We stayed 5 nights here having only planned to stay 3. It was such a great location, one block back from the waterfront, right in Rapallo. We wanted a rustic, older style hotel with character and that is exactly what we got. Lookout for neon sign and double door entrance to the building, there is a gold plaque outside with push button to enter. There is a lift and they have one handy car park right outside for loading/unloading. We were delighted when Stefania said we could leave our car there the whole time (being off season I guess). We had room 6, really comfy bed, own large bathroom and spare bed for third adult...plenty of room. Huge double windows.....we slept with windows open..noisy but really quiet if shut. Hosts Stefanie and Andrea extremely friendly, Stefania speaks good English, breakfast was super with excellent coffee, and there is a cosy lounge just off reception for relaxing. Wifi didn't work so well in room but did from lounge. We asked if it was possible to eat in and Andrea cooked for us two nights, fantastic! We based ourselves here for Cinque Terra walks and caught bus to St Margarita (15 mins) then walked to Portofino and back. If you want a true italian experience stay here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- On the first floor of an Historical Palace of the Nineteenth Century, The Hotel Portofino welcomes travelers in the magnificent setting of the "Tigullio Gulf" Pearl of the Ligurian Riviera. Rapallo is a beautiful sea town, few miles from Portofino and the 5 Terre, the Hotel is convenient located in the city centre in the main street within easy walk to the sea promenade, the marina with the touristic dock and the railways station. The former Grand Hotel has now been transformed in a Small Boutique Hotel, managed by owners, who have completed a full refurbishment. The atmosphere, due to the intense colour, is warm and welcoming, a typical example of Italian Home Hospitality. ... more less
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