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Capri Palace Hotel & Spa
2b Via Capodimonte
Anacapri , Capri
Italy 80071
Tel: 39 081 978 0111
info@capri-palace.com
www.capripalace.com

The narrow lane that leads to Villa San Michele may be a souvenir souk, but this five-star palace rises above the tack with effortless style and panache. Since 1960, Capri's most glamorous hotel has rolled out the red carpet for such island regulars as Valentino, and it remains the hottest address for aristocrats, fashionistas, and divine divas (Julia Roberts, Mariah Carey, and Oprah). Tasteful objets and contemporary works of art from the owners' collection decorate the spacious bar and lounge areas, keeping things funky. One of the nice things about the place is the way even the classic doubles (the most basic category) feel luxurious. Most of the 79 rooms and suites share the same calm design scheme of white floors, cream bed linen, and gold tables and doors, though as you move up the scale they gain in size and character. A range of themed suites pay homage to artists and cultural icons from Andy Warhol to Magritte and Katharine Hepburn, while the two-bedroom rooftop Megaron suite has its own swimming pool and, on its panoramic terrace, an ancient olive tree that was winched up here by helicopter. The Beauty Farm luxury spa offers facials, massages, and serious health-oriented programs, including a Leg School and a Heart School, while the L'Olivo restaurant features special healthy, low-carb menus alongside its standard mod-Med menu, backed up by more than 1,000 wine labels. This being Capri, where boats are as common as scooters, the hotel maintains two motorboats and a 72-foot yacht for guest use.

Open April through October.

$400 or more
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Capri Tiberio Palace
11-14 Via Croce
Capri Town , Capri
Italy 80073
Tel: 39 081 978 7111
info@tiberiopalace.com
www.capritiberiopalace.it

Marriott took over the original Tiberio Palace hotel in 2004 and reopened it as a five-star luxury resort with a contemporary Mediterranean look (it remained a Marriott until late 2009). Interiors combine rich fabrics, modern frescoes, antique prints, retro-contemporary furniture, and specially designed features such as ivy-leaf-appliquéd wall lights to create an ambience that is warm but also sharply stylish. The 61 rooms vary in size and aspect; the second- and third-floor superior doubles, with their arched balconies, are good mid-range options (book the prestige room category for sea views). The Ego Wellness Center & Spa is arranged ancient Roman–style, with its frigidarium, tepidarium, and caldarium, while the in-out pool does just what it says, allowing guests to sit in half-immersed loungers enjoying the view through the floor-to-ceiling windows, or to swim out to the semicircular exterior section below the bar terrace. The White restaurant (named for its decor, though black and silver also play a part) is one of the island’s more creative eating options with twists on traditional dishes, such as ravioli alla caprese stuffed with codfish. Free Internet access (Wi-Fi in public areas, broadband in the rooms) is a welcome feature on pay-for-everything Capri.

Open April through October.

$200-$299
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Casa Mariantonia
180 Via G. Orlandi
Anacapri
Italy 80071
Tel: 39 081 837 2923
info@casamariantonia.com
www.casamariantonia.com

Anacapri finally has a decent mid-price alternative to luxe perches like the Capri Palace, the Caesar Augustus, and Villa Le Scale. Casa Mariantonia's position is hardly spectacular—it's on the main pedestrianized shopping street, just across from La Rondinella restaurant—but for those open to the more rural feel of Capri's second town, it makes for a good base. The decor is a persuasive mix of Provençal and Caprese, with pretty ironwork bedsteads, bijou lamps, and a choice of Vietri floor and bathroom tiles that is a cut above the usual blue-and-yellow standard. All nine bedrooms have generous terraces with garden views; five (three classic doubles and two suites) look onto an ancient grove of orange and lemon trees to the side of the house. Free Wi-Fi (though it doesn't reach all rooms) and a plentiful continental breakfast are included in the rates. The owner's grandmother was one of the first people on Capri to make limoncello in any great quantity, and the family still owns the original Limoncello di Capri outlet down in Capri Town.

Closed November through March.

$400 or more
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Casa Morgana
6 Via Tragara
Vejer de la Frontera , Capri
Italy 80073
Tel: 39 081 837 0158
info@casamorgana.com
www.casamorgana.com

Like its sister pad La Scalinatella, this divinely located hotel is a boutique offshoot of Capri town's über-luxe grand hotel Quisisana. Casa Morgana is a little cheaper than the molto elegante La Scalinatella, but it's equally romantic, with views down over tree-clad slopes to the turquoise sea. Bedrooms are done out in typical caprese style, with local majolica tiles and furnishings pushing a bold (and occasionally strident) blue, white, and yellow color scheme. All of the 20 bedrooms have scenic terraces, but for the full-on panorama, opt for the sea-view rooms. The breakfast and bar patio gives onto a delightful semicircular infinity pool (as always on Capri, space is at a premium, but in this case the proximity of dining and dipping feels like fun). Service is a strong point, and the charming concierge, Luigi, is helpful and well-informed.—Lee Marshall

