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Admiral's Inn & Gunpowder Suites
Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in English Harbour
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Dublin, Ireland
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“Understated Charm”
Reviewed November 23, 2013 via mobile

The staff really make this place. There's an easy charm to Cecil, Kemlin and Paul (the owner), it's not too intrusive but rather engaging. Yes the restaurant is perhaps over priced and a bit of a work in progress but it will get there. The setting is relaxing and encourages you to switch off. It's clear Paul is slowly putting his stamp on the place but I hope it maintains it's intimacy as he does so. The all inclusive resorts are comparable to large Cruise Ships but the Admirals Inn is more of a cool sailing boat that allows you to have some input as to what course you take in Antigua.

Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Houston, Texas, United States
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Reviewed November 15, 2013

Spent 6 days in Antigua, first 2 at Admirals inn, last part in st Johns. Admirals inn was fantastic hotel! They even upgraded our room for free since they were not fully booked at the time. Throughout our stay the staff was friendly and were great to have a conversation with. They have a little boat service too that will take you over to the best beach we saw (or have probably ever seen) a 5 minute ride. He drops you off and you just tell him when you want him to come back, and this is a free service (i would definitely tip the guy though). Lastly the whole area is steeped in history, British naval ruins from the 1700s everywhere you go. The bars and restaraunts are fantastic down there, and a little less touristy than the resorts. you feel like you are actually in another country instead of sandals disneyland. A++++

Room Tip: some rooms do not have AC, so make sure you get one. This could make for a miserable stay.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Odiham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 25, 2013

We went as a couple for a special dinner in October but didn't stay in the hotal. The restaurant and whole of Nelson's Dockyard was dead at that time of year. We paid about $170 US for 2 course each and a bottle wine. The food was pleasant but didn't quite match the price tag. What you pay for is the view

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 1, 2013

Admrals Inn is a beautiful historic Inn in Nelsons Dockyard. The rooms were beautiful, elegant, clean and the historical setting very attractive. The restaurant food was really good, dinner was very tasty and my wife who is particularily fussy (hopefully she wont read this review!) about food had one of the best burgers she has ever had at the restaurant. However, in our opinion the best thing about hotel is the friendliness and helpfullness of the staff, including the manager Paul. The moment you arrive you feel relaxed and the staff are there to help you. For example, the hotel lays on a shuttle boat and Cecil takes you surrounding beaches and picks you up when you are ready, no fuss. If you are looking for a charming and relaxing hotel with a good restaurant and friendly staff you should definately consider the Admirals Inn. If you are looking for a large resort with loud music, free cocktails and Jet Ski's then this is not for you!

Room Tip: Room one-Very Good Room
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

I had the most relaxed stay at this hotel. From the moment i arrived, the atmosphere was so relaxing i had a great sleep. The area of which the hotel is situated, is very much breath taking. I had a great 3 nights stay here. The furniture in the rooms reminds me of older Britain, if you are a person interesting in the arts and architecture, especially the more older art, this hotel is the place to be. It if designs with old architecture and a mixed of modern art. The beds are wooden but very comfortable, the windows are wooden. The rooms are air conditioned and have a ceiling fan. It reminds me of growing up in the country, but a touch of the modern Caribbean. If you believe that you need a vacation that is not hassle and bustle, and all you need to do is put your feet up relax and listen to the birds flap their winds and the calming winds flows through your hair, this is the best hotel to be at. Also the owner is very down to earth and friendly, the staff are very friendly and helpful, they made my stay worth while. Most times when i visit a different country my most concern is Safety, however at the Admiral Inn, my safety was met 100%, i remember i wanted to go out for a late night relax at a different place and the Owner arranged for one of the guys to take me, with no extra cost. I want to return here and bring all of my friends when i am coming.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
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LONDON
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Reviewed June 26, 2013

If you are expecting mod cons then the old part of this hotel is not for you. We love the main building because it is rustic and authentic. We normally prefer all mod cons but we make an exception for this hotel. We love staying here and will continue to stay here for Antigua week and other sailing holidays! Perfect location.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Exeter
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Reviewed June 6, 2013

Pros: Great location and character hotel. Surprisingly good food. Friendly staff.

Cons: Rooms perhaps a little tired (depending on your view could add to the character!)

For a mid-price Carribean hotel this offers a great location in an absolutely charming character building in the heart of Nelsons Dockyard.

The rooms are what you would expect for the price. The food in the restaurant (we were one of 2 couples dining at end of season) was actually really nice - they created a menu for us and did a great job of drumming up some lovely food from what was left in the stores I think!

Staff very friendly.

If you want a convenient location, character building in the heart of Nelsons Dockyard for a mid-range price I don't think it could be beat.

Room Tip: Some look out over the harbour (rather than the road) so I'd request a harbour view.
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  • Stayed May 2013, 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:3.5 star — Admiral's Inn & Gunpowder Suites 3.5*
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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