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Admiral's Inn & Gunpowder Suites

Updated: May 26


Admiral's Inn & Gunpowder Suites, English Harbour

Key Points

  • Excellent choice for Solo travellers, Couples, Families

  • Room only accommodation

  • Bar and 2 restaurants

  • Spa

  • Within the grounds of UNESCO World Heritage Site, Nelson's Dockyard with on-site amenities

  • Free shuttle boat to an infinity pool

  • Free shuttle boat to nearby Galleon beach

  • Small beach area

  • Front desk 24/7

  • Excellent Wifi connection

  • 40 minutes drive from the airport


A bit about Admiral's Inn & Gunpowder Suites


Lounge area of Admiral's Inn Hotel

The main building's upper floors were once offices used by engineers working within the dockyard whilst downstairs, turpentine, pitch and lead were stored. Upstairs has been tastefully converted to a selection of stylish rooms for guests. The ground floor has a spacious reception area, the walls of which are adorned with paintings for sale by Kate Spencer whose artwork is quite spectacular. Beyond reception is a cosy lounge area with plush sofas. Partake in a game of ancient warri and order a drink from the well stocked bar, behind which is an eye-catching plan of Nelson's ship, HMS Boreas.


Outside the main building are pillars that once supported a boathouse with a sail loft above. Sadly it was destroyed in an earthquake that hit the island in 1871. The pillars have since been capped to prevent corrosion.


Pillars within Nelson's Dockyard that once supported a boat house and sail loft

Amenities within Admiral's Inn & Nelson's Dockyard


Accommodation


Rooms within Admiral's Inn that were once engineers offices

23 elegantly furnished rooms are located around and inside the main 18th Century building. Think exposed beams and brickwork, crisp white bedding and varnished dark wooden furniture. Each room comprises a bathroom with shower, a safe, air conditioning unit and a jug of filtered water that is replenished daily. Rooms are standard or superior with harbour, hillside, garden or dockyard views depending on their location. Larger parties might consider the deluxe loft suites that interconnect or a Deluxe Gunpowder Suite. These are situated across the water beside the infinity pool and are particularly good for families being more spacious with a sitting area and mini-bar. They share an atrium and a sitting room with a flat screen TV.


Note: Standard and Superior rooms do not have TVs. There are no lifts at Admiral's Inn.


Click on the link to view a video of the standard single room with hillside view at Admiral's Inn.


Superior Double with Hillside View


Superior double room with hillside view at Admiral's Inn

Superior Double with Harbour View



Standard Single with Hillside View


Standard Single Room with Hillside View

Superior Double with patio garden and daybed



Pillars Restaurant


Pillars restaurant, English Harbour

Pillars is a waterfront restaurant specialising in seafood open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Wednesday nights during peak season a Caribbean menu is available alongside the regular a la carte menu. Expect mouth-watering dishes such as Creole shrimp, jerk chicken and saltfish fritters. Throughout the evening an excellent steel band, Sticks & Fingers, entertain guests with a host of well known tunes.


Lounge Bar


Lounge Bar at Admiral's Inn

The lounge bar is the hub of Admiral's Inn. Displayed on the walls are an array of Lord Admiral Nelson memorabilia - portraits and a plan of his ship, HMS Boreas, the frame of which was an original door frame from one of the building's entrances. Guests, yachtsmen and locals gather here for pre/post dinner drinks. Attentive barman Reggie is guaranteed to make a spectacular cocktail that will leave you wanting another. Perch on a bar stool or settle in a sumptuous sofa and partake in a game of ancient warri.


Boom Restaurant


Boom restaurant with harbour views

Boom restaurant is blessed with 360 degree views of English harbour, Nelson's Dockyard and a turquoise hued infinity pool. Watch pelicans swoop while tucking into a juicy burger, healthy salad or fresh catch of the day.


Infinity Pool and Spa


Infinity pool at Boom, Antigua

Spend a few hours or days even beside the instagrammable infinity pool. The refreshingly cool water appears to seamlessly blend into the harbour. Unwind in a lounger beneath a parasol, swaying hammock or day bed. Later, perhaps indulge in a stress relieving reiki treatment or a couples massage at The Powder Room Spa onsite before choosing lunch or a snack from Boom, served poolside if desired.


Mainbrace Restaurant


Mainbrace Restaurant, English Harbour

Mainbrace Restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner within historic Copper & Lumber Store. As the name suggests the building once stored lumber to repair ships and copper, used to lengthen the lifespan of the wood.


Friday evenings Copper & Lumber Store's restaurant is particularly vibrant as people gather here for Seafood Friday. The year-round, weekly event is one of the most highly rated fish-frys in the entire Caribbean. Feast on grilled lobster, mahi-mahi, crab fritters and seafood pasta while taking in views of the harbour and Fort Berkeley, a fort built to protect English Harbour in 1704.


Galley Bar


Galley Bar within Nelson's Dockyard

A buzzy bar/casual restaurant popular with locals, yachtsmen and tourists. Located in a picture perfect waterside setting, it is an ideal place to come for lunch, dinner or just a drink.


Dockyard Museum


Dockyard Museum, Nelson's Dockyard

The dockyard museum was once the home of Lord Admiral Nelson during his time spent here. It is an interesting way to gain an insight into dockyard life and the local area via a timeline. Events date back to 1671 when the Dover Castle first used English Harbour as a hurricane shelter. Other dates documented are the arrival of Admiral Nelson in 1784, the guard house being built at Shirley Heights in 1791 and Queen Elizabeth II's visit in 1966. She planted a palm tree that now towers above the Copper & Lumber Store.


Shops and Mini-mart


Shops within Nelson's Dockyard

A number of gift shops are scattered throughout the dockyard including three gift shops, a wooden art studio showcasing local artefacts and carvings and a mini-mart stocking essential items. At the dockyard entrance, local ladies sell clothing, swimwear, cover-ups and souvenirs to take home.


Bakery


The dockyard bakery, English Harbour

The historic stone bakery with powder blue shuttered windows still has the original three ovens that were used to feed the dockyard workers with meals and bread. Today, snacks such as coconut pie and vegetable pasties are prepared here for the current workers and visitors.


Galleon Beach via complimentary shuttle boat


Galleon Beach, Antigua

Galleon Beach is a sugar soft, sandy beach with a shipwreck attracting a host of marine life including Hawksbill Turtles. Areas are cordoned off from boats ensuring a safe place to swim and snorkel. Beachfront restaurant, Loose Cannon Beach Bar is an ideal pitstop for a fruity cocktail alongside a dish prepared by a talented chef. Nestled quietly in the background is the Academy of Rum. Sign up to a masterclass that allows you to create your own blend of rum to take home.


Why Admiral's Inn & Gunpowder Suites are good for ....


Couples

  • Luxurious accommodation

  • Couples massage at The Powder Room Spa

  • Picturesque setting

  • Fine dining restaurants onsite and within walking distance

Solo Travellers

  • 24/7 reception desk

  • Excellent Wifi

  • Walking distance to restaurants and bars

  • Plenty to do within the dockyard

  • Activities close to the local area

  • Staff get to know you on a first name basis, feels like you are amongst friends

Families

  • Rooms interconnect

  • Spacious suites for larger parties

  • 2 local beaches

  • Infinity pool

  • Restaurants and bars nearby

  • Local activities include horse riding, walking trails, Shirley Heights and zip-lining


For more information on Admiral's Inn email me at info.worldwidetravelideas@gmail.com and I will endeavour to respond within 24 hours


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