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“Excellent overall value for location, quality of product and service”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of La Minerva

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La Minerva
Ranked #1 of 41 Hotels in Capri
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Centreville, Maryland
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“Excellent overall value for location, quality of product and service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2009

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!

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2009

This deserves it's number 2 rating for Capri. It's a lovely, small, intimate hotel. Ideal for a romantic break or the opportunity to explore Capri. The deluxe rooms are not large, but really comfortable with a big terrace and lovely views. Everything was spotlessly clean. The pool area is great - nice pool with wonderful views and hardly anyone was using it while we were there. They don't do meals (other than breakfast which is on the roof terrace and a lovewy way to start the day) but managed to rustle up a couple of superb salads and a sandwich for my son poolside. In other words nothing is too much trouble - they really go the extra mile. I am sure this comes form the owner Luigi who often mans the front desk. He couldn't be more charming or helpful. He gave us some great tips for eating out - try Da Tonino (about a 20 minute walk from the hotel) and Edode - expensive, but great food and service and nearby.

I can thoroughly recommend this hotel

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2009

We stayed at La Minerva for four nights on our honeymoon. We LOVED this hotel. The entire place is decorated in beautiful blue and white (very Capri). The pool area is very nice, with comfortable lounge chairs (although the water is a bit cool from shade). The suites are amazing, with large lounge beds overlooking the gorgeous landscape and ocean. The TV is great, there are tons of English-speaking programs. And the breakfast is served on a beautiful terrace with fantastic views. The breakfast is one of the best we had out of our 5 hotels in Italy. They serve eggs made to order and great coffee.

Originally, we booked the least expensive room type. The room was small and had no view (to be expected) but it was also in a noisy spot (the floors are marble so noise travels in this place). The next day the staff offered to upgrade us to a suite for an extra 30 Euro a night. We are SO glad we did this. It was a world of difference and worth every penny!

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2009

We stayed at La Minerva for 5 nights. It was our honeymoon so we wanted something special. We went for a deluxe room with a large private terrace with lovely sea views. (room 41). The whole hotel and our room was immaculate. We were really looked after and was brought breakfast every morning where we would eat it on our balcony. We had quite a selection which consisted of fruit kebabs, cereal, cakes, croissants, eggs and toast. We had freshly squeezed orange juice which is the nicest I've ever tasted!

The location of the hotel is ideal as it is tucked away from all the tourists so is nice and peaceful although it is only a few minutes walk from the main shopping street and square so handy when going out. The pool area is relaxing and has nice sea views. There always seemed to be plenty of spare sun loungers which were very comfortable by the way!

The staff were very helpful and our friend who looked after us by the pool made sure we always had a drink he was also very quick to rustle us up a salad if we were hungry, Luigi was also very helpful and recommended restaurants’ and places to visit.

This was our first visit to Capri and we thoroughly enjoyed it. If you don’t like crowds then you are best off staying by the pool in the daytime as there are a lot of day visitors about. By the evening they had all gone and you could enjoy a nice quiet stroll into the square for a drink before going to eat. We went to Il Geranio after Luigi recommended it to us and we loved the food, the views and the service. The waiters really made it for us, they were such good fun. We went there on our second to last night and loved it so much we went back again on the last night! Make sure when booking that you get a table outside! The other place which we went for dinner twice was Hotel La Palma-the pasta here was the best I have ever had. They also did a superb prawn & asparagus risotto!

We loved our stay at La Minerva and would definitely come back again!

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2009

My husband and I stayed in La Minerva one night during our honeymoon. We chose a deluxe room with a sea view. We were wowed by the overall look of the hotel, replete with tile flooring and elegant decor. The service was amazing....the hotel staff was very pleasant to work with, and always offered helpful advice about things to do and see on the island.

We really enjoyed the size of our balcony, which had a glorious view of Capri. The amenities in our room were impressive, especially the Jacuzzi bathtub, the electronically-operated mini-blinds, a large, comfy couch in the "living room" area of our room, and large, comfortable, wicker lounging chairs (with padding, of course) on our balcony.

We greatly enjoyed the breakfast that was included with the price of our room. It is part buffet, part server-operated. The guests all eat breakfast on the upper room (solarium) of the hotel, which is a sunny, charming location for the meal.

The one drawback was its location, since we had to wheel our luggage quite a bit after taking the funicular. You can either pay a porter to bring your luggage or do it yourself.

Overall, however, we were very impressed with the place, and regretted that we only stayed one night. Would love to return to this hotel for a longer stay!

  • Stayed October 2008, travelled as a couple
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Los Angeles, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2009

The hotel is absolutely as great as the reviews say! It is a superb location on the island - close enough to the Piazzetta to go often throughout the day, yet far enough away to escape the craziness of all the day trippers! You can also easily walk to the Faraglione Rocks (for a very scenic walk) or the Augusto Gardens (for stunning views! - we went here often). We were pleasantly and unexpectedly upgraded to a Deluxe room after booking a Superior room! At 250 Euros/might, this was a very reasonable rate compared to other luxury hotels on the island (for a comparable view/room). The rooms were very nice and immaculate, with plenty of space to relax. The breakfast was very good and our host was extremely helpful (prior to arrival and throughout our stay). Unlike other hotels, there was a HUGE selection of English TV channels (and with the occassional rains/storms during our stay, this was a welcome perk). Be sure to have the delicious wood fire pizza at Da Gemma near the Piazzetta! Although we couldn't get a late check-out, the hotel took care of storing our luggage during the day and had arranged to have our boat tickets and bags waiting at the hydrofoil - be sure to utilize the porter service on and off the boats (it made everything super easy & convenient). This was the perfect choice for our stay in Capri! You won't regret it!

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled as a couple
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Seattle, WA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2009

We stayed here 3 nights. When I walked in I was quite impressed with how elegant it was. It is done in a white and blue decor which I found restful. How I would put it is that you come in and feel impressed with the look but not so much that you worry you aren't dressed well enough to stay there.

The front desk is a desk right as you walk in and it is much friendlier than coming up to a regular kind of front desk. Our room was lovely (the bed was so large it took up a lot of room but we liked it). Large bathroom (very busy tile pattern, though), great towels and they give you robes. Good tv with English channels and movies. Two wonderful outdoor chaise chairs looking out to the pines and the water. Great pool but it was too cold to use it so we never did. Good breakfast.

Great service. I asked for an iron and they asked if I needed something ironed or did I want to do it myself. (I had expect they would do it and charge me a lot. ) I was pleased to be given the choice and I ironed myself. Good breakfast service, good front desk service.

We felt like the location was good and easily walkable.

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled as a couple
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Property: La Minerva
Address: Via Occhio Marino, 8, 80073 Capri, Island of Capri, Italy
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Region: Italy > Campania > Province of Naples > Island of Capri > Capri
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Capri
#1 Luxury Hotel in Capri
#2 Family Hotel in Capri
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4 star — La Minerva 4*
Number of rooms: 16
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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