Having been a day-tripper from both Sorrento and Positano twice in the past four years, this year's trip to Italy would include what we hoped would be a very relaxing experience as "residents" for a week on Capri. It was a great decision to absorb much of the island's secrets, including La Minerva. Having first narrowed down some choices using Karen Brown's Guide (always reliable), we settled on La Minerva as the week of our stay was at the beginning of high season -- still expensive, but far less than others. The intimate and personal surroundings gave us a quiet home that week with a sea view and balcony. Breakfast each morning was excellent, including cooked to order eggs each (just ask). The hotel's version of cafe Americano was some of the best coffee in Italy - an orzo blend, served for two in porcelain pitchers along with hot milk. The pool was also intimate and quiet, at the lowest level of the hotel as its scales down the hillside. Poolside drinks were offered by the ever-attentive server who was friendly at all hours, even when we saw him in town on his "day off!" Luigi, the manager was always helpful and efficient, and the hotel's directory of services was better than any tourbook in terms of its suggestions of walks, boating excursions, and trips to the mainland -- easily done from here. While the hotel does not have a restaurant for meals except breakfast, some of the best were nearby and on several occasions Luigi made reservations that certainly got us preferred tables and service -- especially at Geranio and Villa Brunella. While it's true that Capri is no longer the mythical island of Hollywood's golden days, it's still very glamourous. But, the real secret is to get out and walk those trails to Villa Jovis, the Natural Arch, Villa Damecuta, Via Tragara, and see the lovely villas and gardens that make this a special place. Starting the day with the freshest orange juice on the planet, returning for a refreshing swim or a cool drink, and going out again for dinner before returning to a pristine turned-down room at La Minverva was an experience I would recommend and hope to repeat!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- La Minerva is an exclusive 18 room hotel, in which each and every customer is made to feel, first and foremost, a welcome guest, to the hotel and to the Island of Capri.The hotel has been recently renovated, with original interior design, stylishly combining modern features with typical elements of island architecture, including characteristic floors in hand-painted majolica, artisan-crafted ceramics, vaulted ceilings, and sweeping arches.The Hotel is situated in the center of Capri, looking out towards the sea, in a peaceful pedestrian area just steps away from the island’s fashionable shopping district, Via Camerelle. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- La Minerva Capri
- La Minerva Hotel Capri