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“Nice but a bit cramped” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel Villa Sarah
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Via Tiberio 3A, 80073 Capri, Island of Capri, Italy   |  
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Ranked #31 of 41 Hotels in Capri
London, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Nice but a bit cramped”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2011

I found this hotel very nice and cheap however it is a bit cramped as the pool is directly attached to the eating area so it is annoying to eat with people are splashing around. You are also only allowed to use it from 11 until 2 then from 4 until 6. And even then you can't splash or make a sound. It is quite far from the centre and has a 15 minute uphill walk from the centre. Don't let this put you off if you want to slim down for summer!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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London
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28 reviews 28 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2011

Lovely, clean and well priced in an expensive resort. Great location also.

  • Stayed May 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2010

stayed there 3 nights in may. very homely hotel with the whole family working in the hotel. was extremely friendly with a nice location between the centre and historical part of capri.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Madliena, Malta
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30 hotel reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2009

We liked everything about this hotel. The location is excellent, far away from the thick crowds that unfortunately, in my opinion, constistute the only drawback of this spectacularly beautiful island.

I really cannot understand the bad reviews, but then again travelling is a very subjective experience.

The hote has a pleasantly designed pool area, and we found the staff to be very accomodating. Room size was also ok.

The price, like everything on else on Capri, is well above what one would pay elsewhere.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kuwait City, Kuwait
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2009

We stayed at the Hotel Villa Sarah for five nights in August. First and foremost, definitely have the porters at the docks handle your luggage. It's well worth the money, as this hotel is quite a hike up a hill, especially if it's as hot as it was when we were there. Hotel itself can be quite peaceful and lovely. We chose it because of it's distance from the town and hoped it would be quiet, as my husband was recuperating from heart surgery. Bedroom and bath (we had a superior upstairs with lovely view) were immaculate and very good size. The staff was extremely helpful, the breakfast quite good and the grounds impeccable. Being able to order from a small menu during the day is a nice feature. There is a nice pool, however, that is the only complaint we actually have. About two days into our relaxing and quiet holiday, when all the guests were respecting each other at the pool and everyone was enjoying themselves swimming, reading and napping, two young children arrived, whom we believed to be related to the owners. Once they hit that pool, they began screaming constantly, and they had no parental or Grandparental reprimands. (We discovered that on numerous occasions in Europe this summer!) It made our time by the pool unbearable and one-by-one, you could see the guests beginning to retreat to their rooms. The children were also allowed to run rampant throughout the lobby, which has all hard surfaces, so their voices echoed throughout the entire hotel. Not pleasant or enjoyable! We didn't complain, since they were not guests, but rather relatives, so instead we decided to just cut our time short there by one night. Would we return to Villa Sarah, probably not! Would we return to Capri, definitely yes! But we would chose a hotel closer to town, possibly even in Anacapri, where it is a bit more reserved and less hectic. We did discover some great restaurants, with Edode being the best by far!

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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London
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2009

