Just returned home from 8 days/7 nights at this charming, lovely inn. What a unique hotel! I agree with other reviewers that the staff is top-notch and that makes all the difference. You can have a clean, beautiful hotel but if your staff isn’t great, then it won’t measure up. These people are terrific! The hotel is quiet and we loved that, just what we needed after a hectic year at home.
We loved our little bungalow on the beach. Walking straight to our chairs and then to the water was a luxury. We love to swim in the ocean so didn’t spend any time in the pool. The beach is a perfect swimming beach with gentle waves lolling you into a peaceful rest. I didn’t want to leave.
We opted for the half-board and we weren’t disappointed. Some of the fish entrees were over-cooked but in general, we thought the meals were fine and we were thrilled with the service and the specialty nights: Italian night and beachside barbecue night.
We went to Shirley Heights Sunday night to hear the music and see the bay and sunset from this small mountain. Worth the trip. Also, we took a car tour of the island. It’s worth it to check out other beaches that have a more intense turquoise color if you’re into that. Also, I’d recommend taking the free water taxi over to Nelson’s Dockyard for shopping and visiting the museum. My husband took a two tank dive excursion with Tony who was recommended by the hotel. Although the equipment was a bit worn, my husband was very happy with the personal care and the underwater pictures Tony emailed to us.
Antigua was a new island for us and in general, we liked it. It is hilly and lush and the views are spectacular. Similar to other islands, there are some beautiful resorts and areas and then some not so nice areas. I’ve read other reviews about the airport and now I can agree. That place is a mess. It was so crowded (even in the off-season) and the air conditioning was so weak in the waiting area, we couldn’t wait to get on our plane. They are building a new terminal so hopefully that situation will be resolved soon.
We had mostly sunshine and highs in low to mid-80s (F) with an occasional 5 minute light shower. But, with a constant cooling breeze, we hardly ever felt over-heated. It is off-season so some of the restaurants and stores we would have liked to visit were closed. We didn’t expect that as we often travel to the islands in July and haven’t experienced that as much in other places.
In general, we loved the hotel, liked the island and were very appreciative of the amazing service we received there. Thank you to Christina, Wesley, Ocean and everyone at the Inn!
- 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
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