Sometimes, simplicity can outdo all the frills in the world.
Hotel La Tosca is marketed as a “simple” and affordable hotel. While it does fit the description in terms of cost, the hotel offers so much more than wallet friendly accommodations.
The charming one-building boutique hotel is a welcoming, independently-owned property. The building has been in the family of current owner Ettore Castelli since around 1900 and was rented out — it became a hotel run by another family in 1950 following renovations before Castelli took over operations in 1996.
La Tosca lets the beauty of the Faraglioni, Certosa di San Giacomo (Charterhouse of St. Giacomo) and the sea shine while offering immaculate, comfortable rooms in a converted island home featuring vaulted ceilings, arches and whitewashed walls. The bright interior matched with tiled flooring feels relaxing and refreshing — especially after a long day spent at a nearby beach club under the hot sun. The understated decor, accompanied by comfortable beds and subtle touches like florals, fits naturally into the Italian island’s landscape and atmosphere.
Some rooms feature balconies and views with the water in the distance while others face the courtyard — price varies depending on those factors and based on the time of year. The high season in Capri runs between May and September each year, though April and October tend to be relatively busy, too, per Castelli. When I visited in August, Capri and Anacapri were bustling with crowds.
Located a short walk from Capri’s Piazzetta, La Tosca is an ideal option for first time visitors to the Italian island but one that is definitely worth a return visit (and another, and another). But not just because of its location and price. Castelli has what seems like encyclopedic knowledge of what to do on the island, where to eat and how to get around.
One of the perks of staying at La Tosca is Castelli’s expertise. He goes out of his way to help guests plan their trips – organizing reservations for activities and meals, giving guidance on what to do and when, connecting guests with tour guides and the like.
And La Tosca offers plenty of other amenities, too. Breakfast is included and offered daily in the room or on the hotel’s main terrace with views of the Faraglioni and consists of baskets of freshly baked pastries, yogurt, coffee — the list goes on (highly recommend the espresso). Plus, the hotel offers a commission-free currency exchange service, WiFi, towels to bring to the beach and water, soft drinks, wine, beer and limoncello for sale.
La Tosca also offers concierge service and can help with reservations for meals and beach clubs, car transfer, arrangement of babysitting, private cooking lessons, boat tours and more.
Location: Capri, Italy
Star-Rating: Four stars
The Vibe: Casual hotel for the right price nestled into the heart of Capri, perfect for solo travelers and couples but also great for families — especially first time visitors.
Our Favorite Thing About the hotel? Price point and service (owner Ettore Castelli is available to guests to make recommendations and reservations at local beach clubs, restaurants and other attractions).
Food + Drink: La Tosca offers an included breakfast with pastries, specialty coffees, espresso, yogurt and more on its terrace daily with views of Faraglioni. The hotel also has soft drinks, wine, beer and limoncello for sale.
Any Neighborhood Recs? Many restaurants are accessible by foot from La Tosca. For a spectacular view of the Faraglioni Capri Rooftop is a two minute walk away and offers trendy cocktails and snacks. The Augustus Gardens and Via Krupp are steps away, too, as is the Charterhouse of St. Giacomo.
Amenities: Some rooms with views and/or terraces, housekeeping, breakfast, commission-free currency exchange, WiFi and towels to bring to the beach. Plus arrangement of private cooking lessons, luggage transportation, excursions with a private guide, transportation service, babysitting service and more.
What’s Nearby?: Augustus Gardens, Via Camerelle (for luxury shopping), Piazzetta and a slew of hotels and other restaurants are steps away, too. Everything on the island is accessible from La Tosca by foot or by a short bus ride.
Rooms: This boutique hotel has only 11 rooms including one single room and 10 double rooms that can be converted into triple or quadruple rooms with extra beds. The rooms vary in price based on size, number of occupants and whether they have a view.
Pricing: Pricing depends on the time of season — lower rates are available in March, April and October while May through September (peak season) will likely come at a higher price. Single rooms are priced between 70 and 160 euros per night while double rooms go between 95 and 280 euros per night, including tax and breakfast. To add an extra bed in a double room goes for between 60 and 120 euros per person.
Closest Airport: Naples International Airport
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