This studio efficiency, formerly a hotel junior suite, might be stuck in the disco era décor-wise, but it boasts one of the best views on the Italian Riviera, bar none. I texted a friend a twilight photo of the coastal vista off the top-floor unit's breezy private terrace, and she swooned 4,000 miles away. It's not an exaggeration to say my girlfriend got misty-eyed at first glance. Antonio, the building's manager, who arrived promptly via motor scooter to check us in, couldn't have been more personable or professional. He pointed out the ample private (complimentary) parking just paces across the winding entry road (look both ways twice) and noted it was a 10-minute downhill walk into town. You might miss the Easy Bake Oven galley kitchen on the way in, but who’s cooking in Italy anyway? Likewise, the yacht-sized shower might put off some travelers who can’t touch their toes, but there is a front-loading clothes washer in the bathroom, which is worth its weight in Euros. Sadly, we missed the seasonal opening of the building’s pool by a few sweltering days in mid-May, but we did seek refuge at the Bagni Ariston beach club. Bottom line: The mattress is college dorm-issued and there is too much knickknacky clutter, but if you keep your eyes on the stunning view (and your wallet), it’s all so stupendo.
We enjoyed our stay. The studio has all you need to make breakfast and lunch. Although there is no kettle which can be a problem. The former hotel is v well maintained and clean.
The location is uphill but close to a good supermarket and the centre of Rapallo. Worth getting a taxi from the train station if you have bags or cases. The arrangements for electricity payment could be clearer.
We enjoyed our stay and can recommend this studio for a lovely stay.
Lovely apartment with all we needed for an enjoyable holiday. Beautiful view from the balcony made the uphill walk from the town well worthwhile. The owner was very friendly and helpful as was Paulo, the building manager.