Caprisuite

Capri, Naples & Amalfi, Italy Book from Eur150

A tiny 2-room B&B hidden in the backstreets of old Anacapri, where cool Italian design meets history’s faded frescoes
Tucked away down a side street in the historic centre of Anacapri, this chic little hideaway is hard to define. It has the marque of a boutique hotel (with only 2 rooms, let’s call it a micro hotel), the look of a luxury apartment (there’s a shared kitchen-diner and lounge) and the homely informality of a guesthouse. It’s what the Italians would call a maison de charme and, with its quirky hipster style and wow-factor design, the place is charm itself.

Once part of the 17th-century convent which belonged to the neighbouring church of San Michele, Caprisuite has been beautifully converted by its architect owners. Off a spacious salon, complete with an original stone hearth, they have created 2 fabulous bedrooms. The décor is eclectic: white lamps dangle from high vaulted ceilings, arty photography sits beside flea-market canvases, and vintage collectables are teamed with modern design classics. A fresh Mediterranean colour scheme adds bright yellows and cobalt blues to brilliant white walls, some of them washed with a patina of old paint. Outside is a sunken courtyard, furnished with lanterns, an artful arrangement of prickly cacti and daybeds that catch the warm Caprese sun.

Highs

  • A stylish base for exploring the glittering isle of Capri, famed for its upscale boutiques, hidden coves and stunning Blue Grotto
  • It’s laid out like a self-contained apartment, so it’s a great option for 2 couples travelling together, or anyone seeking an intimate bolthole
  • The Blue Room, with its LED-lit bathtub, modern fireplace and bathroom the size of a chapel (perhaps it once was a chapel)
  • A fantastic location in a quiet corner of Anacapri - the heart and soul of the island, packed with restaurants, shops and pretty piazzas
  • A 24-hour concierge is available by phone to help with anything from scooter hire and boat tours to guided shopping trips; a private chef can also be arranged

Lows

  • Breakfast is a basic combo of cornflakes, sliced long-life bread and pastries - though you don’t have to get up early (it’s offered any time you like)
  • No other meals are available unless you book a chef, and the kitchen feels like a wasted opportunity. You can make drinks and snacks, but it would be nice to have wine glasses, a bread knife and a toaster
  • No vehicle access, so be prepared to wheel your suitcase through the pedestrianised streets of Anacapri
  • Like most places on Capri, it's only open from April to October
  • You might hear occasional noise from the apartment above - though nothing louder than scampering children

Best time to go

Caprisuite is normally open from April until the end of October. Spring and autumn are the best times to visit, as summer can bring high temperatures and crowds. Spring starts early and autumn’s warmth stretches to the end of October - perfect for gentle exploration and swimming.

Our top tips

  • The apartment-style layout makes Caprisuite a great option for 2 couples travelling together. The Blue Room is ideal for romantics, although the shared communal space can compromise privacy
  • The owners of Caprisuite run a little boutique selling some of the homewares showcased in the B&B. If you like the look of anything you see and fancy making a purchase, jusk ask

Great for...

Beach
Honeymoon
  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Boutique B&B
  • 2
  • Breakfast only (+ restaurants nearby)
  • All ages welcome; best for children aged 4+
  • Open all year
  • Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Concierge Service
Room: Blue Room

Rooms

There are 2 rooms - Blue and Yellow - leading off the gorgeous communal lounge. Both pack a punch in terms of style, with queensize four-posters, easy chairs and designer lighting under high vaulted ceilings. Windows have fold-out shutters, and the beds are dressed in bright blue or yellow hand-printed spreads by Napoli textile designer Livio de Simone.

The Yellow Room, the smaller of the 2, has windows facing the village and a street-wise photographic mural that adds an urban edge. The blue-striped shower room is compact but cleverly designed, and there’s a built-in wardrobe by the bed.

If it's space you're after, go for the Blue Room, which overlooks the inner courtyard. Its bathroom alone is larger than the Yellow Room, with an original tiled floor, the remnants of old frescoes, 2 font-like basins, and a pair of drench showers set in a wet area faced in black anthracite resin. In the bedroom is a huge bath, lit with electric-blue LEDs - it’s more of a plunge pool than a tub and takes an age to fill. Next to it, what looks like a pile of pebbles on a shelf turns out to be a gas-flame fire. There’s also space for storing suitcases, plus a quirky jumble of coat hangers on wires for your clothes.

