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Admiral's Inn & Gunpowder Suites

Nelson's Dockyard, English Harbour Antigua
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
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Updated 07/11/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 07/11/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#3 of 4 hotels in English Harbour
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A charming, historic boutique hotel set in a secluded section of 18th century Nelson's Dockyard, offering casual elegance and friendly, personal service, provides the perfect backdrop for relaxation, romance, special events and being active if you choose. The 32 rooms and suites are housed in 4 historic buildings on the waterfront and a headland 100 yards across the bay. The hotel offers a small non-swimming beach, spectacular infinity edged pool, a spa and two excellent open-air restaurants, Pillars and Boom. There is a complimentary boat shuttle to the swimming beach in Freeman's Bay and kayaks to explore the harbour. The perfect hotel for relaxing in peace and quiet or for finding plenty of activities (sailing, scuba diving, hiking, snorkeling, yoga) and fun (several restaurants and nightlife) only 5 - 10 minutes away. A great spot for honeymoons and weddings for 2 to 200.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Yoga classes
Bar / lounge
Bicycle rental
Pool / beach towels
Infinity pool
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Breakfast available
Poolside bar
Squash offsite
Tennis court offsite
Car hire
Meeting rooms
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
24-hour front desk
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Air conditioning
Private beach
Private balcony
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
Good to know
Harbor View
Great View
Languages Spoken
English, French, Russian
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Review_LM wrote a review Aug 2021
London, United Kingdom34 contributions10 helpful votes
Admiral’s Inn is a charming, historic hotel set within a UNESCO World Heritage site and it felt like a privilege to stay there. The gardens are immaculate and a great deal of care has gone in to retaining a traditional feel. I would highly recommend garden room A which has a terrace that overlooks the water and is perfect to watch the sun rise. The hotel has the potential to be even better if there were some small changes - tea/coffee facilities and a fridge in the rooms would make all the difference (more so on the Admiral’s Inn side given that Pillars restaurant is closed). It would also be useful to have some information about the area (restaurants, recommended tour companies etc.) available to guests. Reception offered to help with bookings but that assumes one knows where to go and what to do. Lastly, I was disappointed with Boom. While many of the hotel staff were wonderful, I found most of the Boom staff to lack good hospitality training. I thought it was just me who was treated like a bit of an annoyance but I observed others were spoken to as though also being done a favour to be allowed to grace the pool and restaurant. The breakfast was disappointing. I wonderful whether the popularity of Boom (which is in the most exquisite setting) has bred a form of customer complacency. I spent my days on the beach and ate elsewhere - I recommend Catherine’s Cafe, Colibri, Indian Summer, Maia and Ti Lolo, all of which serve delicious food and have excellent customer service.
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Traveled solo
pab wrote a review Aug 2021
9 contributions4 helpful votes
Wonderful hotel with beautiful pool and gardens. The view is amazing and the staff are wonderful. The rooms are spectacular (we stayed in the gunpowder suites). The vibe is vibrant and busy in a positive way. It’s very covid secure too. English harbour is great for 2-3 nights. Check out Boom and Indian summer restaurant too!
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Blue Peter room
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Victoria C wrote a review Jul 2021
United Kingdom10 contributions5 helpful votes
I can’t comment too much on the hotel or facilities as had to leave very quickly. After being greeted and shown to our room (which was appreciated as it meant the Receptionist had to come via the dock boat) it showed great promise. It has an old world Admiral feel and although a bit nische, I rather liked it and had a gorgeous large bifold window overlooking the water. The fridge was empty on arrival (and we were hot and thirsty) so that wasn’t ideal and my son was disappointed there wasn’t a tv (although this really doesn’t matter). Our issue unfortunately lay with the room adjoined to ours with a locked folded wall/ door (this could be opened if you booked the rooms together I imagine) and with gaps along the floor. Straight away, we could hear the couple in the room coughing violently and discussing feeling unwell - a member of staff (cleaner/ housekeeper I presume) went to see them and they were speaking about keeping doors and windows shut and speaking of their illness. From the way they were speaking (which showed how thin the open wall was as we could hear every word) we got the impression immediately they were suffering from Covid and were isolating in their room. With our return flight to the UK just 48 hours away, we were in no way going to risk that kind of exposure so immediately made the decision to leave unfortunately. Knowing housekeeping were soon due into our room also to set up a bed for my son, we didn’t want to risk any cross contamination. This hotel seemed very sweet and would probably have been a lovely stay but the Covid issue as well as having to go back and forth on a dock boat between our room and the pool, restaurant, check in etc it did feel like a little bit hard work. Can’t fault the few staff we came across though - very sweet and polite and it’s a shame we couldn’t stay the night.
