My husband and I stayed at Relais Maresca for two nights at the end of June 2011 and had a wonderful time. The location just off of the Marina Grande is perfect! When getting off the ferry, you don't have to cart your luggage far at all and we were right across from the Funicular up to the square. It's also convenient for boat trips.
Though the hotel is located right on the main street from the Marina Grande, the streets and shops close down at about 8 p.m. every night and it is pretty quiet after that, so it was never too loud to get a great night's sleep. And even though most of the restaurants on that main street close pretty early, there are two very nice restaurants just in front of the dock (walking distance) that are open much later and serve delicious food!
The main street does get pretty crowded and busy during the day once the ferrys start coming in, but we were out exporing the island away from the Marina Grande during the day and avoided much of this.
Our first day we rented a scooter from the shop just next door, which was the best way to see all of Capri! The island is incredibly easy to navigate as there is only one main street to any of the areas you want to go and the scooter shop gives you a great map to get around. We stopped in Anacapri to shop and have lunch, took the Chair Lift and then drove to the Blue Grotto. After the boats leave for the day (after 4 p.m.) you can swim in the Blue Grotto, which my husband did, though it can be a bit dangerous as the tide rises and the entrance is shallow. We then drove to Faro Beach to enjoy the sunset (recommended by the scooter shop) and check out the lighthouse.
Our second day we rented a private boat to tour the island. There are many private boat owners around Marina Grande offering tours so you don't have to take one of the overcrowded public boat tours, which look just awful! We paid only 20 Euro more to have a private boat tour, he told us all about the island, took our pictures everywhere, took us into every grotto and let us swim through the Green Grotto, which you didn't get to do on the public boat tours. The extra money is worth it! The line was too long to wait to take us into the Blue Grotto, so we took the scooter back to the Blue Grotto and waited in line there, which went pretty fast. It is 12.50 Euro to go into the Blue Grotto and it's pretty quick inside and out, but you just have to see it since it is what Capri is known for!
Every night at about 7 p.m. the square at the top of the Funicular is buzzing with many of the socialites coming off of their yachts and the restaurants get full for pre-dinner drinks and snacks. So every evening we went to the square for cocktails and enjoyed some of best people watching! The most fabulous and elegant yacht crowd just fills the square and you're surrounded by the most reknowned retailers in the world (Valentino, Prada, YSL, etc). The drinks are expensive - 10 Euro each - but well worth the enviornment!
The Funicular stops running at 10 p.m. so we'd head back down to the Marina Grande just before that and eat dinner at one of the two restaurants still open. Since everything closes, it is nice to enjoy a quiet dinner on the Marina Grande.
I'd highly recommend this hotel, everyone at the front desk was so kind and helpful! The breakfast is your traditional Eurpean breakfast with meats, cheeses and pastries which are good and tide you over until lunch. The hotel is clean, nice decor and the most perfect location to get around!
If you are comfortable driving a scooter, it is the best and most affordable way to see the island (cabs can get pretty expensive) and the private boat tour is a must!
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