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The Copper and Lumber Store Historic Inn
Ranked #4 of 4 Hotels in English Harbour
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Brantford, Ont., Canada
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“Five Nights in a museum”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2010

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.

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2010

I stayed here overnight to catch a flight back after a sailing trip.

The hotel is within Neslon's Dockyard National Park in English Harbour which is in itself a wonderful attraction. The Antiguans have refurbished all of the buildings and amenities used when the bay was the main base for the Royal Navy in the Carribean, back in the days of 'wooden ships and iron men'. The whole development is very well done, a good meseum with interesting shops and very peacful. There are a number of businesses based in the dockyard such as bars and resturants and also the Sunsail Charter base where we left our Beneteau 48 after the sailing trip (great boat by the way).

The harbour itself really comes to life during Antigua Sailing Week and the hotel will be booked out for hard core yachties years in advance. However in November, at the very start of the season it wasa almost empty.

The hotel itself is, as the name suggests, a conversion of the original storehouse which i think dates back to the 1780s. As you can imagine, with lots of original wood and brick the place is full of character.I wanted something basic just to get my head down for the night so took the cheapest room. However what I got was a two room suite with its own kitchen. This may be because it was low seaon or because I was staying there on the reommendation of a frined whose name I mentioned. (This always goes down well with small hotels I find0. The staff were just great, very relaxed, friendly and helpful as you would expect in this part of the world.

In exchange for character, this place is in no way a resort hotel (which I personally dislike anyway) as ther is no beacfron and no pool. It is however a great place for the discerning indipendent traveler. I doubt however that it will appeal to families with young kids who want to slob about round a pool.

If you are looking for a beach there is a pretty nice public one about 20 mins walk away (slow walking West Indies style) which the staff can direct you to.

The resturant was closed as it was so early in the season but I had already arranged to meet friends at a resturant about 10 mins walk up the road.

In summary a cool place to stay in an area teaming with history and character but best suited to indipendent minded travelers.

http://www.copperandlumberhotel.com/

  • Stayed November 2009, travelled solo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2009

They got it right! How wonderful to be able to stay in such a historic building. The architecture is amazing. The room was very comfortable, picturesque and clean with great details and amenities. The staff was courteous and helpful and the location is great, especially in the early morning and late afternoon/evening when the tourists have been bussed out and you share this beautiful compound with a few other guests and the people from the sailing yachts docked just steps from the building. There is an understated luxury at this hotel which makes for a wonderful experience. Staying here was very unique and special for us.

  • Stayed February 2009, travelled as a couple
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St. Paul-de-Vence
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2008

This experience speaks volumes about the Copper and Lumber Store Hotel.

I was passing through Antigua with a 7 hour wait between flights, which allowed time for a meeting in English Harbour. Although the Copper and Lumber was closed for renovations, they offered me a day room that I could use to shower and change. This enabled me to go to glorious Half Moon Bay, have a walk and a swim, returning to the Copper and Lumber for a shower and a rest before going on to the airport for my onward flight - completely refreshed.

Such kindness and understanding of the needs of weary travellers is rare indeed, and deserves in my opinion, a special mention.

  • Liked — Oasis in an historical location
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed October 2008, travelled on business
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2008

We stayed here for Antigua Sailing Week and the location was just perfect - literally steps from the boat which was handy for those early race starts! I really like Nelson's Dockyard, including all the shops as well as The Galley Bar - many an afternoon spent there! The staff in the Copper and Lumber were some of the best I've met anywhere - just perfect. They were so friendly and interested in how we were doing in the races. We always felt they were looking after us.

The rooms are spacious with all you need - including the essential fridge, kettle and toaster. The breakfasts are great with lots of choice and the staff will always try to meet your needs.

I think the Copper and Lumber is excellent value for money - great location, fantastic staff and if you need quick access to a lovely beach - catch a water taxi across the harbour to Galleon Beach and its wonderful beach restaurants.

