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Grand Hotel Quisisana, Capri Town

$400 or more
Editor's Pick
Capri, Italy, Europe: Grand Hotel Quisisana
2 Via Camerelle
Capri Town , Capri
Italy 80071
Tel: 39 081 837 0788's insider take:

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.

From the readers of Condé Nast Traveler:
Overall Score: 88.0
  • Design: 90.5
  • Food: 84.1
  • Location: 94.0
  • Rooms: 85.7
  • Service: 85.7
Near the Piazzetta, "where everything on Capri happens," this 1845 sanatorium turned "elegant and chic hotel" invites with stylish sofas and chandeliers. "Exceptionally large rooms" in traditional seaside whites and blues are dressed with "sheer curtains wafting gently into the room." Quisi whips up Mediterranean fare into the wee hours: "If you come back late from the disco, you can refuel with a bowl of pasta."

(148 rooms)
—2011 Gold List

Amenities: Pool, Spa, Tennis

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