$200-$299
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Excelsior Parco
179 Via Provinciale Marina Grande
Marina Grande
Capri
Italy 80073
Tel: 39 081 8379671
info@excelsiorparco.com
www.excelsiorparco.com

Housed in a creamy white Belle Époque villa, the Excelsior Parco is halfway up the road from Marina Grande to Capri Town. The ground-floor reception, breakfast room, and lounge areas are bright and elegant, with Art Nouveau detailing and sculptures from the owner's art collection, while the 13 rooms are sunny and welcoming, making the most of the generous Capri sunlight with their white walls, yellow or cream textiles, and bathrooms done out in jaunty local majolica tiles. There's a garden surrounding the property that features a six-person outdoor whirlpool tub surrounded by lemon trees. Service is extremely affable, breakfast is made from organic produce, with cakes from a reputable pasticceria in Marina Grande, and the Wi-Fi is free. A rooftop solarium was added for the 2011 season.—Lee Marshall

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Grand Hotel Quisisana
2 Via Camerelle
Capri Town , Capri
Italy 80071
Tel: 39 081 837 0788
info@quisi.com
www.quisi.com

This 160-year-old grande dame on Capri's main shopping street is still ready for her close-up. Quisi is the It place for glitterati (everyone from Ernest Hemingway and Jean-Paul Sartre to Tom Cruise and Sting have slept here)—and paparazzi—and it has the advantage over its main rival, the Capri Palace, of being a short swan from La Piazzetta. Most of the hotel's 148 rooms have views of the sea and range from snug singles to spacious and deluxe doubles and suites. All are simply furnished with antiques (both real and repro), creamy white walls, and tiled floors; all bathrooms have tubs, some of them with hydromassage. There's a great attention to detail, from the fresh flowers in the lobby to the sumptuous silk and velvet curtains and upholstery. Amenities abound: There's a huge gym with state-of-the-art TV-equipped workout machines, tennis courts, and a serious beauty center, which also functions as a day spa for patrons staying elsewhere. The Quisi restaurant is a formal white-linen affair in the grand style, while at lunchtime the poolside Colombaia grill offers lighter meals and sushi. Best spot for star sightings is the Krug Room—an annex of the opulent, old-style bar. Even if you can't afford the rent, it's worth stopping for lunch or a limoncello by the pool that overlooks the Faraglioni rocks. The only downside to the place—apart from the prices—is the fact that it often fills up with conference delegates or jolly corporate incentive travelers in the off-season.

Open April through October.

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Hotel Caesar Augustus
4 Via G. Orlandi
Anacapri , Capri
Italy 80071
Tel: 39 81 837 3395
info@caesar-augustus.com
www.caesar-augustus.com

Everything's vertical at this landmark hotel towering 1,000 feet over the Bay of Naples. Renowned for its IMAX views, the family-run Caesar Augustus is a sweet and seductive getaway from the crush of Capri town—providing you have a head for heights. The 53 rooms (including 43 suites) are comfortably chic, with cushy chairs, big beds, and fragrant flowers. Pay extra for the sea-facing rooms with eye-popping vistas from the balconies. Four "special" suites include the one that Egypt's King Farouk used to block-book for the whole season—even though he only used it for a few weeks each year. Deepen that Caprese tan at the new two-level infinity pool and sundeck or enjoy a glass of wine from the hotel's private cellar at the terrace bar or Terrazza di Lucullo restaurant, which specializes in flavorful Neapolitan cuisine.

Open April through October.

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Hotel La Scalinatella
8 Via Tragara
Capri Town , Capri
Italy 80073
Tel: 39 081 837 0633
info@scalinatella.com
www.scalinatella.com

Perched along one of Capri's most beautiful walking paths, this romantic 30-room boutique run by the Morgano family (of Quisisana fame) feels like a private villa above the sea. (The name means "little stairway," referring to the hotel's terraced layout, with entrance and reception at the top). It's the perfect place for an intimate tryst, with large rooms well-screened from other guests. The rooms and suites are luxurious and modern, with alcove beds, sunny marine color schemes, and tiled bathrooms; all have panoramic terraces. Some have two baths and whirlpools. The pool is tiny but delightful, with a snack bar and shade trees—though the plastic sun loungers lower the tone somewhat. Guests can make use of the Quisisana's facilities (for a fee) to practice their forehand or get a massage.

Open from Easter to the end of October.

