Easy to find, set back off the main road to Santa Margherita. Compared to some of the grander (and much more expensive) hotels on the hill its a functional looking building set in its own grounds, but is well looked after and smartly decorated. Rooms looking over the bay have balconies; we stayed on the 2nd floor with a balcony to sit out on. 1st floor rooms have larger balconies with space for sun loungers. Our room was clean and spacious, with very good air conditioning. Double glazed windows blocked any noise from passing cars, and electric shutters cut out all light - had one the best sleeps in days. A decent breakfast (not hot, except for boiled eggs). Free WIFI, a small bar, and space inside and out to sit out.
Location wise,its about 15 minutes walk to Santa Margherita, 5 minutes of which is on part of the road with no pavement - this was a little unnerving at times - just about OK during the day but not at all fun at night. There's a bus stop directly outside that goes to there (and Portofino) for 3 euros (1.5 euro with pre-paid pass), and it appeared to stick to the timetable!
A taxi ride to Santa Margherita, which is 1.5 KM from the hotel cost 20 Euros...a con that taxis in the area are famous for (the hotel can arrange for a taxi to collect from a reputable company, although still quite pricey). There are free spaces for cars at the hotel, and car parks in Santa Margherita and Portofino if you want to drive around but be prepared to pay dearly to park.. 20+ euros in Portofino for 4 hours. Bus and boat are cheaper options (and a lot less hassle when its busy). There's a public private beach across the road from the hotel about 5 minutes walk away (on a quiet road)
I liked this hotel; staff were really friendly, it was clean, and for the area a bargain. I'd stay again if i was lucky enough to be in the area.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- L'Approdo is a three star Hotel in a unique position overlooking the splendid bay of S.Michael. Hotel recently renovated, modern neat and clean. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- l`Approdo Hotel Rapallo
- l Approdo Rapallo