Both rooms are air-conditioned and have use of the kitchen-diner (or loggia, as the owners call it) plus the lounge with its fireplace, sofa and funky lighting. Below, the intimate courtyard space has a decked terrace with designer patio furniture, overlooked by shelves of potted cacti.

Features include:

  • Access to shared kitchen and lounge
  • Air conditioning
  • Central heating
  • Extra beds
  • Hairdryer
  • Internet access
  • Internet access
  • Phone
  • Satellite tv
  • Terrace
  • Toiletries
  • WiFi
  • Wifi internet

Eating

Breakfast is served at any time you like, either indoors in the kitchen-diner or, in fine weather, under the sun in the courtyard. It’s a basic spread of cornflakes, sliced bread, croissants, brioches, jams, orange juice, tea and fresh coffee, but you can request ham and cheeses if you prefer.

Caprisuite doesn’t normally offer lunch or dinner, but a private chef can be arranged with advance notice to whip up a meal of your choice - perhaps spaghetti alle vongole (spaghetti with clams) and fresh fish with seasonal vegetables, followed by limoncello sorbet or chocolate and amaretto cake. Guests are also free to use the kitchen for making drinks and snacks, although it has little in the way of equipment.

There are some great restaurants nearby. In Anacapri, many of them line the streets and squares of the historic centre. Materita (just around the corner, by the church of Santa Sofia) serves Mediterranean dishes and good wood-fired pizzas. Just outside town, Mamma Giovanna is family-run and popular with locals, while L’Oliva (at the swish Capri Palace Hotel) has 2 Michelin stars. For a seaside lunch or a romantic sunset dinner, head down to the harbourside at Marina Piccola, where a cluster of seafood restaurants offer terraces of tables overlooking the rocks and beach.

Features include:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner by arrangement
  • Lunch by arrangement
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Shared kitchen for drinks and snacks
Eating:
Activity: Anacapri

Activities

  • Wander the narrow streets of Anacapri - the quietest, oldest and most relaxed of Capri’s 3 communities, with boutiques, café-bars and pretty villas set among olive and lemon trees
  • Visit the baroque church of San Michele (next door to the B&B and famed for its exquisite 17th-century tiled floor), the Villa San Michele (former home of Swedish physician and author Axel Munthe) and the Casa Rossa (a gallery of 19th- and 20th-century Caprese paintings)
  • Take the chairlift from Piazza Vittoria to the top of Mount Solaro, the highest point on Capri. The views are sensational
  • Walk the island’s scenic coastal paths. Popular routes from Anacapri take you to the Blue Grotto (famed for the intense colour of its subterranean waters) and the 19th-century lighthouse at Punta Carena; both take around an hour
  • Catch a bus to Capri town, whose chi-chi Piazzetta boasts a dizzying choice of designer boutiques. Carthusia artisan perfumes, bottles of limoncello and jeweled sandals by L'Arte del Sandalo are the staples of a Capri shopping trip
  • From the Piazzetta, take the footpath or funicular railway down to the Marina Grande. It’s best avoided during the afternoon, when crowds of Sorrento day-trippers pour off the ferries, but it’s a great place to gaze at boats sailing in across the Bay of Naples
  • In the other direction, a zig-zag path leads from the Piazzetta down to the quieter Marina Piccola. Here you’ll find some of the island’s best beaches (rocky coves of pebble and sand), as well as great views of the Faraglioni - a trio of rock stacks which form one of Capri’s best-known landmarks
  • Or head to Faro di Punta Carena towards the south-west of the island. Many of Capri’s beaches are run as private clubs and require an entry fee, but this one is free
  • Visit the ruins of the Roman Villa Jovis, accessible on foot from Capri town. The palace of the Emperor Tiberius overlooks the Bay of Naples from a spectacular cliff-top setting

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Boat trips
  • Hiking
  • Historical sites
  • Museums / galleries
  • Nightlife
  • Sailing
  • Scuba diving
  • Shopping / markets
  • Swimming

Kids

Children of all ages are welcome, though it’s best suited to those over the age of 4. Families can book the Blue Room, which has space for a rollaway bed, or take the whole place. Note that both rooms have double beds (no twins) and there are no baby cots (although you can bring your own travel cot).

Best for:

Children (4-12 years)

Family friendly accommodation:

Extra Beds Available

Kid Friendly: Yellow Room

Our guests' ratings...

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Rooms
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Food
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Service
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Value
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