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.