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“Perfect Place for our Son's Wedding”
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Hotel Il Girasole
Ranked #10 of 18 Hotels in Anacapri
Reviewed 21 June 2010

This charming hotel far surpassed our wildest imagination for our son's wedding. The breathtaking views from their picturesque patios produced an immediate sense of calm and relaxation. It was awesome. A short ride from the Blue Grotto and beaches, there was even a chair lift and pool. This is an ideal place to hip hop from the glitz and glamor of Capri, and to seep in nature's beauty; a hidden gem. Spectacular breakfasts also.
The value was great for their modest prices and the short walk to Anacapri, with more affordable prices could also be reached with frequent efficient buses. We'll be back!

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled with family
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Thank suealoha
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Reviewed 18 June 2010

I attended a wedding held onsite at the hotel. I must say that the hotel site and its friendly, courteous and cooperative staff contributed mightily in making the wedding spectacular and a wonderful experience that I'll always treasure. The oceanic views and sunsets are among the most breathtaking I've ever witnessed. Since I spent most of my time touring the Island and such, which was one of the main reasons I came, I didn't spend much time in my room. But my room was clean and quite with a terrific view. What more can you ask for? Special kudos to Armando, Angela, Francesca and Francesco for their very helpful service and gracious attitudes and smiles.

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 17 June 2010

girasole was a welcome relief from all the hustle and bustle of capri. the rooms were perfect, the grounds are beautiful and the staff was very friendly. their breakfast was the best we had at any hotel all over italy, (we went to sicily, rome and venice)...the pool was perfect and the view is world class. i would definitely recommnend this hotel to anyone visiting capri.

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 17 June 2010

Don't believe many of the poor reviews on this site. Il Girasole was incredible! We attended a wedding ceremony there and the hotel took wonderful care of all of their guests for the entire week of stay. The location - short scenic walk from the bus - was perfect and provided a central location to all the best sites on the island. Breakfast was a standard italian breakfast with yogurts, cheeses, meat and coffee, and overall comfortable and pleasant. Stayed at many hotels in Italy, and Girasole topped all of them in value and experience. Can't wait to return!

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled with family
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Thank EuroMikey
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Reviewed 6 June 2010

Il Girasole was alright, but we were expecting more for what we were paying (around 80 euros per night)
Take note that this hotel is located in Ana Capri - not the centre of the action in Capri. Pros: tranquil and calm. Cons: 10 min walk to bus stop, 5 min wait for bus, 10-15 min ride to Capri centre.

While the pool really doesn't look anything like the photos, the view from the pool is exquisite and the lounge chairs are great for sunbathing/reading. Staff were excellent and very helpful and friendly.
Excellent housekeeping - bathroom and room spotless. Breakfast was good with a selection of sweet and savory; also, the breakfast lady can make cuppacinos, espressos, etc. at no extra cost!

Complaints were that toilet made a loud and noisy sound whenever flushed, and the bathroom walls were thin, so other guests could be heard. (This didn't turn out to be a big problem in the end, because the walls of the room itself were fine.) The shower was tiny with water at a weird angle, but bearable. The room, while clean, was very small. The small t.v only had 5 channels - all Italian.

Would I stay here again? Probably not, because I believe I could find better value (facilities, hotel amenities etc.) at the same price.

Note that the hotel does not provide towels for the beach (neither gives nor rents out) and this was difficult because the towels for sale in Capri centre were around 15 euros each. ie - bring your own beach towel! (This may be a common Capri hotel thing, I'm not sure)

Other tips:
DO make use of the hotel's shuttle service to/from the port and arrange it beforehand!
DO bring a laptop with movies in case of a rainy day - there's not much else to do on the island when the weather is bad except eat!
DO be aware that many restaurants in Capri charge a cover charge (2.50 to 3 euros per person) AND a 15% service charge!! Your meal can turn out much more expensive than you'd hoped.
DO eat at "Capri's Restaurant" (where the bus stops at Capri) and get the seafood pizza! DEFINITELY DO hire a boat or go on a (private) tour - 1.5 private tour was 60 euros. While we didn't do the Blue Grotto (due to bad weather) - I've heard its a must do!!

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 December 2009

What a huge disappointment.. this hotel is run down and completely different than what we expected. And, it is not cheap.
Fortunately Capri (both Capri and Anacapri) have a great atmosphere and it's easy to get around so we didn't spend too much time in the hotel. However, we were traveling with our 6 month old baby at the time so having a nice pool and resting area was important for us- unfortunately the last thing we wanted to do was spend time in the pool.

The hotel is owned by a family who are not particularly friendly- as a matter of fact, the lady who owns it is very rude.

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled with family
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2  Thank dadler76
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Reviewed 22 July 2009

The hotel does not live up to the web site, photos and the price. Possibly the worst hotel we have ever stayed in. The first room would fail any health and safety standard (live wires hanging out) and hygiene in the bathroom. The second room was pretty close to a prison cell but slightly better finishes. Pool area OK, reception poor and just old. Staff tried very hard not to be helpful and brooding presence of the owner did not help. Breakfast cut to the bone and only just acceptable. I would give it a one star rating, so a 3 star rip off. Fortunately were were only booked for 2 nights and were very pleased to leave.

  • Stayed: July 2009, travelled as a couple
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Address: Via Rio Linciano 47, 80071 Anacapri, Island of Capri, Italy
Region: Italy > Campania > Province of Naples > Island of Capri > Anacapri
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #10 of 18 Hotels in Anacapri
Price Range: £84 - £213 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Il Girasole 3*
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Cheap, charming and on Capri: your dream hotel just came true! The relaxing atmosphere of a small hotel Il Girasole is a 23 room, 3 star hotel on the island of Capri, Italy run by the youngest generation of the Capri born-and-bred Orlando family. Within steps of the center of Anacapri Hotel Il Girasole is located in the quietest part of Capri, amidst the island's vineyards and olive trees. The historic center of Anacapri lies within easy strolling distance of the hotel. There's a bus stop from where to catch buses to downtown Capri and Marina Grande, just 300m away. Facing the sea and with a panoramic pool The sea can be seen from every corner of the hotel: from the terraces outside the bedrooms, from the breakfast room, and from the panoramic swimming pool. Every evening, as you relax in one of our outdoor seating areas, you'll be treated to the spectacle of the sun setting over the sea. ...all this, at an unbelievably low price! If you're thinking... "A hotel with pool and sea view on the island of Capri, I can't imagine how much that's going to cost..." take a look at our price list and special offers. We're certain you won't find better value for money anywhere else on the island. ... more   less 
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