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Anacapri: Hotel Carmencita

Via T. de Tommaso, 6
www.capri.net

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Reviewed by: Diana D from CA, review #1040

When: June 2005

Friendly, clean, budget hotel in center of Anacapri, close to restaurants, transportation, and siteseeing. {2 star}

Front desk & Mario at Hotel Carmencita, Anacapri, photo by Diana Diehl

I give Hotel Carmencita an above average rating for a budget, 2-star hotel. I was delighted by the staff (Mario and his wife and daughter), I looked forward each morning to the warm, fresh croissants, delicious cappucino, and orange juice, and I felt safe and comfortable throughout my stay. At the time, the regular rates were 118 euros (incl. breakfast), but we got a "special deal" for our 8-day stay with cash payment. The advice was excellent, the attitude friendly without being fake, the rooms were very clean, simple, (ours had a small balcony), and the interior of the hotel was well kept up. There's an Internet point right in the hotel for 1 euro per 15 minutes. I used it several times.

Right on the bus line, it was a short trip to sunbathing at Faro, the city of Capri, Blue Grotto, and Marina Grande. It's walking distance to the chair lift to Mt. Solaro (and Cetrella) and to the wonderful Villa San Michele--even walking with a cane, as I did. The very nearby street of shops, churches, and restaurants between Piazza San Nicola and Piazza Vittoria in Anacapri had lots of local flavor--much different than the extremely expensive designer fare in the city of Capri on the other side of the island. However, it's a short, 15-min. trip to all the attractions and tours on the other side, and buses run quite late--lots of taxis (charming, open cabriolet taxis), too. Some more distant Anacapri restaurants come to pick you up right from the hotel at no charge.

The downside of this small, economical hotel was the fact that it is on a main road, so there was some traffic noise. The outside of the hotel was not well maintained (overgrown grass, patio not set up---but paint and signs and building were in great shape), but we did not spend lots of time hanging around our hotel. Also, you had to time your showers carefully, since hot water was an issue at certain times. Don't expect many personal amenities--there was shampoo, soap, and a hair dryer, but that's about it. Since I prefer to spend my money on excursions, food, and souvenirs, this was a great place for me. No frills, helpful staff; restaurants, grocery, shops, transportation nearby.

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