$200-$299
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Hotel Luna
3 Viale Matteotti
Capri Town , Capri
Italy 80073
Tel: 39 081 837 0433
info@lunahotel.com
www.lunahotel.com

Location, location, and location is the main calling card of this lovely 52-room hotel, which sits just above the 14th-century Certosa monastery in its own extensive garden, with a bougainvillea-shaded pergola leading to the main building. It's close to town but far from the tourist crowds, and the views over the Faraglioni rocks from the terrace bar and the sea-facing rooms are superb. A quarter of the accommodations have recently been refurbished in a classic-contemporary style, though other guest rooms remain in a more old-fashioned Victorian mode. For a few extra euros, guests can enjoy a balcony facing the lush gardens and water. The huge pool features a hydromassage area and underwater seating. If you can't face the short walk into town, the hotel's namesake restaurant, which makes the most of its outside terrace, serves up simple Bay of Naples specialties.

Open from Easter through October.

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Hotel Punta Tragara
57 Via Tragara
Capri Town , Capri
Italy 80073
Tel: 39 081 837 0844
info@hoteltragara.it
www.hoteltragara.it

Churchill and Eisenhower stayed here before it opened in 1972 as a hotel. Today, guests pay through the nose for views from this apricot-pink villa hanging precariously over the Faraglioni rocks. The Le Corbusier–designed inn takes full advantage of its location, with picture windows in the lobby and balconies in all 43 rooms and suites. You can gaze down the cliff while lazing in two heated saltwater pools without ever leaving the water. Fireplaces, antiques, and marble adorn the public areas; plushly appointed guest rooms feature large bathrooms. The Bussola poolside restaurant is the sweetest spot on the island for watching sunsets. For classic Mediterranean cuisine, head to the hotel's upmarket Bizantino restaurant.

Open from mid-April to mid-October.

$400 or more
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J.K. Place Capri
225 Via Provinciale Marina Grande
Marina Grande , Capri
Italy 80073
Tel: 39 081 838 4001
info@jkcapri.com
www.jkcapri.com

Inaugurated in April 2007, this island offshoot of one of Florence's most successful design hotels is a perfect place for sophisticated travelers to rest up for a few days. Don't be put off by the hotel's position, just above the main ferry port of Marina Grande: It's just far away enough from the hustle and bustle to seem a world unto itself—an impression that is encouraged by Florentine designer Michele Bonan's tasteful decor. Like its older sibling in Florence, J.K. Capri feels like the house of a refined and wealthy collector, but here the accent is more maritime, and a tad more feminine. Splashes of bright color enliven the eclectic sprinkling of antique furniture, while new pieces in sixties-retro style, statues and framed atelier drawings decorate the downstairs lounge, library, and breakfast room (the communal table stresses the house-party vibe). Perched on a cliff above the sea, the hotel has a ringside view of the waves, and the sense of being on a yacht is helped along by the pale-wood floors and jauntily striped textiles in some rooms. Bathrooms are large (one even has room for a couple of striking lilac armchairs) and most have tubs. There's a huge decked outdoor swimming pool—heated, so you can also take a dip out of season—and a small ESPA spa and beauty center. Perhaps most impressive of all is the service—attentive and friendly without being overfamiliar, and without the superciliousness that mars so many Capri hotel experiences.

Open Easter through October.

$199 or less
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La Minerva
Via Occhio Marino
Capri Town , Capri
Italy 80073
Tel: 39 081 837 0374
laminerva@capri.it
www.laminervacapri.com

Value for money is not something one associates with Capri hotels—but pretty, spruce La Minerva definitely provides it. A family-run oasis on the panoramic lane that leads down from the swanky shopping street of via Camerelle, it offers stylish decor and gracious hospitality at a reasonable price. Walls and ceilings are whitewashed, and are floors tiled with bright and cheery polychrome majolica from Vietri sul Mare. Guests are quickly drawn to the sea views from the lobby terrace and most guest rooms. In true Caprese style, the 18 rooms are spread over five floors that slope gently toward the water. There's a rainy-day breakfast room, but most of the season guests can enjoy breakfast on their private balconies (some have suntanning beds) or on the hotel's sunny roof terrace. For a few dollars more, book one of the larger deluxe units with large walk-in wardrobes, roomy tiled bathrooms, and whirlpool baths.

Open March through October.

