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The Inn at English Harbour
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in English Harbour
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“Spectacular”
Reviewed 12 January 2012

We visited Antigua for the first time the day after Christmas, staying through the New Year. This property is absolutely gorgeous. It was fully booked for the holiday season but that had no impact at all. The property is very intimate and allows for maximum privacy while still providing a very nice, warm ambiance in the lounge, the restaurant and the grounds in general. The staff is wonderful. We knew this before we even checked in as I had dealt with Sherma for many weeks prior to our arrival with a host of questions. I read a negative comment about Wesley - It could not be the same charming, funny gentleman who did so much to make our stay memorable. If you wish to go out and about, Christina knows every treasured spot on the island -- all of her recommendations were spot on!

The room was spacious, spotless and chock full of amenities. The pool is lovely and overlooks the beach and water. The beach has lots of nice, cozy places to relax - complete with hammocks.

The food at the Inn was wonderful. Breakfast was buffet or a la carte with options to fit a universal palate. Dinner at the formal restaurant high on the cliffside was tasty with a great selection of local ingredients.

The location of this property is fantastic. There is a free water taxi that can take you around the cove and delivers your within steps of lots of great restaurants and bars. A short hike on a nearby trail takes to Shirley Heights with breathtaking views of the harbor.

New Year's Eve was a blast -- a great party with one of the best bands on the Island. We could not have ended 2011 and welcomed 2012 in a better place. We left Antigua having made lots of new friends and looking forward to returning soon.

Room Tip: There are no bad rooms at this property - they all have fantastic views and are steps away from the...
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 January 2012

We have enjoyed a wonderful few days at The Inn beautiful location and wonderful staff who are very obliging, and good food on the menu. A couple of observations on the previous comments by reviewers: firstly, you can choose to switch dinner for lunch if you are on half board - the hotel just asks that you let them know in advance; secondly if you choose a room on the beach just be prepared for sandflies at dusk and dawn and wear insect repellent. The hotel is very good and we would love to return!

Room Tip: Suites are better choices but more expensive.
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 January 2012

We are returners - even better than before. The Smiths.

  • Stayed January 2012
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Reviewed 22 December 2011

I stayed in the Inn at English Harbour last January (2011) with my wife. It is a lovely hotel in a great location. We had one of the rooms in the small cottages right on the beach. For some reason these are the cheapest on offer and I would look no further. They are right on the beach and private. Being 10 steps from the sea first thing in the morning is my idea of paradise.The staff in the main are great, except that is for the head waiter (Wesley). I found him rude and incompetent. In fact everything would be running perfectly until he arrived on the scene and spread panic and disorder. Given we were crossing paths at least once a day he became very annoying. Only other issue I would have was the quality of food at dinner. Why do so many Carribean hotels try and fail to deliver a formal dining experience. Why not keep it casual (it is a holiday) and use the natural resources at their finger tips. I would take some BBQ fish above what they serviced any day. Breakfast and lunch in the Inn are fantastic. I would love to return to the Inn but it would have to be on a B&B basis...the Half board they offer includes dinner. With so many great dining experiences in English Harbour (and the above comments re dinner at the Hotel) I would prefer to have the flexibility. If they could iron out these few issues I would return every year to this beautiful hotel in a fantastic location.

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  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
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EnglishHarbour, General Manager at The Inn at English Harbour, responded to this review, 12 January 2012
Dear Mr. Ireland,
Thank you for your feedback and positive comments; we would certainly welcome you back here at any time. It has been almost a year since you last visited and I hope it was the nostalgia of what you have defined as “paradise” that has made you write this late comment.
As you have rightly mentioned The Inn has a fantastic location right in the Nelson’s National Park surrounded by green hills and the magnificent Caribbean Sea. A short delightful boat trip compliments of the hotel, takes literally a few minutes to the Dockyard then onto the Dockyard Drive there are several restaurants mainly very informal and picturesque. Our Terrace restaurant has a long tradition for its high standard of food and service as well as the elegant ambience, during the year we have learned that this is very appreciated by the great majority of our clientele. Of course once or twice people like to go to a more casual restaurant in the harbour and therefore we have made our Half Board package very flexible and guest can swap lunch for dinner any time they want.
Wesly is a very joyful person with a sparkling personality. He may have gone too far in the attempt of giving great service but for sure he never meant to be rude, our apologies however if you felt otherwise.
Once again, we thank you for your comments and do look forward to welcoming you tour little paradise again.
Fabio Giorgi
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 9 December 2011

For various logistical reasons our first trip to the Inn was for 5 hours in the dark of the night but we remembered how lovely it seemed. Returning in November for a week proved our memory right. The rooms are large, cool, well furnished and well serviced. Only a short walk to a beautiful beach. We had the gym to ourselves, enjoyed breakfast with a wide choice of dishes overlooking the sea then took the free boat service to English Harbour to while away some time drinking coffee and admiring the super yachts at the Marina. We liked lunch at the hotel but found dinner a little quiet and quick, possibly as we were in the off season. We very much liked Catherines Cafe for lunch (especially Sunday) and had excellent food at Trappas.

The car service from room to main house was super efficient and there are great tennis courts. The only downside for a relaxing holiday is the sandflies which really do bite. We should have followed TA advice and brought more Off!

Location is great and we would recommend the Inn - a nice change from the larger resorts.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about The Inn at English Harbour

Property: The Inn at English Harbour
Address: Freeman's Bay, English Harbour, Antigua
Region: Caribbean > Antigua and Barbuda > Antigua > Saint Paul Parish > English Harbour
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in English Harbour
Price range (per night): ₹ 29,132 - ₹ 64,531
Hotel Class:4.5 star — The Inn at English Harbour 4.5*
Number of rooms: 28
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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