Hotel Excelsior Palace (Rapallo)

  • Liguria, Italy, Portofino

  • 5

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Hotel Excelsior Palace couldn’t get much closer to the sea. It’s right on the edge of Rapallo in the Portofino area with amazing views over the marina and Bay of Portofino.

The Italian Riviera: living 'La Dolce Vita'

The best views are from the infinity pools in the beach club. You can chill out on the cabanas, relax in the whirlpool or have lunch at the Eden Roc Restaurant. It’s a five-star experience spending the day here. For a real ‘La Dolce Vita’ moment, jump on one of the boats from the beach club’s private jetty and sail down the Italian Riviera (bookable and payable locally).

An historic hotel & the streets of Rapallo

The main hotel building dates back to 1901 and there are loads of antiques and paintings on the walls. If you fancy getting to know the town in the evening there are lots of local restaurants and bars to try. It’s about a 15 minute walk to the centre of Rapallo (bear in mind there's a steep hill and steps to get there) so you can easily explore the town and drink in the views from the beachfront promenade. There’s lots to see and there’s a train station in the town so you can get further afield too.

Transfer time: approx. 45 minutes from Genoa airport or 1 hour 30 minutes from Pisa airport by private car.

Added value

Free night available for summer 24 (min 7 night stay, applicable to B&B bookings only, excludes Superior Rooms)

Save an extra £75 per person on holidays departing in Jul, Aug, Sep 2024 (book by end of May, discount automatically applied)

Flights and airport transfers included

Telephone rep service


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: 119
  • No. of buildings: 2
  • No. of floors: 7
  • Official rating: 5

Local Fees and Taxes

A tourist tax of approx. €4 per person per night is payable locally (max.10 night stay).


Superior Rooms are around 22m² and sleep up to three people. They have partial sea views from the window. The third bed is available on request for a supplement.

Exclusive Rooms are around 28m² and sleep up to three people. These rooms have a balcony and views of either the the Gulf of Portofino or Rapallo Bay. The third bed is available on request for a supplement. Interconnecting rooms are also available on request, please call to book.

Junior Suites are about 50m² and sleep two people. They have sea views from the window. They have a small lounge area and some of these rooms can be connected with Exclusive Rooms, on request. These rooms are available on request, please call to book. 

Classic Suites are about 50m² and sleep up to two people. They have views of Rapallo Bay with a furnished balcony and a lounge. These rooms are available on request, please call to book.

Deluxe Suites are about 60m² and sleep two people. They have views along the Portofino coast and Rapallo harbour. They have a terrace with sea views, a private whirlpool and a bar with a choice of spirits. These rooms are available on request, please call to book.

Superior and Exclusive Rooms for sole use are available on request, please call to book.

All rooms have:

  • Air-conditioning (01 Jun - 30 Sep, weather dependant)
  • Bath with showerhead or bath or shower (room dependant)
  • Hairdryer
  • TV
  • Bathrobe & slippers
  • Minibar
  • Safe


  • Lift accessible: Yes
  • Lift serves all floors: Yes
  • Access ramp: No
  • Please note that this hotel may not be suitable for guests with walking difficulties as it's located on a hill with steps to get into the resort centre.
  • 500 metres to the centre of Rapallo
  • 1 kilometre to the train station

Beach club access

The hotel has its own beach club with:

  • Two outdoor infinity pools, access to the sea and lounge serving drinks and snack (open from approx. late May to late September)
  • Free use of sunbeds (two per room), sunshades and changing rooms at the private beach club which is normally open Jun - Sep, weather dependant.
  • Beach towels provided (one per person)

Hotel Facilities

  • Spa with a heated indoor swimming pool, treatment rooms and gym (the use of the spa, its facilities and treatments are payable locally)
  • E-bikes can be hired from the hotel subject to availability (payable locally approx. €18 per bike for a maximum of five hours)
  • Scooters can be hired from the hotel subject to availability (payable locally approx. €85 per scooter for a maximum of five hours)
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Free parking (subject to availability)
  • Garage payable locally (approx. €20 per night)

A buffet breakfast is served each morning with a choice of fruit, pastries, bread and other tasty treats.

If you're staying on half board, for dinner you'll have a choice of three-courses from the à la carte menu at the Lord Byron Restaurant.

Lord Byron Restaurant is an elegant restaurant that opens out onto the terrace. It's open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and serves Ligurian food, including fresh fish and pasta dishes. 

Eden Roc & Lounge Restaurant at the beach club is open in the summer (Jun-Sep). It's a great place for a light lunch, cold drink or a snack. The restaurant serves pizzas and salads as well as drinks and cocktails.

Sporting Bar is by the pool and serves drinks and light snacks from 10.30am - 7.30pm in the summer.

Yachting Bar has a cosy atmosphere perfect for an evening aperitivo. Head out onto the terrace in the summer with a delicious cocktail. 

Board basis options available

  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Half Board

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09/10/2024 - 3 nights
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