Excelsior Palace Portofino Coast
is a 5-star high luxury beach hotel in Rapallo, uniquely located, with the bay of Rapallo to the west and overlooking the Portofino coast to the east.
Excelsior Palace Hotel history is long and interesting.
Precisely January 1, 1901, with a full view of the stretch of coastline from Rapallo to Portofino, nestled in a colorful garden, the Kursaal Rapallo was born. It soon attracted the elites of all Europe, drawn to the Riviera by the mild climate and the nearby casino.
The new hotel, later named the Excelsior Palace Hotel, a grand luxury complex overlooking the sea and attached to a bathing establishment, quickly became a favorite on the coast.
English artist Melita Rowe, who frequently visited the Tigullio Gulf between 1897 and 1909, became a regular at the new hotel, which she portrayed in watercolors of stretches of coastline with glimpses of the hotel.
Before her, poets like Percy Shelley and George Byron as well as writers such as Guy de Maupassant and Alphonse de LaMartine, had been fascinated by the Riviera di Levante, the coast going from Genoa to Cinque Terre and Lerici, which includes the Tigullio Gulf with Portofino, Rapallo and Santa Margherita Ligure.
The newly-invented cinema made the Excelsior Palace Hotel part of its own history, when in 1914 on its terrace were filmed scenes from Christening of a Ship, one of the first films set outdoors with shots from life.
In November 1917 Excelsior Palace Hotel was the site of the Rapallo Inter-Allied Conference that set the stage for the conclusion of World War I; the Excelsior was also the scene of the Italo-Yugoslav treaty of 1920 and the Russia-Germany treaty of 1922.
Excelsior Palace Hotel Portofino Coast 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 private beach, free for its guests, with 2 outdoor infinity swimming pools, 2 restaurants, Lord Byron restaurant overlooking Tigullio Gulf and Eden Roc restaurant which is at the private beach, sun terraces overlooking the sea with outdoor furniture, 2 snack bars, meeting and banquet facilities.
Excelsior Palace Hotel has a wellness center, which includes, among other things, a gym with sea view, hot tub/Jacuzzi, spa, massage and beauty treatments.
There is a golf course nearby, and water sports excursions by boat to Portofino, Cinque Terre and San Fruttuoso.
Excelsior Palace Hotel Rapallo has beautiful, spacious, exquisitely furnished rooms and suites, all with free WiFi. When you book you can choose rooms and suites with sea views.
Private on-site parking is available (reservation is not needed) and costs 20 euros per day.
Prices start at 150 euros
Grand Hotel Bristol Rapallo
is a 5-star extra luxury hotel with splendid panoramic views of the Gulf of Tigullio, a large outdoor swimming pool, an indoor swimming pool, 2 restaurants, one of which with a gorgeous terrace, a Spa and Wellness Center with spa pool, sauna and Turkish bath.
The nearest beaches to Grand Hotel Bristol Rapallo are Pozzetto Spiaggia, 2 minutes’ walk from the hotel, and 4 minutes’ walk from it Bagni Bristol Rapallo, with warm water and a bathing establishment which has a long history.
Several other beaches, including free beaches, are in the vicinity, some 15 minutes’ walk from Hotel Bristol, others about 1 mile from it.
Rapallo town center, with Rapallo Castle on the sea and Lungomare Vittorio Veneto seafront promenade, is 17-18 minutes’ walk from the hotel.
Among the other attractions, Rapallo, as well as Santa Margherita Ligure, Chiavari and Genoa, all have monuments to Christopher Columbus (who was born in Genoa) which have not (at least yet) been pulled down. Let’s not forget that Genoa Airport is named after the great Genoese Christopher Columbus.
Grand Hotel Bristol Spa Resort, to give it its full name, is also a historic hotel, opened in 1908.
Hotel Bristol’s freshwater swimming pool has sun terrace and bar.
Rooms and suites can sleep up to 4 people and all have free WiFi, air conditioning, tea/coffee maker, minibar, TV.
You can choose rooms and suites with balcony and sea views. The others have garden views.
Private on-site parking is possible (reservation is not needed) and costs 15 euros per day.
Grand Hotel Bristol is 15-20 minutes’ drive from Portofino, to which it is also linked by a bus service.
Prices start at 150 euros
Hotel Italia e Lido Rapallo
is a beachfront hotel on Rapallo seafront promenade, in the center of Rapallo, right next to Rapallo Castle, a landmark and symbol of the town.
Hotel Italia e Lido Rapallo has a private beach, bar, room service, and a restaurant with terrace, outdoor furniture and sea views.
The hotel is 5.5 miles from Portofino and less than half a mile from Rapallo Train Station.
Rooms can sleep 1 to 3 guests and have air conditioning, free Wi-Fi, satellite TV, en-suite bathroom with hairdryer and free toiletries.
When you book you can choose rooms with balcony and sea view.
Prices start at 100 euros.
Hotel Stella Rapallo
is in the center of Rapallo, near the beach, the tourist harbor and the seafront promenade.
Hotel Stella 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 Rapallo 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 is available near the hotel (reservation is needed) and costs 20 euros per day.
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).”
Prices start at 80 euros
Hotel Approdo Rapallo
is in Rapallo, with views of a magnificent seascape that stretches out as far as the eye can see (pictured), 200 yards from a free beach, in the enchanting setting of the Bay of Tigullio, few miles from Portofino and Santa Margherita Ligure, near the Cinque Terre.
Buses stop close to the hotel, giving easy access into both Santa Margherita and Rapallo town centers, which can also be reached by a short walk.
Hotel Approdo is in a sunny location that enjoys wide exposure to sunlight, and has bar, elevator, 24-hour front desk.
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.
Rooms have a contemporary design, free Wi-fi, air conditioning, en-suite bathroom with free toiletries, telephone, safety deposit box, hairdryer, flat-screen TV.
When you book you can choose one of the many rooms with balconies or terraces, stunning sea views or garden views.
Prices start at 100 euros