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The Inn at English Harbour
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Reviewed 21 February 2014

We have just returned from a week at this boutique hotel and enjoyed every minute of our stay. The hotel is in a beautiful location with lovely well maintained gardens. We had a junior suite which was very nice. The room had a lovely 4 poster bed, seating, tea and coffee facilities, ample wardrobe space and decorated in a colonial style. There was a large outside verandah which was lovely to use and look out over the gardens. As there are only 28 rooms in this hotel you never feel that it is crowded and have no issue getting a sunbed as there are enough for everyone ! The beach is just idyllic with its wonderful view over English harbour and white sand. Near the beach there is a restaurant for breakfast and lunch and a formal restaurant for your evening meal near reception. We were on half board and found the food good with some daily choice . The staff are all very friendly , helpful and cannot do enough for you. Wesley makes sure everything is ship shape in the restaurant , Neil and Ocean make great cocktails while Christina will organise any trips you may want to make.
There is a jetty on the beach where you can get a small boat at any time during the day which will take you into Nelson's Dockyard or any waterfront restaurants . The pool is not very big but while we were there most guests used the beach so was never overcrowded .
The hotel does a BBQ one evening, an Italian themed evening, and a small cocktail party which enables guests to mingle and get to know each other.
We we're recommended this hotel and I would have no hesitation recommending myself. Over half of the guests there with us we're repeat guests which speaks volumes.

Room Tip: Wherever your room you ring for a car to take you to reception as it us up a hill so never really any distance to walk to other amenities
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9  Thank Lesley B
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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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8  Thank MisterCreosote1
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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
  • 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 that they lacked privacy.
  • 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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8  Thank Zelda B
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