ADMIRAL’S INN

Boutique Hotel

Relax by the infinity pool with stunning views of Nelson’s Dockyard and harbour…

Infinity Pool, Admiral's Inn, English Harbour, Antigua, Caribbean, boutique hotel, Nelson's Dockyard

Admiral’s Inn is a stunning, historic, boutique hotel within Nelson’s Dockyard, English Harbour.  The buildings date back to 1788.  The roof on these pillars in the photo below was ruined by an earthquake in 1871.

View from Admiral's Inn, English Harbour, Antigua, Caribbean, boutique hotel

Accommodation

Several different room types are available and all have access to the use of the stunning infinity pool.  Depending on where your room is located, you may need to access the pool area by boat.

Click on the link to see the different types of rooms available with current prices.

My Room at Admiral’s Inn

Superior Room with Hillside View

Double room with hillside view, Admiral's Inn, English Harbour, Nelson's Dockyard, Antigua, Caribbean, boutique hotel

A charming room, with polished wooden floors, comfortable bed and small bathroom.  There was a safe in the room available for use free of charge and wifi which was great!  Filtered water was provided daily.  The room was located above the lounge bar area.  As a result of this you could hear some noise from downstairs if it became noisy at night, but I have to say it didn’t really bother me.  I only heard a lot of noise on one evening and had I not been so tired, I would have probably been in the bar area myself and I wouldn’t have even know about it.

There wasn’t much of a view being at the back of the hotel, it really was just the hillside to look at, but that didn’t bother me either, since I just came here to sleep!  The resort was fantastic and I felt very lucky to be staying here.

Restaurants

There are 2 restaurants within the hotel grounds.

Boom

Boom is located next to the infinity pool overlooking Nelson’s Dockyard and harbour.  Open from 11-6, it serves cocktails, lunch and snacks.  You have a choice of taking the food away to your sun lounger or dining in the restaurant area.  I tried the truffle oil and parmesan fries here and they were delicious.

Pillars 

Pillars is open for breakfast daily and for dinner 6 nights a week.  The restaurant has a waterfront setting located on the edge of the harbour.  Click on the link to read about my dining experience here.

Wednesday evenings Pillars has a Caribbean night, serving a range of local dishes with entertainment peak times too.

Facilities

Swimming Pool

The infinity pool is spectacular with views directly over the harbour.  The pool area is relaxed with sun loungers and hammocks to the side.  A boat shuttle is on hand to take you to and from the other side of the harbour by a delightful man named Cecil.

Admiral's Inn, English Harbour, boutique hotel, water taxi, Nelson's Dockyard, boutique hotel

Bar Area

A bar with a comfortable lounge area is available for guests.

Supermarket

Within the grounds of Nelson’s Dockyard is a small supermarket.  A larger one is located off resort, less than a 10 minute walk away.

Bakery

The Bakery, Admiral's Inn solo travel review, Admiral's Inn, Nelson's Dockyard, Antigua, Caribbean

The bakery serves snacks, cakes, coffees and wonderful beef patties.  These became my breakfast daily for only US$2 each.

Museum

Detailed information about the history of the dockyard can be found within the museum.  Entry is free.

Gift Shops

There are a few places to buy gifts within the grounds as well as a Vendor’s market just beside reception.

Beach

Cecil, one of the staff can take you over to Galleon beach by boat and arranges a time to come back and collect you.  This is worth doing if you enjoy snorkelling.  It is quite common to see rays and turtles.

Galleon Beach, English Harbour, south Coast, Antigua
Galleon Beach

Staff

All the staff were extremely friendly and professional.  Cecil is a local man and he was very informative about the local food and the island.  It was always a pleasure speaking with him.

Would I Return?

I would definitely return here for a solo holiday for the following reasons…

  • I could dine comfortably by the water’s edge, looking out across the harbour.  This  took away the awkwardness I have sometimes felt dining alone.
  • Staff spoke to me as if I was a friend
  • My room was comfortable with free wifi
  • The pool is the most beautiful I have ever swam in
  • Located close to all amenities, restaurants and Shirley Heights

Suggested Further Reading…

Things to do in Antigua

Restaurants in Antigua

Antigua Beaches