ADMIRAL’S INN

Admiral’s Inn, Nelson’s Dockyard, English Harbour, Antigua – A superb, room only resort, well located for those interested in sailing week and the yacht show

Admiral's Inn

About Admiral’s Inn

Admiral’s Inn is a stunning, boutique hotel with just 23 rooms. It is situated within the peaceful grounds of the Unesco World Heritage site, Nelson’s Dockyard, English Harbour.  The buildings within this stunning Georgian naval dockyard date back to 1788.  Wandering around the well manicured gardens, information posts teach you about the history of the dockyard.

You can see evidence of the hurricane that hit the area in 1871. Concrete caps had to be placed on top of the pillars to stop erosion following the roof being blown off the boat house…

Pillars with concrete tops following the hurricane

The Queen visited in 1966 and planted a palm tree here which is still thriving today. It is huge…

Palm tree planted by the Queen

Facilities

1. Craft Shop

Craft shop

A wonderful range of wooden ornaments and warri board games are available to purchase here.

2. Gift and clothing shops

gift and clothing shop within the grounds of Admiral's Inn

3. Copper & Lumber Store restaurant and hotel

The copper and lumber store

On Fridays the restaurant here specialises in fish. Food is cooked barbecue style accompanied by a self serve buffet.

4. Galley Bar & Restaurant

Galley Bay bar

5. Bakery

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

The bakery serves snacks, pastries, coffees and super beef and chicken patties.  Prices start from just US$2.

6. Dockyard Museum

Nelson's Dockyard museum

A wonderful museum filled with artefacts and historic stories. It is free to enter when you are staying at Admiral’s Inn.

7. Supermarket

Supermarket within the grounds of Admiral's Inn

A small supermarket which sells drinks, snacks and essentials.

8. Pillars Restaurant

Pillars Restaurant

Pillars is a fantastic waterside restaurant. Each time I dine here, I have been very pleased with my meal. On Wednesday’s during peak season, a Caribbean menu is available and a steel band plays.

9. Boom Restaurant

Boom restaurant

Enjoy a meal overlooking the harbour or order a takeaway to have poolside.

10. Stunning Infinity Pool with hammocks and sunloungers

Infinity pool by Boom, Admiral's Inn

11. Snorkelling equipment – free to hire

12. Small beach

13. Spa

14. Access to Galleon’s beach by boat shuttle

It is common to see turtles and rays while snorkelling here

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

15. Free wifi throughout the resort

16. Lounge/bar area

Lounge/Bar area at Admiral's Inn

Location

As well as the facilities within the resort, Admiral’s Inn is well located to walk to a number of restaurants, supermarket and bars. Shirley Heights is a short taxi ride away. This is worth a visit to enjoy a barbecue, listen to steel bands and reggae bands as well as watching the beautiful sunset.

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. Check the website for current prices.

Room Types include:

  • Standard Rooms with Harbour View – kingsize or twin beds, harbour or garden view, safe, airconditioning unit, private bathroom with shower
  • Superior Rooms with Hillside View – see my full review below
  • Superior Rooms with Garden View and Patio or Dockyard View – see my full review below
  • Superior Rooms with Harbour View – most rooms are on the first floor, however, one is in an annexe building complete with day bed and patio. Kingsize or twin beds with private bathroom with shower, hairdryer, air conditioning unit.
  • Deluxe Loft Suite with Harbour View – Kingsize or twin beds with large sitting area and couch, private bathroom with shower. Note rooms can interconnect for larger parties.
  • Deluxe Gunpowder Suite with Harbour View, Balcony and Infinity Pool – four poster bed, sitting area, desk, private bathroom with shower, some rooms interconnect for families with pull out sofa.

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.  A safe is provided free of charge as well as 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.  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 anyway.

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.

Superior Room with Garden View and Patio

Walk through the patio area complete with day bed, table and chairs to its own private front door.  The inner hall has a side table with glasses and filtered water.  This is changed daily and ice is available on request via reception.  

superior  garden room with patio

The room has a vaulted ceiling with fan, exposed and painted brickwork to the walls.  It comprises a kingsize bed with mosquito net, closet, bedside tables with lamps, chest of drawers, hairdryer, safe, airconditioning unit, iron and ironing board.  Wifi was excellent in the room.

Superior garden room with patio at Admiral's Inn

The bathroom has a large walk-in shower…

bathroom of the superior garden room with patio

 

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. I enjoyed lovely conversations with Paul, Reggie, Sharma, Montana and Emma. They were always happy to help.

Would I Return?

I have now stayed at Admiral’s Inn, twice on a solo holiday.  I would come back again, too 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 rooms were comfortable with excellent free wifi
  • The infinity 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 – recommended solo activities

Hotels – other hotels I have enjoyed staying at by myself 

Bed and Breakfast Accommodation – recommended BnB 

Restaurants in Antigua – places I have enjoyed dining solo

Antigua Beaches – Beaches I can recommend

FAQ about Antigua

Gallery of Photos – a selection of my favourite photos