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Admiral's Inn & Gunpowder Suites

Nelson's Dockyard, English Harbour Antigua
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  • 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.


#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 23 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
Fax / photocopying
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
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Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Harbor View
Great View
Languages Spoken
English, French, Russian
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graecole wrote a review Mar 2020
Inverness, United Kingdom1 contribution2 helpful votes
We were booked in for four nights at the tail end of a sailing holiday in March. Due to a BA flight cancellation we had to change our flights and cancel at only three days notice. Instead of claiming our 50% deposit, as they would have been entitled to do, Shama on reception told us we could use the deposit in the form of a voucher against a future stay. That is very decent. We then thought why not use the deposit there and then for a one night stay prior to our flight leaving Antigua the next day. The hotel agreed to this and we were so happy we had a chance to experience the fantastic hospitality. Every staff member we met could not have been more polite and helpful, from the folk on reception Shama, Montana and Patrick, Reggie the barman right up to Paul Deeth the owner. This really is an iconic hotel in the very best setting. Our room was in the old building and had a great view, the beds were very comfortable and the atmosphere just idyllic. We ate in the restaurant in the evening and then had lunch over at the Boom restaurant across the harbour by the pool the next day. Food was good and service excellent. Due to the effects of the Coronavirus the hotel was not busy and they let us have a late check out which enabled us to enjoy the pool, lunch and then back to the room for a shower before getting our taxi to the airport. The hotel will obviously be suffering a loss of business due to the virus but the way they reacted towards us was truly remarkable. Thoroughly decent people.
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Date of stay: March 2020
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maddy d wrote a review Mar 2020
Elstree, United Kingdom4 contributions
Every winter season we travel to the warm Caribbean for a week long holiday. First times staying in Antigua, this hotel is absolutely charming and so quaint, would not have chosen any other. It is located on a gorgeous harbour, where you see the boats and nice yachts coming in and out every day, we felt very at home staying at Admira's and very welcomed. They provide a service where they take you on the little boat to the nearby beach, honestly service was completely out of this world fantastic, we could not have asked for more. The hotel is run like a loving family business, yet very professional. We dined at Pillars at the hotel two days, and the others went out for meals to the local nice spots. I could have stayed for much longer!
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Date of stay: December 2019
gene wrote a review Mar 2020
United States13,991 contributions503 helpful votes
For our trip to Antigua we did a split. 3 nights at Gunpowder Suites and then 4 nights Hermitage Bay. Two very different experiences but enjoyed both. Book directly with the hotel...they offer a discount and are very helpful in terms of where to book on the property based on your needs. Shama was my primary contact for reservations and the hotel was most kind in making a last minute change because I got sick and had to delay arrival. I really appreciated that. We arrived Feb. 15th at a time when Antigua was experiencing very strong winds and periodic rains. When you stay at Gunpowder Suites Calvin takes you over in a boat and our timing was bad. We got drenched! Not the best start...we should have gone in the car! We were in cottage 8 and if you enjoy quiet and nice views I recommend booking Gunpowder Suites 6-9. Some other options on that side are right next to Boom restaurant and the pool which can get very noisy. I would not have enjoyed that area. If you have small children it might be perfect. The cottage is well appointed, clean with a lovely terrace to enjoy the view. Restaurants: Pillars is the main restaurant with full menu for all meals and we enjoyed both breakfast and dinner there. Boom is open only for lunch and you do need reservations. It can get pretty wild in there as they get large groups for lunch from outside the hotel. It is a popular place on the island. The service and food at Boom was excellent and views make for a very nice lunch spot. Pool: Beautiful pool (a bit too cold for my taste) but used it each day despite the weather. It is not very relaxing as they sell day passes and many of the guests are in party mode and loud. I expect that during school vacations the pool could get pretty crazy. I would suggest that they consider playing something other than country music out there. That was all I heard for 3 days. It really was not that crowded during our stay. Reception: Shama and Montana were names I remember, but everyone was helpful. They will assist with restaurant reservations and recommendations and do all possible to insure that you have an enjoyable stay. Location: Right at Nelson Dockyards which is a fun area to wander around . There are restaurant options that are walkable. A few shops but nothing too exciting. Calvin will take you to a beach nearby ..we did not do that simply because the weather was not that reliable. We did go to eat at La Brasserie and they come to pick you up in a little dinghy...gliding by all those tall ships in the harbor at night with the lights was really fun. Recommend that as an excellent place to eat. Summary: In general this was the perfect place for 3 nights...lots of history and charm..a real boutique hotel. Very different to the AI resorts that you will find on the island...for Antigua ,Admiral's Inn is a very good value. I would love to stay there again!
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Date of stay: March 2020
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MSTAHL wrote a review Mar 2020
Wisconsin34 contributions15 helpful votes
Spent 3 nights at Admirals Inn and will be back for a longer stay next time in Antigua. The location was perfect for exploring English and Falmouth Harbour. When we made reservation only room available was in the main building. The room was on the top floor and was very charming. It has all you would need but for us, tall people from Wisconsin :), the room was tight. The ceiling is slanted on the top floor and the bed takes up most the room. If you are not planning on being in room much and don’t have much with you the room may be for you. The next day one of the gunpowder suites became available and we stayed there for two nights. Next time we will book directly with the hotel and call because they really are all about finding your perfect fit and you get a discount booking directly! The Gunpowder rooms are spacious and we had a great outdoor area looking out at the Harbour. Antigua was getting a little more rain than normal so we spent time on our open space enjoying coffee that was provided and had lunch from Boom while watching the rain. The location is perfect, short walk to restaurants, boat ride to Nelson’s dockyard and beaches. The Inn will also drive you back and forth no matter what time of the night. The boat back and forth, I believe, goes until 6pm. The walk though to the main building is 10 minutes at most. The pool was clean and warm. Plenty of chairs and umbrellas. Everyone that is a part of Admirals inn were amazing, always smiling and wanting to make our stay the best. The feel you get walking around the stone paths with the beautiful gardens is so relaxing. We highly recommend Admirals Inn and can’t wait to come back for a longer stay. Thank you.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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viajeragringa wrote a review Feb 2020
Massachusetts50 contributions39 helpful votes
beautiful old inn in the harbor. lovely gardens and the open air restaurant was delightful with delicious food. Staff were friendly and attentive. Our room was nice but with the windows open ( for the nice breeze) it was a little noisy on the street side. Strolling around the grounds and historic neighborhood was great. For me personally, not being a boat person, the presence of so many huge yachts detracted some from the historic charm of the area. But I would highly recommend the Admiral's Inn if you are looking for a charming old world alternative to a resort.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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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 Nelson's Dockyard (0.09 miles) and Admiral's House Museum (0.07 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 Incanto Restaurant & Lounge Bar, Flatties Flame grill, and Boom.
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 (0.9 miles) and Fort Berkeley (0.4 miles).
Does Admiral's Inn & Gunpowder Suites have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the harbor view available here.