Concierge.com's insider take:
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.
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