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
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NickBlaireLee wrote a review Jul 2021
London, United Kingdom213 contributions114 helpful votes
We moved from an all inclusive Pineapple beach to Gun Powder suites for second week. Both were lovely but very different . Situated in a UNESCO heritage site in English harbour there is lots to do. Many lovely small restaurants lots of walks, boat tours and many lovely small beaches . Ie more to visit and do than first place. First words on arrival into our room was “Wow!!” Beautiful 4 poster bed large room well furnished and lovely Veranda to sit out in. Staff are really friendly and so cheerful and helpful. Lots of areas to relax no issue on number of sun beds or 4 poster sun beds which are really cool. No gym but old gun powder store is great space for VR gaming or outside for yoga in such a historic place. Pool is quiet in the morning and evening but pool is open to lunch guests in pm and pool is busy then . Would be idea if a second pool for guests only was created . Rotating the lunch and diner menus would be nice as they did not change. But many great restaurants around 5 Sense was our favourite run by French chef. Fantastic stay. Gardens are immaculate
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Plenty of parking and agreed Suites are best with Balcony. Car is good to have Visit the boat...
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Wunderlust78 wrote a review Jun 2021
England376 contributions53 helpful votes
We managed to 'sneak' out of the UK just before an impending lockdown back in November 2020 & booked the Admiral's Inn last minute (we didn't want to book anything until we had our negative Covid result to enter Antigua). As a result we managed to bag a very good deal on one of the Suites on the Gunpowder side & loved every minute of our stay. Being a bit of a history geek, I loved the setting of the inn near to the Nelson's Dockyard & although the Inn side had only just reopened during our stay one of the staff showed us around the rooms in the old pitch & tar house and they all looked charming with a lot of character. As others have said before, the main inn rooms are on the side nearest Nelson's Dockyard, whereas the suites & garden rooms are across the water adjacent to the swimming pool & Boom restaurant. Personally although I loved the history of the inn side, I also loved having a veranda to sit out on at night with a beer or glass of English Harbour rum! Also it was more convenient for the pool & restaurant, but there is a small boat that will take you across the water to & from the main building. The suite room was very clean & had a great view across the water to the yachts & we loved being in English Harbour within easy walking distance to various restaurants. Unfortunately not all of them were open during our stay, but a number were & we enjoyed dining out particularly at Trappas & Cloggy's. The Boom food is also decent, but service can be a tad slow at times if you are used to European levels of attentiveness. It didn't bother us we were also on island time, relaxing on holiday, but just a word of warning if you expecting otherwise. There are free kayaks to use, which we did to paddle across to Galleon Beach (which is where the Inn at English Harbour is located) & Pigeon Beach is probably a 15 min walk. There is also a small supermarket within walking distance which is handy if you want to stock up on snacks, rum / drinks for the room. We moved onto an All Inclusive for the second week & both agree we much preferred the Admiral's Inn for it's tranquillity & access to multiple restaurants. We rarely visit places more than once, but Antigua is a very good bet to visit right now in the ever-changing crazy world of Covid, so we have just booked a return trip this November to stay again at the Admiral's Inn. Fingers crossed we'll be able to travel later this year & are really looking forward to return stay!
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Date of stay: November 2020
Room Tip: The Suites & standard Garden View rooms are all located on the pool & restaurant side.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Admiral's Inn & Gunpowder Suites
Which popular attractions are close to Admiral's Inn & Gunpowder Suites?
Nearby attractions include Pigeon Point Beach (0.7 miles), Nelson's Dockyard (0.07 miles), and Galleon Beach (0.4 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Admiral's Inn & Gunpowder Suites?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Admiral's Inn & Gunpowder Suites?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and a poolside bar during their stay.
Is parking available at Admiral's Inn & Gunpowder Suites?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Admiral's Inn & Gunpowder Suites?
Conveniently located restaurants include Island Fusion, Incanto Restaurant & Lounge Bar, and Cloggy's.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Admiral's Inn & Gunpowder Suites?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and yoga classes during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Admiral's Inn & Gunpowder Suites?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, French, and Russian.
Are there any historical sites close to Admiral's Inn & Gunpowder Suites?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Shirley Heights (0.8 miles) and Fort Berkeley (0.3 miles).
Does Admiral's Inn & Gunpowder Suites have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the harbor view available here.