The hotel itself is a beautiful building, it has enormous character and transports you to a bygone age. It has as you would expect with a building this old, some areas which may need a little tlc (some of the shutters need repair), but to be fair you wouldn't want the building to be absolutley perfect, the minor imperfections add to the character. The views from the sea view rooms are breathaking. The room we stayed in was a delux sea view and was bigger than expected and well decorated. The bathroom is large, well equipped with marble throughout. The safe is a fair size, large enough to fit a handbag, ipad, and jewellery. The aircon is a necessity at night but unusually did not keep me either awake or with a dry throat in the morning. The rest of the hotel from the lobby to the lounges, terrace and restaurant is very well decorated and the piano lounge in particular is a lovely place to sit and have a drink and enjoy the surroundings. The pool area is good. The pool size for me is just right, there are beds around and you can always find a shady space should you need it. There is a pool bar and whilst it serves the usual pool side drinks it could be more of a feature. The staff are if not the best, very close to it that I have experienced. I have seen some negative reviews about the staff which really surprises me as without fail every single day the general manager made a point of making sure we were happy and if there was anything we needed, offering advice on local transport, shopping areas, restaurants. The rest of the staff we found just as attentive and every one would say hello every time we saw them. And if at any time we wanted anything they made sure we got it. I have reviewed the roof top restaurant seperatly, but to just add here, it is a lovely restaurant with great food and amazing views. We will definately return to Rapallo at some point, and will be looking to stay again at the Grand Hotel Bristol.
- 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