I booked back in January for a 5 night stay in May... expecting a dated hotel going by the bargain price we paid, and the slightly jaded photos on the website we booked from. We arrived by train from Genoa, and the Europa is an easy 5 minute walk from the railway station in Rapallo. We were pleasantly surprised when we arrived at the hotel; the public rooms are stylish and contemporary. The 1st and 2nd floor bedrooms have been refurbished but our 4th floor room was not; and given that we only paid £66 for a double room inc breakfast, I thought we would end up in a cupboard! We needn't have worried the bedroom was very comfortable and spacious with ensuite bathroom. We were at the back of the hotel and there was no noise (apart from 7am church bells). I don't expect the price we paid will be available now as I'm sure as the hotel continues to redesign (an outdoor pool is planned) it will become a premium hotel competing with those in Portofino. The hotel has a chic bar and restaurant, all designer white, and an even lovelier outdoor eating area. We ate 3 nights out of 5 at the hotel, the set 3 course dinner menu cost 20 euros. Breakfast was a continental buffet, which was lovely, my only small gripe was that the staff were a little slow in replenishing bread rolls, normal tea bags, hardboiled eggs etc. Some mornings there were plenty, sometimes there were simply none. Other than that we found the hotel receptionist and restaurant staff, friendly and efficient.
If you are considering which town to stay in to visit Portofino or the Cinque Terre, you will find that Rapallo is not only very central but a lovely town in its own right. And the Hotel Europa is ideally situated to get the boat or train to all these other very pretty places.
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- Also Known As:
- Europa Hotel Rapallo
- Rapallo Europa Hotel