The Excelsior Palace is probably in the best possible position in this part of the coast, slightly up the hill, out of the plebeian crowds of Rapallo, with a breathtaking view towards Portofino. It is an ancient building composed of several parts, probably often refurbished through the ages, but still keeping the sophisticated look of a belle-epoque-grand-hotel of the Mediterranean Riviera. Nowadays, the hotel has almost everything you could expect from a 5 stars establishment in Italy, the lounges, restaurant, bar and terraces are beautifully furnished, probably the average rooms could be considered rather small, due to the age of the structure, but the view from windows and balconies forgives everything. The lack of a proper beach (common to most of this part of the coast) is obviated equipping the underlying cliff with some facilities such as a scenic suspended swimming pool, platforms and stairs for easy access to the sea. The “beach club”, with its bar and restaurant is reached directly from the hotel through some corridors and elevators.
The “Byron” main restaurant serves a good choice of mainly local cuisine, the quality is as expected for a good hotel restaurant, the service is quick and careful.
The personnel are overall friendly and accustomed to deal with foreigners, who are by far the majority of the patrons.
In my opinion, there are however some little notes deserving attention:
1) The seaside facilities open at 9 am, that is rather late for early morning sea lovers;
2) The small rooms without balcony should probably have a much interesting price;
3) Obviously, this is not a cheap Hotel, there are plenty of less expensive accommodations around. This is not the place to discuss about cost to benefit ratio, but charging € 3.50 for a small bottle of still mineral water seems to be a slight lack of panache.
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- Hotel Excelsior Palace