational opportunities, you’ll find an outdoor pool and a fitness center. This resort also features complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and a hair salon.
Grab a bite at one of the resort’s 2 restaurants, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). Relax with a refreshing drink at one of the 2 bars/lounges. A complimentary breakfast is included.
Featured amenities include dry cleaning/laundry services, a 24-hour front desk, and multilingual staff. Free self parking is available onsite.
How to Get There
This was the second time that my wife and I have stayed at the Inn on English Harbour - but with a gap of almost five years....as last time we were staying not only for a two week holiday, but also using the Hotel as a base to watch the 'Antigua Classics' yacht racing.
For anyone interested in boats or sailing The Inn is an absolutely superb location, with the hotel having its own ferry to take guests across to English Harbour. Vere the boatman was always very helpful, available when asked and at the pick-up point when expected. The hotel also has a range of small dinghys, such as a laser and a sailfish as well as kayaks and even a pedalo and water bike. So if you enjoy your water sports, it is definitely should be a place that is high up on your list of places to visit!
The hotel also has beautiful spacious grounds, with the reception and terrace restaurant on the hill above the beach, pool, accommodation and beach restaurant (called the Reef restaurant). It’s easy to call for the hotel minivan to take you up and down the hill and only occasionally was this more than a few minutes wait and the drivers were always helpful and courteous.
Our accommodation was a very comfortable room, in a colonial style that was very spacious, with plenty of space for hanging and storing things and a comfortable bed and good air-con (upgraded since we stayed last time) and ceiling fans. There was a kettle and tea / coffee in the room and the reef restaurant were happy to provide fresh milk. The only downside to the room was the lack of a bath, but the shower was always hot and the water pressure good, with Penhaligon toiletries. The room had a lovely veranda overlooking the really lovely, well maintained, gardens.
One of the nicest features of the hotel is that there were more sun-loungers than guests for the beach. Darron and Kimmoy were excellent at making sure that there were fresh towels and plenty of ice cold water for each guest, and they, like others of the front of house team remembered everyone by name. Very impressive!
The Reef Restaurant overlooks the beach and it is harder to imagine a location closer to the water...and great if you like watching the coming and going of the yachts mooring in Galleons Bay. The buffet breakfast was adequate rather than exceptional - but there was a super selection of freshly cooked a la carte options. My regular choice of oatmeal freshly made with milk and banana was probably the best hotel produced oatmeal I have had anywhere. It would, however, have been nice to have something other than melon and pineapple in the cut fresh fruit every day - no mango, rarely any berries. The service from Tussy behind the bar and Miriam, Sasha and Tonya was super-friendly and always very efficient.
Lunch at the Reef Restaurant was the best meal of the day. A good choice of regulars - from salads to full main dishes - with the quality consistently high - as well as interesting daily specials. The club sandwich would easily feed two, if not three! The blue cheese and steak wrap being my favourite, which was closely follwoed by a very nicely done chicken Caesar salad. Our daughter, who was with us for some of the time particularly enjoyed the chocolate mouse and ice cream for dessert. The same team were serving over lunch and again, delivered excellent, friendly and courteous service.
The one thing that lets the catering down was the inconsistent quality that we had at dinner in the Terrace restaurant. Not only was some of the quality of the ingredients disappointing (spinach and potato soup - where there was little sign of any potato and the spinach appeared to be frozen - was inedible) to the same ‘daily special’ of pumpkin soup being offered four days in a row. My wife who would usually opt for the fish of the day, gave up on this, after being served under cooked, over cooked and the completely the wrong fish on seperate occasions (she was told it snapper was on the menu as fish of the day and when it arrived it was actually tuna). The one consistently good dish was the steak...but even then the hand fried potatoes came out of the kitchen half of them cold and the other half burnt to a crisp (and should never have left the kitchen). All in all, a VERY big disappointment. Normally, we take complaints about things like food with a pinch of salt on Tirpadvisor reports as we are not that fussy, but sadly, we can confirm that this is a major weakness - suggesting a systemic failing in the Kitchen. Given that this has happpened with several Head Chefs, from the look of reports over the years, suggests that it is the kitchen team, rather than the Head Chef that is the issue - a view I discussed with the manager). The one good thing about the restaurant was the service with Michelle and Kayson leading the way and Ocean and Neil providing excellent service from behind the bar. You can only feel for them having to serve below-par food every day in a restaurant that is supposed to be delivering a 'fine-dining' experience.