  • Stayed May 2008
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Wiltshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2008

We stayed at the Copper and Lumber Store Hotel for two weeks, to await the arrival of our son, who was rowing across the Atlantic on his own and then to recover once he'd arrived! Stress levels were high as we waited for him, but the hotel staff couldn't have been kinder. Gillian is a gem, and the other staff also very attentive and friendly. Nothing was too much trouble. We were helped to organise everything we needed for Sam's arrival as well as anything else we needed for our own stay.
Our room was magnificent - a glorious view of the harbour from the sitting area and a view over the delightful inner courtyard from the sleeping area. It was a large, tastefully restored studio room with cooking facilities and we couldn't have been more comfortable. Full of history, character and atmosphere but with all the facilities we needed, and beautifully kept with daily cleaning.
The location is stunning with enough to see and do in the area for a short stay, and easy access to buses and taxis if you want to see more of the island. Nelsons Dockyard itself is fascinating and beautifully restored. Being a secure area very peaceful and protected as well. All the locals were incredibly helpful and friendly.
The hotel didn't offer evening meals, but we didn't mind as there are so many good restaurants to try locally. We had a good breakfast in the hotel every day. and on the occasions when we had lunch there, we were perfectly satisfied.
When our son arrived, after 75 days at sea, the hotel staff were as excited as we were, and couldn't do too much for us, even to the extent of finding a recipe for Apple Crumble on the internet and making it for Sam - he had requested it while at sea as he was craving the taste of fruit!
We had a perfect stay; the accommodation couldn't have been bettered, the hotel staff were magnificent and the local people couldn't have been more welcoming. The fact that we weren't very relaxed much of the time was down to the circumstances of our visit but we will definitely return for a proper holiday (and I suspect it will be more than once - I could have stayed there forever! I would have no hesitation in recommending the hotel to anyone although it is perhaps a bit quite for children and teenagers.

  • Liked — Location, sympathetically restored historic building, great staff
  • Disliked — Nothing really.
  • Stayed March 2008, travelled with family
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Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 March 2008

My husband and I just returned from a 6 night stay at The Copper & Lumber Store Hotel. We were there February 26 - March 3, 2008. We had a wonderful time, and would recommend the hotel to anyone that likes history, boat harbor views and quiet charm. The hotel is located inside restored historic Nelson's Dockyard. We parked near the security entrance, and walked the short road to the hotel and harbor. It was very easy to find once we were inside the dockyard. We were warmly greeted by a very friendly young man at the front desk, and shown to the Africa Room, a Georgian suite facing the harbor. The rooms were simply but nicely appointed. The large bedroom was on an upper floor, and the bed was fine. I was worried when I first entered the suite, because it smelled quite musty. However, once the windows were opened, the sea breezes took care of that. We had no problems with it after that. The pluses of this hotel were many. We loved the feeling of staying in a building full of history. We enjoyed the harbor views, and the super convenience on being a few paces from a fantastic museum and restored working dockyard. The location was great. We took a few short hikes right from the hotel to an abandoned fort and Pigeon Beach. We were a short stroll from some great restaurants. Le Cap Horn (French) and abracadabra (Seafood and Italian) were our favorites. Since the streets are narrow and not well labeled, we were glad not to have drive at night. The rooms were well cleaned daily, and the desk staff was friendly. The negatives were few, but the furnishings were somewhat in need of refurbishing. The two wing chairs were badly stained, maybe due to moisture problems. There is no restaurant for dinner. I guess they are trying to find someone to run it. They did serve breakfast and lunch, but we would recommend against it. Our first day we tried a continental breakfast (not included with our room) and it was mediocre. The woman serving us was the worst waitress I have ever seen. She was unhelpful, slow, curt and called me "Your Highness" under her breath. After that we bought breakfast food, and very much enjoyed eating at a table in our sitting room overlooking the harbor. It worked out just fine. If you love history and the boating scene, this is a find.

  • Liked — Historical setting, harbor views, proximity to excellant restaurants
  • Disliked — Somewhat worn, bad waitress
  • Stayed February 2008, travelled as a couple
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Property: The Copper and Lumber Store Historic Inn
Address: Nelson's Dockyard | Nelson's Dockyard, English Harbour, English Harbour 11111, Antigua
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Region: Caribbean > Antigua and Barbuda > Antigua > Saint Paul Parish > English Harbour
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Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant
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Ranked #4 of 4 Hotels in English Harbour
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Hotel Class:3 star — The Copper and Lumber Store Historic Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 14
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