We have just returned from a weeks stay at the GHB. It appeared that the hotel was pretty quiet which was probably due to the main holiday season not starting until the 1st of May. Our spacious room was on the 3rd floor with fabulous views over the bay to Portofino from our small balcony. Pay the extra for a front facing room as it is certainly worth it. Over all the hotel is very good. The staff were very helpful and friendly. Breakfast was included and was good although we found the choice slightly limited. This was probably due to the emphasis being placed on the "continental" style of breakfast. We had lunch one day and it was very good however dinner in "Le Cupole" was fabulous. This restaurant is on the top floor with even better views over the bay as the sun sets ... .bliss! Other writers have mentioned the walk into the main town of Rapallo. This does take about 15 minutes however it is along a pleasant path which may not suit those with limited mobility. Once in Rapallo there is an excellent selection of bars, restaurants and gelateria for the daily ice cream!. The other towns along the bay are easy to get to by bus, ferry or train. Portofino is the star attraction of this area however a word of caution is needed. We sat down for a drink on the waters edge and left feeling that we had been mugged! The costs of food and drink here are exorbitant! This may be of no consequence to the owners of the enormous luxury cruisers anchored in the bay but may not suit all travellers. Genoa is well worth a visit as the attractions are world class. The Cathedral of San Lorenzo is stunning and the museums along Via Garibaldi are superb. There is also a great aquarium and various other attractions at the sea front.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Stunning views, amazing service in one of the most beautiful corner in the world, Tigullio Gulf.In a 1908 Belle Epoque Hotel, completely refurbished, the atmosphere is always happy, colours are light, Staff is smiling.Perfect spot to visit Cinque Terre, Forte dei Marmi, Portofino, Genova and the entire Riviera Ligure.Amazing food, local and international, Staff attentive and pleased to be useful. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Hotel Rapallo
- Nh Hotels Rapallo
- Grand Hotel Bristol Rapallo