Would we stay again?...Yes, despite the disappointment of the Terrace Restaurant, because of the location, the beach and the warmth of the welcome from the staff. But maybe next time we would not opt for full board!
If you like a small, quiet hotel in a beautiful location, this is it. There are only 28 rooms and each one has a gentile beauty about it. There is a restaurant on the edge of the lovely beach. Form there you can watch the small motor launch (free) depart from a small jetty taking guests to Nelson's Dockyard in English Harbour. Everything is very clean and looked after by a very friendly staff. Wow!
I'm a little apprehensive about writing this review. I'd prefer that no one else knew about how wonderful the Inn at English Harbour is and we could keep it as our own private retreat!!
What an amazing place.
The Inn is relatively small- I think 19 or so rooms. The entire property is immaculate. Perfectly manicured, pristinely clean and maintained. And, located in an incredibly beautiful location right on the beach in the protected English Harbour. We were fortunate enough to stay in two different rooms while there- a junior suite in one of the main buildings for the first few days, then the remainder of the week in one of the beach cabanas on the sand. Both are very different from each other but, perfect in their own, distinct way.
The junior suite was amazing. Vaulted ceilings, balcony, sitting area, changing room, and a beautiful bathroom with the most perfect shower I've ever enjoyed. It's a very large space that is reminiscent of how I'd picture the Caribbean sugar plantations 100+ years ago.
The beach cabanas have a similar "plantation" feel but are much smaller (not too small by any means). Very comfortable, clean and all the other amenities, but literally right on the sand! Probably 20 feet from the water. Your own private beach lounges and a patio to retreat to when those 5-minute tropical showers pop up in the afternoon.
But what really sets the Inn apart is the service- I'm not sure what the guest/staff ratio is, but it's gotta be close to 1:1 (or at least it feels that way). Every single person was genuinely friendly and didn't hesitate to go above and beyond to make you feel at home. Not overbearing at all- the perfect balance of attentiveness and privacy. They seemed like a family the way they all worked together to get things done and they are the primary reason why the Inn is such a special place.
My wife and I have always preferred to go to different places every year for our spring vacation. However, I think the Inn might have changed that. We will almost certainly come back next year and, quite possibly, every spring after that.
If you are looking for a large resort with tons of activities and music and loud bars this is not the place for you (although the Inn does make the best old fashioned rum punch on the island!!). If you want to experience amazing service and ultimate relaxation at a pristine property and location, then the Inn at English Harbour will not disappoint.
We just got back from a 5 night stay at this property.
It was a great stay and we will go back to this beautiful Resort.
Great services, stunning location and the food was of high standard with a good mix of local and international dishes. We thoroughly enjoyed the Italian nights. Our room was comfortable, sanitary and very spacious. The maid did a great job to keep it clean and accommodate our requests.
Thanks to all the lovely staff and see you soon.
This is a beautiful property and it is incredibly well-maintained. The Reception and dinner restaurant are set apart from main part of hotel up a very steep hill. They are reached by courtesy bus which is fine when the resort is not overly busy. The beach area is lovely as is the pool and the attendants really look after you well, providing cold drinking water, fruit and cold towels. There is also a free shuttle to take you round the bay to Nelson's Dockyard. The most disappointing aspect from our point of view was average quality food in the Terrace restaurant. The menu didn't change in 5 nights apart from the addition of 2 or 3 uninspiring specials, including chicken, chips and salad which we can make at home! Too often hot dishes were served tepid. The beach restaurant for breakfast and lunch is much, much better than the Terrace restaurant; there is a lot of choice, interesting dishes and a better atmosphere. Staff are very helpful and friendly.