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Admiral's Inn & Gunpowder Suites
Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in English Harbour
Certificate of Excellence
Toronto, Canada
2 reviews
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Reviewed March 9, 2012

There is nothing good about this restaurant except the view. The service was horrible - the waitress was nearing the border of being rude - is there was anyway that we could have removed the "service charge" from our bill we would have done so. The food I won't even comment about - will be interesting to see who takes it over next year.

Room Tip: We stay at the hotel but if the restaurant is anything to go by I wouldn't bother
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Guildford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 29, 2012

We decided to pay a little extra and have one night at a nicer hotel in Antigua before my fiance started back at work on a yacht again.

I regret ever having spent the money which is very sad, I walked into the hotel and it does have a nice setting but we were told that there were only superior rooms left. We had to pay upfront and then were taken out to what they call 'the annex' basically an add on to the main hotel. The rooms feel FAR from superior, dusty and there was a dead lizard on our window sill which had been there for a long time. There were also two single beds, when I asked for a double room and they were promptly pushed together, not ideal.

It said on the website the only upgrade to a superior room is air conditioning and a phone, we had no phone and we came back from a night out and the air conditioning after a long time trying just blew out hot air. There was no one around and no phone to ring to correct this. After an uncomfortable night on a lumpy hard bed, no hot water for my shower in the morning and a very slow and average breakfast (not included and very expensive) we approached the desk staff about the air con, she said no discount can be given as the manager was not in, but come back tomorrow - no apology. We came back the next day, the manager would not even come and speak to us and she offered a 10% discount.

If this was a fair and respectable hotel they would have given me a refund to a basic room price. They also said the remote to the air con was broken but this did not help us the next day!! We spoke to the lovely manager of the anchorage inn down the road and she said one of her employees used to work at the admirals inn and the air-con frequently didn't work and they were dishonest about it to customers.
My advice DO NOT stay here just go for a walk round and drink to enjoy the view, then leave, as you may end up paying a lot for very little, sadly the people running the inn are ruining what is a beautiful and historical place just to make a bit more money, and they have taken away all the charm!!
I really wish things had turned out differently and we could have enjoyed our stay, and even just an apology would go along way.

Room Tip: Make sure you ask if your room is in the main building because if it is not dont pay as you may not...
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Washington, DC
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Reviewed January 29, 2012

Our stay at the Admiral's Inn was a great way to end our Antigua/ Barbuda vacation. We stayed for one night in superior room number #1 which looked right out upon Nelson's Harbor and the dockyard. The room was comfortable and we could not have asked for a better location. The staff also provided great service, especially when it came time for our departure. We had planned to have a preflight lunch at Cecilia's Cafe. The staff arranged for us to arrive at the airport at the earliest check in time and then suggested that we pay our departure tax before heading to lunch. It was a great idea because we had a delicious and relaxing lunch and didn't have to waste time sitting in the airport.

The inn also provides a complimentary boat shuttle which we used to go to Catherine's Cafe for lunch. This is an absolute must, but reservations are essential.

We also walked the 15 minute trip to the fort, toured the museum and took a taxi for the Shirley Heights view. All in all, a great way to end our trip.

Room Tip: Room 1 is a corner room in the old building with great views. It's can be a little noisey, but w...
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Virginia
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21 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed January 26, 2012

My husband and I stayed here one night out of our 5 days in Antigua in mid January. We wanted to explore southern part of the island on day 1 of our trip for which we chose to stay here. I read some negative comments about the inn on Tripadvisor so was doubtful about how the experience is going to be. But we took a chance since this looked the most promising out of the choices near English Harbor. We had the day kind of planned out so wasnt worried much about the hotel for that day. But to my pleasant surprise Admiral's inn charmed us from the time we arrived to the checkout. We felt instantly at home when we arrived. After we checked in we cancelled some activities and stayed in instead. We got Room #1 ($220) which is situated above the reception outlooking the marina. The hotel is truly beautiful inside and out. The room was cozy, comfortable, airy(dont need AC), and transports you to the colonial era. The building is historic and the location is superb. Its a photographer's delight. Its 15 min drive to Shirley heights($8 entry fee) which is a must see place. The restaurants in the little market place outside Admiral's inn are worth a try. Good local flavors and are cheaper than the onsite restaurant menu.

