The Inn at English Harbour4.5 out of 5.0
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This area has stunning views over the English Harbour. It's a good location because there are restaurants nearby so we swapped dinner for lunch a couple of times and went out for dinner (we were on half board). We came here just to relax and recharge our batteries and we basically just chilled on the lovely beach most days. Staff are incredibly nice and welcoming. Antigua has 365 beaches and it's embarrassing to admit we only saw the one at the hotel..! But it was exactly the holiday we were hoping for.
We stayed here on our first trip to the Caribbean. The hotel was impressive. Nicely fitted out and great views over the bay from the reception/bar/restaurant. We booked a cabana - right on the beach front and close enough to the lunch bar/restaurant to be really convenient but still with the feel of being on our own beach. Staff were very helpful and friendly, and nothing was too much trouble. There is a small sea sport place where you can borrow snorkelling gear, kayaks, and sailboards free to guests. There is a small pier from which a ferry to Nelson's Dockyard run by the Inn operates. The ferry is free to guests. Generally it goes when you want to go anytime during the day and comes back by arrangement. There is a small supermarket at the Dockyard if you want to buy snacks etc. The food at the Inn is very good. Dinner is served in the main restaurant (which is at the top of the hill) and a shuttle car will pick you up and take you back after dinner - yet again free of charge. All in all a great quality place to spend a few days relaxing and just recharging the batteries, whilst being spoilt! When we checked out we had several hours before our transfer to the airport so the Inn staff arranged to give us use of a room so we could swim, shower and relax. This is a really nice place and we loved it and will definitely come back again. A couple of things to know: 1. The water sport equipment is free but sizes are whatever is available. We had no problems getting what we wanted. 2. The main restaurant says smart dress for dinner - I was worried I would be under dressed but in fact short sleeve shirt and trousers was fine. Basically they ask you not to wear shorts or tee shirts, swimwear etc. It was very relaxed. 3. The airport is relatively small - not a lot of choice of food or duty free (but enough to avoid starvation or thirst!). 4. Other guests told us that liquor stores sell duty free in towns around the island. We didn't try this as the Inn was good value and far more convenient. 5. If you go to The Inn at English Harbour we hope you enjoy it as much as we did.
We stayed at The Inn for one week. I wish we could have stayed for at least 10 days! I had tears leaving Antigua - it is such a beautiful island. We will be back - no question. We were pleased with The Inn upon arrival - with the warm, friendly greeting and the short drive down to our room. We stayed at the Cabana room #9 on the beach. We will stay there again next time - no question. It was a perfect set up for us. We have been to St Maarten, Turks, Cayman, Bahamas, Aruba etc and we have never had a room so close to the water. It was heaven - for us (being from cold, snowy - Canada). We really enjoyed the people at the resort as well - Ocean, Darren, Captain - and the other guests that stayed there as well. Very laid back, nice people. Everyone made us feel very welcome - and special. We found the food to be - very good - breakfast, lunch and dinner. It was really nice to choose between lunch or dinner at the resort - which gave us some freedom to explore other venues. My husband played Tennis and said that the court was in excellent shape. I enjoyed reading - and walking in to the calm, blue, beautiful water - that was just steps away from our cabana. A young man named Jerome gave us a tour of the island - and he was awesome!! Antigua is very safe, friendly island. I loved everything about it.
We have just spent 2 lovely weeks at the Inn. The hotel was in a perfect setting on the beach. Views from the Reef restaurant, whilst having a superb breakfast, were stunning. We were very pleased with our room (no 10) even though it was on the ground floor. Very easily accessible on returning from the beach to enjoy a G & T in the evening sun. The staff were all very friendly - we wouldn't like to single any one out (but perhaps Vere, the captain, would be an exception!) Being able to get over to Nelson's Dockyard on the hotel's water taxi gave a sense of freedom. Then you could catch the local bus to St John's, the capital (a fun experience!) If you are a shopaholic, the capital is not for you unless you want to buy duty free jewellery! But great to walk round & see the markets & local life etc. As other reviewers have commented, the only slight downside is the choice on the dinner menu & the infrequency at which it is changed. That said, we thoroughly enjoyed our holiday & would certainly go back again.
