is a five stars high luxury hotel in Rapallo, uniquely located, with the bay of Rapallo to the west and overlooking the Portofino coast to the east.
It has been restored to its turn-of-the-century glory when it was an obligatory stop for the international beau monde.
Portofino is 4 miles from the hotel, reached along the scenic coast road, and Rapallo Station is a 5-minute taxi ride away.
The hotel has a beach club with a glittering panoramic swimming pool and terraces overlooking the sea.
Excelsior Palace Hotel has a beauty and fitness club, which includes a heated indoor swimming pool with whirlpool and splendid sea views, a gym, sauna, Turkish bath, personalised massage and beauty treatments.
There is a golf course nearby, and water sports excursions by boat to Portofino, Cinque Terre and San Fruttuoso.
Breakfast buffet, lunch and dinner are served at the on-site Lord Byron restaurant, overlooking Rapallo Marina. The à-la-carte Eden Roc restaurant is at the private beach, open in summer for both lunch and dinner.
Other hotel facilities include 2 bars serving cocktails, drinks and snacks; a children’s playground; conference and banquet rooms.
The hotel has beautiful, spacious, exquisitely furnished rooms and suites, many with sea views.
Free WiFi is available in the hotel’s public areas and in some hotels rooms – while in others WiFi is chargeable.
Private parking is possible on site.
Average price per room per night: from 150 euros
Website: Excelsior Palace Hotel
is a 3-star hotel in Rapallo, with views of a magnificent seascape that stretches out as far as the eye can see (pictured), very close to a free beach, in the enchanting setting of the Bay of Tigullio, few miles from Portofino and Santa Margherita Ligure, near the Cinque Terre.
The hotel is in a sunny location that enjoys wide exposure to sunlight, and has bar, lift, disabled access. Pets are allowed.
After a day at the beach or touring the Cinque Terre you can enjoy a relaxing drink on the hotel’s terrace bar, or a stroll in its peaceful gardens.
The 32 rooms have a contemporary design, balconies with stunning sea views, en-suite bathroom with free toiletries, air conditioning, telephone, safety deposit box, hairdryer, satellite television, and more facilities.
There is free Wi-fi internet access, and private parking on site.
A guest’s review: “This is a fairly new facility with beautiful views on the road to Portofino but within walking distance of the main area of Rapallo. The welcome was very warm, so much so that I had the impression that we were greeted by the owners, although I do not know this for sure. I recommend this hotel.”
Average price per room per night: from 90 euros
Website: Hotel L’Approdo
is a three star hotel in the centre of Rapallo, near the beach, the tourist harbour and the seafront promenade.
It is a building from the early 20th century, a classic example of Genoese style.
You can relax on the sun loungers provided on the large roof terrace affording superb panoramic views over the gulf.
Hotel Stella is near many different restaurants, and is a short walk to Rapallo Railway Station.
The hotel has a bar open 24 hours a day for drinks and snacks, a 24-hour front desk, luggage storage, room service, meeting and banquet facilities, laundry, and other services.
All rooms have free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, en-suite bathroom with free toiletries and hairdryer, satellite flat-screen TV, DVD player, telephone, and more facilities.
Private parking on site is possible.
A guest’s review: “You will miss a lot if you don’t have lunch on the roof terrace. The location of the hotel is just great: close to a bus stop in the Portofino direction (takes only 25 minutes to get to it).”
Average price per room per night: from 60 euros
Website: Hotel Stella