My husband and I stayed the following 3 nights in the best available suite in Galley Bay resort ($900/night). Though Galley Bay had all the luxuries we could ask for, we'd prefer to stay at Admirals inn next time we are in Antigua. Its great value for money.

Note: If you rent a car and plan to drive from the airport, set aside atleast 1.5 hours to drive from airport to this hotel. Not Admiral's inn's fault. but there are no road signs. The traffic near airport was very bad at 3:30pm plus, we had to ask for directions every half kilometer, took a few wrong turns. No complaints though. The people on the streets are very helpful and warm. Loved driving and exploring along the way. If you are a cricket fan, you can catch a match at Viv Richards Stadium which is 3-4 kms from the airport.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed January 18, 2012

This was the third time I had stayed at the Admiral's Inn after a sailing trip but the first since the refurbishment and. I think, new management. I had booked a Superior Room without realising this was not in the main building....this turned out to be a mistake. Within minutes of entering the room I had a number of mosquito bites on the lower legs and asked for the room to be sprayed which in fairness was done quite quickly.

In the light of the morning, I relised the room was very dusty and couldn't have been used for sometime...obviously encouraging insects. On checking out I mentioned this to the guy on Reception and to my amazement he said "It was clean when you occupied it yesterday".

Unbelievable but I still like Admirals Inn...it is very comfortable, previously the staff have been great and a long lunch outside overlooking the quiet end of the marina is a good experience.

Room Tip: Get the best room in the main building as the Superior rooms outside are definately not superior!
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled solo
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Oxford, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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Reviewed November 26, 2011

We stayed here for one night after 2 weeks in the British Virgin Island. We were looking for a small charming residence, rather that staying in an airport hotel - we will choose the airport next time.

After arranging all the details with the hotel we thought that all should go smoothly - how wrong we were.

There was no collection at the airport and when we arrived their was no receptionist either. On arrival we were handed an envelope by the maintenance man (who was very pleasent but seemed embarassed by what he was doing). Inside the envelope was information on where we were able to get breakfast, lunch and dinner - we were hoping to eat at the hotel.

We had arranged for a room with easy access, but had to go up 12 steps? to get to ours and inside the room there was only a jug of water, no other drinks facilities. The bathroom was very small and difficult to access. The bedroom was clean and spacious but very old and in need of renovating desperately.

We went out for both lunch and dinner and on our arrival to the residence there was never anyone available apart from the maintenance man.

We did meet the manager the following day at 2:30pm who made no effort to apologise or advise us on why the restaurant and bar were closed with all the furniture piled high and she didn't seem interested when we complained about our transfers that she should have arranged.

The rest of the facilities and people around the area were charming, just not The Admirals Inn. We have stayed at hotels where they were renovating but were informed prior to our booking. If we had known the Inn had no facilities or staff we would not have booked and would not have been dissapointed. We feel sorry for Antigua as this type of service will make other travellers choose other islands.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Lahaina, Hawaii
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Reviewed November 18, 2011

Anyone with the slightest penchant for romance, nostalgia, the atmosphere of times past will love the Admirals Inn. I last was here in 1987 and little has changed. A new sweet efficient and welcoming recoptionist - Sasha. Some improvements to bathroom. Otherwise same gorgeous inn I have always loved. Grand Hyatt it is not. Bedrooms good size but vaguely reminiscent of university halls. Unique position and great food - German chef who cooked at Kronen Halle in Zurich.
Visit in November just the best, quiet, perfect temperature with a breeze just sublime

Room Tip: No pool but beaches all around you
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Admiral's Inn & Gunpowder Suites
Address: Nelson's Dockyard, English Harbour, Antigua
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Location: Caribbean > Antigua and Barbuda > Antigua > Saint Paul Parish > English Harbour
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in English Harbour
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Admiral's Inn & Gunpowder Suites 4*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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. ... more   less 
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The Admiral`s Hotel Nelson`s Dockyard National Park
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