I'm a solo traveller and I booked La Minerva based on the reviews for it here on Tripadvisor. I wasn't disappointed. All the positive comments people have said here before me are true and moreso: this is a fantastic, unpretentious, spotlessly clean villa hotel with stunning views of Capri from almost every window, gastronomic breakfast on offer every morning and the friendliest, warmest hospitality I have ever come across in a hotel ... and full use of the private, outdoor swimming pool! I felt like I was staying in proprietors Antonio and Luigi's home rather than in a hotel, and was treated like a family friend rather than as a guest.
As most reviewers before me stayed here with partners and thereby stayed in the stunning double rooms and suites, there are few reviews about the single room available at La Minerva. As I stayed in this room for three nights this Summer my review is primarily about it which I hope is useful to similar solo travellers considering staying here.
Yes, the room is small but perfectly adequate. It is tastefully decorated with white walls and chic, modern, cream-coloured pieces of furniture giving the impression of more space and light. Delightful Caprian-style tiles are used on the floor.
Yes, it can only house a single bed, but this room is after all only for single use and the bed is very comfortable indeed.
It comes with air-conditioning, a good sized wardrobe with drawers, a self-coding safe and a fridge with complimentary water and soft drinks (two bottles of still and sparkling water are replaced within it daily). The TV comes with Sky Italia which offers a huge selection of entertainment, movie and news channels though most are in Italian (Sky News and BBC News are available and any US movies shown on the movie channels are generally not dubbed nor subtitled). The TV set however was a bit temperamental and it took me a while to work out the knack of actually turning it on (switch the TV on at the set, then press the 'TV' button on the remote control followed by '1', and almost always then the TV would switch on from standby mode).
The bathroom is actually a decent size, tiled floor to ceiling with those lovely Caprian tiles again giving it a lot of character, and is exceptionally clean. The walk-in shower is nice and big, giving consistently hot water and can easily be controlled by the user. The toilet sometimes wouldn't stop filling after flushing which was a bit noisy, but a second flush seemed to remedy this.
Yes, it doesn't have the stunning views from the window like the other rooms do, something that is made very clear from the start - almost apologically - by Antonio and Luigi. What it does have is a doorway which opens out to a narrow space between the side of the hotel and the one next door, but enough space to stand outside, sit on the step and see the sky and some trees. The wall directly opposite the door and window (the side of the other hotel) has crawling plants up around it which makes it look less harsh and more natural, and some of the rock which the buildings are built on top of is exposed which too adds character. It does make the room a bit dark, but has been painted white to bounce as much natural light back into the room as possible. Although this private outside space is a bonus, it does open onto a path along the side of the hotels. There is a large potted cactus that seems to act like a fence along the path but this can be got around fairly easily. One night a side door to the other hotel was open and although it's not near the room (it's a bit down the path past the cactus, and has a partition around it to conceal it from La Minerva), if I wanted to I could have walked along the side and straight into the other hotel without being noticed. As a Londoner and a solo female traveller this did ring security alarm bells in my head on my first night, but the door to the room can easily be locked and the key removed from the lock which made me feel much safer. I know Capri is generally known to be safe but for non-Caprian guests I would suggest to Antonio & Luigi to maybe create a more private, secure courtyard here and put up a fence/railing across the pathway if they are permitted to replacing the potted cactus.
When I returned in the evening, a light was left on in my room, my bin had been emptied, my bed was turned and a rose was left on my pillow with a leaflet detailing the next day's weather and suggestions of what to do the next day in Capri. This was a really nice, romantic touch and much appreciated.
There are a number of cosy lounges (with some of the most comfortable sofas I've ever drifted off on) and terraces with stunning views throughout the building and the spacious poolside area to spend time by (often not even occupied by other guests) certainly makes up for the lack of space and view in the bedroom.
It's a cosy, peaceful (although at night I could here a distant boiler somewhere steaming away but it wasn't too noisy and it didn't affect my ability to sleep) and romantic room, very Caprian in style, met all my needs, was spotlessly clean and I felt happy and safe spending time in it. Antonio and Luigi have done everything they can to make this a good room and make up for its lack of space and view. Approx £100 a night for it may sound steep, but with use of the private outdoor pool anytime (and apparently a gym down the road), the stunning views elsewhere in the hotel, the great hospitality and amazing breakfast on the terrace, and just five-ten minutes walk from Capri Town, I felt this was good value especially considering how expensive Capri can be.
I would certainly stay at La Minerva again if I went back to Capri, and would have no problem staying in the single room again ... but maybe as a treat I would splash out a bit more and go for one of the double rooms with a private terrace instead as the views are simply wonderful.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- La Minerva is an exclusive 18 room hotel, in which each and every customer is made to feel, first and foremost, a welcome guest, to the hotel and to the Island of Capri.The hotel has been recently renovated, with original interior design, stylishly combining modern features with typical elements of island architecture, including characteristic floors in hand-painted majolica, artisan-crafted ceramics, vaulted ceilings, and sweeping arches.The Hotel is situated in the center of Capri, looking out towards the sea, in a peaceful pedestrian area just steps away from the island’s fashionable shopping district, Via Camerelle. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- La Minerva Capri
- La Minerva Hotel Capri