We needed just one night's accommodation on the lovely island of Antigua, most places expect a minimum of 3, so we were happy to book Anchorage Inn. We had read recent reviews of the inn and how it had improved since the arrival of the new manager. On our arrival we were met with cool flannels and a bottle of water, excellent start, and then taken to our superior
room which had a small balcony overlooking the pool. The furniture was of the shabby chic variety, without meaning to be so! A lovely big, comfortable bed but with only one bedside table: always very frustrating, where am I supposed to put my glasses and book? Essentially everything was basic but clean. Unfortunately we were unable to use the balcony, which we would have liked to do, as the air conditioning unit was sited there making it too noisy and hot from the exhaust. We wandered down to the pool, where we felt strongly that someone needs to check out the poolside furniture. Much of it needed repair or cleaning, and many tiles appeared to be missing from the pool. We decided to eat at their restaurant as we were tired after our long flight. However it seemed that the chef had not bothered turning up to work, with the excuse that his phone was "mashed up". I must say the other staff that we encountered (no sign of the manager) were helpful and friendly. Eventually we got a taxi to a nearby restaurant. Fortunately the waitress cooked an excellent breakfast the following morning. Still no chef.
We have been visiting the Caribbean for many years now and were happy enough that we had got what we paid for, but had we been first time visitors would have been very disheartened. Caribbean accommodation is very expensive compared to many places. There is a lot of potential here, but sadly still a long way to go.
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- Also Known As:
- Anchorage Hotel St. John`s
- Anchorage Inn Antigua/Saint John Parish