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J.K. Place Capri, Marina Grande 

225 Via Provinciale Marina Grande
Marina Grande , Capri
Italy 80073
Tel: 39 081 838 4001
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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.

From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:

The J.K. Place breaks the fifties time warp of hotels on Capri with stylish decor courtesy of Michele Bönan (who also designed the black-and-white neoclassic decor of the J.K. Place in Florence). For this 22-room nineteenth-century villa perched on a cliff overlooking the Bay of Naples near the island's main port, sea-blue walls and billowing white curtains in the public spaces create a resort atmosphere, while dark-wood floors, white-cotton sofas and wing chairs, stacks of art books, potted orchids, and antique prints give the dining room and library the feel of a private home. A long veranda overlooking the sea is connected via a small staircase to the large outdoor pool and small spa. Rooms have a fresh, uncluttered feel, their canopied beds made up in Italian linens. The hotel's small restaurant-bar serves a good breakfast buffet, and tea in the afternoon. Since you have to take the funicular or a car to reach Capri town, the J.K. Place is a great choice for anyone who wants to keep the madding crowds at arm's length.

—2008 Hot List

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