Hotel Esperia is an idyllic little “shabby chic” gem off the beaten path of Capri town. Their interpretation of shabby is spot on. They have cleverly let the once-glamourous façade and regal entrance way crumble away into a post-vintage representation of Capri’s once glorious past.
The walls are adorned with one of the most complete and eclectic collections from the MoBA (Museum of Bad Art) that I’ve ever seen. Each floor is in its own theme ranging from kitsch to schlock and ending up with just plain bad execution.
The room itself was perfectly in tone with its shabbiness. Random bunk beds in the corner (we asked for a matrimonial room - I guess this too was Capri’s interpretation of marriage?) and the clever lack of a lamp shade on the light hanging from the ceiling all added to its minimalist decay.
The staff was friendly enough and very helpful when we discovered our sink had a very large leak from the pipe underneath it. Instead of the obvious changing of rooms, they immediately called a plumber who craftily taped it up with plumber’s tape and stuck a bucket underneath. It’s hard to find true artisans anymore and it was nice to discover that this quaint little town of Capri still has them!
We were totally blown away by the ingenious shower nozzle (see photo). Adding the concept of droopy to shabby made for a post-modern milieux of styles that we fully expected from Italy, the capitol of industrial design. I mean, leave it to the bold Italians to break the rule of “form follows function” - pure genius!
Adding to the "shabby experience" was the constant drone of a jackhammer coming from the floors above. At first we thought (hoped?) they were perhaps remodeling, but then I realized, due to the fact that this hammering had not let up all day, that of course, silly me, David Lynch must be using this hotel for the location of his latest film! So many classics have been filmed on this beautiful island so we really felt blessed to be a part of this industrial soundtrack and can't wait to see his feature!
They weren’t lying about the “sea view” either. If you got on your tippy-toes and peered through the holes in the bricks of the terrace next to you, a small glimpse of blue could be seen.
The climb up is not as bad as other reviews had stated. My partner was still recovering from knee-replacement surgery and made it up and down just fine.
Seriously? This place is not the 3-stars they advertise. It is pretty clean, but basic and definitely not worth the money they ask per night. Capri isn’t cheap, but it might be worth the extra Euros to stay somewhere a bit nicer. If you’re just looking for a place to lay your head and to boast “We stayed in Capri!” then this might do, but don’t expect the glamour found elsewhere on the island.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Immersed in the magical atmosphere of Capri Island, with a suggestive view in the south of the island, Esperia Hotel is located just five minutes from the the famous "Piazzetta", the center of local and tourist life. The hotel is surrounded by a flowered garden, beautifully maintained, and has spacious and comfortable rooms, elegantly furnished and equipped. An elegant and stylish location to make your vacation in Capri Island unforgettable. ... more less
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