Just arrived back last Monday from the Inn at English Harbour. Fabulous room at the back people we met had a cabana on the front , right on the beach , very nice but smaller . Staff so friendly couldn't do enough for you. Afternoon tea , nice touch but could be more varied , and larger sandwiches please !! We were half board so you could either have lunch and swap for dinner in the evening. We had heard bad reviews re dinner last year , but we had no complaints food very good . also there was a courtesy boat that took you into the historic English Harbour only a few minutes away . Had a wonderful 9 nights there . the hotel is very small we met so many nice people there , also weather was perfect !!
The Inn, as everyone seems to call it, is a delightful, somewhat quirky hotel on the waters edge on the southern side of Antigua. The rooms are in two story and single story blocks set amidst the gardens of the property all within an easy stroll of the beach and pool. There are beach cabana rooms which literally open onto the sand but we stayed in number 24 - a lovely 1st floor junior suite with balconies overlooking gardens, and a vaulted ceiling with fans turning. You sleep beneath mosquito netting and whilst we paid heed to anti mosquito sprays, vapes etc we did not get a single bite! There is of course air conditioning for those who think the ceiling fans are just for effect. Our suite had a large and luxurious bathroom but no tub, there is a wet room style shower which was superb. We were on a "half board" basis - Breakfast and Lunch are taken in the Reef Restaurant, 2 minutes walk from the suite and literally on the waters edge - paradise - Breakfast is buffet but you can have a cooked to order menu, all very good. Lunch is from a menu with daily specials, again good but the star is the location. Dinner is served in the main hotel which is a courtesy shuttle away up the hill, and can be eaten outside (weather permitting) with lovely views of the lights of English Harbour and Nelsons dockyard below. The food itself is good but not inspiring and the menu is short so by the end of the week I had had the same starter 4 times!!! A change of menu on a more regular basis might be a suggestion to contemplate. But I don't want to carp as all in all we had a lovely break and there is always the water taxi (complementary) to the restaurants in the dockyard for lunch, and taxis to other restaurants in the evening. A special commendation for the staff at The Inn who are friendly, courteous, and helpful. The acid test - would we go back? Yes, we can't wait.
This is going to be a long review! Rooms:Fantastic: We stayed in a beach cabana and I really wouldn't look beyond these, you really do have an en-suite beach! It's 25 yards from bed to beach.... they are perfect with your own dedicated sun loungers with lovely comfortable cushions and your own terrace with 2 comfy chairs and table. No longer do you have to think about what to take to the beach, you can just nip back into your room! There are only 4 rooms, 2 at each end of the beach, we had number 35 which was the furthest from the restaurant serving breakfast and lunch which meant it was quieter and you didn't have people walking past you all the time. At weekends there was some noise from the more public beach which you wouldn't get if you were in the other cabana's - I'm glad we were where we were. Beach: Fantastic: Very well maintained with it being raked very morning about 7am and towels out out for guests on the sun loungers, being in a cabana we had our own, but they are all very spaced out and plenty for everyone, no-one is sitting on top of each other or listening to each others conversations. Darren who looks after guests on the beach is very attentive and is happy to bring a Mojito when you want one and constantly provides complimentary bottled water and melon skewers - thanks Darren! A short stroll from the hotel is Galleon Beach which has the Cheeky Marlin beach bar - don't miss it, it's brilliant! It has a very laid back vibe, good food and a mean rum punch. Snorkelling from the beach is also good, especially in front of the Cheeky Marin, we spotted turtles and a good number of fish, there is also a wreck further round the bay, ask Vere the boat captain and he'll point you in the right direction. Breakfast/Lunch: Fantastic: Taken at the restaurant on the beach, with those on a half board basis being able to swop dinner for lunch (and I suggest you do!) both menus offered an excellent choice and all meals were well prepared with tasty ingredients. Great service from all the staff, especially Kylie who made sure we got an early breakfast when we were heading out to Cades Reef on a snorkelling trip. Ocean can also mix a mean cocktail. Dinner: A disappointment: The menu was uninteresting and not very well executed, the tasting menu was a better option but still lacked skill. The restaurant which has a stunning setting is a bit stuffy and lacked atmosphere - this is a real shame, if this could be modernised and become a destination restaurant, then I'm sure it would buzz and no-one would ever want to leave - I would award 5 stars if this was righted. The Boat transfers: Good: Vere is a credit to the hotel, always ready for a joke with you and very reliable, loved the complimentary transfers to Nelsons Dockyard, but it would be good if they could run until 6pm (they stop at 4:45pm). There is a real buzz over in Nelsons Dockyard/English Harbour and a taxi is about £10 each way, there are some good restaurants there also Sun Ra and then Catherines at Pigeon Beach and some bars Skullduggary and Cloggys if you want to watch the rugby! The harbour and marina has some jaw dropping yachts which are worth googling. Finally, yes I've nearly finished! This was an amazing 7 night holiday and I loved the hotel, which also had brilliant wifi throughout (even the beach - if you can't leave it alone) If they fix the restaurant I might never leave.....
