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The Inn at English Harbour
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in English Harbour
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 21 February 2014

This really is a classy hotel, especially for those in search of serious relaxation! The rooms are large and beautifully appointed. Most of them are contained within a row of very elegant colonial-style buildings set in a magnificent garden, which is meticulously manicured and full of birds (& the occasional mongoose)! Immediately adjacent to the lawn is the beach, which is clean & carefully maintained with fine sand leading down to the water. If you choose one of the ample supply of sun beds, you are provided with all the towels you need, an ice bucket of chilled water, and fresh fruit mid-morning – all gratis! (The swimming is excellent, however the snorkelling is less impressive). Alternatively you might choose to take a complimentary ride in the hotel boat round the corner to Nelson’s Dockyard. Also adjacent to the beach is a bar and beach restaurant where breakfast and lunch are served, and a swimming pool. This really is a place to chill par excellence!

Behind all this the wooded hills rise up a couple of hundred feet and at the top you find the main reception area, lounge bar and restaurant of the hotel, somewhat detached from everything down at sea level. (There is a complimentary shuttle bus, which runs between the two). This higher area is all delightfully presented, and the balcony where dinner is usually served has views to die for of English Harbour and Falmouth Harbour. All the staff at The Inn are friendly, efficient, well trained & numerous, as they need to be to maintain the very high standards. None of this comes cheap, in fact it is a very expensive hotel, but you do get value for money.

We only really have one criticism. The food in the dinner restaurant is absolutely fine but does not quite match the standards one might expect given everything else about the hotel. On some ‘themed’ evenings the choice is also quite limited. As another contributor has noted, the hotel requires you to book half board, so they have a captive audience, and perhaps are relying on this a little too much. It would be worth the effort to bring the cuisine into line with the superb standards of everything else.

When you are next in Antigua & in the mood to spoil yourself, this is the place to stay!

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 February 2014

This hotel has been the best formany years in Antigua.We feel they are resting on their laurels ! the resturant is "ok" but nothing special, there are several restaurants nearby that are far better. The fact that you "have to" take half boardis just to keep the hotel restaurant full, you also most evenings take the alternatives whuch equal the cost of eating out. The have a great beach restaurant which they do not use in the evening, only for the barbeque.They need a new chef, get up to date, the only reason they are full is because they have no competion.

Room Tip: Take a grand suite
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  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with family
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9  Thank Ian F
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Reviewed 18 February 2014

If taking a taxi to The Inn ignore the next two paragraphs, but they might be useful if you are driving yourself.

While Antigua does have road signs on the approach to major junctions, they are so faded as to be illegible from a moving car. Even so, it's easy enough to find English Harbour from the Airport. But there is no sign to The Inn whatsoever, and the local maps are not particularly accurate.

After passing the large sign to Falmouth Harbour Marina there is a right turn (at Geny's 'supermarket', actually a hut with a corrugated iron roof, but it's still fairly obvious) to Nelson's Dockyard. Go straight on at this point, picking your way through parked cars along what appears to be a minor road. It then opens out fairly quickly. Carry on through a number of bends, taking the 90 degree left-hand turn by the entrance to the Clarence House restoration project. Shortly after this there is a right turn, apparently on to a dirt track, signed 'Galleon Beach, Private Property'. Take this turn; the gates about 100 yards ahead mark the entrance to The Inn. Hurrah! You're there.

Once there it is an oasis (within what is anyway a lovely island). Reception, the bar and the dining room are in a building high above the main site (with a shuttle between). The grounds are immaculate, the rooms in charming buildings, each with a sea view from the large balcony. We were in a junior suite, which was huge. From this room there was a room with two wash-basins and generous storage, with the shower and 'loo beyond that.

Breakfast (and a weekly barbeque) are held in the Reef Restaurant, right by the immaculate beach, covered with more loungers (we thought) than there can be guests, so no beach towels on loungers here. There is a beautifully maintained swimming pool, a library, a spa, a tennis court, Laser dinghies; I'm not sure if we missed anything.

The staff are universally delightful and extremely helpful, even if Vere (the boatman) sometimes forgets the agreed pick up time from Nelson's Dockyard (we didn't experience this, but other guests did). About the only criticism that we have is that the free wifi service isn't particularly reliable (and, to my surprise, guests aren't given access to the presumably more reliable router in the Reception area).

As the hotel was full they could not offer late check-out, but a shower was available in the spa before leaving for an overnight flight.

It's not cheap, but with these facilities and staffing levels standards this high can't be maintained with cheap prices. The main rate offers half board; not only is dinner on the terrace delightful, but the food is excellent.

