The Copper and Lumber Store exudes quiet charm, a perfect stay for people who want a quiet time in a historic atmosphere. There is no pool or beach here but Pigeon Beach is an over-the-hill walk away and worth the trek, with warm water and some shade available, though no washrooms.
We were upgraded to a two room suite with living room, kitchenette, and bathroom on the lower floor and large bedroom with a hard queen-sized bed on the upper floor. The only negative was the hard bed, because the two foot thick brick walls, exposed wooden beams, and varnished wood floors made the rooms seem like a comfortable old club. The two leather chairs were cracked but very cozy - you wouldn't expect new chairs anyway. There were ceiling fans on both levels and air conditioning in the bedroom.
Breakfast is provided each day in the hotel's restaurant as part of your package. We had the amusing experience of enjoying a late breakfast while the tour groups ambled in and wanted to know where the baththrooms and their complimentary rum punch were. You can buy lunch there too but the hotel's restaurant is not open after 3:30 pm.
That means you need to walk three or four blocks toward Falmouth Harbour for dinner in the dark (at this time of year). A flashlight is recommended, but the route seems safe. And the walk is worth it. There is excellent choice for dining. Each restaurant seems to close one night of the week but there is always something open. Abracadabra is good for Italian food and there is a pizzeria nearby as well. The big surprise to us, however, was the unassuming-looking Trappas restaurant, where the speed of service, choice of entrees, and taste were all amazing; the fish dishes in particular were to die for. We even got to watch the chef as he lifted the food onto our plates with a (clean) wallboard spatula! Perhaps he had a previous career in construction trades. Chef is his true calling.
We stayed in mid-January, which meant there were upwards of fifty superyachts in the marinas ready for racing - quite a sight for tourists who own a lowly Sunfish sailboat.
Service was friendly and excellent at the hotel and the restaurants. The staffs were always ready to solve the little, inevitable problems or just pass the time of day with you. At the beginning of our stay, only three rooms of this fourteen room hotel were occupied but more people came in later. In the day, the Docktard was full of day-trippers from the cruise ships, but at night it was quiet.
This is not a hotel for families but for those who like being on their own and finding their own entertainment.
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- The historic Copper and Lumber Store Historic Inn is a beautiful intimate Antiguan Hotel where the laid back charm and rich culture of the Caribbean blends with the colonial history of Antigua to create a luxurious romantic hotel in a unique setting. ... more less
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