A charming, historic boutique hotel set in a secluded section of 18th century Nelson’s Dockyard, a UNESCO World Heritage site, offering casual elegance and friendly, personal service. The 34 rooms and suites are housed in historic buildings and cottages fringing the waterfront and a 2 acre headland 100 yards across the bay. The rooms at the main hotel, housed in 3 buildings dating from the 18th century, all offer AC, free WiFi and modern amenities and range from standards with beautiful harbour views to garden rooms with large patios and daybeds to deluxe loft suites right on the water’s edge. The deluxe Gunpowder Suites, named for the remodeled 18th century Gunpowder store which houses art exhibitions and four of the Suites, are located on the headland opposite the main hotel. The suites offer a luxurious respite with four poster beds, a sitting area and balconies with views of the harbour. Some interconnect and offer 2 queens and all have a pull out twin sized sofabed.
The hotel offers harbour view tropical gardens and terraces, a small beach and a spectacular infinity-edged pool with daybeds and sun loungers for relaxing, the Powder House Spa for pampering, a complimentary boat shuttle to the beach in Freeman’s Bay for snorkeling and swimming and kayaks and paddleboards for exploring the harbour.
There are two excellent open-air restaurants, Pillars and Boom on site. Pillars, with its outdoor waterfront terrace overlooking Nelson’s 18th century pillars and the boats bobbing at anchor, forms a stunning setting to enjoy cocktails on comfortable lounge chairs or to dine while watching the moon rise over Shirley Heights. Local seafood is a specialty and a Caribbean night with steel band in season is offered on Wednesdays along with specialties from around the world and a jazz band on Saturday nights. Boom, with its elevated harbourside position, is hard to beat for a scenic venue to enjoy a delicious lunch and while away the day. The vast outdoor terrace and headland boasts a stunning infinity-edged pool where you may bask on luxurious sun-beds overlooking spectacular Nelson’s Dockyard. Boom’s menu highlights a fresh and healthy approach with seafood favorites such as Catch of the Day and Lobster Salad but meat lovers will not be disappointed by the Truffle Aioli Steak Sandwich and Jerk Baby Back Ribs. The truffle parmesan fries and Thai Shrimp Cake salad are also guest favourites along with the excellent cocktails.
Admiral’s Inn & Gunpowder Suites offers a haven with peace and quiet if you want it or a range of activities within 5 minutes to pick from including hiking, scuba diving, sailing, snorkeling, tennis, yoga and horseback riding. There is a gym and several restaurants and shops nearby. Enjoy the charms of this historic, boutique hotel with its friendly, personal service.