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
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…
The Queen visited in 1966 and planted a palm tree here which is still thriving today. It is huge…
1. Craft Shop
A wonderful range of wooden ornaments and warri board games are available to purchase here.
2. Gift and clothing shops
3. Copper & Lumber Store restaurant and hotel
On Fridays the restaurant here specialises in fish. Food is cooked barbecue style accompanied by a self serve buffet.
4. Galley Bar & Restaurant
The bakery serves snacks, pastries, coffees and super beef and chicken patties. Prices start from just US$2.
6. Dockyard Museum
A wonderful museum filled with artefacts and historic stories. It is free to enter when you are staying at Admiral’s Inn.
A small supermarket which sells drinks, snacks and essentials.
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.
Enjoy a meal overlooking the harbour or order a takeaway to have poolside.
10. Stunning Infinity Pool with hammocks and sunloungers
11. Snorkelling equipment – free to hire
12. Small beach
14. Access to Galleon’s beach by boat shuttle
It is common to see turtles and rays while snorkelling here
15. Free wifi throughout the resort
16. Lounge/bar area
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.
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
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.
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.
The bathroom has a large walk-in shower…
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
Gallery of Photos – a selection of my favourite photos