So if you can afford La Minerva, by all means go there but for a warm introduction to an island that can seem pretentious at times, start here. The reviews of Il Portico are correct, rooms are basic, spotlessly clean and truly comfortable. The first impression as you enter the room will not blow you over but once you've settled in, had an outing or a good night's sleep, then this hotel will slowly charm you. The views from the rooms are like that of a country retreat and having breakfast with postcard perfect sea and mountain views is idyllic.
No breakfast will not be to everyone's taste, packaged biscuits and pastries, but there was a good offering of teas and fresh cappuccinos. Yes the location is central given that you walk everywhere in Capri, ahmmm...attention the walk down to the Marina is relatively easier than the "hike up" to the Piazzetta from the hotel, which is about 123 steps, we counted and passed loads of other out of breathe tourists on our daily treks, worthwhile views though. But ultimately it is Antonio and his wife that make this place what it is. Antonio provides all the information that you will ever need to have a great visit to the island. He is informative and friendly but always discreet and unobtrusive. Don't think I've ever met another person who knows so much about their country. Just ask him and he'll tell you, and if he doesn't know something, he'll find out and let you know.
Il Portico is small and cozy with all the hospitality and charm of a B&B but the privacy and feel of a villa.