The number of regular visitors whom we met during our stay illustrate how attached travellers are to this excellent hotel; we certainly very much enjoyed our stay at The Inn.

Room Tip: We were glad that we had a first floor junior suite. Some contributors liked the cabanas, we felt t...
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  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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9  Thank Sarum_Castle
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Reviewed 9 February 2014

We have just had our third stay at the Inn. Just as wonderful as the previous two visits. This time we stayed in a Beach Cabanos which we loved; the immediacy of staying on the beach, watching the wonderful sunrises and sunsets. The staff are magnificent and go out of their way to make your stay as comfortable and pleasurable as possible. I agree with a previous reviewer and say this is definitely a chill out place for couples. I can't think of another place like it with the friendly staff, beautiful pool, lovely grounds, great beach restaurant, more formal restaurant and fantastic setting with its own private, characterful beach. I think the spa needs updating but that is a minor niceity but it would be good and for that reason have only scored it three. The beauty therapist/masseur is great but the decor is dated and I think a spa should be uplifting, my only tiny tiny niggle. I also like the fact its not like a conventional hotel layout and everything is spread out divided by beautiful gardens and landscaping which gives privacy and individuality. We'll be back!

Room Tip: They are all good !!
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  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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8  Thank Zelda B
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Reviewed 7 February 2014

My wife and I stayed at the Inn in a junior suite on the ground floor. Ours was room 10 at the far end. The twin beds faced the lush gardens, the pool, the beach and the sea. We could sit in bed and enjoy the fabulous views. We were untroubled by other guests passing our terrace. A regular bird visitor tried to peck at its rival in the mirror!
There were plenty of loungers on the beach with adequate shade and the beds around the pool were rarely occupied. The Reef beach bar provided an outstanding breakfast and lunch menu.
The staff, Glenda, Tamara, Mayron and Barman Tussy could not be more friendly or helpful.
Launch Captain Vere ran his ship with Nelsonic aplomb. Rosie kept the loungers supplied with towels, iced bottled water and a big smile.
The terrace restaurant has an unrivalled view over English and Falmouth harbours.
Bar staff Vassel and Neil were great fun and Wesley, the Maitre D was an inspiration.
Michelle must be the best housekeeper ever.
This is a very special hotel, luxurious but friendly. Calm but interesting.
Watching from the beach, there was always something happening in the bay. We were privileged to welcome many of the Atlantic Rowers home and to watch the super yachts preparing to race.

Room Tip: Some ground floor rooms have terraces that are a little too public. Our junior suite was plenty big...
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  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with friends
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7  Thank Geoffreypm
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Reviewed 25 January 2014

lets deal with the important issues first
the location is AWESOME
the people are BEYOND AWESOME
the food is FABULOUS
breakfast restaurant location will make your heart SING
view from the restaurant at night is BREATHTAKING
the grounds and the gardens are a true JOY
the shuttle that takes you from your room to the dining room is just great and QUIRKY
there is an abundance of space in the rooms , the pool and the beach , and so PEACEFUL
bed is very COMFORTABLE
we loved afternoon tea........ we never thought we would but we did !

this is a hotel for couples............ you will relax and have a wonderful time

the downside is that the gym is poor , the furniture could be a bit more comfortable and the hotel could use a bit more investment but the greats outweigh the churlish points for improvement

we will return

Room Tip: ask for a room in the central block ( there are 3 blocks ) ........... the view is awesome
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  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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8  Thank lorrainesfavourite
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Reviewed 23 January 2014

This is our second time at The Inn and… what to say…..there is nothing not to love about this very special hotel. The Inn is first class in every way: rooms, beach, view , food, service… we love every minute we're spending here.
Christina, Wesley,Glenda, Neil… Thank you! You've made our holiday really special. I'm sure we'll think about you during the rainy days dreaming about our next holiday at The Inn.

Room Tip: Deluxe and Junior suite are both beautiful, the cabanas are smaller but right on the beach
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  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank ann7035
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Address: Freeman's Bay, English Harbour, Antigua
Region: Caribbean > Antigua and Barbuda > Antigua > Saint Paul Parish > English Harbour
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in English Harbour
Price Range: £382 - £714 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — The Inn at English Harbour 4.5*
Number of rooms: 28
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set on a postcard-lovely bay on the island of Antigua, this split-level resort features a hilltop building overlooking English Harbour and the picturesque waters of the Caribbean Sea. The Hotel has its own white sandy beach, with a small but lovely private dock. Clear emerald blue waters are encompassed by the magnificently lush green landscape of the surrounding hills. This semi-enclosure induces a feeling of privacy and seclusion. ... more   less 
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