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Charlotte, North Carolina
June 26, 2011
From journal Capri beautiful Island with amazing views
December 1, 2005
The preferred accommodations for any visitor to Capri would be in one of the spectacular villas that cling to the island’s rocky cliffs. Given that this choice is reserved for hiers, heiresses, and the extremely well connected, mere mortals are left with three basic options: a hotel either at the waterfront near Marina Grande, in Capri town, or in the less glitzy, but still somewhat touristy Anicapri on the other end of the island.
Our choice, the three-star Hotel la Minerva, is a small, family-run hotel with just nineteen rooms spanning five floors on a quiet, shady street lined with other small hotels. It’s a lazy ten-minute stroll from the Piazzetta Umberto I. They offer single rooms and three grades of double rooms: standard, superior, and deluxe. We opted for the mid-level superior room.
In a nutshell, we simply loved this hotel.
Our room was light and airy, with cross-vaulted white ceilings, white walls, and brightly colored ceramic tiles of blue, yellow, and white. We were struck by how large it was. Besides the comfortable bed and two bedside tables, there was a desk, television, a mini refrigerator, and a small sitting area with a loveseat. A safe to store valuables was in the spacious closet.
The large bathroom featured the same white, yellow and blue ceramic tile and included a bidet and jet tub with shower. This was by a wide margin the most spacious bathroom in a European hotel I’ve ever seen.
Our room had a private balcony with ocean view. A nice feature, both for privacy and security, was an electronically operated, aluminum, garage-style door that could completely secure the sliding glass doors that gave access to the patio.
The staff spoke good English and was extremely polite and professional; the service was terrific. Both the public areas of the hotel and our room were exceptionally clean.
Some of the additional amenities offered by the hotel include:
--Compimentary breakfast from 8am-10am, either brought to your room or served on the rooftop terrace. The typical light Italian breakfast is served: juice, coffee, yogurt, and toast.
--Complimentary English and Italian language newspapers, available starting at 9am in the lobby
--Laptop with Internet access, brought to your room (€4 per half-hour)
--DVD rental. They offer a small selection of English language DVDs (€8). DVD player provided.
--Luggage transport (€3.50/bag from the bus/taxi station near the Piazzetta; €8/bag from the marina)
Besides the friendly and helpful staff and our spacious, spotlessly clean room, the thing we enjoyed most was the peace, quiet, and privacy. We felt like our room and balcony was our own private corner of the island.
I wouldn’t hesitate in the least to book another stay at Hotel la Minerva, and, if we were to plan another visit to Capri, I doubt we’d even be tempted to explore other options. Two thumbs way up for this hotel.
From journal The Italian Job: The Isle of Capri