II Capri Hotel gets pastel pink laden makeover

II Capri Hotel, a Venetian-style palazzo on the island of Capri, has undergone a pastel pink-laden makeover under the watchful eyes of husband-and-wife owners Graziella Buontempo and Arnaud Lacombe.

Built in the 19th century as a private villa in the Neo-gothic Venetian style before being transformed into a hotel in 1899, the duo has redesigned the interiors to reflect the grandeur of the property while imbuing it with a sense of contemporary chic.


The hotel’s signature pink-and-white facades were retained just with some slight repairs and paint touch-ups. The owners also chose to repeat some of the same hues and external architectural details throughout the interiors.

“Honouring the property’s history and location, the hotel’s colour palette is inspired by the pink found across the island of Capri and the striking volcanic reds of Mount Vesuvius,” said the hotel team.

A bright red curved awning signals the hotel’s entrance, located close to the town square in the center of the famous Italian holiday destination, leading guests to a reception desk topped with reddish marble.

Room keys are stored individually in small arched niches within a wood-panelled wall behind, while local gifts are displayed on built-in shelves nearby.

The hotel’s public areas feature checkerboard flooring, black lighting fixtures and red curtains to the match sofa cushions and rug trims.

A variety of antique furniture pieces were curated to make the lounges feel homely while artworks and photos were sourced from the personal collection of Buontempo, whose family has long associations with the island.

Archways divide various seating areas from corridors and one another, creating several distinct areas where guests can relax.

In the bedrooms, pink appears again as wainscoting and on upholstered headboards shaped as ogee arches.

The rooms include sisal floors and other natural materials and are simply decorated so that attention isn’t drawn away from the views.

“Each of the 21 guest rooms pays homage to the culture of the island with decor imbuing a feeling of comfort, no-frills luxury and understated elegance,” the hotel team said.

Sun loungers line up along the rooftop swimming pool, shaded by red parasols with crenellated white edges.

There’s also a subterranean nightclub, Rumore, which is used as a cinema and an events space during the off-season.

Images by Jonathan Froines and Marine Billet via Dezeen

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