Europa Hotel Design Spa 1877
What We Love
- A picturesque stay in a restored palace on the Italian Riviera, with breakfast and a lunchStaying steps from the Mediterranean on the beautiful Italian Riviera
- The gorgeous design throughout this lovingly restored palace
- Hopping on a ferry to visit romantic Portofino or the postcard-worthy Cinque Terre
What To Know
- Roughly a 5-minute walk from the nearest train station
- Be prepared for ringing bells, as early as 7 am, coming from the nearby church
- Free WiFi throughout
It may not get as much attention as the Amalfi Coast or even its French counterpart, but the Italian Riviera – a picturesque stretch of rocky Mediterranean shoreline along northern Italy’s Ligurian coast – provides an equally dreamy setting for a chic European escape. The region’s scenic villages and postcard-worthy beach towns have long lured A-listers, and you can make like one of them yourself with a stay at Europa Hotel Design Spa 1877.
This contemporary TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence winner occupies a gorgeously restored palace in the exclusive resort town of Rapallo, just steps from the seafront and across from a historic castle. A dusty-pink exterior complemented by mint-green shutters gives way to sleek, avant-garde interiors, boasting designer furnishings, a state-of-the-art spa and a gourmet restaurant. And when you want to explore the rest of the riviera, the nearby ferry can whisk you off to Portofino, Fruttuoso and the incredible Cinque Terre.
Rooms are comfortably appointed, with bold patterned wallpaper, goose-down bedding and sound-proofed walls.
Bright, modern and minimalist, Plinio Riviera Restaurant serves up Mediterranean cuisine and Ligurian specialties, such as seafood and Genovese pesto. The hearty breakfasts have been praised by previous guests on TripAdvisor.
Plinio Therme Spa is dramatically lit from below with intense ultraviolet and green hues. Here, you’ll find a Finnish sauna, hydromassage pool, thalasso steam bath, Himalayan salt room and relaxation area. The 90-minute Wellness Circuit is not to be missed.
The hotel sits pretty in the exclusive Italian Riviera resort town of Rapallo, just steps from the Mediterranean seafront and across from a historic castle. It’s also close to various beaches, shops and the railway station. From here, you can hop on aferry to visit romantic Portofino (famed for its picture-postcard harbor); Fruttuoso (with its submerged Christ of the Abyss statue offshore) and the colorful Cinque Terre.
How to Get There
Pros: huge room, lots of storage, good water pressure including hot water, GREAT breakfast including the most indulgent Focaccia bread (everything else, including omlet station, Italian meats/cheese, pastries, fruit, and to-go things.
Cons: I don't know if I did something wrong with my room window or just had bad luck but I heard the motorcycles all night long except the last night, which is what makes me wonder if it was the window not being closed.
If you go out of the hotel and take a right, then take a left by the trash dumpsters (there is a pedestrian walk) you will go past a huge shoe store and then a market which has about everything you could possibly want to buy. If you go straight ahead and cross the busy street you'll find the tourist area. Going to the left has a few seaside restaurants.
I would stay here again if I was in Rapallo just because of the bread (I did try this focaccia bread all during my stay at various places, this was just the best by far. Probably because I love its softness which might not be authentic).
We stayed at this hotel as part of a few weeks tour of Italy we did for our honeymoon. The hotel was nice but wasn’t amazing (we stayed in some amazing 4 stars on our travels and this just didn’t compare) and I wouldn’t say better than average. If I’m perfectly honest I am not sure it is a 4 star (maybe back in its hayday when it first opened) the rooms decor is dated and bland and there is nothing that stood out about it. The bathroom could also do with re decorated and modernisation. The rooms don’t really match the feel when you walk in to reception.
That said the staff were all very friendly, the hotel was clean (with the exception of the elevators which always seemed to have really dirty carpets) and breakfast was good. The location is also very central to the private beaches and lots of great shops and restaurants. You can go up a cable car to see over the harbour which was good and there are plenty of boat trips out and buses to the other parts of the coastline
I feel too mean to rate this 3 stars (average) but its not really 4 stars (very good) It's a tired hotel but obviously has been luxurious in the past. Our room looked over the road & road works. I don't think the hotel was fully booked and I find it sad that when better rooms are available they aren't offered, no matter that you got a deal because a good review would be worth the extra for the hotel - short sighted. I was offered another room over looking some pipes so we decided to stay in the room overlooking road works. Never mind.
Staff at dinner & breakfast were very friendly, professional & really couldn't have made us any more welcome. The food was great! We did get a deal with Secret Escapes so I really cannot say anything negative about the price & value for money. We spent the day in Rapallo which was too long (not our cup of tea at all) - that said there's some nice shops & little bars to pass away a few hours but not a whole day - Santa Maragrita or Cinque Terre are close, would be better to make a day trip there.