Known for its glam social scene and spectacular Tyrrhenian Sea views, Capri is one of the Mediterranean’s most legendary destinations. The rugged island is dotted with charming boutique hotels, and, after sleeping in their beds and lounging on their terraces, we compared them to see how they stacked up against each other, from the clifftop locations to lush gardens to the airy white-washed walls to the outdoor pools. Check out our top boutique hotel picks in Capri.
The 22-room luxury J.K. Place Capri is an exclusive boutique hotel that exudes elegance without being ostentatious. Built in a restored late nineteenth-century villa located on the main road to Anacapri, J.K. Place is perched high on a cliff with gorgeous sea views visible in various spots including the ultra glamorous pool. Guest rooms are large and lush, with canopy beds and marble bathrooms, and most have terraces or balconies.
Capri Tiberio Palace is a chic, luxury hotel in a convenient location five minutes from Piazzetta's shops and restaurants. The 46 rooms have vintage-inspired furnishings, free minibars, and free Wi-Fi; some have balconies with stunning sea views. The hotel has a ritzy bar and restaurant, and its free breakfast can be enjoyed alfresco on a terrace overlooking the sea. There's a Roman bath-like indoor/outdoor pool with archways and columns, though some guests have complained that the water is often quite cold.
This seriously upscale villa property, perched on a cliff on the southern outskirts of Capri, is only reachable by foot, and offers some of the best views on the island. Amenities in the 44 rooms include minibars, free Wi-Fi, and flat-screen TVs, and satellite channels, while marble bathrooms provide large walk-in showers and Ortigia bath products. The hotel serves an extensive buffet breakfast in a bright, mosaic-floored room that overlooks the sea (included in the room rate), and a menu of typical Capri and Neapolitan dishes in its restaurant, Monzu, which has an outdoor terrace with panoramic views.
Villa Marina Hotel & Spa is popular with newlyweds for its beautiful atmosphere and romantic sea views. The 22 rooms vary in decor, but all are attractive and feature flat-screen TVs with pay-per-view channels, minibars, and free Wi-Fi. The restaurant, Ziqu', earns good reviews for its cuisine, and the hotel also has a lobby bar -- though prices are high (but the breakfast is free). The spa has a sauna, small fitness area, Turkish bath, showers, whirlpool, and indoor pool (the hotel also has a small outdoor pool overlooking the sea).
An Art Nouveau villa set midway between Capri’s famed Piazzetta and Marina Grande, this property is brimming with gorgeous furnishings and period artwork, beautiful landscaping, and plenty of spots (including hot tubs) from which to enjoy the spectacular sea views. The 11 rooms are individually decorated, but all have a regal look (tray ceilings, tufted furniture, bunted drapes) with Mediterranean accents (elaborate mosaic-tile floors). A lovely roof garden, alfresco Champagne lounge, free buffet breakfast, all-day shuttle, and made-to-order food service are other prominent features guests can expect.
An intimate hillside property, the 18-room, accessible-by-foot-only La Minerva is located in the center of Capri near its fashionable shopping streets. The swimming pool is set in a lovely garden with mimosa, almond, and citrus trees; both it and the rooftop terrace offer stunning sea views. Rooms are large and airy, with bright white walls and furnishings, flowers, decorative tilework, and individual decor, plus such amenities as SKY satellite TVs, free Wi-Fi, and minibars.
Built in 1645 as a private home and later turned into a convent, Hotel Villa Sanfelice is now a upper-middle-range hotel with low stone garden walls, colorful flowers, exotic palms, and lemon trees. The standout feature here is the pretty outdoor pool area, a relaxing space surrounded by trees, lounge chairs, and a snack bar. The 35 simple rooms have traditional furniture, minibars and free Wi-Fi, but bathrooms could use a refresh. There’s a free breakfast included with an outdoor seating area, and a small and charming lobby bar. Children aren’t allowed in the pool in the afternoons, so it might not be a good fit for families.