Had a wonderful 4 day stay in June 2008 before going to Amalfi. The hotel was recommended by an Italian friend.
First things first, it goes without saying that the first lesson you learn (if you have never been) on Capri is HAND YOUR BAGS OVER TO THE PORTERS at the quayside when you get off the ferry. Whilst it might seem chaotic, it is a tried and tested system that has been in place for years and it works. Your bags will almost certainly be at your hotel before you are. It doesn't cost much. I was amazed by the number of Americans (and a few English) getting hot and bothered about holding onto their bags and loading them into taxis. They would then have had to drag them up the steep hills to their hotels - not a good idea - the porters and their electric buggies are there for a reason.
Villa Sarah is a good walk up the hill (on the way to Villa Tiberius) - the upside is that it is away from the madness and crowds that swarm around town (and the hotels on Via Tragara), the downside is that if you are elderly or overweight (or in heels), it is a tiring walk in the heat. And don't even THINK about dragging your bags up there.
We had the best rooms (upstairs at the end of the corridor with windows on both sides and the spectacular view) - ask for them. The rooms on the ground floor or at the back don't have a view, but are cheaper) The hotel is restrained and simple, set in lovely gardens where fruit is grown (and eaten at breakfast). Whitewashed and clean. Rooms are elegant with good linen and nice tiled bathrooms Caprese style (i.e. slightly more fussy and roccoco than you wood choose at home) - in the main though, they are blue and white only. There is a very grand entrance gate and walkway up to the hotel and a small but beautiful pool to plunge into after the walk up from town. The various members or staff (we assumed were the family owners) were supremely helpful in reserving dinner and checking boat times - nothing was too much trouble. The rest of the hotel clientele were Italians, French and English. No ghastly shouting Americans (the wrong kind, there are nice ones too). A little spoken Italian by the guests is hugely appreciated.
Breakfast is simple and fresh and straightforward - the system is that you order eggs cooked how you like from the waitress (the hardest-working person in the hotel). To those that have complained in older postings, this isn't some ghastly conference centre hotel with an enormous buffet breakfast catering to overweight, lap-top totting Americans who have no concept of over-consumption or waste. Coffee is passable (they could do better).
As always on Capri, the smart thing to do is go walking (or down to the beach clubs) during the day, avoiding the town centre. Once the crowds have gone in the evening, dress up in all your linen finery for cocktails at the Quissisana (or the Punta Tragara, or in the Piazzetta) before tottering off for dinner and tottering to the Piazetta for the all important digestivo.
Villa Sarah is very good value for what it is. Room choice is key if you want the view (which is the reason to come to Capri really).
We are spending a little (a lot!!) more money and trying the Casa Morgano this year (although will have other friends at the Villa Sarah) and will report back.

  • Stayed June 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Oslo, Norway
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2007

My wife and I spent a week staying at Villa Sarah this June. We did not read any reviews up front, but booked based solely on the basis of what we could figure out from the hotel's website. By coincidence, I came to read the reviews of Villa Sarah on tripadvisor. It is quite surprising to see some of the negative reviews this hotel has been getting, so I figured I'd add some words about my own experience.

Location: Yes it is outside the Capri city center. It is not 2 miles/3,2 km like some reviewers have written. It is around 400 meters. (If you go 3,2 km in almost any direction from the Piazetta, you will fall off the island, check any map you'd like.) It is true that the last 150 meters is uphill. It is a great location for exploring the eastern part of the island, including the Villa Jovis.
There entire eastern part of the island is car-free, so the location of the hotel has the benefit of being very calm and quiet. Thankfully, you can not even hear the almost comically kitsch music from the bar at the JW Marriott just down the road.

Beaches: Capri has only one traditional beach, in Marina Piccola. Apart from that, hanging out by the sea means either renting a boat or going to one of the seaside bathing establishments. We spent every day at Fontellina (expect to spend around €100/day incl lunch), which is a 15-20 minute walk downhill (very steep) from Villa Sarah. Walking back up is exercise, but if you are not so inclined they run a boat service to Marina Piccola, from where you can grab a cab or the bus. Villa Sarah has a very nice small pool area, but if you're looking for a poolside vacation, you should look elsewhere.

Hotel standard: The hotel is simply furnished but is kept immaculately clean and well maintained. Our upper floor sea view room (€200) was OK sized, had TV and minibar and a nice outdoor space. If you're looking for posh surroundings and expensive fittings, you are probably better off elsewhere.
Be advised that almost any hotel located near Marina Piccolo will lie in the shade from around 3-4PM, due to the steep hill to the west. This is not a problem for hotels located on the top of the island, like Villa Sarah.

Hotel service: The breakfast is served poolside or indoors, and is quite alright. They also have a limited menu during the daytime, which in our experience offered simple but well made food at OK prices.

In our experience, the criticism about the hotel staff is totally uncalled for. We relied on the staff for almost everything from laundry, ironing, restaurant reservations and advise on what to do and where to go. They were always 100% helpful and polite.

  • Stayed June 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Via Tiberio 3A, 80073 Capri, Island of Capri, Italy
Location: Italy > Campania > Province of Naples > Island of Capri > Capri
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#27 Luxury Hotel in Capri
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Villa Sarah 4*
Number of rooms: 20
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