Grand Hotel Bristol Spa Resort (Rapallo)

  • Liguria, Italy, Portofino

  • 5

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The Grand Hotel Bristol Spa Resort’s on the coast of Rapallo overlooking the sea and Portofino Promontory, a protected forested area. There are some great walking trails through here and we’d recommend checking it out if you’re a keen walker.  

Art deco design

As soon as you arrive at this hotel you’ll know you’ve picked somewhere special to stay. The Art Nouveau building stands out on the promenade and the interior is just as impressive. Dating back to 1908 the hotel has a traditional meets modern style - think parquet flooring in the rooms and art deco furniture in the bar. The hotel is surrounded by a lovely garden dotted with Mediterranean plants.

Fantastic Sea Views

Your summer holiday wouldn't be complete without a dip in the outdoor pool which is a real highlight, it’s at the front of the hotel so gets fantastic sea views. We love chilling out here all day with a good book. When the evening draws in, you’ll find us in the bar having aperitivo and watching the sunset. There are also plenty of bars and restaurants to try in the centre of Rapallo. It’s a beautiful walk along the coastal path.

Added value

Free night available for arrivals between 01-30 May & 18 Aug-28 Sep 24 (min 4 night stay)

All holidays include flights from the UK and transfers

24/7 support & tailored advice from our local resort team


The Ligurian towns near Portofino are an exciting mix of glamour and wealth, and down-to-earth, rustic charm; from the ‘dolce vita’ of Portofino itself, to Rapallo, popular with holidaying Italian families. Walking in the Portofino National Park reminds you that there's still a lot of rural land around these picture-perfect towns, just a stone's throw from the coast. Exploring on foot is a great way to get to know the real Liguria, where farmers still work on the land and old farm houses stand strong in the middle of the countryside.

Sea-view walking

One of our favourite parts of walking in the Portofino area is looking down on the 'C' shaped harbours that are so characteristic of the area. The bright white yachts lining the harbour always look smart bobbing about on the water. From above, the multi-coloured buildings stand out against the lapis lazuli sea. See if you can spot any fisherman bringing in their catch. 

The easy going walk from Rapallo to Santa Margherita Ligure (that can be extended out to Portofino for the full 8km route) is popular with everyone, from families to joggers, thanks to its flat pathway and great views. Called ‘The Red Carpet’ walk, after a Hollywood PR stunt, the route travels along beautiful coastline, sandy beaches and past huge villas.

Fantastic public transport network

Trains run up and down the coast linking the towns with the city of Genoa and the beautiful Cinque Terre, which is a bit further down the coast. From Rapallo it's easy to hop on the train to other nearby towns, all of which have gorgeous sea views and tucked away beaches. From Santa Margherita you can easily hop over into Portofino on the bus, the journey takes about 30 minutes and you can buy your tickets in the local tabaccheria.

Summer vibes: buzzing cafés and restaurants

While Portofino became the stamping ground of the rich and famous in the 1950s, there's a more local side to the Italian Riviera waiting for you to discover it. There's a really communal feel in towns like Rapallo and Santa Margherita. Rapallo in particular is full of restaurants and delis where you can sit on plastic chairs and grab a quick pasta salad for lunch. We love the down to earth restaurants, where you'll find Italian families eating together and enjoying themselves late into the evening. It really is buzzing!

Sightseeing & activities in and around Portofino

Take a day trip to Portofino and stroll through alleyways between pastel-painted houses, window shop in designer boutiques and check out the fishing boats in La Piazzetta. There’s also plenty to discover just outside of the old fishing village so make sure you make the most of it! Head over to Castello Brown, the 15th-century castle on a nearby peninsula, for the best views of Portofino; rent a kayak and explore the coastline; or take a boat to Abbey San Fruttuoso, only accessible by water or on foot, and discover the sunken statue of Christ.

Why book a summer holiday in the Portofino area with Inghams?

At Inghams, we do walking holidays differently. With no fixed itinerary, you have more time in your destination and the freedom to walk as much or as little as you like, discovering some of the Portofino area's best walking routes and activities at your own pace.

With over 85 years of outdoor travel experience, our holiday packages to the Portofino area include flights, transfers, and accommodation, so you can relax and leave the small details to us. Our experts can help you choose the best holiday for you, and our team in resort can give you the inside scoop on how to spend your time away with us.

  • No. of rooms: 80
  • No. of floors: 5
  • Official rating: 5


Prestige Rooms with Park Views sleep up to two people and have park views.

Prestige Rooms with Partial Sea Views sleep up to two people and have partial sea views.

Deluxe Rooms with Sea Views sleep up to three people and are decorated in a classic style with light, sandy tones. The rooms look across to Rapallo and have sea views from the small French balcony. These rooms are also available for triple use, please call to book.

All rooms have:

  • Air-conditioning
  • TV
  • Bath or shower
  • Hairdryer
  • Bathrobe & slippers
  • Minibar
  • Safe

Cots are available on request for approx. €15 per day, payable locally. If you're staying in Deluxe room, cots are free.

Local fees and taxes:

  • A tourist tax of approx. €4 per person (aged 15+) per night, for a maximum of 10 nights, is payable locally.


  • Lift accessible: No
  • Lift serves all floors: No
  • Access ramp: No
  • Accessible rooms are available on request, please call to book to ensure that these rooms meet your requirements.
  • Airport Transfer time: approx. 45 mins from Genoa airport or 1 hour 30 mins from Pisa airport by private car.
  • 150 metres to the sea front
  • 1.5 kilometres to Rapallo's historic centre
  • 2 kilometres to the train station

ERRE Spa facilities

  • The hotel has a 2000 square metre spa. The Erre Spa has an indoor pool, sauna, whirlpools, emotional shower, Scottish shower (cold shower), Turkish bath and relaxation areas (open 10am - 8pm, bathrobes, towels and slippers are provided by the hotel, you must be over 16 years old to use the spa)

Hotel facilities

  • Outdoor Swimming pool (normally open from May to September)
  • Pool bar (open from around June to September)
  • Scooter rental (payable locally)
  • 20% discount on green fees at the nearby golf course, approx. three kilometres from the hotel
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Parking (approx. €20 per night, subject to availability)

A buffet breakfast is served each morning in La Veranda restaurant. If you would like to upgrade to half board you'll have dinner in La Veranda restaurant, which has a lovely panoramic sea view.

La Veranda Restaurant is the hotel's main restaurant where they serve tasty Italian dishes. Everything from pizza to ravioli. In the summer you can eat outside on the terrace and enjoy sea views. 

Le Cupole Restaurant is on the tenth floor of the hotel with panoramic views over the Gulf of Tigullio. The menu created by Chef Graziano Duca combines tradition and creativity, producing the most delicious meals. It's even included in the Michelin guide having been awarded a 'Plate' for its quality food. We'd recommend giving one of the tasting menu's a try. All of the food here follows the zero-kilometre philosophy - so they use local produce wherever possible. In the summer you can dine al fresco on the terrace with breath-taking views of the promontory of Portofino (payable locally).

The Silk Bar is a great place for an aperitif or even an after dinner drink. Try a cocktail recommended by the hotel's bartender.

Flamingo Pool Bar is open from around June to September (subject to weather conditions) serving delicious pizzas, gelato, bar snacks and drinks. 

Board basis options available

  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Half Board

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per person from £1044
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01/10/2025 - 3 nights
2 adults
From Bristol
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Grand Hotel Bristol Spa Resort
Liguria, Portofino
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