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!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Inn At English Harbour Hotel English Harbour
- Hotel At English Harbour
- At English Harbour Hotel