Villa Marina Capri Hotel & Spa
What We Love
- A pool, a hot tub, a sauna and a full-service spa with Turkish bath
- Some rooms have private pools with ocean views
- The palm trees and lush lawns surrounding the pool lend an almost tropical ambience
What To Know
- Just a short walk to the marina, but further from Capri's town center; the hotel runs regular shuttles into town
- The airport-transfer can be arranged for a steep fee of close to $300
- The island isn’t very vehicle-friendly, so bringing a car is not recommended
- Free WiFi
- Room Service
This 21-room hideaway evokes the golden era of Capri, when the island was overrun with Hollywood stars, artists and intellectuals. The rooms and suites are decorated as tributes to various personalities who left their mark here, including poet Pablo Neruda and Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, founder of the Futurist movement. Soak up the ambience by the glam infinity pool, surrounded by palm trees and with views across the bay to brooding Mount Vesuvius, or chill in the spa’s relaxation area, complete with a sauna, a Turkish bath and an infinity pool with a Jacuzzi. At dusk, snag a spot on the terrace at Ristorante Ziqù, where lanterns and candles illuminate decadent Mediterranean dishes like lobster salad with asparagus and truffles.
In the Area
Do as one-time denizens Audrey Hepburn and Jackie O. did, and head to La Parisienne on the piazzetta for classic Capri pants; the family-run boutique has been around since 1906. Hail one of the island’s fleet of convertible taxis to take you up to Anacapri, then shop for botanical fragrances at Carthusia: Founded in Capri in 1948, when a monk discovered a trove of ancient perfume formulas, this limited-production fragrance house produces scents that evoke the Mediterranean with notes like jasmine, wild fig and lemon leaves. End the day over a glass of rose at the waterfront Fontelina Restaurant on famous Fontelina beach. The casual terrace, with its thatch roof and rough stone walls, looks out onto the rocky beach and is a magnet for the island’s scantily-clad beautiful people.
How to Get There
Everything about the hotel was spectacular from the rooms and views, the incredible service by the hotel, and their shuttle service. They provided help with reservations, travel arrangements etc. An experienced front desk person was person was available 24 hours per day.
We were fortunate to have spent a night at the Villa Marina Capri Hotel, and from the minute we arrived, we were treated with white-glove service. While this hotel was about 10 minutes cab ride from the city, it was also very quiet and peaceful so you could enjoy the view.
The room was spacious, quiet, and clean, and oh did I mention that view?!
The benefits of this hotel are by far the views. We were upgraded to a suite which gave us an ocean view. Carolina who met us on our first day was very kind and helpful. Each evening, you return to your room with a small cake and your slippers laid out with fresh towels which is a lovely touch. However, given the amount you pay per night (£330), I would expect to be able to use the spa for free. I think this is incorrectly explained. We reserved an hour to use the spa, signed a form that said £0, but when checking out, we were charged £40 each to use the steam room and sauna. We also spoke to the hotel about transfers and they appeared very set on us using 1 company which was €250. We didn’t want to spend this and managed to sort our own for €80. The other downside is that it is very quiet during the day staff wise and getting a drink seemed impossible which led to us walking to the port for some drinks. The hotel offer a shuttle service which is useful.
The views from the hotel are stunning. We got a complimentary upgrade to a suite with an amazing ocean view. The shuttle is a great plus, since it's not that easy to get around the island. Prices for food and services are a bit high (you can catch a taxi outside if you are willing to walk a bit, for way less money) but the staff's attention was very good, and they made sure our stay was pleasant. We were kind of thrown off that the restaurant was not open all day, but after some time we discovered it's just like that all over Italy.
Terrible customer service. The lady who checked us into our rooms never mentioned the benefits we should have received during our stay. When I asked her about it upon checkout she said it should have been in my confirmation email. She pulled the confirmation email from her binder and nowhere did it mention the 30minute massage and 20E dining voucher at Ziqu. At the time I booked it, it was a pop up that appeared briefly on the website and went away. Even worse, the manager said I should have known. The lady checking us out of our hotel room originally said she’d deduct 20E off our dining charges and then when her manager came out she acted surprised I mentioned it. The shuttle from town also left because we got lost and were 5 minutes late. He left even though I called the front desk to alert them. Worst customer service at a hotel I ever experienced.