Grand Hotel Bristol

  • Liguria, Italy, Rapallo

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It doesn’t matter where you are at the Grand Hotel Bristol, the views are amazing. It’s on the coast of Rapallo overlooking the sea and Portofino Promontory, a protected forested area. There’s some great hiking trails through here and we’d recommend it if you’re a keen walker.

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. It’s been restored so it’s quite modern inside – think parquet floors in the rooms and art deco furniture in the bar. The pool is a real highlight. It’s at the front of the hotel so gets the sea views. We love chilling out here all day with a good book. It’s so relaxing. When the evening draws in, you’ll find us in the bar having apertivo and watching the sunset. There are two restaurants to choose from for dinner. Le Cupole Restaurant comes highly recommended - it serves fresh, local food and you can dine al fresco on the roof terrace. There’s also plenty of bars and restaurants to try in the centre of Rapallo. It’s a pleasant walk along the coastal path.

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

  • No. of rooms: 83
  • No. of floors: 5
  • Official rating: 4

Local Fees and Taxes

A tourist tax of approx. €3 per person (aged 14+) per night, for a maximum of 10 nights, is payable locally.


Classic Rooms sleep up to three people and have views over the gardens and some have a French balcony. All rooms have private bath or shower, air conditioning, television, minibar, safe, bathrobes, slippers and a hairdryer. This room type is available on request, please call to book.

Superior Rooms sleep up to two people and are decorated in a classic style with light, sandy tones. The rooms look across to Rapallo and have side sea views from the small French balcony. 

Deluxe Rooms can sleep up to three people and have sea views overlooking the beautiful Portofino coast line. These rooms have a small French balcony.

Double Deluxe Panoramic Rooms can sleep up to three people. They have parquet floors and offer a spacious place to relax, with a French balcony and a sea view. This room type is available on request, please call to book.

Single Rooms have a shower and are available on request, please call to book. 


The hotel has adapted rooms. These rooms are available on request, please call to book to ensure that these rooms meet your requirements.

  • Lift accessible: No
  • Lift serves all floors: No
  • Access ramp: No

Rapallo is a charming seaside town that lies on the bay of Portofino, just a short distance from both Portofino and Santa Margherita Ligure. It is conveniently served by train and there are regular buses too, so sightseeing along the coast is simple.

  • Outdoor Swimming pool (normally open from June to September)
  • Erre Spa with indoor pool, sauna, whirlpools, Turkish bath and relaxation areas. Bathrobes, towels and slippers are provided by the hotel (open 10am - 8pm, all spa services are payable locally, entry is approx. 24 per person, you must be over 16 years old to use the spa)
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Parking (approx. 15 per night, subject to availability)
  • Scooter rental (payable locally)
Family Facilities

Baby cots are available on request for approx. €15 per day, payable locally. 


A buffet breakfast is served each morning in the Chamberlain Terrace Restaurant. If you would like to upgrade to half board there are two dinner options to choose from - the  Bristol Bistrot Restaurant where you'll have three course dinners or Le Cupole Restaurant where you can choose from the à la carte menu. If you opt for full board you'll  have lunch in the hotel bar Le Vide della Seta or from around June to September lunch is served at the pool bar. 

Bristol Bistrot Restaurant is the hotels 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 Resturant 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.

Chamberlain Terrace Restaurant is located on the ground floor of the hotel with a large panoramic terrace overlooking the pool and the bay. A buffet breakfast is served here every morning.

Le vie della Seta Cocktail Bar is a great place for an aperitif or even an after dinner drink. Try a cocktail recommended by the hotel's bartender.

Pool Bar is open from around June to September (subject to weather conditions) serving drinks and light snacks. 

Board basis options available

  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Full Board
  • Half Board
Location in resort
  • Longitude: 9.244522
  • Latitude: 44.343445

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Grand Hotel Bristol
Rapallo, Liguria,Bed & Breakfast
19/10/2022 - 3 nights
2 adults
From London Heathrow
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