Beautiful! Homely but professional. This hotel gets 10 out of 10 and we will definitely return. Simply nice people to be around with B&B prices even backpackers can afford.
We've been travelling around the world and stayed in some fabulous hotels but this truly beats them all for 'returnability'.
Il Girasole's concept is simple but totally provides everything you need in order to enjoy and savour Capri. The sunsets from the terrace are to die for, night after night, and most rooms overlook the bay with Islands in the distance. The owners focus upon creating a relaxed atmosphere and giving you the kind of experience of Capri you want and they are friendly but discreet and generous with their breakfasts and facilities. Angela and Francesco's warm and welcoming personalities shine through their staff, particularly Domenico (lovely, warm, unassuming man). The pool was clean and a real luxury given the low prices of the hotel.
Capri itself is a must see of course but Ana Capri is the hidden Gem. (we almost didn't want to share our secret). Walk through the village and notice that the locals smile at you (at first we kept looking behind us not thinking the smile was sent our way but yes it was !!!.) They're even pleased to help you find your way around. The men ALWAYS stand up for the women on the buses and it's like being transported to a pre-war era of genteelness which just makes you want to smile. Everyone chats to the bus drivers and they all seem on first name terms on the Island... but you don't feel excluded from the 'club' you feel welcomed into it. You begin to realise these are people who know they are lucky and love their island life. All this and the sunshine adds up to a win win. (we went in October and it was fabulous and I've been in May when it's beautifully warm too). If you go, hire a speedboat for the day (easy if you can drive a car, honest), the guys will teach you then set off...go around the Island, skinny dip in the green grotto, take a picnic and beer and realise why you are here. Life is for living and Il Girasole gets it.
You must get the bus from Ana Capri to Capri town. It is fabulously scary (my partner couldn't look down) but notice how the little old ladies take it in their stride whilst you're quivering. Don't miss the ski ride up to Mount Solerno, the winding streets of Capri town, Marina Piccola.... I could go on but I might be delaying you from snatching the last available room.
By the way we just read the review entitled "Avoid Room 14......" and we think this is a strange posting because we also ALWAYS check beds and did so and found nothing but cleanliness.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Cheap, charming and on Capri: your dream hotel just came true! The relaxing atmosphere of a small hotel Il Girasole is a 23 room, 3 star hotel on the island of Capri, Italy run by the youngest generation of the Capri born-and-bred Orlando family. Within steps of the center of Anacapri Hotel Il Girasole is located in the quietest part of Capri, amidst the island's vineyards and olive trees. The historic center of Anacapri lies within easy strolling distance of the hotel. There's a bus stop from where to catch buses to downtown Capri and Marina Grande, just 300m away. Facing the sea and with a panoramic pool The sea can be seen from every corner of the hotel: from the terraces outside the bedrooms, from the breakfast room, and from the panoramic swimming pool. Every evening, as you relax in one of our outdoor seating areas, you'll be treated to the spectacle of the sun setting over the sea. ...all this, at an unbelievably low price! If you're thinking... "A hotel with pool and sea view on the island of Capri, I can't imagine how much that's going to cost..." take a look at our price list and special offers. We're certain you won't find better value for money anywhere else on the island. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Il Girasole Hotel
- Il Girasole Anacapri
- Hotel Il Girasole Island Of Capri/Anacapri, Italy