$199 or less
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La Tosca
5 Via D. Birago
Capri Town
Italy 80073
Tel: 39 081 837 0989
h.tosca@capri.it
www.capri.net/en/c/la-tosca-2

It's very nearly Capri's cheapest hotel, and yet the service and the views at La Tosca are the equal of (and in some cases surpass) those on offer at some of the more swanky establishments. Standing just above the Certosa, not far from the Carthusia perfume factory, at the end of a floral walk, the square white hotel looks a little bunkerlike at first sight, but the impression soon passes. The 11 rooms are pretty basic but clean and light-filled: Angle for one of the five sea-facing rooms with terraces. Best of all, though, is the friendly service courtesy of owner Ettore Castelli, whose English is impeccable—he's married to an American and spends the winters in the United States. Touches like free Wi-Fi, air-conditioning in all rooms, and superfresh bread and brioches at breakfast (served on a terrace with views across to the Faraglioni) make up for the sometimes spartan feel of the accommodations. But there's something so likable about the place, such a breezy seaside charm, that only the hopelessly pampered are likely to complain.

Closed November through March.

$300-$399
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Villa Brunella
24 Via Tragara
Capri Town , Capri
Italy
Tel: 39 81 837 0122
villabrunella@capri.it
www.villabrunella.it

Capresians have a knack for engineering gorgeous cliffside villas, and this 20-room jewel is no exception. Built as ten floors on a narrow lot that overlooks the bay, Villa Brunella requires a Stairmaster-like effort to reach guest rooms and the pool. But the hospitality of the Ruggiero family, who've run this charming inn since 1963 with great flair and friendliness, makes it worth the sweat. Rooms come in different shapes and sizes, with cool ceramic floors, potted plants, rather démodé antique furniture and small, tiled bathrooms. Ask for a sea-view balcony when you book, as not all rooms enjoy this privilege. At the bottom of all those steps, a smallish swimming pool surrounded by stripey sun loungers overlooks the bay; there's a small bar down there and even two online workstations, as well as Wi-Fi, in case you need to check your e-mail between swims. Romance is on tap at the candlelit terrace restaurant, which serves up excellent seafood and sweeping panoramas, and attracts a good slice of non-hotel customers.

Open April through October.

$400 or more
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Villa Le Scale
64 Via Capodimonte
Anacapri , Capri
Italy 80071
Tel: 39 081 838 2190
info@villalescale.com
www.villalescale.com

Meticulously restored by antiquarian-art dealer owner Anna Maria Coronato, this exclusive 19th-century mansion with manicured gardens is a chic place to tie the knot, or just to live it up. Run more like a private home than a hotel, Villa le Scale is loaded with valuable antiques and art collected on Coronato's travels. Eight unique rooms and suites, each one inspired by a key antique (such as the ornate 17th-century Venetian bookcase frame that leads into the bathroom in the Venetian room) are the ultimate escape for the newly betrothed, and the two-to-one staff-to-guest ratio guarantees a pampered experience. Each room is plushly appointed with fireplaces, museumworthy paintings, and Murano chandeliers, and half have flower-lined terraces. Huge bathrooms are works of art themselves; one has a Turkish bath, two have plunge pools, and yet another features double showers and whirlpool baths. The decadent two-bedroom Garden Suite includes a freestanding tub cut from a single block of stone. There are also hot and cold Kneipp streams in the garden for leg rejuvenation.

Open from Easter through October; a three-day minimum stay is required.

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Villa Marina Hotel and Spa
191 Via Provinciale
Marina Grande , Capri
Italy 80073
Tel: 39 081 837 6630
www.villamarinacapri.com

Though minimalist chic and earth colors pervade at the restructured 1915 Villa Marina, each of the spacious 21 rooms is designed differently and named after a famous personality from the artistic enclave that put Capri on the map. Bathrooms are especially fabulous: Entertainer Gracie Fields's tub, big enough for four, features a rush of water spilling from a large rock, and physician Axel Munthe's enormous green marble bathroom has a tub with a sea view. A panoramic roof terrace means gorgeous sunsets, and the candlelit Ziqu' restaurant offers a spectacle of glittering yachts in the Marina Grande. The hotel's small spa is the perfect place to unwind after treks down the Via Krupp or up to Emperor Tiberius's ancient villa. The staff are warm, but, when making plans, watch out for a Neapolitan approximation of details.

$199 or less
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Villa Sarah
3a Via Tiberio
Capri Town , Capri
Italy 80073
Tel: 39 081 8377817
info@villasarah.it
www.villasarahcapri.com

One of Capri's best budget options, family-run Villa Sarah stands at the beginning of the lane that leads up to Villa Jovis. It's a bit of a trek from the Piazzetta, but the reward is a semirural retreat set among olive and citrus trees, that has a real insiders' cachet. The 20 simply appointed rooms in the pale-apricot villa would win no design prizes, but they're spacious, airy, and pleasant, with Vietri-tiled floors, cast-iron chandelier lamps, and grandmotherly furnishings. Four have terraces with views over the garden and the small pool—which is a welcome recent addition. Breakfasts center on homemade products, many of them using fruits and vegetables from the hotel's organic kitchen garden.

Open from Easter through October.

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