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Capri: Grand Hotel Quisisana

Via Camerella, 2, Phone: 081.837.0788; Fax: 081.8376080
www.quisi.com

Reviewed by: KellyC from NJ, review #422

When: August 2003

5 Star Luxury ... Splurge in Capri!

So I don't normally spend this much on a hotel. Actually this is the only time I have spent this much on a hotel. But it was my friend's birthday so we thought we would celebrate by staying someplace really nice. And we were so happy with our choice that we tried to add another night to no avail.

We were there in August and it was the big holiday weekend. We arrived very early and were met at the hydrofoil by a luggage porter. He took our bags and told us that it would be at the hotel within 30 minutes. We ended up going to the Blue Grotto first and arrived at the hotel about an hour and a half later. As our room was not ready they retrieved our bags so we could get our bathing suits out and then took our suitcases back. We then proceeded to spend the morning and part of the afternoon at the pool. They have a great staff at the pool that sets you up with a sunbed, towels, and drinks and magazines if you like.

Ah, the pool. It was beyond nice. And a great way to wind down after two weeks of activity in Sicily. We had a great lunch at the poolside restaurant. We split gnocchi and a pizza with mussels, clams and greens. Yummy. It was great to be able to go from our fantastically comfortable lounge chair straight to our table and back again.

We got into our room at about 2. They sent our luggage in for us. The room was the lowest price double available at the hotel, so we did not have a view. But it was very very nice just the same. It had a small entrance way off of which was the bedroom to the right and the bathroom straight ahead. The bedroom was a bright, warm yellow with blue accents. There were two antique twin beds (our request), matching bedside tables, a dresser and a large wall unit. There was also a tv with CNN international, which informed us late on my friends birthday of the blackout back home in NY/NJ.

The bathroom was large and tiled. It had a round window up above the shower. The shower was large and had great water pressure. And the vanity was also very large so we could leave our bathroom items out. There were also mirrors on the door and above the sink and wonderful Murano fixtures on each side of the mirror that provided ample light. And a real, working hair dryer. Not the kind that stays attached to the wall and does nothing.

The hotel is in a wonderful location so it was really easy to walk out and explore the town. And at night the bar on the front steps is great for people watching.

The breakfast room is large and is used as a restaurant at dinner time. They had a huge spread. Everything from pastries, to many varieties of fruit, to sausage and bacon and scrambled eggs. And coffee served to your table.

The staff was very helpful and arranged for our return hydrofoil and our train tickets from Naples to Rome. They also had the baggage porter meet us at the dock with our suitcases.

We were having such a wonderful, relaxing time that we tried to stay an extra night. We kept checking in with the front desk clerk, but as it was a holiday weekend a room never did open up. I look forward to one day being able to return.

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