Fodor's Expert Review Admiral's Inn

Dockyard Dr., English Harbour Town, St. Paul, Antigua and Barbuda Fodor's Choice

This Georgian brick edifice, originally the shipwright's offices in what is now Nelson's Dockyard, has withstood acts of God and war since 1788. The sturdy walls, occasionally creaking floorboards, even the ancient bar exude history. The finest rooms at "The Ads," as yachties call it, feature the original timbered ceilings—replete with iron braces, whitewashed brick walls, polished hardwood floors, sailing prints, white quilts, and four-poster beds swaddled in mosquito netting. Those upstairs (Nos. 1–3) spy on the yachts in the harbor through Australian pines and stone pillars. Gulls and egrets seem poised to dart into the timbered four-room Loft (once the dockyard's joinery). In early 2014 the former Gunpowder House on the opposite point was transformed with luxurious junior suites (blending colonial and contemporary from four-poster beds to iPod docks), an infinity pool, and the Boom! restaurant-lounge; a small spa is still in the works. Commandeer the complimentary boat and shuttle to nearby beaches when crowds descend on the compound and the inn's captivating terrace restaurant for lunch.


  • historic ambience yet contemporary boutique style
  • central English Harbour location
  • fine value
  • free Wi-Fi
  • charming restaurant setting


  • occasionally noisy when yachties take over the bar
  • recently remodeled bathrooms are still cramped
  • no beach
  • no air-conditioning in some units


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Phones: 268-460–1027 | 268-460–1153


18 rooms, 4 suites
Rate Includes: No meals

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