This hotel does not fail us as an overall 'package'. Same beautiful situation with water access to Nelson's Dockyard & surrounds. The Inn lives up to it's reputation! The grounds, beach & facilities are excellent, the staff attentive & most helpful without being too forward. The suites are very colonial & peaceful & the cabanas, whilst needing a bit of an update which I believe will be in hand at the end of this season, are large rooms on the beach which is wonderful. The Inn has often struggled with menus but the meals on offer in both the Terrace restaurant (eves only) & the Reef beach restaurant (day only) have very much improved & raised the standard dramatically. Look out for the Thurs. evening BBQ at the Reef, - it's a must!
Written on behalf of Anne Bramall: My Husband and I enjoyed a wonderful week long holiday at The Inn at English Harbour. The hotel surroundings are beautiful, and we enjoyed most days on the pristine beach. - Sadly on the last day of our holiday my husband unexpectedly, but peacefully passed away. I wish to praise the Inn at English Harbour for all the support I needed, and received - particularly singling out the under manager, Anna Sabetelli who I shall never forget for her exceptional work and care for me. Thank you.
We spent some three and a half weeks in Antigua in February, starting at Blue Waters where the waterfall shower was great. we them moved on from all inclusive indulgence to Yepton Estate Cottages for 11 days self catering,The shower in No1 was amazing for a solar heated system, very hot and powerful. We then finished off our holiday with a further 4 days all inclusive at "The Inn" (second year running) The Refurbished shower in No 31 Was amazing, Hot, Powerful and the Penhaligan toiletries are superb. Very little changes at the Inn, the beach is superb as is the pool, the suites likewise although now becoming a little old fashioned. Excellent Wi fi service. Food at the beach for breakfast and lunch excellent with some great young ladies serving, we had a real laugh with them and the Barman They all promote the hotel. Dinner "up top" was as has previously been noted variable, we had two very good and one very average meals up there (in fairness we complained on the night and the next evening were given a bottle of Champagne as recompense, thank you management) The Thursday evening BBQ by the Beach was excellent with a wide range of meats, fish, salads and veg. All in all a great 4 nights, The Staff make the place, poor Nelson had to fill in for Captain and drive the shuttle when the driver went off sick, he didn't stop running all day and was still smiling at the end We're already plotting a return next year Regards J & M
The Inn at English Harbour places you next to Galleon Beach and within a 10-minute walk of Pillars of Hercules. This 28-room, 4.5-star hotel welcomes guests with conveniences like an outdoor pool, free in-room WiFi, and free self parking. It's on the beach and also near Nelson's Dockyard and Carpenter's Rock Trailhead.
Free breakfast is included with your stay. This hotel is home to 2 onsite restaurants, perfect for a quick bite to eat. Savor a meal from the comfort of your room with room service.
The Inn at English Harbour's 28 rooms are air-conditioned and provide patios, iPod docks, and minibars. Guests can expect to find free WiFi and LCD TVs with cable channels. Bathrooms offer hair dryers, designer toiletries, bathrobes, and slippers. Coffee makers, ceiling fans, and safes are also standard.
Guests of The Inn at English Harbour have access to an outdoor pool, a fitness center, and free WiFi in public areas. If you plan to drive, free parking is available. Multilingual staff at the front desk are standing by 24/7 to help with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and securing valuables. Other amenities at this adults-only hotel include a meeting room, a library, and a terrace.
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93% of guests recommend this hotelTotal of 387 reviews